Rachana Thapacertified hospitality educator
Ananta Saurabhtechnopreneur and computer enthusiast
Abhaya Poudelstartup guru and finance expert
Mannsi Agrawalcorporate trainer and communication expert
Asgar Alifounder and ceo of esewa
Swati Lohiabusiness research expert
Srijana Jyotichief brand officer at syakar company
Aakar Anil Ghimirehubspot certified marketing technologist
Sandipa Thapacertified professional coach in career and leadership
Rajeev Amatyafounder and managing director of kaymu.com.np
Ruchin Singhavid learner and a smart cookie
Mahima Shresthahead of media and pr
Prabin SubediCorporate Lawyer
GauravMan SherchanCEO of Ginger Marketing Services
Prashraya Ratna TuladarCo-founder and Creative Director at Ads Market
Mr. Sakar PudasainiFounder of Karkhana
Narottam AryalExecutive Director at King’s College,Kathmandu,Nepal
Vidhan RanaFounder of Biruwa Ventures
Govinda GyawaliHead of Sales & Marketing in Nimbus
Jagdish KhadkaProfessional Accountant
Hitesh KarkiChief Academic Officer of Deerwalk Institute of Technology
Shailendra Raj GiriFounder and CMD at MeroJob.Com
Ashish RaiProduct Strategist and Growth Marketer
Nischal Man PradhanFounder and CEO of Braindigit IT Solution
Sixit BhattaCo-founder/ CEO at tootle
Rajiv SharmaManaging Director/Principle Consultant at Jobs Dynamics Pvt. Ltd
Prashant PoudelFounder and CEO at Bhetincha.com
Karmath DangolVice President of Engineering at Cloud Factory
Sunita NhemaphukiCo-founder of R&D Innovative Solutions
Rojan BaniyaAssistant Professor at KUSOM
Manohar AdhikariFounder and Chief Executive officer of Foodmandu.com
Niladri ParialFounder and Owner at rightWeavers
Bibhusan BistaCEO and co-founder of YoungInnovations
Amit AgrawalCEO at Janaki Technology Pvt. Ltd.
Amun ThapaCo-founder and CEO of SastoDeal
Rachana Thapa is a co-founder and educator at Silver Mountain School of Hotel Management, a premium Hospitality Management College, providing international degree in Nepal. She is also currently working as a Director at Ace International Business School, a reputed business school that has been continually striving to raise the standard of management education in Nepal. Ms. Thapa has been involved in entrepreneurship in various ways throughout her career. In 2012, she founded XpressNepal, with vision to cater top notch cosmetic products in Nepal.
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 at Biz Serve Pvt. Ltd, a company engaged in business advisory services, Mr. Abhaya Poudel has over 8 years of experience in undertaking audits, assurance and consulting services. He is also working as a Partner of R P B & Associates Chartered Accountants, the firm 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 M&S NEXT Launchpad, business accelerator program where startups grow their business through mentorship and raising investment.
Mannsi Agrawal is professional Public Speaker and a Charter President of Himalaya Toastmasters Club. She has over 5 years of experience in training students and professionals in various aspects of Public Speaking, Presentation and Soft Skills. She is a visiting faculty member at Ace College Higher Secondary, International Institute of Management Sciences, Lord Buddha Education Foundation and Institute of Banking and Management Studies. She is currently working as Marketing, PR and Events Consultant, at NLIC City Centre Mall, Kamalpokhari.
Asgar Ali is the founder and CEO of E-Sewa, Nepal’s first online payment system. He lead a fresh team of 8 people to start E-Sewa as a separate company at the end of 2012 to change the online payment trend in Nepal. Within 4 years, they grew their number of customers from 19k to 400k, service merchants from 1000 to 1200, staff from 8 to 128, agent network from 100 to 17k and nevertheless, dramatic growth in revenue. Today, on average, E-Sewa processes 200,000 transactions every day, ranging from P2P transfer, domestic remittance and and merchant payments.
Asgar Ali is also vice president and general manager at F1Soft International Pvt. Ltd. He helped design the CBS(Core Banking System) independent products (Mobile Banking, Internet Banking and Remittance System) which could plug at any of Finacle,T24,iFlex,Pumori etc.
Swati Lohia is a Managing Partner at Business Brainz for past 3 years, a global professional services firm with strong capabilities in delivering high value business research and customized secondary research services. Looking upon her past, she has worked as a Promotion manager in Coca-Cola for about 2 years and as a Brand and Business Development Manager at Himalayan Snax and Noodles Pvt. Ltd.
Srijana Sakya Jyoti is a Chief Brand Offier at Syakar Company. She handles the media and promtion compaigns of the company. She also worked in an ad agency and as a event manager before getting involved in advertising and promotion at Syakar Company. Srijana did her Masters Degree (MBA) from Kathmandu University and has over 5 years experience in branding & promotion.
