Medhawi has completed her MSc in International Relations Theory at the London School of Economics. Previously, she attended the University of Minnesota where she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Global Studies. She is a political contributor for Global Risk Insights (globalriskinsights.com) and has previously worked with the Clinton Foundation and the Minnesota State Senate. She currently works for the National Democratic Institute in Washington DC. An avid traveler, Medhawi has visited all 7 continents of the world and has picked up 5 languages along the way. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, photography, cooking and cycling.
MA (International Relations)
London School of Economics, UK
Growing up in Nepal and traveling across East and South‐East Asia have exposed her to the realities that lay outside of the developed cities of the so‐called developing nations. Lack of infrastructure, basic amenities and education are prevalent in all the rural areas. She believes the key to a change is to formulate effective developmental policies that start at the grassroots level. In addition, she believes it is also important to engage all generations of citizens to actively participate in the changing perspectives of the country. The Dayitwa Fellowship provided a platform for her to look at development of the country differently. She is assured that the Fellowship will allow Nepali youth to connect with policy institutions affecting the overall development of the country. As alum of the program she is engaged in outreach, public relations, design of Terms of Reference and fundraising activities for Dayitwa 2014. She is keen to spread the message of Dayitwa and work with the 2014 group of talented and enthusiastic individuals vying to make a difference in Nepal. Diva is currently working as the Associate Director of Admissions for International Recruitment at Bucknell University.
Master of Public Policy
University of Maryland, US
Srijana Shrestha is a semi-qualified Chartered Accountant with a degree from the Institute of Chartered Accountant of India. She recently graduated from the Indira Gandhi National Open School with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. With her love for numbers, she has always been passionate about accounting. To build her expertise in finance, accounting, law, and taxation, Srijana interned for 3 years at Rajiv Shankar & Co. During her internship period, she represented her firm to audit at State Bank of India as the Statutory Auditor.
After her return to Nepal, she initially volunteered at Katila & Co to study Nepal’s taxation system and legal aspects. Srijana had always been inclined to work for organizations that were actively involved in developing Nepal. This is the reason why she decided to join Daayitwa where she could be a part of the movement for economic development in Nepal. Srijana is also a graduate of the leadership course from the Nepal Leadership Academy, Daayitwa’s partner organization.
Astha Joshi has an undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from the Asian University for women, Chittagong, Bangladesh. She has worked at Samriddhi Foundation and Bikalpa,’An Alternative’, think-tanks based in Kathmandu and Biratnagar respectively. Prior to joining Daayitwa as a staff, Astha was one of the Daayitwa-Nepal Public Service Fellowship, Autumn 2015 Fellow. She is also a Cherie Blair Fellow.
Sudin recently completed his undergraduate degree from the University of West London in Business Studies. He started his journey with Daayitwa as a volunteer for the Nepal Leadership Conference.
Sudin loves making home videos. Currently, he has been experimenting with his video producing skills at Daayitwa to tell unique stories of people through short videos. Apart from videography, he also wants to explore the dynamics of Organizational Behavior. At present, Sudin now is working as an Administration and Communication Intern at Daayitwa.
He is also a United States Youth Council Member of 2016.
HR and Communication Associate
Sanju is a graduate student in social sciences. She is a creative writer and has an expertise in report writing and translation.
Meenu Maharjan is Program Officer at REAP. She holds a MBA degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship from South Asian Institute of Management, and a BBA degree in Finance. Prior to Daayitwa she worked for various for‐profit and not‐for‐profit organizations, private businesses, and commercial bank. She firmly believes that socio‐economic transformation is possible through business and entrepreneurship development.
Program Coordinator, REAP
Tara is Co‐founder and Program Manager of REAP at Daayitwa. He obtained a MSc. in Economics and Business Management degree from Aalto University, Finland and a BA in Economics from Middlebury College, USA. He has worked as a business consultant and entrepreneurship specialist for various startup businesses, social enterprises, and NGOs such as the World Bank and UNICEF in the US, East Africa, Europe, and Nepal. He is also passionate about spirituality, philosophy and meditation.
