Aayushi KC is the Founder and CEO of Khaalisisi Management Pvt. Ltd., a waste management platform that connects waste workers and waste sellers. She is committed to raising public awareness about recycling in Nepal and ultimately hopes to create a waste management industry in the country. Named a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree in 2018 and Asia 21 Young Leader in 2019, KC aspires to build and digitize the waste ecosystem in Nepal.
A documentary filmmaker, Alok Tuladhar is interested in documenting natural and man-made heritage. Engaged in the campaign to preserve tangible and intangible Nepali culture, he has worked in the field of computer software for more than two decades.
A former president of Ghazal Sandhya Pokhara, Amrit Subedi writes in different genres of literature. He is the Gandaki chief of Onlinekhabar and a senior correspondent at Samadhan Dainik.
Chief executive officer of the Ullens Educational Foundation, Arnico Panday holds a bachelor's degree in environmental science and public policy from Harvard University, a master's degree in land resources from the University of Wisconsin, and a Doctorate in atmospheric science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Regional Program Manager of ICIMOD's Atmosphere Program until January 2020, Panday has served on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Climate and Clean Air Coalition and various working groups of the Government of Nepal.
Avasna Pandey is the Program Manager at the Centre for Investigative Journalism-Nepal. Prior to joining CIJ-Nepal, she headed the Opinions section of the Kathmandu Post. She graduated with a Master's Degree in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University and has contributed articles for South-Asian Voice, The Kathmandu Post, and The Record.
One of the most promising and young journalists, Basanta Basnet has an experience of over a decade in mainstream starting out as a reporter for Nagarik daily, he went on to become the editor of the weeklies Annapurna Today and Nepal Magazine. Currently, the editor in chief of Shilapatra, he is the author of 72 Ko Bishmaya
Filmmaker and film entrepreneur Bhaskar Dhungana is the writer and producer of Kagbeni, the producer of Sano Sansar and the director and producer of Suntali Films. He is also a co-founder of QFX Cinemas and Digital Cinema Nepal.
Bhavana Tamang is a doctor by profession and is interested in enhancing the quality of school education. Having grown up amidst extreme poverty, she passionately advocates for a society where no one is deprived of an opportunity to study for lack of resources.
Bhikshhu Kashyap (Sunil Babu Pant) is the founder of the Blue Diamond Society and a former politician. Bhikshhu Kashyap is a name given to him by a Buddhist Guru.
Committed to developing reading culture in Nepal, Bikesh Kabin is doing a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and English at Mahendra Multipurpose Campus, Dharan. His writings have appeared in various national newspapers and news portals including Annapurna Post.
A poet and short story writer, Bina Theeng Tamang is the winner of the nation-wide Baahrakhari Short Story Writing Competition. She writes for different newspapers as well.
Bina Theeng Tamang
Biswo Poudel is a Senior Economic Advisor at International Labor Organization and an Associate Professor of Economics at Kathmandu University School of Management. A columnist with Kantipur, Poudel specializes in energy economics, labor economics, natural resources economics, and macroeconomic forecasting.
A passionate advocate of public health nutrition, Bonita Sharma is the cofounder and CEO of Social Change Makers and Innovators (SOCHAI). She was recognized by UNESCO as a Female Champion for girl’s education in 2018. She has also been listed by the BBC as the 100 most influential women in 2019.
A secondary school teacher for over a decade, Chandra Prakash Baniya is a former member of the House of Representatives. An author of many books, Baniya won the Madan Puraskar for his latest novel Maharani. He has edited several books including Baniya Darpan and Jalpa.
Chandra Prakash Baniya
Chandra Prasad Dhakal is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the IME Group. He has been serving as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Indonesia in Nepal since 2010. He is the Vice-President of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry. He is also the President of the Nepal-Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Vice-President of the Nepal-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is an invitee member of the Investment Board of Nepal, which is chaired by the country’s Prime Minister. He is a first-generation serial entrepreneur of Nepal and strongly adheres to the ethics of professional financial conduct and governance.
Chandra Prasad Dhakal
Deepak Pariyar has been working as a journalist in Pokhara for 13 years and is the deputy editor of Kantipur daily.
