Dr. Sumitra Manandhar Gurung is the chairperson of National Coalition against Racial Descrimination (NCARD) and also the founding member and CEO of Mahila Sahayatra Microfinance Bittiya Sanstha Ltd. As a founding member and executive board member of Sankalpa, Dr. Gurung advocates for deprived and marginalized groups in order to alleviate poverty and ensure the dignity of people falling under these groups in the society. She is also the founder member of LUMANTI Support Group for Shelter for the urban poor, Center for Self-help Development for the Deprived Women’s Economic Emancipation, SAMATA Foundation a Think Tank for Dalits’ Rights, Women’s Cooperative Society, Social Science Research Council and Center for Rural Technology among others. She is a recipient of Karuna Award of Creative Statements, UNU Fellowship (1979), ICIMOD Research Fellowship (1985), International Peace Scholarship (1983 & 1987) to name a few. She received masters degrees from TU, AIT and PhD from University of Hawaii. She has authored Beyond the Myth of Eco-Crisis in Nepal:
Local Responses to Pressure on Land in Nepal- A Study of Kakani in the Middle Hills.