Aakar Anil Ghimire
Aakar Anil Ghimire is a HubSpot Certified, Marketing Technologist from Nepal. He looks after the Inbound Marketing at CloudFactory. CloudFactory provides an On-Demand, API driven workforce for scaling your business in the cloud. CloudFactory aims to connect 1 million people in the developing world to basic computer work through crowdsourcing. Before joining CloudFactory, he worked in Simplify360, Bangalore, India as Social Media Analyst.
He has completed his undergraduate (B.E. – Bachelor of Computer Engineering) from Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel Kavre, Nepal in 2011. He (@aakarpost) tweets a lot about Startup, Social Media, Inbound Marketing, Technology and Nepal.
Sandipa Thapa is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) with specialization in career and leadership coaching. With over 16 years of work experience in USA, Nepal and Switzerland, she has worked as senior career coach at George Washington University School of Business, USA where she provided US acculturation to all international students, career coaching, and advising support to graduate MBA students. She has accompanied over 500 international job seekers in their career transition of USA. Currently, she is the co-founder of Silver Mountain School of Hotel Management (SMSH) and working as Director of Marketing and On Campus Recruitment, SMSH, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Sandipa has MBA with specialization in Human resources and has an undergraduate degree in Hospitality Management from Switzerland. She is also Certified Hospitality Educator from Educational Institute of American Hotel & Lodging Association, USA.
Rajeev Amatya is the founder and managing director of Kaymu.com.np, the largest e-commerce platform of Nepal powered by German based Rocket Internet, one of the world’s largest e-commerce focused venture capital firms and start-up incubators.
Before Kaymu, Rajeev has previously worked as Business Analyst in companies like Novumed Life Science Consulting & Advisory and Credit Suisse. He hold a Masters Degree in Strategy and International Management from University of St. Gallens, Switzerland.
Ruchin joined Edushala fresh out of school and couldn’t be happier. He is an avid learner and a smart cookie. Ruchin believes teamwork, partnerships and collaboration are needed to create a better world and education is the best tool we have to shape the world. He believes massive open online courses will revolutionize the education system and is gung-ho about Edushala’s role in shaping how we learn. Ruchin is drenched in everything Edushala – be it managing meetings or creating marketing strategies or building the website. He is passionate about sharing knowledge and regularly conducts workshops on design thinking and Alexander Osterwalder’s Business Model Canavas. Currently, he is a part time faculty of management at St. Xavier’s College.
With a background in media and crisis communications, Mahima is interested in bringing people together to find solutions to complex problems and facilitating long-term change in culture and communities. Over the years she has worked with government, multilateral, private and non-profit organizations in a wide range of sectors including aviation, hydropower, tourism, investment climate reform, automobiles, finance, education, telecommunications and healthcare.
She began her career in journalism, transitioned into Advertising and PR, eventually specializing in issues-based PR and crisis communications for a wide range of multinational and multilateral agencies, government agencies and programs as well as private sector organizations. She now works primarily with organizations on understanding and optimizing the human dimension.
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 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.
GauravMan Sherchan is the CEO of Ginger Marketing Services, an authorized corporate insurance agency with Nepal Life Insurance Company, Kamaladi, Kathmandu, Nepal’s leading life insurance company, a first of its kind in Nepal. Ginger MS was established with a vision to promote a happier, wealthier and secure life by assisting customers to create a secure financial future.
A very passionate person, he only believes in doing what is right, what he believes in.
Prashraya Ratna Tuladar
Prashraya Ratna Tuladar is the Co-founder and Creative Director at Ads Market Pvt. Ltd. He started Ads Market with paper media advertising six years ago, but realised that the digital spectrum was changing around the world and pivoted the vision to Digital Marketing. They are the pioneers of Digital Marketing in Nepal. Ads Market have some major achievements since they started back 6 years ago, from People’s Choice best brand award n FNCCI award 2012, to being authorized Agency for 360 marketing solution, UK.
Prashraya is a graduate of ACE Institute of Managenent.
Mr. Sakar Pudasaini
Mr. Sakar Pudasaini is a technologist and educator. He is the founder of Karkhana (www.karkhana.asia), a maker space and Education Company, based in Kathmandu, Nepal. The technologist in him sees that the world he lives in is malleable, both in the material and cultural senses, and thus is responsive to those who can figure out the tools to mold it with. And as a teacher he tries to create the conditions which will lead his students to that same insight and the acquisition of the right tools to mold their own world with.
He is also a Visiting Arts Professor at the Interactive Media Arts program at NYU Shanghai. He studied Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University.
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.
