Dr Khanal is a certified Environmental Leader, a qualified Food Technologist and an experienced Environmental Engineer. He has a PhD in Urban Engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan, and over 11 years of professional working experience with techno-managerial, policy research, capacity building, university-level teaching, programme development, project management, environmental risk assessment, and environmental leadership. His specializations are water quality modelling, environmental toxicology, urban drainage, climate change models, and environmental management. His professional achievement includes peer-review research publication, guidance to the PhD and Master’s students, and urban drainage and water quality management in Southeast Asian cities, Tokyo, Japan, Hanoi, Vietnam and Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Currently, Dr Khanal is working at the Policy Research Institute, a think-tank of the Government of Nepal, as a policy researcher. Previously, he has been involved in capacity building and policy research for the conservation of Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia. He led the project, organized international conferences (11th and 12th International symposium in Southeast Asian water environment, 2nd and 3rd International Symposium on Conservation and Management of Tropical Lakes; 10th Micropol & Ecohazard Conference) writing grant application, budget planning, and research coordination. He has presented his research at international conferences in Cambodia, China, Malaysia, Thailand, France, Korea, Singapore and Japan. Dr Khanal also has the experience of trans-disciplinary research collaboration in the multicultural environment with partners from Cambodia, Nepal, China, Korea, Vietnam, India, Thailand, and Japan in proposing strategies for sustainable urban water use and management.
Dr Khanal welcomes any discussion and collaboration in sustainable management of the urban environment by integrating three major pillars of sustainable development, i.e., Food Water and Energy by integrating solid theoretical foundation, indigenous knowledge, scientific technology and management based studies, policy-relevant research, and capacity development focused on sustainability, including its social, economic and environmental dimensions.