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 of the Fellowship program at Daayitwa. 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.
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.
Chhitij is driven by the inspirations and aspirations that he picked up along the hills and plains, while working and living in Nepal and acknowledging the challenges and opportunities that are in our shared journey towards an inclusively developed Nepal. In this adventure so far, he received a chance to work with Nyaya Health International in Achham district (Far-west region), which is one of the most remote and impoverished regions of Nepal, helping promote social-justice through provision of free health services at clinical and community level. He also had opportunities to explore development constraints and prospects in China, Ghana, India, Kenya and Nicaragua in multiple sectors, such as health, agriculture, enterprise/business development, governance and education. He currently works on poverty reduction and equity issues at the World Bank in Washington, DC. He received his Masters in Development Practice from Columbia University – School of International and Public Affairs, and Bachelors from Yale University. Chhitij firmly believes that it is a shared Dayitwa of Nepali youths living in Nepal and abroad to transform our pyaro Nepal, working around our own individual constraints and leveraging our strengths, to transform innovative ideas into action in the span of our generation.
Program Director, Governance Lab
Prativa finished her Ph.D. in organic and materials chemistry at Northwestern University and BSc. in Chemistry at Salem College. She has also completed a “Management for Scientists and Engineers Certificate Program” at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. She started her journey of community leadership during her high school days at St. Xavier’s College in Nepal and continued it by serving chemistry graduate student association at Northwestern as the Vice-President Elect. Since leaving Nepal eight years ago, she has been leading scientific innovations in various capacities and has been passionate about giving back to her homeland. She strongly believes that youth have an urgent role to play in Nepal’s governance system and that Daayitwa can serve as a critical bridge to foster knowledge sharing and collaboration between youth and public service institutions in Nepal.
Ph.D. (organic and materials chemistry), Northwestern University, US
Passionate about Nepal and recognizing his Dayitwa as a Nepali, Pradeep strives to bring about the much needed political and socio-economical awareness amongst the Nepali youth. He firmly believes in the power of youth to make a meaningful difference in all areas, most importantly, in public service.
Having been worked at multiple high-tech companies such as AMD, Sematech and Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices, Pradeep currently is a Senior Design Engineerat Intel Corporation in Silicon Valley. He is a founding member of Nepal ko Yuwa and currently serves as the Secretary of Political Advocacy. He is at present also the President of Computer Association of Nepal-USA and an Executive Member of American Society of Nepalese Engineers. While in the University of Texas at Austin where he received his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering, he was elected the Programs Director of Graduate Student Assembly. He has also served as the elected President of International Student Association at Southern Arkansas University and the founding President of Nepalese Student Association at Louisiana State University.
Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, US
Alka completed her PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering from UNEP – Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development, Shanghai China. She is working as a researcher in Women in Environment Nepal and is involved in food security and climate change adaptation projects. She has experience of working as a fellow/consultant with Kathmandu Metropolitan City on policy recommendation for solid waste management for Kathmandu city, as civil engineer with ITECO Nepal and as an intern on climate change adaptation projects at UNEP-RRCAP/AIT, Thailand. She has participated in different national and international seminars and presented her research work.
She is interested in Environmental Management and Policy, Environmental Sociology, Framework and tools for Sustainable Development (EIA and SEA), Urban Planning, Solid waste and Waste Water Management, Global Environmental Challenges, Disaster management ,Environmental Economy and Circular Economy.
PhD (Environment Engineering) Tongji University, China
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
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.
Pukar Malla has been leading a parallel career as a community organizer and an innovation specialist. As Co‐Founder of Daayitwa, 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.
Co-Founder/ Executive Director
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
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.
Binita Jirel is a second-year undergraduate student at the Asian University for Women, Chittangong Bangladesh. She is currently pursuing a major in economics. Over the summer, Binita was involved in fundraising for a library project at her home in Jiri, Dolakha. She is interested in public policy and governance system of Nepal which was why she applied for an internship at the Governance Program of Daayitwa.
Intern, Daayitwa Fellowship
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.
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.