Jaya is a policy economist. He has over 8 years of professional experience in the areas of youth, sustainable development, knowledge management, research and policy advocacy across countries in Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Prior to co-founding NIPoRe; he worked as an Editorial Assistant for HIMAL Southasian in Kathmandu, as one of the ten Global Youth Mobilizers for the Rio+20 Social Dialogues in Kathmandu and in Rio de Janeiro, and as a Senior Editor for the Asian Journal of Public Affairs (the flagship journal of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore) in Singapore among others.
He has an MPP from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. In addition, he attended St. Xavier’s College – Kathmandu for a graduate course in Social Work and Tri-Chandra College (Tribhuvan University, Nepal) for an undergraduate course in Science. Besides, he has received intensive trainings on evidence-based policymaking, sustainable development, research and policy advocacy from universities and policy think-tanks in China, India, Switzerland, Thailand and the United States of America.
Jaya was born and schooled in Jumla, Karnali Province, Nepal. He is an amateur runner, a photographer and a backpacker. As of January 2020, he has been to 63 (out of 77) districts of Nepal.
- Policy analysis
- Innovation management
- Poverty and inequality
- Trade and investment
- Public finance
- Mahat, Jaya and Nasirova, Khadija and Rob, Asm Safwan. 2016. Money, Campaign Finance and Elections – a Case Study of the US Federal Elections
- UNESCO and Peace Child International. 2012. Be skilled, be employed, be the change generation (Youth version of annual EFA Global Monitoring Report – Youth and skills: Putting education to work)
- Anon. 2011. Engaging multicultural audiences in sustainability education. Sustainability: The Journal of Record, 4(4), 183-187. Doi: 10.1089/sus.2011.9674
Newspaper Op-Eds and Columns
Jaya regularly contributes opinion pieces for The Kathmandu Post. All his contributions for the Post are available here. Earlier, he contributed a monthly column (Innovation and Policy Insights) for the Business360° Magazine for fifteen months.