KarmaQuest International was incorporated as a federal not-for-profit organization in Canada on December 11, 2013. The organization aims at alleviating global poverty through job creation by promoting innovative ideas relating to employment and development issues. In our Articles of Incorporation we have set five objectives: (i) promote innovative ideas and make them public through different forms of publications, (ii) implement those ideas on the ground through various projects, (iii) develop network of in-country local partners, businesses, scholars and other stakeholders to fulfill the above-mentioned goals of the Corporation, (iv) identify extra-marginalized families and support them with job-related services, and (v) promote the idea of alleviating global poverty through job creation. We are striving for achieving these goals with the support from an extensive network of employers, grassroots organizations, scholars and all other stakeholders.
Board of Directors
Santa Man Rai, PhD
Chairman and Board of Director
Dr. Santa Man Rai, a graduate from Joseph Fourier University, France and a former professor of Geology in Tribhuvan University of Nepal, is passionate about climate change issue and its impact in global landscape, people’s life and biodiversity. His research in Joseph Fourier University focused on metamorphism and deformation, granite emplacement and tourmaline occurrence in the Himalayan region. In post-study period, he has witnessed the typical impact that the global warming leading to climate change has created in the landscape of the Himalayan region through his continued research work and field visits which he carried out in collaboration with experts from various renowned universities in the world. While continuing his research work on climate change issues, his recent research focus lies on the adverse effects that the climate change would have created in people’s livelihood in one of the world’s heavily populated regions downstream the Himalayan region (most of world’s poor also reside in this region). Beside research, Dr. Rai also possess a great deal of experience in administration which he acquired through serving in the capacity of Academic In-charge in United College, Tribhuvan University, Nepal for 10 years where he successfully implemented different academic and management programs for undergraduate and graduate students. In this role, he also implemented some programs aiming to support students from disadvantaged communities as well as enhancing awareness to the people of remote villages in the Himalayan region by sharing knowledge on climate change issues and its adverse effects in environmental quality and the society. He has published more than 50 research articles in peer-reviewed international journals, some text books of geology, and geology reference books of the Himalaya. He is also actively involved in editing journals and books.
Albert Berry, PhD
Board of Director
Dr. Albert Berry is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Research Director of the Program on Latin America and the Caribbean at the Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto. His research fields are economic development and international economics, with due focus on Latin American labor markets and income distribution, the economics of small and medium enterprises, and agrarian structure and policy. He has garnered extensive knowledge in his field by working in various national and international organizations including the Ford Foundation, the Colombian Planning Commission, and the World Bank. Dr. Berry has published more than 100 papers in renowned journals and edited or co-edited seven books.
Board of Director
Kedar Basnet is an experienced legal professional who has served in various roles in different organizations both in Canada and in his native country Nepal. Apart from his legal profession, he has also been actively involved in various activities among Nepali communities in Canada for over 20 years where he has held Board Director Positions in several non-profit community organizations and business corporations, including past extensive similar experiences in Nepal as well. He holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology and Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He has also completed Peace and Human Rights studies from Oslo University in Norway. He has also completed a Diploma in Paralegal Studies from CDI College and other several ad-hoc courses such as Identity-based Conflict and Conflict Management from University of Toronto and Understanding Canadian Legal System and Advanced Trial Advocacy from York University, Canada.