Program Manager, REAP
Pukar Malla has been leading a parallel career as a community organizer and an innovation specialist. As Co‐Founder of Nepal Ko Yuwa, he has been organizing youth to lead change in Nepal through enterprise and policy innovations. As a Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, he is investigating and piloting frameworks for young leaders to accelerate change through their innovative solutions. As a Senior Innovation Policy Specialist at World Bank in last 3 years, he supported the governments of India, China and Ghana to promote innovation and inclusive growth. In prior engineering career, he led design at Intel, AMD, Silicon Graphics and a Silicon Valley start‐up, and secured 2 US patents.
He received his Bachelors from Swarthmore College with focus on engineering and economics. He spent 3 years at Cornell, where he attained MS/PhD in Electrical Engineering with a Minor in Business Management. He earned his MPA from Harvard Kennedy School. While at Harvard, he also led the Harvard Graduate Student Government as its elected President.
SANJAY POKHAREL is dairy technologist, who graduated with a degree in Agriculture Engineering (Specialization in Dairy Technology) from Allahabad Agriculture Institute, Allahabad, India. He received a scholarship through Indian Embassy to pursue B.Tech. Dairy Technology in India. Throughout his four years study, he has built up his keen interests in dairy technology, dairy farming, and entrepreneurship, indigenous dairy products, technological advances in dairy sector. Along with the development of dairy sector in India, he has been actively updated to new technology and ideas by participating in a number of seminars and conferences at regional, national and international level. His exposure to modern dairy through training at different dairy industries in India has made him strong in his field.
Sanjay has continuously participated in social work in the field of education, health and sanitation, women empowerment, youth entrepreneurship, and environment conservation. For example, he has been actively participating in “Bagmati Cleaning” campaign. His co-working in a diverse group of students from different countries has made him very much flexible and adaptable to diverse ideas and people.
Program Officer, Governance and Civic Engagement
Anuj aspires to bring out the spirit of volunteerism in him, thus, he joined Daayitwa Abhiyaan to contribute in its mission of building a prosperous Nepal. Meanwhile, he is pursuing his aspiration at DA as a researcher. In addition, he is a faculty member at Department of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies, TU.
He holds a doctoral degree in International Relations from University of Warsaw, Poland. Prior to that, he completed his Masters in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies coordinated by Tribhuvan University (Nepal), University of Ruhuna (Sri Lanka) and Eastern University (Sri Lanka).
Sabrina Singh is a 2014 Daayitwa Fellow and a recent graduate of Swarthmore College, USA. She graduated with Highest Honors in Political Science and Sociology/Anthropology, including Phi Beta Kappa. During her undergraduate career, she worked as a Writing Associate at Swarthmore’s Writing Center and a reporter for War News Radio, a student‐run radio program covering international politics. Sabrina has also interned at Amnesty International, served as an organizing member of TEDx Kathmandu 2012, was selected as British Council’s Global Changemakers, and acted as a summer fellow at Harvard Law School’s Office of Public Interest Advising. She developed an initial interest in the field of leadership when she co‐organized and co‐led a 7‐week writing and leadership course for high school girls in Philadelphia. Her interest further developed when she participated in Daayitwa’s leadership training. As a Daayitwa fellow, she researched the impact of the electoral system on women’s representation in parliament, culminating in an op‐ed published in The Kathmandu Post.
Subigya Basnet is a video producer, visual content creator, and story teller. He graduated from PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh, India in 2014, and ever since then his passion for storytelling has driven him to embark on this creative journey. Subigya consults various organizations and institutions in Nepal and India to build and promote their brand in different virtual platforms by producing videos that tell unique stories. Till now, he has produced over 100 short videos already allowing these organizations to reach out to masses. Subigya is an avid football fan, and religious follows Manchester United. He loves travelling, trying different cuisines, listening to Coldplay, and photographing emotions of people.
