Brian Peniston first came to Nepal as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1975. He has experience in rural enterprise, protected area and natural resource management, food security, climate change adaptation, operations research, primary health care, community development, mountain agriculture, cultural restoration, and community-based tourism. Brian worked with The Mountain Institute (TMI) from 1996 through mid-2014, directing a national park, Himalayan regional programs, and Innovation and Livelihood programs. Brian worked in Nepal for 24 years, and his work experience in Asia includes the Wildlife Fund, USAID, Plan International, CARE, GIZ, American Refugee Committee, Britain Nepal Medical Trust, and US Peace Corps. Brian has Masters degrees in Forestry (Yale University, 1992), Public Health (University of Hawaii, 1982) and an undergraduate degree in Philosophy (Connecticut College, 1974).