Dr. Anup Bastola is the Chief Consultant of Tropical medicine at the Ministry of Health and Population. He is an experienced dermatologist with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and health care industry
Dr. Anup Bastola
Trained in public health, Dr. Anup Subedee is a physician and infectious disease specialist He likes to write about and reflect on healthcare and public health-related issues faced by Nepalis, more so since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Anup Subedee
Dr. Maheshwar Dhakal is the Secretary at the Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Forests, and Environment, Gandaki Province. He has served as the Chief of Climate Change Management Division and National Project Director of National Adaptation Plan. He has also served as the Chief of Biodiversity and Environment Division at Ministry of Forests and Environment, and as the Deputy Director-General and Senior Ecologist at Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Nepal.
Dr. Maheshwar Dhakal
Dr. Rolina Dhital is a global health researcher as well as a medical doctor. She is the Founder and CEO of Health Action and Research, which is dedicated to finding innovative health solutions. She has authored several research papers in reputed international journals. She works in a wide range of global health issues including women's health, adolescent health, mental health, and digital health. She is currently working on research related to Covid-19. She loves reading and writing about things beyond health as well.
Dr. Rolina Dhital
Durga Karki is a lawyer by training, journalist by interest, and writer by passion. She writes both fiction and non-fiction in various national dailies and online portals on issues ranging from feminism to federalism. Her first book—a collection of short stories—Kumari Prashnaharu was published in early 2020.
Hari Khanal is pursuing a diploma in crop science and is interested in literature and spirituality. Along with his friends, he is building libraries for prisoners.
Illya Bhattarai is a writer based in Kathmandu. Author of ten books, she has been a member of Pen International-Nepal and Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature.
Jagannath Lamichhane is a writer and activist, who is active on social media under the name 'Juggernaut Mindset'. He conducts a virtual discussion show ‘Ke Chha Hal Khabar’. Deeply interested in socio-political campaigns, he received the 'Outstanding Achievement Award in the Field of Mental Health' in 2015 from the World Health Organization.
A social activist and writer, Keshav Dahal writes regular political columns in various newspapers including Kantipur daily. He is the author of Rajnitiko Punargathan and Mokshbhumi, a novel.
The Economic Affairs and Planning Minister of Gandaki Province, Kiran Gurung is a standing committee member of the Nepal Communist Party. He is also a former Minister of Forest and Land Conservation.
A journalist for more than two and a half decades, Kubera Chalise was the head of the business and economic bureau at The Himalayan Times, Annapurna Post, and Republica. One of the few Nepali journalists to have worked for both Nepali and English language newspapers, he is the editor of Karobar Daily.
Manju Devi Gurung, the Deputy Chief of Pokhara Metropolitan City, is a member of the Kaski District Committee of the Communist Party of Nepal. She is also a central member of the All Nepal Women's Association.
Manju Devi Gurung
A tenth grader, Manushree Mahat loves to spend her free time reading books.
A consultant with UNDP for its Nepal Housing Reconstruction Project, Milan Bagale specializes in architecture and rural development sciences. He writes on settlement systems, construction culture and heritage preservation and is the author of two books: Desh Drishti and Prayagdutta Tiwariko Krishikatha.
A Filmmaker, Min Bham is the director of the much acclaimed Kalo Pothi. His most recent film A Year of Cold won the the Norwegian Sorfond Award at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival in 2019, Paris.
A translator and writer, Niranjan Kunwar is the author of Between Queens and the Cities.
The General Secretary of Sahitya Sadhana Pratishthan, Pradip Rodan is a teacher and popular ghazal writer.
Prakriti Bhattarai Basnet is the founding chairperson of Political Literacy For Women and has been very active in increasing the political space for women in Nepal for the past few years. She conducts #2030 discussion programs covering socio-political issues in collaboration with Nagarik Media.
Prakriti Bhattarai Basnet
Chief Minister of the Gandaki Province, Prithvi Subba Gurung is a member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of Nepal. He is also the Gandaki state in-charge of the CPN (Maoist). Gurung, who recently served as the CPN-UML secretary, was the Minister of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation.
