CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, THAMEL DOT COM
Bal K Joshi
Bal K. Joshi is the co-founder and managing director of Thamel Dot Com, Kathmandu, Nepal. He has over 10 years of entrepreneurial experience operating trading businesses in Nepal and North America and expertise in business development, marketing, and business operations and systems development. He is also the co-founder of Machpay. Machpay is a global payment processor changing the landscape of developing countries like Nepal to enable financial inclusion for digital economy.
Mr. Joshi holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon USA. He is the recipient of the 2003 Tony Zeitoun Award in the category of “ICT and Poverty Reduction” for the story of Thamel Dot Com. It is considered as one of the best practices case studies in the areas of migration and productizing of remittances. It is also a subject of case study at academic institutions like Santa Clara University and George Washington University.
CEO, SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR
Mr. Ashutosh Tiwari is the CEO of Sherpa Adventure Gear (Nepal), which is an outdoor apparel manufacturer that sells its made-in-Nepal products in 500 stores in 21 countries around the world. He is the Chairperson of the Association of International NGO’s in Nepal (AIN). In 2011, World Economic Forum in Geneva honored Ashutosh as a Young Global Leader.
He has previously worked as the CEO of Himalmedia and was appointed as the Country Representative for WaterAid in Nepal from 2010-2014.
Mr. Tiwari is the Co-founder of Entrepreneurs for Nepal (E4N), a 43,000+ group that is very active on Facebook. Since 2008, E4N has hosted more than 60 monthly speaker series called Last Thursdays. Through E4N, Ashutosh mentors for-profit and social entrepreneurs, and social activists and links them up with investors and wider networks.
CEO, PRABHU BANK
Mr. Ashok Sherchan is the CEO of Prabhu Bank since 2014. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Tribhuwan University. He began his career in 1995 A.D. in Nepal Bangladesh Bank and since then he has held a series of leadership positions in the different banks.
FOUNDER AND CEO, ESEWA FONEPAY
Mr. Asgar Ali is the Founder/CEO of eSewa Fonepay, and has spent more than 3 years running the organisation. He is also the current Vice President of F1Soft International. In his role in the organisation he made major contributions to design and develop flagship products such as mobile banking, internet banking and eSewa which eventually became the core product of the company.
He finished his Bachelors of Engineering in Software Engineering from Pokhara University.
PRESIDENT AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, CG
Mr. Arun Chaudhary has been the President and Managing Director of Chaudhary Group for the past 36 years.
PARTNER, NEUPANE LAW ASSOCIATES
MR. Anjan Neupane is a Partner at Neupane Law Associates. He has extensive experience in high profile and complex acquisitions, financings, joint ventures, and commercial disputes. He also advises in foreign investment, project development, regulatory matters, and cross-border transactions involving Nepal.
He holds first class honors degree in law from the University of Aberdeen, UK. Furthermore, he regularly contributes articles in academic journals and is a member of the International Bar Association.The 2016 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific ranks him as a leading lawyer for business law in Nepal.
His recent experience includes advising various international banks in project financing of large power projects and lending to various Nepalese corporates; multinationals and corporates in many high-value mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures in aviation, energy, financial services, telecom, technology and manufacturing industries; project sponsors in public-private partnership projects and so on.
DEPUTY CEO, NABIL BANK LIMITED
Anil Keshari Shah is the current deputy CEO of Nabil Bank. He is a veteran in the banking sector. He started his career as an assistant in Standard Chartered Bank, and moved on to become the Head of Consumer Bank and Chief Operating Officer. He is credited with making Nabil Bank the number one bank in Nepal in his 5 year tenure as a CEO.
He did his bachelors degree in Washington, US.
Mr. Shah is very passionate about entrepreneurship and its potential in Nepal. He has been speaking at various entrepreneurship platforms in Kathmandu, such as, Last Thursday’s organised by Entrepreneurs for Nepal, Samriddhi and Change Fusion. He also recently spoke at the Business Networking Hours held by Clock b Business Innovations.
ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE
Ananta Saurabh is the Entrepreneur In Residence of NEXT Launchpad. He uses his years of experience to guide the company, while also being committed to guide the startups that will be joining us.
At the age of 22, Mr. Saurabh started WorxPro and has been with the company for the past 12 years, and has seen it cross borders. WorxPro now operates in Finland and UK. In addition, with the recent integration of WorxPro into the M&S brand he has been able to transform it into an innovation lab focusing on research in newly created areas like Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Internet of Things.
Being an entrepreneur and a computer enthusiast has created an exciting journey for him, where he find himself creating new strategies with new researches and innovations to ease up transformation of business into digital era.
FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, BLUE BIRD DEPARTMENT MALL
Mr. Anand Tuladhar is founder & managing director at Blue Bird Department Mall. He has been the Senior Consultant for Lead International for the past 7 years. Lead International supports both businesses and non-profit organisations to increase their efficiency, effectivity and profitability through result-oriented solutions to their complex problems.
Mr. Tuladhar completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) from National Institute of Techonology Rourkela, and his Masters of Management Studies in United Kingdom.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, PRO BIO-TECH INDUSTRIES & NIMBUS INTERNATIONAL CO
Anand Bagaria is managing director of Pro Bio-Tech Industries and Nimbus International Co, Nepals leading agro-business enterprises. Pro Bio-Tech manufactures high quality livestock feed.
Mr. Bagaria completed his bachelors in industrial engineering from R.V. College of Engineering, Banglore. He also completed an Entrepreneurial Masters Program (EMP) from Entrepreneur’s Organisaiton.
Mr. Bagaria has been involved in various organisations throughout his career. He is the co-founder of Himalayan Climate Initiative (HCI), member of FNCCI, member of Entrepreneur’s Organisation and so on. He has also recently been honoured with the ‘Person to Watch’ Boss Business Excellence Award. Besides being actively involved in an agribusiness sector, he has diversified his business interests into poly-woven fabric production, chemical processing, grain trading, solvent extraction, and animal health and nutrition.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO, HUBBA THAILAND
Amarit Charoennphan is the co-founder and CEO at HUBBA Thailand- Thailand’s No.1 co-working space. Through this platform he is pursuing his passion of helping people realize their dreams and become the successful startups and entrepreneurs through the best co-working space, education, media and funding scene.
HUBBA is Thailand’s startup ecosystem leader in terms of co-working spaces, technology events, technology media and startup education in Thailand and the 1st co-working space in Southeast Asia that is ventured back by 500 Startups (Fund III, Durians, TukTuks), Ardent Capital and Golden Gate Ventures.
CEO, SIDDHARTHA DEVELOPMENT BANK LIMITED
Ajaya Kumar Mishra
Mr. Ajaya Kumar Mishra is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Siddhartha Development Bank Limited (SDBL) since Ashad 2072. Before coming to SDBL he was CEO of Prudential Finance limited for seven years. He has more than two and half decade of professional experience in Government, INGOs, Media and Banking Sector. He is also involved in teaching and training profession for a decade. He is also currently pursuing PhD in leadership at Kathmandu University.
Aditi Chaurasia is the Co-founder of EngineerBabu. She has also recently co-founded MotorBabu,a service center aggregator to provide hassle free vehicle servicing to the users. She was Born in a small town called Garhi Malehara near Khajuraho and in a locality where women don’t have an identity and have suffered for years. She ventured into entrepreneurship through Vendas Services in 2010 and with Titliyan Creation in 2013 while pursuing her MBA.
EngineerBabu is an IT company offering mobile app and web development, web designing, logo designing, digital marketing services.The company has worked with Samsung, YourStory, JustRide, MaalGaadi, AhaTaxis, Thrillophilia and 70+ Startups. They have got featured on Times of India, YS, TheBetterIndia, ET, Dainik Bhaskar.
FOUNDER, BIZ SERVE PVT. LTD.
Mr. Abhaya Poudel is founder of Biz Serve Pvt. Ltd., a company engaged in business advisory services. He is also currently working as Partner of R P B & Associates, Chartered Accountants the firm is engaged in audits and consultancy assignment of banks, finance, private, public companies, INGO/NGO and social organizations.
Mr. Poudel completed his Bachelors of Business Studies from Tribhuvan University in 2007. He has completed Information System Audit (ISA) and Chartered Accountancy (CA) course from ICAN. He also has a diploma in IFRS (DipIFR) from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants – UK.
Mr. Poudel has been involved in promoting entrepreneurship throughout his career. He is a mentor at Rock Start Impact Nepal, a business accelerator designed to support Nepali entrepreneurs in growing their companies and raising investment. He is also a Coach in Ye! Community. Ye! is a community for young entrepreneurs that connect around the world and link them to resources and opportunities to help them make their startup a success.
EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, EWORKS UK
Mr. Rajen Kandel is the Executive Chairman of Eworks UK (a newly set up company in the UK and Nepal to provide web and IT solutions for the businesses around the globe), the Chairman of Britain Nepal Chamber of Commerce, and the Founding CEO of The British College.
Mr. Kandel has a Bachelor of Science in Computing from University of Greenwich.
Furthermore, Mr Kandel is a true serial entrepreneur, he has managed and is currently managing various ventures. His ventures span various fields form educational institutes to news media to hospitality management. He is the Managing Director at Neem Tree Pharmacy (UK), Partner at Yak & Yeti Restaurant, Managing Director at NepaliPatra (UK & Australia), and so on.
