Nepal native Tek Bahdur Dong completed his M.A. in Anthropology from the Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology at Tribhuvan University and received a Graduate Diploma in Social Science from Nepā School of Social Science and Humanities. He has worked as a research associate at Social Science Baha; a research fellow at the Social Inequality and Affirmative Action in South Asia Project, a consultant for ESP (DFID and The World Bank) and Interdisciplinary Analysts; and research assistant at the Cornell Nepal Study Program. He brings 14 years of experience in the Nepali travel industry. He is currently a program coordinator at MESO Company and is involved in various social organizations. He speaks Tamang, Nepali, and English.