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ChangeMakers 2020: H.E. Ambassador Dr. Arjun K Karki

Updated: Dec 14, 2020

His Excellency Dr. Arjun Kumar Karki is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Government of Nepal to the United States of America, Columbia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Guyana. Dr. Karki is also the Ambassador-Designate to Honduras. In this vast role, Ambassador Dr. Karki has tirelessly work to strengthen the relation between these countries with Nepal. His official role on securing TPS for Nepalis in United States was also crucial.

H.E Ambassador Dr. Arjun Kumar Karki with The President of the United States, Barack Obama at the White House. Photo courtesy:

Dr. Karki has more than 20 years of experience in international relations, international diplomacy, international negotiations, conflict mediation, peace-building as well as development co-operation at the local, national, regional and global levels. He has undertaken the International Diplomacy and Leadership Training from Harvard Law School, USA; the International Diplomacy and Diplomatic Protocol Management Training from EUROPROTOCOL, UK and the International Negotiations: Practical Skills and Techniques Training Course from The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

Prior to his incumbent role, Dr Karki had been holding the position of International Co-ordinator of LDC Watch that is legally based in Brussels, Belgium with the international headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal. He was co-ordinating the organization and mobilization of the LDC Watch civil society policy advocacy and campaigns in the 48 UN-defined least developed countries (LDCs) in Africa, Caribbean and the Asia-Pacific. His work entailed well-established collaborative relationships with the UN system; the European Union viz. Council of Ministers, European Parliament, European Commission; the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); the African Union (AU); the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the Pacific Islands Forum.

Dr. Karki was actively engaged in Nepal’s democracy movement in 1990 having been rooted in student activism during the preceding Panchayat era. Throughout the Maoist conflict (1996-2006), he was intensively involved in conflict mediation, conflict transformation and in defending the development space as the President of NGO Federation of Nepal, the Regional Co-ordinator of the South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE) while also heading Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN). He played a noted role as a human rights defender at the national and international levels – especially at the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) – during the ‘direct royal regime’ in 2005 and subsequent second democracy movement or Jana Andolan II in April 2006.

Dr. Karki earned his PhD in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia, UK and worked as an International Fellow at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK. He has published works of international repute and academic credentials including undertaken peer review for the Oxford University Press and SAGE Publications.

Read more about him at:'s ChangeMakers is launched to recognize the trailblazers in our society.'s ChangeMakers (परिवर्तनका संवाहक) is an annual listing of individuals and organizations who have greatly contributed to the society, inspire others and shine. ChangeMakers (परिवर्तनका संवाहक) 2020 (USA) को घोषणा has released its first ever annual list of ChangeMakers 2020 (USA). We've witnessed Nepali American diaspora that has been rapidly growing and transforming into a reckoning identity in American mainstream society. The list reflects and represents of them and trailblazer true friends of Nepal and Nepalis. There are 16 distinguished American, 15 women, 38 Nepali American, 9 Nepal returnees, 14 Nepali citizens and 4 distinguished scholars, leaders who were chosen as Changemakers 2020 posthumously. Changemakers 2020 list also includes 12 social/community organizations and 5 Unsung Heroes categories.

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ChangeMakers 2020 (USA): UNSUNG Heroes:We salute to them ! ​ There are numerous unsung, unseen heroes in our Nepali American community that without their sacrifice, dedication, honesty, integrity and hard work we can't imagine a better, prosperous, harmonious American society. Here are the list of those Unsung Heroes: ​ Read details news at:



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