MANAGER, BUSINESS BRAINZ
Prajwal currently leads and manages a business research firm, Business Brainz. Through this, he advises companies across the globe enabling them make more informed decisions. Key part of his engagement at Business Brainz includes working with global companies that have adopted Account Based Marketing (ABM), and enabling them gain deeper understanding into each target account through research. He brings a global experience within insight driven marketing, business research, strategic planning, and strong business development skills. In his professional career, he has been associated with organizations including British Telecom Global Services (BTGS), CRISIL – a Standard & Poor’s Company, AON and Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG). He has led multiple initiatives including working with a global network service provider in setting up a Key Account Based Marketing program and ensures seamless delivery to clients across geographies. As an entrepreneur, researcher, investor, mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs and startups, he wished to create more job in Nepal.
GENERAL MANAGER, KALPATARU POWER TRANSMISSION
Mr. Prasoon Pallav is currently serving as General Manager- Project Planning and Monitoring for international projects Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd.
He completed his Bachelors of Technology in Mechanical Engineering form National Institute of Technology, Warangal, AP, India. He then went on to pursue his Post-graduate Programme in Management from the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad.
Mr. Pallav has served in diverse roles throught his professional carrer. He has worked in operations division at SunEdison, one of the world’s leading renewable energy developer, in different roles. Furthermore, he was part of a R&D team of Bajaj Auto limited for first 4 wheeler that Bajaj has recently launched.
Prabin Subedi is a practicing corporate focused lawyer having special aptitude in dealing with the cases related to company startups, information technology, contracts, foreign investment, company compliances, legal risk management, family laws and criminal cases. He has assisted and advised many techno based companies, equity ventures capital funds, hydropower companies, outsourcing companies, mining and metal industries etc.
He is also a practicing litigant lawyer representing clientele in cases including but not limited to civil cases, criminal cases, cases related to extraordinary jurisdiction, labor disputes, contract law, corporate law, banking and insurance law etc.
Mr. Subedi has completed his LL.M studies in Information Communication Technology Law from the University of Oslo, Norway (under Norwegian Government’s Scholarship). He has acquired his LL.B degree from Kathmandu School of Law, Purbanchal University, 2012. He has been decorated with the national award of ‘Nepal BidhyaPadak Ga’, 2014 from President of Nepal for being the topper of his university. Mr. Subedi is also a member of teaching faculty in Kathmandu School of Law teaching Public International Law, Law of Contracts, Banking and Insurance Law and other lectures. Mr. Subedi has served in the capacity of Country Manager in Multinational Mining Company, Company Secretary of Hospital, legal advisor of SME’s, NGOs and INGOs in Nepal.
Mr. Subedi has taken an initiative and filed pro bono Public Interest Litigation cases in Supreme Court of Nepal. He has contributed to World Bank Global Report on ICT and Agriculture, co-author in ‘Enabling Environment for Civil Society Organization, National Assessment, 2016’. He has number of publications and research in issue related to ICT Law, Cyberlaw, and Cyber Crime.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, PANCHAKANYA GROUP OF INDUSTRIES
Pradeep Kumar Shrestha
Mr.Pradeep Kumar Shrestha is the Managing Director of Panchakanya Group of Industries. He has been actively involved in management of several industries and commercial sector for more than 31 years. Throughout his career he has specialized specially in trade and commerce.
Mr. Shrestha is a MBA graduate from Tribhuvan University. He has been making significant impact in the field of business through his enterprises. The government and private sector have recognized his caliber and dedication towards nation development and have honoured him with Gorkha Dakshin Bahu, Birendra Aishwarya Sewa Padak, Nepal Samman 2059, Man of the Year 2003 by The American Biographical Institute.
FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, BRAINDIGIT IT SOLUTION
Nischal Man Pradhan
Mr. Nischal Man Pradhan is the Founder and Managing Director of Braindigit IT Solution, one of the biggest IT company in Nepal, operating in various continents.
Mr. Pradhan completed his Bachelors in Business Administration from Kathmandu University, and his MBA from Pokhara University.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, KING'S COLLEGE
Mr. Narottam Aryal is the Executive Director at King’s College, Kathmandu, Nepal. He has been with this college for the last four years.
Since his graduation in 1999 he has been working with Nepalese higher education especially in the field of business and entrepreneurship. He obtained his Master in Public Administration from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal and M. Phil. in Public Policy from University of Bergen, Norway. Mr. Aryal was awarded the Manager of the Year 2013 by Management Association of Nepal.
An International Visitor Leadership Program Fellow of US Department of State, Mr. Narottam recently attended a week-long executive program on Social Entrepreneurship at INSEAD, Singapore.
