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.
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.
Director of Communications
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 Country Director
Martin Punaks began his career in 1999 as a not-for-profit regulator in the UK 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 UK’s leading not-for-profit management tool.
Martin has an MA (Distinction) in the Anthropology of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.
Julien began his career in 2006 working as an Educative Counselor for the French government in a rural area of the south of France. Soon after, he furthered his experience and passion for child protection through work for the French Justice Ministry, supporting and monitoring children under the protection of a judge to ensure that children and their families were carefully counseled and their legal rights preserved.
In 2008 Julien joined NGN as a volunteer in its transit home before becoming the organization’s Country Director when co-founder Farid Al-Mansour took a career break. Julien held this position for two years before returning to France to consolidate his experiences by studying for a Masters degree at the Bioforce Institute. Julien returned to Nepal and to NGN in June 2012 to serve as Program Director.
Ram Sharan Shrestha
Finance and Office Manager
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.