Dishebh Raj Shrestha is a Graphic Designer. He completed his B. Des. from Raffles College of Commerce and Design, Bangalore Campus. Having worked at multiple advertising agencies during undergraduate years, he later found an inclination in social projects. As soon as he completed his undergraduates, he joined Sattya Media Arts Collective contributing to projects like Hariyo Chowk, Kolor Kathmandu, Sattya Inc. and Bato Ko Cinema, leading the Design department. In between, he spent nine months back in Bangalore as a Visualiser at Fisheye Creative Solutions learning new approaches in brand building through cross‐ platform advertising. He specialises in identity design and besides Daayitwa, he cycles up and down the Kupondole heights meeting his other freelance clients. He believes graphic designers have a bigger role to play in society and in future envisions a studio dedicated to self‐initiated social design projects.
Born and grew up in Patan, Lalitpur, Prajesh completed his high school from AVM. Since school time he undertook leadership roles by initiating local youth club to play football and cricket and to clean up the locality. He also worked with his friends in getting fund for youth club from the Ward Office.
He completed BSc with Major in Computer science from Tribhuwan University. After completion of BSc. in Computer Science, he joined a newly startup software company, Nepotech Pv. Ltd and worked there for 4 years. For higher education, He went to US in 2007 and joined MBA in Information Technology from Lincoln University, USA. While pursuing MBA in US, he got opportunity to meet Nepali youth group with the spirit to do something in the development of Nepal.
With this spirit Prajesh became a cofounding member of Nepal Ko yuwa and has been involve in every program of NKY in one way or other since last 7 years. NKY is one of the motivating factors for him to return to Nepal soon after the completion of his MBA. Moreover, he has experience in working in other startup companies in Nepal (Crayons, blueInk) and US (Myfolio LLC).
Finance and Admin Manager
Anuja is the currently student studying mass communication journalism & political science ( Bachelor second year) in Ratna Rajya Laxmi campus. being a enthusiastic learner Anuja has a great Zeal to work in various Innovative projects related to youth networks & communication.
She has keen interest on modeling as well. she has been titled as Miss Global Beauty Queen 2012 (Best discipline & Miss talent) Also she has played some music video in year 2013 & 2014 . Recently she is working as Admin Associate in Daayitwa Abhayaan. she believes that young Generation has a Different curiosity & innovative idea which are to be compiled for the development of nation. And she love to travel different place, make more friends, singing, and also like swimming etc.
Binita Jirel is an undergraduate student at Asian University for Women, Chittagong, Bangladesh. She is pursuing a major in Economics, and a minor in Developmental Studies and Mathematics. After the Gorkha earthquake in April 2015, Binita volunteered in several projects including rebuilding schools in her home district in Jiri as well as libraries in Nepal for restoring quality education. Besides academics, Binita has a keen interest in cycling, traveling, and football.
Chandan Sarma is pursuing a Masters in Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He completed his undergraduate degree from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Silchar, India. Apart from 2.5 years of experience in working in corporate India, he has worked extensively at the grassroots with indigenous people on rural livelihoods, social and gender justice with civil society groups in India.
Summer Policy Researcher
Wangden Phintso Sherpa is a recent high school graduate from Rato Bangala School. Currently in his gap year, Wangden is working with the Governance Lab at Daayitwa.
Intern, Governance Lab
Surya Shahi is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree at Elon University, the USA in International Relations and BFA Acting with a minor in Public Policy. He graduated high school from ISS International, Singapore. Surya currently works at the Admissions Office at Elon University as a tour guide. Previously he interned at Migration and Refugees Services, Virginia, worked as an Elementary School Football Coach at ISS International and was the Ambassador of F1 racing in Singapore through Vanda Sports Group. He was also a part of the Washington Center for Internship, and Academic Seminars. Surya is the founder of Sapura Dream Foundation, an organization that is dedicated to providing bright minds with a university education and turning dreams into reality. It is an organization that advocates, fundraises, finds donors and sponsors for students that are in some form prevented, from the universal right of an education. Surya hopes to come back to Nepal after completing his education to work towards reaching the North Star, which is a thriving and prosperous Nepal.
