Dev Kumar Sunuwar has been appointed by UN Secretary General António Guterres as a member of the advisory 'Board of Trustees' of the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples (UNVFIP) for a three-year tenure, starting from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023. He is a journalist and law practitioner in Nepal, has written and covered extensively on International Human Rights and Issues concerning Asian Indigenous Peoples in national, regional and international forums and equally in media. He has an extensive network and hands-on experience in the field of Asian Indigenous Peoples’ rights and issues. He comes from Koits-Sunuwar, one of the 59 indigenous communities, legally recognized in Nepal. He has worked in radio, television, newspaper, magazine and online, assuming different posts including as investigative journalist.
He co-founded Indigenous Media Foundation, Indigenous Television (Nepal's, in fact south Asia's first and only indigenous community television) and a satellite television-ITVNepal and a couple of community radios in Nepal. Sunuwar also oversees Asia Program of Cultural Survival, one of the internationally pioneer organization exclusively working on indigenous peoples since 1972, and has brought various issues and challenges faced by Asian Indigenous Peoples at various UN bodies and other international forums. Sunuwar as a coordinator of Indigenous Media Caucus, a thematic group at UNPFII also has extensive network among indigenous broadcasters and communicators globally. Apart from involving in media sector, he teaches ‘public international law’ at Kathmandu School of Law. He holds Masters Degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication, Political Science, and Law, specializing in International Law and Human Rights from Tribhuvan University in Nepal.