Mahendra Panta, Senior Finance & Office Manager for Asia
Mahendra joined the Center’s Asia office in 2012 as Office Manager and became the Senior Finance and Office Manager in 2015. He oversees the administrative and financial operations of the Center’s Nepal office, including accounting records, document filing systems, relations with local vendors, human resources support, travel arrangements and logistics for Center-sponsored events. Additionally, Mahendra serves as a key liaison between the Center’s Nepal and New York offices, and between the Center and local government entities, ensuring the office is in compliance with all local financial regulations. He is responsible for leading the annual local audit, managing the Nepal office and local program budgets, preparing budget and expenditure reports, monitoring financial reports submitted by local partners, and meeting local financial reporting deadlines on behalf of the Center.
Before joining the Center, Mahendra worked with the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) as the Administration and Finance Officer. Prior to that he worked with Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, as the Finance and Administrative Officer for USAID funding. He has also worked for a grantee of Family Health International as the Administrative and Finance Officer managing USAID funding, and for a DFID-funded Financial Management Project (FMP) in the Ministry of Finance with the Government of Nepal, first as an assistant administrator and then as a project accountant.
Mahendra completed his post-graduate studies in Nepal at the Tribhuvan University’s School of Management in 2002.
Mahendra’s native tongue is Nepali, and he is fluent in Hindi.