Prithivi Subba Gurung
Miss Teen Nepal-2005, Priyanka Karki started her career as a VJ in 2005 and an actor in 2012. She started the Ayanka Foundation in 2018 along with her husband to work with kids and women focusing on health, sanitation, education, and menstrual hygiene. She ventured into production and direction with Just Another Love Story in 2019 and has just completed shooting for Basanta, written and directed by herself, under her production house Prinklebell Pictures.
Rabindra Puri is a cultural heritage conservationist and the first Nepali to win the UNESCO Asia Pacific Cultural Heritage Conservation Award. He leads a team of nearly 400 workers towards conservation of traditional architecture, producing more than 200 skilled workers every year for conservation work through the Nepal Vocational Academy in Panauti and Bhaktapur. He started the Museum of Stolen Art to make people aware of art theft. He has also been honored with Mahendra Vidya Bhushan Award.
Raj Kumar Baniya has worked for 25 years at several renowned publications including Kantipur, Nagarik, Naya Patrika, and Rajdhani. He is well regarded for his no-holds-barred reviews, profiles and editorial skills.
Raj Kumar Baniya
Ramesh Bhushal works as an environmental journalist for The Third Pole and manages activities in South Asia for a global network of environmental journalists. He has worked as the Principal Environment Correspondent for The Himalayan Times, program producer and host for Ujyaalo Radio Network, and has served as Science Correspondent for the BBC Nepali Service.
Roshan Mishra is the Director of Taragaon Museum. A visual artist based in Kathmandu, he manages the Nepal Architecture Archive, which is run by the Saraf Foundation for Himalayan Traditions and Culture, a patron organization of the Taragaon Museum. He launched the Global Nepali Museum in 2019 to document the lost heritage of Nepal and is also an initiator of the Mishra Museum, which is dedicated to his father, the late Manuj Babu Mishra.
Visually impaired since birth, Saugat Wagle is doing a bachelor’s degree in Development Finance at National College. He is working to expand the visually impaired people’s access to the banking sector. He has received, among others, the National Volunteer Award 2020 given by the Government of Nepal.
Shilshila Acharya is the CEO of Himalayan Climate Initiative and the co-founder of Hamri Bahini—The Green Angels Social Enterprise, which has created 1,330+ respectable green jobs for disadvantaged Nepali women. She led the ‘No Thanks I Carry My Own Bag’ campaign to get plastic bags banned in Nepal and is leading the ‘No Thanks Sustainability Movement’ that promotes sustainable lifestyle and circular economy. She has been recognized as a promising Young Social Entrepreneur by the Global Good Fund and has been awarded the ‘Conservation Awards 2018’ by WWF Nepal for her work on fighting plastic pollution. She is a board member of Climate Alliance of Himalayan Communities.
A former television host of the very popular program Mero Geet, Mero Sandesh, Shivani Singh Tharu is the author of a serious work of fiction, Kathmanduma Ek Din. She has worked for the BBC Media Action as producer and director of radio dramas like Katha Mitho Sarangiko and Kathamala.
Shivani Singh Tharu
The head of the District Coordination Committee, Syangja, Sita Sundas is also the central president of the District Coordination Committee Federation.
A journalist and youth activist, Sobita Gautam hosts the weekly television show 'Swasthya Sarokar' for Nepal Television. She is an executive board member of the Association of Youth Organizations Nepal. A graduate in history and political science, Sobita is a lawyer in the making.
Sonika Manandhar, co-founder and chief technology officer of Aloi Technologies, has worked for more than a decade as a software programmer at Microsoft Innovation Center and other organizations. She and her organization have received numerous awards from the United Nations Capital Development Fund, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. She was shortlisted for the United Nations Environment Program's Young Champions of the Earth 2019, Asia and the Pacific. The National Geographic Society also listed her as 'Emerging Explorer 2020'.
A journalist with Pahilo Post, Swechcha Raut is well regarded for her deeply insightful human interest stories as well as writings on art and culture.
Yangesh heads Ekantipur, the online wing of Kantipur Publications. He is the author of Bhuiyan and translator of Mohandas and Nailcutter by the celebrated Hindi writer Day Prakash.