We are immensely proud of NGN’s committed and diverse staff force. Currently our staff includes individuals with a range of working experience in South Asia, the USA and Europe. Without their hard work and unwavering commitment to NGN’s values, we could not do what we do for trafficked children of Nepal.

US-Based Staff

Anna Howe
Executive Director
Anna has over 17 years of experience working in Nepal and has previously served as NGN’s Nepal Country Director.

Anna’s long history in Nepal began in 1994, when she moved there to start a nonprofit organization called Nepal Outreach that worked to provide water systems and healthcare education to young women in remote areas of Nepal. But being in Nepal throughout the country’s vicious civil war exposed Anna to many atrocities and eventually led her to a different calling—helping children who had been trafficked from their families for exploitation.

For 10 years, Anna worked independently to rescue children in destitute conditions and bring them to safety, before taking a management position with an INGO in Kathmandu working in this field. Through that position, she met NGN founders Conor Grennan and Farid Ait-Mansour and began to contribute her knowledge and expertise, becoming an instrumental strategic advisor in the creation of NGN. Soon after, in 2007, she became NGN’s first Nepal Country Director.

In addition to her extensive background working on the issue of child trafficking in Nepal, Anna was named a 2005 recipient of the Unsung Heroes Award, which is presented by the H.H. Dalai Lama and recognizes individuals from around the world who give their heart and soul to help others.

Sarah Charlesworth
Development Associate
Sarah works for NGN two days a week and is responsible for processing NGN donations, maintaining contact with supporters, financial reporting and much more besides. Sarah studied Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Oregon, earning her Bachelor's Degree in 2004.

Larry Closs
Director of Communications
(part time)
With a career that spans global media corporations, leading nonprofits, international consumer brands and high-profile federal agencies, Larry Closs is a versatile writer, editor and media producer.

At News Corporation, Time Warner, Hearst and Viacom, Larry honed his expertise at brands such as TV Guide and Nickelodeon. At Gesso, an interactive agency Closs co-founded, he crafted communications solutions for a diverse portfolio of clients, including Sony, the NBA, Estee Lauder, Smithsonian Institution, National Cancer Institute and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Larry is the founder and editor of TrekWorld, a travel magazine devoted to adventure, insight and inspiration, and author of the novel Beatitude. His personal passions include writing, photography, filmmaking and travel, and he considers himself fortunate to spend many months doing what he loves in Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Latin America and Europe.

Nepal-Based Staff

Martin Punaks
Nepal Country Director
Martin Punaks began his career in 1999 as a not-for-profit regulator in the U.K. civil service and then served as a community development worker in London’s poor East End where he advocated for the rights of children’s organizations. In 2008, he became the Head of Resource Mobilization for Indian child-rights social movement, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement), which rescues and rehabilitates victims of child labor.

In 2011 Martin moved to Kathmandu to join BASE Nepal as Director of Advocacy and Partnerships in their campaign to abolish bonded labor and the exploitation of indigenous peoples. Martin has also spent three years working for Charities Evaluation Services in London, where he advised not-for-profit organizations on good management practice, and he remains one of the authors of PQASSO; the U.K.’s leading not-for-profit management tool.

Martin has an M.A. (Distinction) in the Anthropology of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He is also the lead author of NGN's "The Paradox of Orphanage Volunteering" and co-author of NGN's "Reintegration Guidelines for Trafficked and Displaced Children Living in Institutions."

Upaj Bhattarai
Operations Director
After completing his Masters in International Relations from the U.K., Upaj became involved with the U.K. charity organization Change Amplified. Soon after, he decided to return to his home country of Nepal and work for the empowerment and capacity building of underprivileged people and communities. Upaj has also worked to help in the resettlement of Koshi Flood victims in 2008, and later in an EU-funded "Teaching to Learn" project in Karnali, Nepal, as a coordinator to improve the quality of education for early age grade children.

Upaj has an M.A. (Distinction) in International Relations from University of Northampton and an M.A. (First Division) in English from Tribhuvan University. 

Ram Sharan Shrestha
Finance and Office Manager
Ram Sharan Shrestha hails from the small village of Chisapani in the Janakpur Zone of northeastern Nepal. Upon completing his SLC exam Ram moved to Kathmandu to begin his plus 2 schooling. Ram then continued his education, receiving his Bachelor in Business Studies from Tribhuvan University, and then continuing on to receive his Masters in Business Studies. Professionally Ram has gained experience in both the NGO and INGO sectors, in addition to his work in private corporations.

Ram began working for THIS in 2007 as both their head of accounting and human resources. This led him to his position as the Finance and Office Manager at NGN. Ram's expertise is an integral part of keeping NGN running on a day to day to basis, and his experience is a major part of NGN's vision for the future.

Katie Feit
Nepal Programs and Communications Director
Katie has over nine years experience working with development projects in the U.S. and Nepal. She holds an M.A. in International Affairs from The New School University in New York City, where she did a double concentration in Conflict and Security and Governance and Rights with a focus on South Asia. Katie has worked and lived in Nepal on four occasions, in both rural and urban environments, and has done extensive reseach throughout the country. Her research led to the publication of an article she wrote in The Kathmandu Post on the relationship between Nepal and India and their unique open border. She is also the co-author of NGN's "The Paradox of Orphanage Volunteering."

Kiran Bikram Moktan
Administrative Assistant
Kiran started his career volunteering and tutoring students at St. Xavier Social Center in Jawalakhel. He has since worked in administration and as a finance officer at Informed International Education Support in Kathmandu. In 2006 Kiran started and ran a successful agricultural business in the central region of Nepal. Kiran has completed his Higher Secondary Education certificate in English, Business and Office Management and is currently studying for his Bachelor degree.

NGN works through its implementing partner The Himalayan Innovative Society (THIS) to support its work rehabilitating and reuniting lost children with their families.

The staff team is led by Dhan Bahadur Lama who has worked alongside NGN since its first search for families. THIS includes an outstanding team of Reintegration Officers that uses innovative techniques to search, find and connect families with their children.

For more information on their incredible work with NGN and other agencies visit THIS online.