ANG RITA SHERPA is the Chairman of The Partners Nepal in Executive Committee since its inception in 2012. Mr. Sherpa was the former Senior Program Manager at The Mountain Institute (TMI) and has over 3 decades of experience in protected area management, eco-tourism and community-based tourism, protected landscape management, natural and cultural conservation project planning and implementation, and sustainable development programs. Mr. Sherpa holds an M.Sc. in Protected Area Landscape Management from the University of Wales, UK and an undergraduate degree in Parks and Recreation and Tourism from Lincoln University, New Zealand.

He has served as a volunteer for the National Parks Service in the United States, where he spent nine months working in Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Shenandoah and Smoky Mountain National Parks both before and after he joined TMI in 1988. Ang
Rita Sherpa was responsible for implementing the Ambassador Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP)-funded program in Pangboche Monastery, a 600-year-old Buddhist monastery that is one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in all of Khumbu and also in the Limi Valley of Humla district in mid-west Nepal. He was the former Chairman of Himalayan Trust that Sir Edmund Hillary established in 1964. Mr. Sherpa is the President and Vice President of Everest (Sagarmatha) Chapter Committee under the Climate Alliance of Himalayan Communities and Nepal Mountaineering Association respectively. He is also an advisor to Himalayan Climate Alliance and the founder and life member at Mountain Spirit. Mr. Sherpa is the recipient of Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal in 2011.