Leadership Symposium II
Dec. 16, 2022
Leadership Symposium is an effort of Teach For Nepal(TFN )to bring together Nepali leaders and innovators across sectors to educate and inspire youth towards leading social change. The just and equitable nation that we envision is only possible if our youth step forward to take on leadership roles. This symposium is a learning-sharing forum for aspiring youth leaders to engage with prominent Nepali leaders and understand the trials and tribulations of a leadership journey and the skills and strengths required to drive social change.
The theme of this year's Leadership Symposium 2022 was " Competent Leadership for Combating Systemic Injustice". The event consisted of two major parts.
The first part was the screening of the movie: "Aina Jhya ko Putali" which is a visual representation of the status of the public education system that induces systemic injustices. The second part included a panel discussion where the panelists share their experiences, expertise, and agendas regarding the education system.
Mr. Dil Bhusan Pathak
Mr. Pathak is an established Journalist with a demonstrated history of working in the print and broadcast media industry. He is currently the Editor in Chief at Kantipur Television Network and founder of Interface Nepal - Media for Arts and Rights. Skilled in Media Management, PR, Documentary Film Making, and Radio & Television production. Strong business development professional with a Ph.D. leading Master of Philosophy - MPhil in Media from Tribhuwan University. He has been a champion of Teach For Nepal from its inception.
Mr. Shisir Khanal
Recently elected as the Member of the Parliament from Kathmandu 6, Mr. Khanal is the co-founder, former CEO, and Board Chair of Teach For Nepal. He has as well served as the Executive Director of Sarvodaya USA. With a demonstrated history of working in education and community development, he is also the co-founder of Pick n Drop logistics services. Mr. Khanal graduated with a master’s degree in International Public Affairs (MIPA) from the La Follette School of Public Affairs in 2005 and has a bachelor’s degree in International Political Economy from the University of Bridgeport. In 2012, the University of Wisconsin-Alumni Association awarded him the “Forward Under 40” award for outstanding work in sustainable development. In 2019, he received the “Young CEO of the Year” award in Nepal.
Ms. Reshu Aryal Dhungana
Reshu Aryal Dhungana is the Education Advisor to the Mayor of Kathmandu Municipality, where she works to promote positive educational outcomes for students in the region. She is also the Founder of the Habeli Outdoor Learning Center and previously served as the Chair of the Board of Teach For Nepal. Reshu holds a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota and a joint Master's degree in Leadership and Educational Change from the National Institute of Education in Singapore and Teachers College, Columbia University. She has received recognition for her contributions to educational leadership and change in Nepal, including being an invited mentor member of the New York Academy of Sciences and receiving the Alumni Achievement Award from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
Ms. Sumana Shrestha
Sumana Shrestha, newly elected Member of the Parliament. She has a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Haverford College in the U.S. and Bachelors in Economics from Bryn Mawr College, also in the U.S. She completed her MBA in Finance from MIT Sloan School of Economics. After completing her master's, she worked as a Consultant for The Boston Consulting Group. When Nepal was hit by the earthquake in 2015, Sumana left her prestigious job and returned to Nepal, and started organically leading relief-related work. She founded Medication For Nepal to ensure access to medicines to the poorest of the poor. During the blockade that led to the fuel crisis in Nepal, she founded Carpool Kathmandu. Sumana's leadership journey to the parliament started with responding to the urgent needs in the community in the midst of the crisis. Before running for elections, she was Head of Global Operations and Strategy - at Fusemachines and worked as Management Consultant and Executive Coach.