Vidhan Rana is the founder of Biruwa Ventures – a private enterprise that focuses on providing business services to entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes to help them grow their business ventures. Biruwa launched its consulting division – Biruwa Advisors – in July 2014 to streamline and build better management consulting solutions for entrepreneurs. Biruwa also provides free mentoring sessions to young and aspiring entrepreneurs to help them tackle common business problems and bring their ideas to market.
He has also been working for Whittaker Associates Inc., a business intelligence firm based in Holland, MI. He has been involved in various capacities with Society of Ex-Budhanilkantha School Students (SEBS), serving in its executive committee in North America between 2008 and 2010 and got elected as the Vice President of the body in August 2013.
Govinda Gyawali is currently working as a Head of Sales & Marketing in Nimbus, an Agri Business Enterprises manufacturing Livestock feed. He is currently the head of Sales & Marketing Function at Nimbus – Probiotech Industries Pvt. Ltd. – An IFC partnered company of Nepal. He is also a visiting faculty member at Principles of Management (POM) and CGIM (Chaudhary Group Institute of Management)
He is also a trainer and speaker on Strategy, Marketing, Sales, Trade Marketing, Brand Management, Business Development & customer service.
Jagdish Khadka is an accomplished professional accountant with solid accounting, auditing and advisory experience. He has a proven track record of excellent performance in team. Able to manage multiple deadlines and comfortable with demanding time constraints, he is a regular faculty for Cost Accounting and Financial Management paper of ICAN & ICAI in IPCC/CAP-II level in Nepal.
Hitesh Karki is the Chief Academic Officer of Deerwalk Institute of Technology(DWIT), An IT college in Kathmandu formed in collaboration between Nepali entrepreneurs and Boston based software company Deerwalk Inc. Karki has decades of experience of working in tech companies, in various capacities. Starting from his job as a software developer in Mercantile Inc in 1999 to becoming the Chief Academic Officer of Deerwalk Institute of Technology, he has garnered much experience in the tech sector.
Shailendra Raj Giri
Mr. Shailendra Raj Giri is the Managing Director of MeroJob.Com, Nepal’s number one job site for white collar jobs and rojgari.com, a unique job portal for blue collar jobs. He has amassed more than 10 years of experience as Human Resource Consultant working with a leading Human Resource Consulting firm, Real Solutions.
He obtained his Bachelor degrees in Business Management from Bangalore, India and Masters in Business from Kathmandu, Nepal. 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.
Ashish Rai is a product strategist and growth marketer. He works with CEOs and product leaders to distill complex problems into simple products, build go-to-market models, and iterate towards product-market fit, often as interim Head of Marketing. Most recently, he led marketing at a venture-backed startup, CloudFactory (pre-seed to Series A). During that time, the company grew from about a couple of beta customers to finding product/market fit for one of the early offering, 2 sales and marketing employees to 12+, and secured $5M Series A funding.
Prior to that, Ashish served in a number of BPO /Offshore companies in various leadership positions, including Head of Search Marketing, Total Quality and Inside Sales, forging significant relationship with Fortune and S&P 500 companies including EarthLink, Stamps.com, and Yelp.
Nischal Man Pradhan
Mr. Nischal Man Pradhan is the Founder and CEO of Braindigit IT Solution. Braindigit was established in the year 2008; it started as an outsourcing company, building websites and other applications for national and international clients. Today, with its innovative products it has established itself as a major IT company in Nepal. Braindigit presents itself as an expert primarily focused on providing IT solutions like Web Application Development, Joomla Extensions and Component Development. The primary Braindigit mission is to provide a qualitative product that combines performance with value pricing, while establishing a successful relationship with the customer.
Mr. Pradhan is also currently working on Intelligent Content marketing platform and also involved in Prop tech & HR tech
Sixit is an entrepreneur, co-founder/ CEO at tootle, the ridesharing application from Nepal. Sixit is cross-functional professional with background in ICT, education, telecom and financial services industries. His experiences range from project management, operations and business development to marketing and product definition. Over the past years he has focused exclusively on integrating technology to education leading a team of extremely innovative and talented individuals. His work focuses on the design and consulting of new learning environment aided by technology.
Prior to this, he worked in the establishment of the Mobile Financial Services subsidiary of Nepal Investment Bank Ltd. (NIBL), M. Nepal to promote financial inclusion through the use of mobile technologies
Associated with Jobs Dynamics Pvt. Ltd. as the Managing Director, Rajiv Sharma serves as an HR consultant and recruitment specialist to several organizations. He has also served as a Principal Consultant to Nepal Red Cross Society, National Information Commission and Swiss Red Cross. Utilizing his rich global experience, he supports organizations (private, public, I/NGOs and government institutions) in strengthening capacity of their human resources via executive coaching, developing compensation and benefit packages, and developing performance management system. He is also a visiting faculty in Ace Institute of Management and King’s College teaching Human Resource Management.