DIRECTOR, TEAM QUEST PVT LTD
Mr. Nakim Uddin is the Director of Team Quest Pvt Ltd (Quest Group of Companies) and the Chairman of Nepal Motion Pictures Associations. He completed his undergraduate degree from Taipei University in Tiwan.
He is one of the pioneers of the cinema entertainment business. He has been able to make the cinema experience for Nepalese people on par with the international standards, with his QFX Cinemas ventures.
A self-made entrepreneur with immense popularity among the young age artists for his creative production ideas Nakim’s work has recently been recognized by FNCCI by an Excellence Award.
HEAD OF GP ACCELERATOR, DHAKA
Minhaz is an active innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem builder in Asia. He has delivered several challenges and competitions like the Seedstars World, MakeAThon Bangladesh and StartUp Cup in Bangladesh. Minhaz is currently Head of GP Accelerator in Dhaka, Founder of BetterStories, Bangladesh Country Representative for Spring Accelerator, an Advisor to the World StartUp Cup (headquartered in USA), Global Ambassador with the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) USA, a Director with the Founder Institute in Dhaka and Founding Advisor to Future Strategy Group.
The GP Accelerator empowers tech startups with the resources they need to build, grow, and Go Beyond. A 4-month bootcamp that provides seed funding, expert mentors, top-notch curricula, in-house development resources, investor access and more, the GP Accelerator programme accelerates startups’ growth, 5 startups at a time.
ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER, KANTIPUR PUBLICATIONS
Mr. Mahesh Swar is the Assistant General Manager of Kantipur Publications since 2012 and the Assistant General Manager of Terai Television Network since 2010.
In his 18+ years of work experience he has worked in diverse fields ranging from marketing to sales to teaching. This has enabled him to bring out of box thinking to various problems with a strong analytical background. He completed his B.A (Economics) in 1996 from Tri Chandra College, and after a few years of work experience we pursued his masters degree in MBA (Marketing) from Ace Institute of Management.
Mr. Swar has been continuously working towards entrepreneurship development and education. He currently serves as the lecturer of ‘Entrepreneurship Developement’ for MBS students at St. Xavier’s College, furthermore, he was one of the mentors for Startup Weekend 2014.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, KANTIPUR PUBLICATIONS
Mr. Kailash Sirohiya is a Co-Founder of Dish Media Network Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Sirohiya serves as Managing Director of Kantipur Television Network Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Sirohiya also serves as Chairman and Managing Director of Kantipur Publications Pvt. Ltd. and Kantipur Radio.
FOUNDER, ORACLE STRATEGIES
Joseph is a Wall Street veteran, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Mentor, Educator. He currently serves as the Founder of Oracle Stragies, and also as an Advisor and Mentor at the X-Lab in China’s top university, Tsinghua. He also serves as a mentor and resident Fintech expert at Chinaccelerator. His new Education startup is focused on developing an entrepreneurial mindset in the 99.9% of our youth that don’t know they can be entrepreneurs yet.
Oracles Strategies is a platform that provides information on unique alternative investments to qualified investors. These investments bridge the gap between our clients’ public equity portfolios and the conservative portfolios offered by traditional private banks. They provide information on early stage startups, different stages of private equity investments as well as differentiated systematic trading strategies.
CEO, DEERWALK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Hitesh Karki is the Chief Academic Officer of Deerwalk Institute of Technology. Deerwalk Institute of Technology (DWIT) is a collaboration between Nepalese entrepreneurs and Deerwalk Inc, a software company based in the United States. DWIT offers 4 year Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Technology (BScCSIT) in affiliation with Tribhuwan University.
He holds an MBA from Kathmandu University and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Ferguson College, Pune University. Furthermore, he is currently pursuing his PhD from Kathmandu University.
His job experiences include working as Senior Business Consultant at Gazzab Social Ventures, the Director of Engineering at Verisk Information Technologies, and as a Developer at Mercantile Software. He is also a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) from Scrum Alliance.
EXECUTIVE CHARIMAN, HYDRO SOLUTIONS
Gyanendra Lal Pradhan
Er. Pradhan, Hydropower Specialist and Entrepreneur, is an Electrical Engineer by training. He is currently Executive Chairman at Hydro Solutions.
Er. Pradhan has served as the chairman of several organisations such as the Energy Committee at FNCCI, CACCI Asian Council on Water, Energy and Environment, and, SAARC CCI Council on Climate Change, Energy and Water Resources.
Er. Pradhan has been conferred with several awards and recognitions in the past such as the prestigious ‘Best Entrepreneur Award’ presented by BOSS in 2005, ‘Manager of the Year’ Award conferred by Management Association of Nepal (MAN) in 2006, HYDRO Nepal Excellence Award in Energy (Hydropower) in 2010 and lately ‘Best Entrepreneur Award’ conferred by Engineers’ Association Nepal in 2011 and lately “Asia Honesty Entrepreneur Award 2014” conferred by Asia Excellence Entrepreneur Federation, Malaysia in 2014 for his sturdy contributions to the field of hydropower and clean energy.
