Dr Mandira Shrestha joined ICIMOD as Water Resources Specialist in August 2001. She has 20 years of experience in water resources management including transboundary flood risk management, hydraulic and hydrologic modelling and hydropower projects. Prior to joining ICIMOD, she worked for several organisations including from 1988 to 1993 in the USA as a water resources engineer for hydro-electric and water resources projects, and later for the Association for Research and Management, Norplan, Butwal Power Company, and Care Nepal. At ICIMOD she coordinates regional programmes on transboundary flood risk reduction in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region and application of satellite based rainfall estimates for flood prediction. She is the Executive Secretary of HKH-FRIEND, an IHP/UNESCO programme, coordinating all activities with international and regional collaborating institutions. Dr Shrestha holds a Doctorate in Engineering from Kyoto University, Japan, an MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, and a Bachelor’s on Civil Engineering from the University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee). She is also an accredited professional engineer (PE) for Washington State. Dr Shrestha has an excellent professional network with donor agencies and partner organisations in the region.