Kumar Paudel is a conservationist with diverse experience in research design, data collection, analysis, policy advocacy, and program management including monitoring and evaluation. He holds MSc. in Environmental Management from Pokhara University. Currently, he is also working as an affiliated researcher with the Tropical Environmental Change and Policy Lab.
Mr. Paudel is interested primarily in law enforcement, drivers of wildlife trade, community-based conservation, conservation strategy and policy, and his current research work to understand participants' motivations for engaging in layers of illegal wildlife trade (IWT) chain in Nepal and monitoring IWT in Nepal-China border region. He is active in Nepal's conservation community, working to curb IWT and to scale-up pangolin conservation efforts. In addition to research papers, he frequently writes on conservation issues in Nepal’s reputed newspapers.
He co-founded and led the National Youth Alliance for Rhino Conservation (NYARC), which succeeded in raising stakeholders’ concern about rhino conservation; consequently celebrating a 'zero poaching year for rhino'. As a co-founder of Greenhood Nepal, Mr. Paudel leads overall program development, management, and monitoring in addition to its theme, “conservation science and species.