Mr. Prashant Poudel is currently the founder and CEO at Bhetincha.com, a latest venture into the local business search in Nepal. He is former analyst at J P Morgan Chase India and former associate at First Source Solution Pvt. Ltd. He has worked for almost a decade with various MNC’s like 3G , Sutherland and JP MORGAN CHASE in Sales & marketing and Retentions.
Mr. Karmath Dangol is an IT Professional and Entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in IT industry and tech startups. He is the Vice President of Engineering at Cloud Factory, which is a crowdsourcing company based in Nepal. He is also one of the Co-Founder of Nepal Entrepreneurs’ Hub, a nonprofit company involved in nurturing entrepreneurship, supporting startup communities, contributing towards a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem and facilitating investment in budding small and medium businesses. Previously, he was an Engineering Contractor for the Quantitative Marketing team at Google Inc. He has also worked at eBay Inc. as Senior Manager of Internet Marketing Solutions. Beside this he was a co-founder of Next Action, a direct marketing company that provides a cooperative database for acquisition marketing.
Ms. Sunita Nemaphuki is the co-founder of R&D Innovative Solutions. Sunita Nhemaphuki started an agriculture based magazine – Krishak ra Prabidhi, with the objective of improved information flow between the farmers and the market. The organization has also initiated Krishi Club, a practical information center and platform for farmers to share and network. Every week, the club invites farmers from different regions and sectors to share information and to network. The venture is also looking to develop a mobile application for farmers and establishing an agricultural library in villages.
Rojan Baniya has a long history in Research. He has worked as a Research Project Manager in BrandAsset Consulting which consults to many Fortune 500 companies. He has worked on Operationalization and Implementation of custom and syndicated research related to all aspects of brands like brand equity, state of the brands, competitive analysis, brand DNA analysis, cross cultural consumer segmentation etc. Before that, an intense over a year half training in world’s 11th largest research company, Maritz Research Inc on loyalty and satisfaction study. Also, a year and half work experience of handling credit card operation/analysis in an International Bank. Specialties: Marketing Research Speciality – Client Service/Management, Advanced Analytics, Project Management, Primary/Secondary Data Collection, Report Writing and Presentation, Data Mining.
Manohar Adhikari is Founder and Chief Executive officer of Foodmandu.com, the e-commerce venture of restaurant food delivery in Kathmandu since 2011. Foodmandu is the first and only company in Nepal that delivers foods from more than 150 different restaurants in Kathmandu to your doorstep as of now.
Niladri Parial has been involved in promoting the startup ecosystem and entrepreneurs in Nepal since 2013 through his writing. He is a passionate communication skills trainer and is continuously learning on progressive teaching-learning methodologies. On weekends he loves exploring the scenic trails around Kathmandu on his mountain bike.
Bibhusan Bista is the CEO and co-founder of YoungInnovations, a software development firm based in Nepal. With a background in technology, research and international development, he has led successful projects around open data, transparency, accountability and other development issues in collaboration with local and international partners.
Amit is the CEO of Janaki Technology Pvt. Ltd. After completing his Computer Engineering in 2008 from Kathmandu itself, he actively engaged himself in building tech ecosystem in the country and has been working with the IT Industry in Nepal since the past 5 years. Driven by the passion to promote tech-entrepreneurship and startups in the country, Amit with his team, undertook many initiatives and projects through Janaki Technology Pvt. Ltd. It is one of the leading VAS Provider and Social Media Product Company in Nepal operating through its arms – Sparrow SMS and Picovico. Sparrow SMS offers VAS service which is now emerging as ‘Service Engine’ that handles all types of inbound and outbound SMS requests and alerts. Picovico is a smart online tool for converting photos to videos . Amit and his company have been significantly involved in regular tech events, developer meetups, hackathons, and workshops. They have always strived to integrate the scattered efforts being made in the tech industry in Nepal from all levels, right from the top policy level to student’s level.
Amun Thapa is the co-founder of SastoDeal.com, one of the most popular ecommerce sites in Nepal. He started SastoDeal about 4 years ago and has never looked back since then. In 2014,he co-founded another company, Anthropose, a social-good company that aspires to recognize and identify social problems in the developing world and create a viable, sustainable and scalable entrepreneurial solutions to counter these. He is also the co-owner at Chhahari Production and Sasto Book.
Amun Thapa holds a Bachelors in Business Administration (Marketing and Customer Psychology) from University of Central Oklahoma. Aspired to be the Next-Gen Entrepreneur? – Look up to Amun Thapa.