CEO, SHIKHAR INSURANCE
Dip Prakash Panday
Mr. Dip Prakash Panday has over two decades experience in the insurance field and now working in Shikhar Insurance Company Ltd. (SICL) as CEO.
Before joining Shikhar Insurance Company Ltd., he served as the General Manager at Everest Insurance for around ten years. His professional ability and prudence along with his strong belief in teamwork has helped him acquire experience in the local as well as in the international market.
He gives lectures on insurance in various seminars organized by Beema Samiti and in other programs as well from time to time. He has also attended various training programs regarding insurance in UK, India etc.
CEO, NEPAL TOURISM BOARD
Deepak R Joshi
Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi is the the CEO of Nepal Tourism Board. He has been working in the tourism sector for the past 15+ years, and has developed expertise in tourism marketing and promotion, destination management, and tourism products packaging.
He has completed a MBA and a MA in Sociology from Tribhuvan University. He has also completed international short term in Destination Management and Tourism Marketing.
PRESIDENT/CHAIRMAN, F1SOFT INTERNATIONAL
Mr. Biswas Dhakal has been the President/Chairman of F1Soft International for the past 12 years. Along with that he also has been leading various companies as the head such as, FonePay, CashOnAd and eSewa.
Mr.Dhakal did his Bachelors of Engineering on Software Enginnering from Pokhara University. During his professional career he has been able to amass various awards such as Global Entrepreneur 2011 by Samriddhi- The Prosperity Foundation, Red Herring Asia 2012 winner (F1Soft) for being one of the most innovative and promising company across Aisa, FNCCI Service Excellence Award for F1Soft and so on.
Mr.Dhakal has also been mentoring at Rockstart Impact since October 2014. Rockstart Impact is the first international startup accelerator in Nepal, focused in making impact investments and supporting local entrepreneurs who start social businesses.
Binod K Shrestha
Prof. Binod Krishna Shrestha is the professor of entrepreneurship and marketing at KUSOM. He has over twenty seven years of progressive professional experiences in design, implementation and supervision of education, training, consulting and research projects in the field of entrepreneurship and enterprise development of development and business organizations.
He is has done a MBA from Tribhuvan University, Master’s Degree in Development Studies specialized in small enterprise promotion and development from University of Bremen, Germany, and a Ph.D in Brand Equity in Higher Education from Kathmandu University.
Prof. Binod Krishna is one of the leading personalities in the field of entrepreneurial research in Nepal. He has written over a dozen research paper and case studies in the field. He has also done major consulting work for organisations like Nepal Red Cross Society, Asian Development Bank, FNCCI, WHO and so on. Furthermore, he is also the director of the Business Incubation Center, Ministry of Industry, Government of Nepal.
Binaya Mohan Saud
Binaya Mohan Saud is the CEO of Subisu and also serves on its Board of Directors. He is also the founder member of Subisu. Before being named the CEO of Subisu on December 2013, Binaya was Subisu’s active Board Member and was responsible for procurement and logistical requirement of the Company including worldwide operational functions and end to end Subisu’s supply chain management.
Prior to founding Subisu, he was with K&S Enterprise as a Technical Officer – Power Department. He was also employed with Nepal Electricity Authority. He holds an Engineering Degree (Electrical and Electronics) from Bangalore University.
Bhupendra is the Co-founder of Simplify360, and the Founder and CEO of Dogsee Chew. His company Dogsee Chew was recently able to secure INR 2 cr in angel funding. He is a thought leader and a passionate analyst. His passion for business analytics is eminent in the various article and blogs he writes.
Simplify360 is India’s leader in Social Media Monitoring and Analytics. The company is now head quartered in New York and has a branch office in Bangalore. The company has over a 100 paying customers like Yamaha, Revlon, Target and Wipro. Simplify360 thrives on its ability to innovate, which is apparent by how it has been able to attract customers from non-English speaking nations like Korea because it offers analytics in over 27 languages.
HEAD, FIRST AVOCADO
An alumnus of IBM, Wipro Technologies and Accenture spanning 12+ years of work experience as a Principal Consultant & Solution Architect in India and Australia, Zaffar Naik now heads ‘First Avocado’ – a management consulting boutique in Kathmandu that specializes in Service Design and People Enablement. His expertise lies at the crossroads of people, process and tools with Management Science at the backdrop. Zaffar brings with him a rich experience from multiple transformation projects involving Fortune 500 across consulting and advisory programs.
