Executive Committee

Manish Jha
President

Manish Jha is founder & CEO of the most visible research company of Nepal – FACTS Research & Analytics Pvt. Ltd. With the aim of contributing to a data-driven culture in Nepal, the company began spreading the message of the importance of information through huge data dissemination activities in print and social media platforms. The company is also credited for conducting the first-ever exit poll in Nepal, has its own TV-show, as well as partnerships with national dailies and magazines, along with using social media to disseminate data. He has separate Masters’ degree in Service Marketing (PU), Political Science (TU) and Maithili Literature (TU). He is also the host of the weekly television show “Tathya ra Tarka”.

Niroj Shrestha
Member

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 is leading Shikharapur Campus as Principal since 2013. Mr. Shrestha is working for community development with 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 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.

Pradip Khatiwada
Member

Pradip Khatiwada is the Founder and Executive Director at Youth Innovation Lab (YI-Lab)—a not-for-profit social enterprise. He is recognized for his leadership on anti-plastic bag movement and getting legislation on plastic bags ban and leading a Guinness world record attempt for the ‘largest tree hug’ event. Pradip earned his post graduation from Tata Institute of Social Sciences -Mumbai, India with focus on Disaster Management and Livelihood Recovery. Before starting YI-Lab, he worked as the researcher at National Science Foundation’s PEER Science project at Kathmandu Living Labs. He is the recipient of 2017 US Department of States’ International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

Dechen Lama
Vice President

Dechen Hyolmo Lama is an LL.M graduate who is passionate about gender rights. Currently she is working with FWLD, Nepal on a UNHCR project that supports people without legal identity. She is advocating for the right of women in Nepal to confer citizenship to their spouse and children as that of men. She recently filed a writ in the Supreme Court of Nepal regarding the birth registration right of the children. She has been engaged in various studies and research works regarding citizenship and legal Identity in Nepal. She is an IVLP alumni 2016. She can be reached at dechenlama23@gmail.com.

Baman Kumar Ghimire
Member

An M.A. (English Literature) from Tribhuvan University, Baman Kumar Ghimire is the Guidance Counselor and HoD(English) 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 Volunteer 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 Chief-Coordinator (Asia-Pacific). GIF collaborates with the State Alumni to address some burning issues like STEAM Education, Health, and Girls Empowerment. Mr. Ghimire loves making researches and facilitating sessions on Open Online Education and Environment.

Saroj Bista
General Secretary

Saroj Bista is a Community Solutions Program (CSP) fellow of 2016. He is an advocate and the Open Data Coordinator 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 researches. 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. He likes to cycle off-road in his free time.

Pravina Amatya
Treasurer

Pravina Amatya is International Volunteer Leadership Program (IVLP) Alumni – 2013 from Department of States and also US Embassy Youth Advisory Council member – 2011. Her education background is management and she holds degree of Health Care Management. She has worked in Humanitarian organisation and recently completed a project supported by British Red Cross, Earthquake Response Operation as a Livelihood Officer. She has worked for a long time in Health Projects which was supported by USAID and has experience of Administrative and Financial management to support program activities.

Sabitra Pariyar
Secretary

Sabitra Pariyar is a founder President of Social Peaceworkers (SPW) an NGO contributing in bridging the social divide created by caste and gender conflict. She is also a president of the daily newspaper, Morning Bell, that published from Dhangadhi, Farwest Province. She has graduated in Rural Development from TU in 2006. She has extensive experience of 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 relate to GESI. She is a strong defender of Human Rights (focusing women and Dalits ). Currently, she is on extended leave for taking care of her child. She is the recipient of 2017 US Department of States’ International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

Kripa Sigdel
Member

Kripa Sigdel, is a Lecturer and Mental Health counselor by Profession. She is currently involved in Padmakanya Multiple Campus, Tribhuvan University as a faculty in the Department of Psychology and in an organization ‘Psychbigyaan Network Nepal-PNN’ as an Executive Director which she co-founded in 2015. She is recognized for her leadership on the issues of Mental Health and Psychology in Nepal and working passionately in this field through conducting researches, awareness programs, training, and workshops. She completed her Masters in Psychology from Tribhuvan University as the University topper. She is a SUSI (Studies of United States Institute) alumni-2014 through which she did a short course on New Media and Journalism from the University of Washington. She can be reached at kripasigdel@hotmail.com

Pawan Ghimire
Member

Mr. Pawan Ghimire[40] is a major in Nepal Army who became totally blind in the year 2003 as a result of 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.