Anil Raghuvanshi, the founder of ChildSafeNet, is a child rights worker with more than 27 years of experience in child protection at UN agencies and international agencies, which includes service in nine countries - in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.
He has built and mentored a strong team of highly dedicated young Nepalese, in order to promote safer internet among children and young people. Besides, he has led research studies on cyber safety and has developed training modules suitable for different age groups and demographics. Moreover, he has coordinated a number of child protection situation analysis studies. Furthermore, while working as the Deputy Director of ECPAT International in Bangkok, Thailand (2003 – 2006), he coordinated various research studies and served as a research advisor for studies on the commercial sexual exploitation of children. He also worked with the team of the UN Secretary General's Study on Violence against Children (2006) and coordinated inputs to the study. While working with ECPAT International, he contributed in managing the "make-IT-safe" campaign for the protection of children from sexual exploitation online.
He led major emergency response teams in Indonesia, Myanmar and Haiti and had worked with UNICEF in Nigeria as the child protection emergency manager, responding to Boko Haram emergency. He has an MBA degree from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
Pushkar Mathema, a resident of the central Kathmandu, has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist with the first and the state-owned daily newspaper, Gorkhapatra. He served twice as the Acting Chief Editor of the Gorkhapatra daily. He also served as the Acting Chief Editor of The Rising Nepal, the English daily, published by Gorkhapatra Corporation. Also, he served as the Chief Editor of Yuwa Manch and Muna, Gorkhapatra Corporation's monthly magazines for youth and children, respectively. He also served as the coordinator of www.gorkhapatraonline.com. He has written over 1,500 features and reports in various newspapers and magazines and has translated books. He was awarded the Pradhan Journalism Award (2015) and Environmental Journalism Award (1995).
Pushkar, an MBA and a seasoned media expert and trainer has also served as a media and communication consultant for various UN agencies and international organizations. He has a deep interest in theatre and is a well-recognized figure in the field of acting and direction. He has bagged a number of awards as the best actor and best director.
Parit Shrestha, a resident of Kathmandu, was raised and educated in India. He is an expert in computer motion graphics and digital marketing. He has a bachelor’s degree in Management from India and is the founder and the first CEO of a digital marketing company Red Circle Creative Solutions. Parit has expertise in motion graphics and in digital marketing. He is soft-spoken and has very good people skills. Parit is an accomplished guitarist and an aspiring singer/composer.
Riju Shrestha, born in Kirtipur, Nepal, has a master’s degree in Social Work with a major in Mental Health and Psychosocial counselling. She believes that children and young people should be able to consume the internet in a way that benefits them. She is highly committed as the Secretary at ChildSafenet. She uses her experience and familiarity of the digital domain to play her part in making the internet a safer place for children and young people. She also heads Red Circle Creative Solutions, a digital marketing agency as the CEO and specializes in content creation.
Ristha Shrestha, the youngest member of ChildSafeNet Executive Committee, is a resident of Lalitpur, Nepal. She has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Rural Development and has been working as a social worker with different NGOs in Nepal. Ristha is a freelancing graphic designer, she has good knowledge and experience in managing social media for organizations. She had served as the President of the Leo Club of Manigal Global, Lalitpur.
Jasmine Rajbhandary was born in Lesotho and grew up in various parts of Africa and the United States, as a “UN child”. She completed her Bachelor’s in Economics and Sociology from Binghamton University in New York. After completing her master’s in International Development from American University in Washington DC she returned to Nepal in 1997. Since then she has worked for human rights NGOs, Save the Children, DFID and now the World Bank. Her career has been focused on working with vulnerable communities, children, women, and with helping in developing processes and services for their inclusion in development and improving their life outcomes.
At the World Bank, she is a Senior Social Protection Specialist and she leads on World Bank projects which help Nepal’s government to provide more efficient social protection services such as the social security allowances and in helping the government address the youth jobs agenda. She also works in Bhutan and India.
Ladina (Joshi) Maskay, born in Kathmandu, Nepal, has a bachelor’s degree in Management from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. She has 26 years of experience in administration and management and has worked with national and international organizations in Nepal. She often dedicates her time as a social worker. She is actively engaged with ChildSafeNet as an executive member.
Aashrika Chaudhary, a resident of Kathmandu, is a final year student of Bachelor’s of Art in Social Work. She had worked as a volunteer with Hatemalo Sanchar, a centre for child rights resources and studies and Haamro Chahana Nepal. She had also participated in a training of trainers on cyber safety for children and young people, organized jointly by ChildSafeNet and Red Circle Creative Solutions. Earlier, Aashrika had worked as a teaching volunteer and a language interpreter. She enjoys travelling and interacting with people.
Jade Gillespie, a British citizen, has a bachelors' degree in History and French from University of Liverpool. She also received her master's degree in modern history from Durham University.
Last year, she volunteered with Raleigh International on a WASH project in Makwanpur, Nepal and helped in building hand-washing facilities & organising sanitation awareness. She is also volunteering with Education Concern Center Nepal. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Nepal, learning Nepali and watching movies.
Kristýna Hofmanová, a young student from the Czech Republic, is as an online Volunteer Graphic Designer/Social Media developer. Kristýna is highly energetic and creative, and has a good knowledge in developing social media posts, particularly for Instagram. She will help us in designing and developing social media posts.
She will soon complete high school and is interested in studying marketing and public relations. Earlier, she had developed and managed the Instagram page of a sports club, coached floorball to children and organized sports & social events. She is interested in sports, particularly in floorball and Muay Thai. She also likes cooking and playing piano.
Abhijeet Yadav is as an intern web designer. He was born in Birgunj and is currently based in Kathmandu. He has a diploma in computer science and is preparing to study computer engineering. He is proficient in responsive web designing, maintenance and social media management.
Previously, he had worked as a web designer at Merobox Nepal and as a web design instructor in Birgunj. He likes photography. In his spare time, he very much enjoys watching and playing cricket.