Kateryna is a New York City resident, has a backround in software development, business and real estate. With a degree in Computer Science from the University of Santa Cruz (California), she worked as a software engineer/application developer at several startups, and then joined Keller Williams and Spire Group, leading New York City real estate firms. Kateryna also co-founded a travel agency, specializing in trips to Nepal.
Just before the earthquake Kateryna was developing plans to build sustainable, socially-responsible hotels in Nepal, with her Kathmandu partners. She brings this experience, combined with her technical and business expertise, to her current non-profit work with Good Earth Global.
Nathan Belofsky, Co-founder:
Nathan is an attorney and author living in New York City. In addition to maintaining an active litigation practice, Nathan has written for major newspapers and media outlets and is the author of two non fiction books, the second of which is now published in five languages.
Baris Tuncer, Co-Founder:
Baris of New York City, has an extensive experience working as a program manager and systems engineer for Texas Instruments. He holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University and an MBA (emphasis on finance and accounting) from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Baris is also co-founder of an travel agency specializing in trips to Nepal, and in addition to his non-profit work for Good Earth Nepal conducts real estate transactions in the New York City area.
Jennifer Dahlem, Director for Development:
Jennifer is an environmental scientist, who has worked and traveled all around the world. After graduating with a diploma at the University Koblenz-Landau she had been working in several conservation programs, focussing on biodiversity and geoecology.
Jennifer has also been working in multiple NGOs. From a conservation center in La Falda, Argentina to Forest Landscape Restauration in Costa Rica – till she found her place in Nepal. She has been Vice-president for the German initiative “Garden of hopes – Nepal” after the earthquake in 2015 before she joined “Good Earth Global” to build her first earthbag building. Since Jennifer has co-sponsored an earthbag learning center in Nuwankot, Nepal giving rural communities the possibility of education. Her drive is to learn and do as much as possible, to give a hand to everyone, and make sure that we all create a planet worth living.
Roshan K. Jha, Managing Director:
Roshan K. Jha has extensive experience in the non-profit sector. Roshan has worked on maximizing employment opportunities for young adults in the environmental, alternative energy and sustainable agriculture sectors. Roshan has also worked as a Research Consultant for the United Nations International Labor Organization in Dhobighat, Lalitpur, and as a Program and Project Coordinator for the Forum of Economic Studies in Bagbazar, Kathmandu. Since the earthquake, Roshan has consulted with the Nepal Technical Office of Registered Engineers For Disaster Relief India (RedR India) and is now Managing Director of Good Earth Global. He has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Studies and a Master's Degree in Economics from Tribhuvan University in Nepal.
Colin Hill, Director of Communications:
Colin comes to us from Canada, he has an extensive background in business management, having taken on lead management roles for companies across the globe. Colin started young, as an owner/operator of a successful business that he ran till his mid 20's. Since then he has contracted his services out to numerous small businesses and start-ups, helping them refine processes and organize projects. Colin has extensive travel experience, crossing the globe numerous times.
Bandana Hamal, Project Manager:
Bandana brings a wealth of experience to her work with Good Earth Nepal, with a background in civil engineering, finance, banking, management, accounting and computer technology.
Bandana served as a Construction Finance Manager for ADRA, an INGO and global humanitarian organization providing development assistance to over 130 countries. Bandana has also worked for a large Texas bank GTFCU and CMC.
Bandana has a diploma in Civil Engineering from Pulchowk Institute of Engineering (Tribhuvan University), a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Texas Lutheran University (Austin, Texas), a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix, and an Associate’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from El Centro College (Dallas, Texas).
Dn Dhital,Construction Manager:
Dn is a resident of Bhaktapur, earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Studies from Tribhuvan University. Before joining Good Earth Nepal he worked as a program coordinator, manager and marketing executive, and also volunteered in various earthquake relief programs. Dn is fluent in Nepali, English and Hindi.
Ram Chandra Bharati, Civil Engineer:
Ram has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Tribhuvan University and previously worked as an engineer for the Nepal Reconstruction Authority. At the NRA he specialized in rebuilding earthquake-resistant rural houses, and was team leader of the Khijikati Rural Housing reconstruction program. Ram also worked for the Himalaya Hydro Construction Pvt. Ltd., where he was a site engineer at the Upper Hugdi Khola Hydroelectric Project.
Subash Gurung, Construction Supervisor:
Subash’s passion for building and architecture was sparked in the eight grade, when he began spending time at the office of sustainable architect Prabal Thapa. Inspired by Thapa and later Nader Khalili, the father of Earthbag technology, Subash received a diploma in Architecture from Asian Engineering College in 2015.
While still studying Subash built his first Earthbag house, and has since built and supervised Earthbag structures all over Nepal.
Dr. Owen Geiger (02/27/1956 - 11/06/2018) - Dr. Geiger was the world’s leading Earthbag builder and our project partner, technical consultant and guiding light.
Dr. Geiger founded the Geiger Institute of Sustainable Building, was former Director of Builders Without Borders and worked closely with Habitat for Humanity, the United Nations Institute of Training and Research and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Owen helped develop our current Earthbag training curriculum, and assisted in Good Earth Global project planning and design. His genius and generosity towards us and others greatly advanced the cause of sustainable building around the world. He is greatly missed.