Prabhat Kumar was engaged with some of the historic developments in Nepal’s social and political landscape over the last two decades. For about 10 years, Prabhat worked as a Civil Engineer in executing large-scale infrastructure projects, which presented varied challenges. He later served in various capacities for the Nepal Government and multilateral institutions including the United Nations and the World Bank. He played a role in Nepal’s prolonged transition to a democracy and was involved in the country’s peace process. As a mapping expert, he assisted the Election Commission to modernize and reform the electoral process that culminated in elections to the Constituent Assembly in 2008 and 2013. He steered a nationwide polling location mapping project using the Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information System (GIS). He developed an Electoral Atlas of Nepal comprising thematic electoral maps, constituency boundaries, polling locations, and election results. While uncertainty still lingered in the framing of the Constitution, Nepal was hit by a devastating earthquake in 2015. Given his technical expertise, he was deputed by the UNDP as an Advisor to the National Reconstruction Authority, where he worked on post-disaster response and reconstruction.
Prabhat holds a Master of Science degree in Geo-information and Earth Observation from the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) in the Netherlands. He received his Bachelors in Civil Engineering from the National Institute of Technology (formerly REC), Tiruchirappalli, India. He is now a Edward Mason Fellow in the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC-MPA) program at the John F. Kennedy School in Harvard University.