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Ayasta Pokharel

Safeguards and Compliance Engineer, Rural Access Programme

Ayasta works on a project called Rural Access Programme – Mugu Humla link road, that is helping develop road infrastructure in the remotest parts of western Nepal (one of the most under-developed regions in the country) employing local labour. She leads the Governance team that looks at cross-cutting areas in engineering, focusing on risk management, continual improvement across all project components, environmental and social safeguards, supply chain management, compliance with standards and communication. Ayasta also acts as a mentor and supervisor in a Graduate Programme for civil engineers who are starting in their careers.


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