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, WITTYFEED
Vinay Singhal is the co-founder & CEO of WittyFeed. A few failures and a score of learnings later WittyFeed.com took shape in September 2014 under the aegis of Vatsana Technologies. Not yet two years and WittyFeed.com is already valued at $30 million. Vinay, still only 26, has 6+ years of successful experience providing fiscal, strategic and financial leadership in uniquely challenging situations.
WittyFeed is a ‘charticle’ and a ‘listicle’ platform. It is India’s largest viral content company and the world’s second largest in terms of traffic numbers. It is not just another website. It is a steadily growing ecosystem of content creators, publishers and consumers.The platform started out very small with barely a hundred thousand users but has quickly built up its user base. It has an audience reach of a Billion and gets 120 million unique readers every month.
Mr. Suraj Rajbahak is a Chartered Accountant qualified from Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nepal (ICAN). He has obtained First Merit Rank in CA examinations of ICAN.
Beside the role of Company Secretary, he is heading the Administration Department and Internal Control Department of the company.
DIRECTOR, STANDARD CHARTERED BANK, NEPAL
Mr. Sujit Mundul is a Director on the Board of Standard Chartered Bank, Nepal. He was the former CEO of Standard Chartered Bank, Nepal for 8 years, and has been working in it for more than 40 years.
Mr. Mundul obtained his B.A (Hons) degree in Economics and LLB from Calcutta University, and M.Sc. degree in chemistry from the University College of Science, Calcutta. Furthermore, he has also obtained diploma in Banking from the Indian Institute of Bankers and London Institute of Bankers.
Mr. Mundul has worked with Standard Chartered Bank in various senior positions in India and U.K. Sujit is a visiting faculty in Birla Institute of Technology, MESRA and KUSOM in Nepal.
CEO, NEPAL AIRLINES
Sugat Ratna Kansakar
Mr. Sugat Ratna Kansakar is currently the CEO of Nepal Airlines.
FOUNDING MEMBER, WEAN
Shanti Chadha who is a founder member of WEAN (Women Entrepreneurs Association of Nepal), the founder President of Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Association of Nepal), former Vice President of the SAARC Women Entrepreneur Council, Founder Member of Hastakala, Executive Member for three consecutive terms of FNCCI, Founder Member of WEAN Cooperative and Manushi among others.
She is the managing director of Nepal Woman Crafts NWC are manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and exporters of handmade Nepali paper and paper products and merchandisers of handicrafts. There are three retail outlets in Kathmandu and NWC exports to over 20 countries worldwide. NWC works with marginalized groups in the far western region of Nepal and has impacted the lives of over 2000 families by creating work opportunities and means of livelihood for them.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, HIM ELECTRONICS AND HANSRAJ HULASCHAND
Mr. Shekhar Golchha is the Managing Director of Him Electronics (country’s leading consumer electronics manufacturing and marketing company) and Hansraj Hulaschand (country’s largest private sector trading company).
He completed his Bachelor of Commerce from Delhi University in 1998, and Bachelor in Business Administration from Webster University, UK in 1990.
Apart from his processional commitments, His professional engagements, Mr. Golchha is the Vice President of FNCCI. He has also previously served as the Chairperson of Banking Committee of FNCCI and Immediate Past President of Nepal Automobile Dealer’s Association.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, SHANKER GROUP
Shahil Agrawal is the Managing Director of Shanker Group. He chairs and directs all of the companies under the conglomerate of Shanker Group. He has over 11+ years of experience in the field of trade and industry. He has also been awarded with various recognition such as, best ‘Young Entrepreneur Award’ by News 24 one of the most successful News channel of Nepal. He was also awarded the best Young Entrepreneur Award by Birjung Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Shanker Group is one of the biggest conglomerates of Nepal.The total revenue of SG was approximately 500 million dollars in 2011/12. Companies in SG also export few of the products to India and other neighbouring countries. Most of the companies in Nepal are the main target customers of the group and it is currently in the process of extending its spread in markets which are new and also expand in the ones where it already exists.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, MEROJOB.COM
Shailendra Raj Giri
Mr. Shailendra Raj Giri is the Managing Director of merojob.com and Rorgari services. meroJob.com is Nepal’s number one job site for white color job and Rojgari.com is a unique job portal for blue color job.
Mr. Giri obtained Bachelor in Business Management from Bangalore, India and Masters in Business from Kathmandu, Nepal. He has amassed more than 10 years of experience as a Human Resource Consultant working with a leading Human Resource Consulting firm, Real Solutions.
He is a founder member of Human Resource Network of Nepal. He is an active participants and moderator of HR Kurakani – HR learning platform. He is a certified NLP Coach certified by NLP Master Coach Jack Makani, Cyprus. He is an active member of Everest Toastmasters Club, a part of Toastmasters International. He was also recognized as ‘Global Entrepreneur 2012’ by Sambriddhi-The Prosperity Foundation.
