Poorna Kanta Adhikary was born and brought up in Lamjung, Nepal. He has an interdisciplinary academic background with mathematics, natural and social sciences, and Education. He had his formal studies in Nepal, India, and USA and post-doctoral informal studies and work (internship) on ‘Third World Education and Development’ with Prof. Paulo Freire in Switzerland, with field study in Latin America.
Dr. Adhikary received Colombo Plan and Fulbright Scholarships for his higher studies. From his student days in Nepal, India, and the U.S., he has been engaged in grassroots-level socio-political, educational, peace, and environmental movements. He has taught in universities in Nepal, Chile, and Iran, and has given a series of lectures in Canada, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, and U.S. on Nepal’s conflict transformation and peacebuilding.
Dr. Adhikary has provided post-graduate level courses in education, human and natural resource management, strategic planning, and conflict transformation. He is the founder/President of the Institute for Conflict Management Peace and Development (ICPD) in Kathmandu, which has worked locally at the community level, nationally, and internationally in conflict transformation and peacebuilding. Under his leadership, in support of Nepal’s official dialogue process on peacebuilding and constitution writing, ICPD has been supporting a backchannel group of Nepal’s senior leaders of major political parties and movements and their factions in building consensus on selected contentious issues.
Dr. Adhikary has trained UN, governmental and non-governmental as well as academic personnel and political and civil society leaders in/from several countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East, and North and South Americas. He has worked both short- and long-term assignments with several governments, bilateral and multilateral agencies, and NGOs and academic institutions in several countries in the above regions. He is nationally and internationally known as an independent professional for his work as an educationist, a development thinker, and a peace builder, as well as a process manager, and a facilitator/trainer, using a systems approach to strategy development, with more than 1000 events around the world adopting participatory technology related to consensus building among various groups of diverse background and ideologies. He has produced hundreds of trainers and facilitators around the world to work in this area. Dr. Adhikary feels at ease working with people from the grass roots to the national and international levels. He has worked in Spanish, French, Hindi, and Farsi, as well as Nepali and English.