Executive Committee 2021`
Saroj Bista is an advocate and Community Solutions Program (CSP) fellow of 2016. He is currently a Director of Governance and Impact at YoungInnovations, where he leads projects involving open contracting and good governance through the sustainable use of technology. He has a keen interest in conducting research. Open Data to Improve Disaster Relief in Nepal conducted by the Governance Lab and the Scoping Study on Open Contracting in Nepal conducted by Open Contracting Partnership and Hivos are some researches that he is involved in. He likes to cycle off-road in his free time.
Pravina Amatya is International Volunteer Leadership Program (IVLP) Alumni – 2013 on topic Global Women’s Health Issue and US Embassy Youth Advisory Council member – 2011. She works in Humanitarian Organisation, Nepal Red Cross Society as a Covid-19 Focal Person in Kathmandu. She also looked after the livelihood project supported by British Red Cross, Earthquake Response Operation in 2017. Her education background is management and she holds a Master’s Degree in Health Care Management. She has worked for a long time in Health Projects which was supported by USAID and also has experience of Administrative and Financial management to support program activities.
Pradip Khatiwada is the Founder and Executive Director at Youth Innovation Lab, a not-for-profit that works to bring science to people and policy through innovation, and an elected Chair at UINSPIRE Alliance. After the 2015 Nepal earthquake, he was appointed the National Coordinator for the National Volunteering Program. Pradip is also recognized for his leadership on the anti- plastic bag movement, especially as a fervent advocate in the recently implemented plastic bag ban. Pradip leads the technical development of Nepal’s BIPAD Portal and the official COVID-19 portal. Pradip was recently elected as General Secretary of Nepal-US Alumni Network (NUSAN). He is alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), 2017 on the topic Youth Inspiring Leadership and Civic Participation.
Baman Kumar Ghimire
Baman Kumar Ghimire is the Guidance Counselor and High School English Language Teacher in Motherland Secondary School, Nepal. Recognized with Endeavour Executive Fellowship-2014 by the Australian Government, he is also a recipient of Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program -2014, Federal Assistance Award-2016 and International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)-2017 from the Department of State. Besides, he leads GEIST International Foundation (GIF), a State-Alumni-Centered non-profit organization extended to 18 countries, as its Vice President( GEIST Global). GIF collaborates with the State Alumni to address some burning issues like STEAM Education, Health, and Girls Empowerment. Mr. Ghimire is interested in Educational Technology, Educational Leadership and English Language Education. Ghimire holds an M.A. (English Literature) from Tribhuvan University,
Niroj Shrestha (IVLP 2014) is Post Graduate in Social Work (MSW) from St. Xavier’s College. He is founder of Shikharapur Community Campus and Shikharapur Community Learning Center. He has been leading Shikharapur Campus as Principal since 2013. Mr. Shrestha is working for community development with a devoted team of social workers. He has been involved in initiating A School for Community (ASC), Sustainable Farmers School (organic Farm), Eco-Friendly Bottle House etc. Mr. Shrestha is involved in the campaign of mobilizing youths in agriculture which will decrease the trend of moving outside the country for low paid jobs. He is interested to work in the field of youth where he motivates youths, unleash their potentiality and engage themselves in self-employment with utilization of potentiality of community/natural resources. For all social movements, Mr. Shrestha’s organization is rewarded with Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), Global Award 2018 from Okayama, Japan.
Sabitra Pariyar is currently serving as Right Expert of CDWD associated with Global Forum of Discriminated Communities based on Work and Descent. She graduated in Rural Development from TU in 2006. She has extensive experience of NGO work especially focused on managing projects, training and facilitating capacity building workshops on GESI. She is well versed in dealing with issues of child sponsorship, voter’s education, and issues related to GESI. She is a strong defender of Human Rights (focusing on Women and Dalits ). She is the recipient of the 2017 US Department of States’ International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
Pawan Ghimire is a major in the Nepal Army who became totally blind in the year 2003 as a result of the past ten years of armed conflict in Nepal. As a part of his revival, he started cricket for the blind in 2006 and holds the record of initiating cricket for the blind girls for the first time in the world. For his contribution in cricket, he has been able to receive many national and international awards and recognitions as well. . Born in Lele, Lalitpur, he holds a master degree in sociology from Tribhuvan University and is also an IVLP participant of the year 2016 under the theme “ Access for all, enhancing the lives of persons with disabilities”. Currently, he holds the portfolio of being the Chairman of Cricket Association of the Blind, Nepal and the director of finance of World Blind Cricket Limited.
Swarna Tamrakar is a fellow of International Visitors Leadership Program under the theme “Women in Entrepreneurship ” ( 2014). She is involved with Non Ferrous Metal business for last two decades. Continuing the family legacy as the fourth generation and one of the first women to be involved, she is also preserving and promoting the culture of using copper and brass utensils on a regular basis. Previously, she has worked in UNDP (2007-2008) as Verification Officer for the registration and verification of the Maoist cadres. She also has a good experience of working in a Radio station as a Radio voice in two reputed organisations in Nepal. Currently she is the co-founder and creator of Dil Kumari Goods; A small initiative to preserve grand mothers’ recipe and hacks for healthy skin, hair and wellness. A constant contributor to the Op-Ed section in daily newspapers, presently she is a columnist for The Annapurna Express.
Subhash Nepali is the founding president of Dalit Reader, a voluntary initiative to inspire youths to question caste and patriarchal values as challenges to democracy, social justice, and economic equality in Nepal and worldwide. Currently, he works as Economic and Sustainable Development Advisor with the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office in Nepal. He was a research fellow at the South Asian University in Delhi, India, where he carried out research on Nepal’s labor market and economic development. Subhash holds a Master’s Degree in International Economics from Georgetown University in the USA on the Fulbright scholarship. He also holds Master’s Degrees in Sociology and English from Tribhuvan University in Nepal. He is deeply motivated by a sense of the need for equal opportunity, equitable redistribution of resources, and giving “voice” for those living in less developed areas from all sections of society.
Udit Bhatta is Director at Vajra Academy, Nepal’s first green and eco-friendly school and an IVLP alumni in the theme, “Building regional resilience to environmental challenges” in the year 2018. He was selected as one of the Joke Waller Hunter’s Initiative Netherlands fellow-2012 as an “environmental leader” and was featured by the US Department of State Bureau of Human Rights as a “Human Rights Hero” in the year 2018. He is the country manager of the Campaigns like Eco-concert, Tie-the-trash and a South Asian tree plantation initiative called “Thuru”. He is a regularly invited speaker in Singapore and Indonesia in the “Art of Creative Leadership” sessions for leaders all over the world. He is also a member at the International Congress for School Effectiveness Improvement (ICSEI).
Sachin Timalsena is the National Coordinator of Youth Congress Nepal, a youth movement for democracy in the country. He attended the IVLP on the theme “US Electoral Process” in 2018. A graduate of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies from the Tribhuvan University, Sachin is also an educator. Along with his key interest in Politics, he is also known for his Cricket Commentary on different national televisions. A fellow of the NORHED scholarship by the Norway government in 2016, he attended the Ruhuna University to fathom the conflict and peace process of Srilanka.