H. E. Yuba Nath Lamsal, Ambassador (Designate)
H.E. Yuba Nath Lamsal, assumed his duties as Ambassador of Nepal to the Kingdom of Denmark from 23 May 2017. Mr. Lamsal was former editor in-chief of Nepal’s pioneer English daily The Rising Nepal and worked in the media sector for the last three decades. He joined The Rising Nepal in 1989 as a sub-editor and held different positions in the newspaper like sub-editor, chief reporter, assistant editor, news editor, executive editor and managing editor editor-in-chief in the state-owned English daily before his retirement in August, 2016. Besides, he was associated with the South Asian Media Network (www.southasianmedia.net), a news organ of the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) as Nepal country editor from January 2003 to May 2010. He contributed as an editor of Nepal’s pioneer online news portal www.nepalnews.com from 1998 to 2001.
Lamsal, 58, edited journals including ‘Visit Nepal’ a monthly travel magazine and English news magazine, ‘Voice of The Nation. He worked as Nepal correspondent of Malaysia’s National News Agency ‘Bernama’ from 2013 to 2015, “The Nation”, Thailand’s English language daily from 1989 to 1992 and South Asian Affairs, a weekly magazine published from London, UK from 2002 to 2003.
As founder general secretary of the Nepal Institute of Mass Media (NIMC), he coordinated a project “Media Mobilization Agaisnt Child Labor in Nepal in partnership with ILO’s International Program on the Elimination of Child Labor (ILO-IPEC) from 1998 to 2000 and contributed in writing “Resource Kit for Journalists on Child Labour Reporting.
Mr. Lamsal is also founder general secretary of Press Chautari, Nepal; central council member of Forum for Protection of Human Rights and Nepal Coordinator of South Asian Union Against Communalism and Fundamentalism. He was the convener of South Asia Forum for Social Democracy, and also a member of the Nepal Council of World Affairs, a foreign policy think tank. He has also attended several national and international trainings and seminars on media, human rights and international affairs.
He worked as media trainer in Nepal Press Institute (NPI), a pioneer national media training institute in Nepal. He conducted and coordinated several media training and media related programmes in different parts of the country in support from Nepal Institute of Mass Communication, ILO, FES (German Foundation), UN Population Fund and UNICEF.
He contributed as a short-term consultant to Churia Forest Development Project of GTZ of Germany in 1996 and a resource person for DANIDA (Danish International Development Agency in Nepal) in 2000 to study the impact of Danish assistance in media sector in Nepal.
He worked as press in-charge of National Election Observation Committee, a body created to monitor the general election held in 1991, served as a Board of Directors of the Gorkhapatra Corporation (government’s publishing house) and also a member of a panel headed by member of parliament to recommend measures for restructuring and reforms in the Nepal Television.
A graduate from Tribhuvan University, Mr Lamsal has obtained one-year training from Nepal Press Institute on practical journalism. He has also obtained training on editorial management from Reuters Foundation, London in 2000 and was a fellow of Honolulu Security Seminar in Hawaii, USA in 2002.
Mr. Lamsal is a co-author of a book “Conflict Reporting in Asia” published by School of Journalism, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in support from Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), Singapore in which he has written Nepal chapter ‘Conflict and Media in Nepal’. He has also written over a thousand feature and opinion articles in different newspapers and magazines both at home and abroad on issues pertaining to politics, democracy, development, human rights, media, foreign policy and international affairs. He was a jury member of Slow Food International (an international organization based in Italy that promotes traditional food system and agricultural bio-diversity) for six years from 2000 to 2006 and its Nepal coordinator from 1999 to 2008), and also an executive member of Center for Alternative Agriculture Media (CAAM).
His areas of interest are foreign policy, media, democracy, security, development, environment and human rights.
He has received Natural Calamity Rescue Medal for voluntary work at the time of natural calamity in Nepal, and golden jubilee gold medal for his continued service and contribution to Gorkhapatra Corporation for more than 25 years.
He is married.
His motto is: ‘Work Is Worship’