Kateryna Zemskova, CEO and Co-Founder:
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.
Dr. Owen Geiger, Technical Consultant and Method Ambassador:
Dr. Owen Geiger, considered to be the world’s leading expert in Earthbag building, is a licensed building contractor with a Ph.D. in Social and Economic Development. He is founder of the GeigerInstitute of Sustainable Building, a former Director of Builders Without Borders, and has worked closely with Habitat for Humanity, the United Nations Institute of Training and Research and the U.S.Military Academy at West Point.
Dr. Geiger has partnered with Good Earth Nepal in hosting several trainings and Earthbag building workshops. In May 2016, GEN hosted Dr. Geiger on a trans-Nepal tour and evaluation of current Earthbag building projects.
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.
Bandana Hamal, Communication/Systems Coordinator:
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.
Jhilson Ortiz, Director of Sustainable Infrastructure :
Jhilson Ortiz is a New Jersey resident with more than ten years teaching and management experience with rural programs funded by USAID. He holds degrees in Agriculture and Economics, and has worked for public and private international organizations in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.
Jhilson has consistently found ways to approach development programs from a private enterprise perspective, combining the dynamism of private sector ideas into the heart and dedication of the non-profit development sector.