Bishnu Maya Pariyar, Hon. D. Litt.
Social Entrepreneur / Development Worker
Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar, founding President of ADWAN.ORG, is a prolific social entrepreneur, award winning scholar and one of the most admired personalities in Nepali community abroad.
Through her dedication and passion for the marginalized and Dalit community, the so called low-caste or untouchable people, Dr. Pariyar has overcome tremendous obstacles of gender, caste discrimination and poverty in Nepal as well as challenges that emerged because of socio-economic inequality and exclusion.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social and Political Systems from Nepal and the USA and a Master’s degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, MA, USA. In 2013, Dr. Pariyar was conferred with honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) from Pine Manor College, MA, USA. Dr. Pariyar now works in the United States as a counselor on domestic & sexual violence, while dedicating the rest of her time to uplifting Nepal’s marginalized people.
In 2015, the City of Luoisville, Kentucky, USA honored with "Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar Day as September 27 by Mayor Greg E. Fischer.
She has served as Advisory Member of Jersey City Mayor's Diversity & Inclusion Board and Executive ICC Member of Non-Resident Nepalis Association (NRNA) ICC (2019-2021).
Dr. Pariyar had been invited to lecture at Harvard University, Brandeis University, Boston University and other prestigious institutions. She has been invited as a panelist and speaker at national and international conferences including at UNIFEM, AMNESTY International, and The World Bank Family Network Forum.
In addition, Dr. Pariyar has received a number of accolades, including The Bridge Builder Award from Harvard University, Perdita Hudson Human Rights Award by United Nations Association of USA, Dr. Ambedkar Award by Association of International Dalit Organizations, Margaret McNamara Memorial Award by World Bank Family Network, Pauline Tompkins Award, Women’s Leadership Award and President Cup Award from Pine Manor College, and Social change Fellow from Clark University.
She was also awarded International Women's Day Award 2018 by The Society of Foreign Consuls in New York, USA; Community Service Award 2018 by South Asian American Outreach Community (SACO), New Jersey, USA; Nepal Samman (Jewel of Nation) award 2011 by Sagarmatha Foundation, Kathmandu, Nepal and Solute to the Heroes Award 2010 by Association of Nepali in America (ANA) and several commendation letters from various Nepali organizations in the United States.