ADVOCATE AND PARTNER, ABHINAWA LAW CHAMBER
Mr. Semanta Dahal has been the Advocate and Partner at Abhinawa Law Chamber for the last 6 years. He previously worked as a judicial clerk with Justice R.V. Raveendran, Judge, Supreme Court of India, New Delhi. He also teachers International Trade Law and Fiscal Law at Tribhuvan University Nepal Law Campus.
He did his BA, LLB with Honours from National Law School of India University, Bangalore, and LLM on International Law from University of Nottingham.
He currently advises the Investment Board of the Government of Nepal on various aspects of Nepalese laws, regulations, policies and market practice such as hydro concession, electricity laws and regulations, land and other matters and also on issues relating to cross border investment and potential power trade with India. Furthermore, he is also is also involved in court litigation and corporate, commercial and banking advisory work.
MANAGING PARTNER, HIMALAYAN LAWYERS & ASSOCIATES
Saroj K Ghimire
Mr. Ghimire is the Managing Partner of Himalayan Lawyers & Associates (HL&A). Mr. Ghimire was the founding partner of one the big law firm in Nepal which bagged many international awards. Upon dissolution of the partnership therein, Mr. Ghimire has taken the responsibility as Managing Partner of one of the recognized law firm HL&A. He is also an Asst. Prof. of Law at Tribhuvan University and holds dual LL.M. from UK and India in commercial law and constitutional law. Mr. Ghimire is also the national trainer for the various organization including Nepal Police, Judicial Academy and Nepal Bar Association to name few.
Mr. Ghimire has been involved in various mega projects including largest merger and acquisition relating to Banking & financial institutions, telecommunication, aviation, and hydropower. He has represented Fortune Global 500 companies in Nepalese legal matters and has provided services ranging from private entrepreneurs to supranational bodies, bilateral agencies, diplomatic mission and embassies, multinational companies, international organizations, INGOs and NGOs, financial institutions and other international agencies.
Mr. Ghimire has delivered several guest lectures on commercial issues in various universities, including seminars and conferences. Mr. Ghimire regularly contributes articles in the commercial and investment law issues in various law journals. Mr. Ghimire also shares his experiences as a corporate lawyer with the young business entrepreneurs as a part of his pro-bono services for developing good entrepreneurs in the country.
EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, DEERWALK INC.
Rudra Pandey is a Nepali entrepreneur, currently serving as Executive Chairman of Deerwalk Inc., a healthcare analytics company based in Lexington, Massachusetts. He also serves as Chairman of Deerwalk Institute of Technology.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology and a Ph.D. in economics from Northeastern University.
Prior to founding Deerwalk and Deerwalk Institute of Technology, Pandey co-founded D2Hawkeye where he served as Chief Technology Officer. After its acquisition by Verisk Analytics, D2Hawkeye became Verisk Health where Pandey served as Chief Operating Officer. D2Hawkeye was a recipient of Governor’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award in 2005.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AND COORDINATOR, KUSOM
Mr. Rojan Baniya has been working as Assistant Professor of Marketing and is Coordinator of Enterprise and Management Development Program (EMDC) and MBA Program,at KUSOM.
He has done his masters in Market Research form Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, US and Master in Business Administration in Marketing and HR from Kathmandu University School of Management, Nepal.
He has worked in various fields in his professional career from Credit Card Officer (Standard Chartered Bank Nepal Limited, Nepal), Research Analyst (Maritz Research Inc, St. Louis, US), Research Project Manager (Brand Asset Consulting, Young & Rubicam, New York, US) to Senior Research Analyst and Statistician (MMGY Global, Orlando, US). He has also been mentoring at the various incubation and startups programs around
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, INNOVATE NEPAL GROUP
Ravi Phuyal is a social entrepreneur working at the intersection of technology, education, and entrepreneurship in Nepal. He is an Executive Director of Innovate Nepal Group, an investment and holding company that runs internationally acclaimed qualifications in Nepal through its growing and expanding affiliates; Islington College, Herald College, Maryland College Biratnagar and Informatics College Pokhara.
Ravi is also a Co-founder of Nepal Entrepreneurs’ Hub, a resource center that nurtures entrepreneurship, facilitates investment and fundraising, supports startup communities, and works to create a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. Ravi also leads on tech and innovation agenda of Local Interventions Group, an award winning civic innovation non-profit with its presence in London, England and Kathmandu, Nepal – innovating on cutting edge GIS and crowdsourcing platforms across policy sectors.
INTERNATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, SURYA NEPAL
Mr. Ravi K.C has been working for Surya Nepal in the capacity of International Vice President. He is also the founding director of the Century Bank.
