Dr. Ram C. Bhujel completed BSc from IAAS, Rampur, Chitwan, in 1992, and MSc (1994) & PhD (1999) from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand where he serves as Research Associate Professor and Founding Director of Aqua-Centre. Since 1995, he started his career as Research Associate. Since 2005, he has been teaching and supervising MSc & PhD students. He was a post-doc visiting fellow at the University of Stirling, UK in 2000-2001 and at the University of Montpellier III, France in 2012. Ram has written two books as sole author; 1) A Manual for Tilapia Business Management published by CAB International, Oxford, UK, and 2) Statistics for Aquaculture by Wily/Blackwell Science. He has also published over 160 scientific papers, and chaired several scientific sessions in international conferences/seminars/workshops giving invited speeches in over 45 countries.
Currently, Ram serves as Team Leader / Coordinator of a project (Budget 0.999m Euro, 20172020), funded by EU to develop MSc curricula for “Sustainable Seafood and Nutrition Security”. The project plans to establish sustainable seafood centres for training and launch innovative MSc programs in partner universities in Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam in collaboration with partners in Greece, Norway and UK. Ram also coordinated a USAID project called, “Agriculture Learning Exchanges for Asia Regional Networking (AgLEARN)” as Deputy Chief of Party (2013-present, budget approx. 1m USD). With this project, innovative agricultural technologies were transferred from Thailand to food deficit communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Nepal; three districts in each of these countries. He has been securing funds for research from international companies; namely, Biomin and Delacon Holdings headquartered
He served as one of the members of the global team of evaluators of the AAS (Agriculture and Aquatic Systems) programme of the CGIAR. He has gained an extensive practical experience working with FAO/UN (e.g. the Philippines & Zambia), WorldFish (Timor Leste), NACA (Nepal), USDA (Pakistan), US Soybean Export Council (Myanmar), NEPAD (Africa), SPC (Fiji) and several private sectors engaging with local communities and higher-level executives and policy makers. He has been awarded a GOLD MEDAL by Asian Fisheries Society (AFS) in 2009 and recently Fellow Award 2018 from the Society for Agriculture Innovation and Development (SAID) for his contribution to aquaculture/fisheries in addition to several other awards. His main mission is to transfer aquaculture/agriculture technologies through training, outreach and direct technical assistance programs for the benefit of wider communities especially with the goal of achieving food and nutrition security, poverty reduction and employment creation.