Aman is the Program Associate at Naya Ghar and holds Bachelor Degree in Development Studies from Kathmandu University. Previously he worked in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Development. He was also a Daayitwa Winter Fellow 2015 where he worked with Hon. Mr. Ganesh Man Pun in the project Establishing and Institutionalizing Youth Development Center in Rukum. He has keen interest in development and policy intervention. He believes economic empowerment is the backbone of development in any country.
Program Associate, REAP
Manoj Paudel believes in the power of entrepreneurship and financial innovation for our country’s transformation. As a Governance Officer, he works with policy makers to bring about meaningful changes in the governance system by leveraging the work done by Daayitwa fellows. Currently, he is also involved in researching innovative financial models that are implementable through REAP. Within the Nepal Leadership Lab programme team, he is involved in programme execution and coaching. Prior to this, as a Daayitwa fellow, he used his knowledge of economics he gained as a postgraduate student at the LSE to help former Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai identify innovative solutions to create an enabling environment for rural entrepreneurs.
He received his undergraduate degree from Oxford Brookes University in economics and politics and worked for a year at Grant Thornton UK LLP with dynamic high-growth clients based in and around Manchester, UK. Working as a consultant for Forest Action Nepal on an Oxfam project, he has engaged with the issue of rural and agricultural entrepreneurship. He also has a year-long experience of working on a World Bank project on the topic of service delivery.
An eternal optimist, Busan aspires to augment integrated citizen‐led movement in Nepal and believes in the capability of the citizens to transform the face and the fate of the nation. He completed his Master’s degree in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) where he also served as elected Councillor of School of International Studies (SIS). He is the Co‐ Founder and Program Manager of Fellowship program at Daayitwa Abhiyaan. Earlier, he worked as Program Coordinator at Nagarik Aawaz where he managed projects on conflict transformation and peacebuilding. He also instructs students at Master’s in International Relations and Diplomacy (MIRD) program at Tribhuvan University. He is a Co‐founder of Nepalipolitics.org, a citizen‐led initiative that attempts to clean and consolidate Nepali politics. He is a founding member of Samyak Abhiyaan, a Nepali organization working to converge citizens’ energy for a better Nepal.
Ram Sapkota has a Bachelors degree in Management and is now pursuing his second degree in economics and sociology from Tribhuvan University. He has keen interest in youth development, governance and economic development. He started his involvement at different social initiatives and development works after his schooling. He has worked WOREC Nepal as a social mobilizer in Human Rights education section and worked with various groups and communities in promotion of human rights and peace. He received Youth Action Fund (YAF, a youth initiative of Open Society Foundation, New York) from HimRights to implement his environment friendly development practice project. After completing his project he joined ChangeFusion Nepal as a program intern And after he started to work as a program coordinator of Youth Action Nepal. YAF supported large number of youth and youth groups to implement their project ideas and he had been associated with their cause. Beside Youth Action Fund, he was also involved with entrepreneurship development and promotion program at ChangeFusion Nepal. He was also a member of United States Embassy Youth Advisory Council of Nepal.
He is highly involved with different youth organizations and social initiatives as an advisory and consultant. He believes entrepreneurship is a way to promote national development which starts from being an activist and activism is a way to be an entrepreneur. Currently, he is utilizing his experience as a program associate at Daayitwa Abhiyaan and supporting Daayitwa team to implement Daayitwa Fellowship program.
Program Officer, Daayitwa Fellowship
Tsering Dolma Chawa Sherpa is an aspired national development worker. In 2009, she permanently returned back to Nepal after completing ten years of academic life in the United States of America starting with boarding school in Maine, Bachelor in Art, Psychology in West Virginia and Master’s in Public Administration in New York, includes 9‐month internship at the United Nations headquarter, New York working with UNDESA GAID in comprehensively addressing cross‐cutting issues related to ICT and development.
