Dr. Kamal Lamichhane is an associate professor at the center for research on international cooperation in educational development (CRICED) of the University of Tsukuba in Japan. He is also a visiting scholar at JICA research institute and an affiliated researcher at the University of Tokyo. His recent book entitled “Disability, Education and Employment in Developing Countries: from Charity to Investment” is published from Cambridge University press in January, 2015. By the empirical works in this book, he emphasizes on the importance of shifting the paradigm from charity to investment in disability, particularly for their human capital formation.

Dr. Lamichhane has written several peer reviewed articles on the relationships between disability, education and labor markets and are published in the journals such as international journal of educational development, oxford development studies, economics of education review, disability and society, scandinavian journal of disability research, journal of visual impairments and blindness etc.

Dr. Lamichhane earned his Ph.D. on Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies with the focus on disability from the University of Tokyo, Japan. He is the first person with visual impairments in his home country Nepal to receive the doctrate. He earned his masters degree in special needs education at the University of Tsukuba in Japan and his bachelor’s degree in education from Tribhuvan University, in Nepal. Due to his visual impairments, Dr. Lamichhane could not receive education until he turned 12.

“I had to watch my brothers and sisters go to school while I remained at home in the dark. It was not that my parents were uncaring; they simply lacked awareness that I could be helped.”

He has presented his papers in several international conferences held in Asia, North America and Europe as well as attended several expert meetings of united nations. He has also been extensively writing in the news papers in Nepal for the promotion of human rights and community inclusion and economic empowerment of persons with disabilities.

Dr. Lamichhane regards his life so far as being split into three, near-equal stages: a life of darkness; a life filling with brightness; and a wonderful life filled with light and opportunity. Such experiences have enabled Lamichhane to view the world from three different perspectives: the child in isolation; the child extending him or herself through education; the adult living fully in the world.