Mr. K.C completed his Bachelor of Commerce from Tribhuvan University.
Mr. K.C is also the Chairman of Chandika Distillery, Director of Himalayan Mahalaxmi Tea Garden, and Director of Century Commercial Bank. Furthermore, he has along with Surya Nepal has worked towards promoting social entrepreneurship since 2011. SNPL established this award as a part of its CSR activities. This initiative has been taken for the development of the entrepreneurship that can contribute for sustainable economic growth along with social development.
HR CONSULTANT AND RECRUITMENT SPECIALIST
Rajiv Sharma serves as an HR consultant and recruitment specialist to several organizations. He also served as a Principal Consultant to Nepal Red Cross Society, National Information Commission and Swiss Red Cross. With his vivid global experience, he supports organizations (private, public, I/NGOs and government institutions) in strengthening the capacity of their human resources via executive coaching, developing compensation and benefits packages, and developing performance management system. With extensive experience he has conducted training and workshops in organizations such as Nabil Bank Ltd., Global IME Capital Ltd., United Nations – World Health Organization and Nepal Red Cross Society. He brings more than seven years of experience as a management practitioner.
Co-founder and Managing Partner of Golden Gate Ventures
Jeffrey Paine is a Co-founder and Managing Partner of Golden Gate Ventures, an early stage technology venture capital fund based in Singapore investing in Southeast Asia with over US$175 million under management investing in over 35 companies since 2012.
Jeff started and manages the Founder Institute in Singapore where he is currently overseeing its expansion in Southeast Asia, and Japan. Since 2010 the Founder Institute in Singapore has graduated over 100 companies. He is a recipient of the Founder Institute Director Award 2012 for “Greatest Ecosystem Impact” Worldwide (Singapore).
He is a Singapore native and graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration (Information Systems) from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Co-Founder and Managing Director of the IME Group
Hem Raj Dhakal
Mr. Dhakal is a first generation serial entrepreneur of Nepal. He
co-founded the IME Conglomerate and played a pivotal role in
institutionalizing the remittance business in Nepal. He had the
vision to globalize the remittance services and expand the
business in South Asia. This was in order to help the millions of
migrants in the Middle East and Malaysia to send remittances
home in the most efficient and cost effective way. This
mechanism changed the dynamics of remittances in South Asia
in general and Nepal in particular. Nepal as a country has
historically found it difficult to give financial access to all its citizens especially in areas outside the
main cities. The widespread presence of IME payout locations has served the community as a whole by
creating a much wider access network. Remittances in Nepal have contributed to alleviating the
poverty in the country and are approximately a quarter of the national GDP of Nepal.
The IME Conglomerate consists of a number of companies with business interests in banking,
remittance, trading, IT, communications, energy, tourism, automobiles, insurance and infotainment
and together has generated more than 13,850 jobs (including more than 3,850 direct and 10,000 indirect
jobs). Mr. Dhakal took the IME Conglomerate to the global marketplace and established money service
institutions in Malaysia, the UK, the USA and Japan and successfully completed the merger &
acquisition of a few companies that are listed in the NASDAQ Fortune 500 Companies.
It was Mr. Dhakal’s vision that contributed to evolving the family business into a corporate one where
his team members now align with the group’s slogan Pioneering Spirit, the driving force of the team. His
vision is to empower the youth by creating opportunities for them and making them the owners of the
group. His team members not only work for the company, but also own it. The IME Conglomerate is
promoting social entrepreneurship and has already announced startup funds to explore the business
potential of Nepal and create opportunities for youth. In 2009, he co-founded the IME Foundation that
conducts philanthropic activities. The IME Foundation has been building schools and it also has a tie
up with the Nepal Children’s Organization “Bal Mandir” to provide full-fledged scholarships to
Orphan children, many of whom have been granted scholarships and have been enrolled in schools
through the IME Foundation.
Mr. Dhakal was born on 24 November 1975 in Baglung, a district in the western part of Nepal. He
completed his school education in Baglung and moved to Kathmandu for his higher studies. He has
done a Master’s of Business Studies (MBS) from Tribhuvan University, Entrepreneurial Masters
Program (EMP) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA and went to the London
Business School (LBS) Growth Forum in London. He is currently doing the Owner/President
Management Program (OPM) at Harvard Business School. He is the President of Nepal Malaysia
Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Member of the National Council, Confederation of Nepalese
Industries (CNI) and Executive Committee Member of Nepal India Chamber of Commerce and
He is married to Anjali Aryal and has two daughters, Nimisha and Shaivee. Before he moved to Nepal
in 2015, he lived in Malaysia for more than a decade. He loves to read novels, scholarly articles and is a
good tennis player.