In Nepal, Ms. Sherpa was engaged in Communication for Development sector working as Outreach Program Manager for Equal Access Nepal, through which she traveled around the nation to develop best dissemination strategy for its radio programs by working with multi‐ sectorial stakeholders that combines relevant international, national and local‐level NGOs, professionals and experts, behavior change specialists and funding agencies. Also, mobilizing local reporters in content generation for the theme‐based radio programs produced by the organization.
In Summer 2014, Ms. Sherpa joined as Daayiwa Fellow, during which she worked with the Office of the President in strengthening its outlook. Information and Technology for development, essentially to leverage and build relationship between the Office of the President and the general public was the goal of the project. Inevitably, Ms. Sherpa joined as Communication Coordinator in March 2015 as she is also a sole believer on efficiency in working with the Government of Nepal to improve the system, thus envisions a thriving Nepal with an improved governance system in this life, if not, next generation will have something substantial to build on. Ms. Sherpa also believes that for the revamping of Nepal, a spirit of patriotism is absolute necessary, for which Nepalese youths studying around the globe should return to Nepal and contribute their expertise at policy‐making level.
Known among her peers for quick rapport building, ebullience and enthusiasm, Sophiya started her career in Nonprofit sector as an intern at ICIMOD in 2010. Currently with three years of experience in the field, she has worked in various issues like women empowerment, education, youth capacity building and entrepreneurship. She is a strong advocate of youth empowerment and leadership. Immediately after her graduation, she worked as a ‘Teaching Assistant’ at Kathmandu College of Management (KCM) for the holistic (academic and professional) development of the bachelor’s level student. She gets unreasonably excited whenever; travelling, cycling, storytelling, and cooking are mentioned. A business graduate from KCM, she aspires to become a storyteller and work for the economic empowerment at the grass‐root level. Besides Daayitwa, she is engaged with Women LEAD as a Secretary for its Nepal Board.
Shrishej is an enthusiastic recent high school graduate from Xavier Academy with Science background. He has a keen interest in advance computer softwares, website designing and computing activities. Previously, he worked at Upperlative Solution in web designing. His three years long involvement with Chandbagh Social Service Club, while in school, provided him with hands on opportunities to work in several projects related to Child Education. He has also received three‐years long Leadership Program from Anubhuti Social Service. He likes to sing, and play guitar. His other hobbies include, social work. He aspires to pursue his career in IT sector.
Sajal is at present pursuing Bachelors with honors in Economics at the University of Delhi. He completed his high‐school from Budhanilkantha School, Nepal in 2013 as a GCE A‐Level graduate (Physics, Chemistry and Further Mathematics). Along with being intellectually active, he has carried out his duty as the house‐captain and deputy‐school captain of Budhanilkantha School.
Sajal has always involved himself in social service, be it establishing a library in Palpa, distribution of solar panels in Dailekh, organizing a free health camp in Lalitpur, or raising an earthquake relief fund in Delhi. He is most prominently interested by the well being of the society and hence attends seminars like SAS youth leadership conference, We Inspire Nepal (WIN) and Cheers Talk very often.
He is playing most crucial roles in the clubs and NGOs that he is involved in, namely but not limited to The Creativity Club, The Social Service Club, UMEED – A Drop of Hope (India), Daayitwa Public Service Fellowship (Nepal), Nepal Red Cross, and Nepal Scouts. Through UMEED Sajal has been teaching the under privileged children of the slums in Delhi,captivating the motive: education to all.
He has experienced global exposure through FUSION (Inter School Youth Festival) in India, International Young Mathematician’s Convention in Lucknow, India and represented Nepal in Antardhvani (Annual fest of University of Delhi). Sajal is a consummate dancer and an avid consumer of music. He is an equally passionate athlete who loves playing cricket, table tennis, football and basketball. He is an ambitious man with the dream of achieving greatness through Development Economics and dispense the knowledge to create innumerable employment opportunities.
Intern, Daayitwa Fellowship