Leadership Team

Kedar Bhakta Mathema

Kedar Bhakta Mathema graduated from Tribhuvan University and entered the field of education as a lecturer at Tri-Chandra College, and the then College of Education in Kathmandu. In 1975, he joined the World Bank Mission as Senior Program Manager. Mr. Mathema left the World Bank in 1990, and until 1994 served as the Vice Chancellor of Tribhuvan University. In 1995 he was designated chairman of a high-level committee on youth affairs. From 1996 to 2003 he represented Nepal as Ambassador to Japan. An avid education reformer, education has always been his true calling.

Dr. Mana Prasad Wagley

Professor Wagley holds a PhD from Southern Illinois University, USA. Dr. Wagley is one of Nepal’s foremost educationists and was formerly Dean of Kathmandu University, School of Education. Dr. Wagley actively writes on issues of education, research and social inequity for publications in Nepal. He is involved in supporting Teach For Nepal’s training program.

Rameshore Khanal

Rameshore Khanal is Professor at the South Asian Institute of Management, Lalitpur. Mr. Khanal served as Secretary at the Ministry of Finance from October 2007 to April 2010. After 31 years of experience in the civil service, Mr. Khanal sought voluntary retirement from the Nepal Government to become more active in teaching, social service and to work as an active participant in the development sector. He was previously advisor to the former Prime Minister of Nepal, Dr. Baburam Bhattarai.

Shekhar Golchha

Shekhar Golchha is Director, the Golchha Organization. He holds a Bachelor’s in Commerce from Delhi University, and a degree in Business Administration from Webster University in the UK. He joined the Golchha Organization, set up by his grandfather Ram Lal Golchha, 14 years ago. Recently he has been appointed as the President of FNCCI (Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce & Industries). Today he is considered a major entrepreneur, employing more than 300, and overseeing a business worth NRs 1 billion annually. He is Managing Director, Him Electronics, Hansraj Hulaschand, and Hulas Investments. Mr. Golchha is also the director of Hester Nepal Pvt. Ltd., Neoteric Nepal Pvt. Ltd., and Eastern Sugar Mills Ltd.

Anil Shah

Anil Keshari Shah is the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Nabil Bank, Nepal. He has earlier served as the CEO at Mega Bank Ltd., Head of Consumer Banking & Chief Operating Officer at Standard Chartered Bank Limited (Nepal) and Financial Analyst at ICIMOD. He has held leadership positions at the Nepal Investment Board, the Nepal-USA Chamber of Commerce and Industry, All Nepal Football Association, Lincoln School and the Nepal Banker’s Association. Among other accolades, he received the “Top CEO” award in 2007, 2006 and 2005, as recognized by The Boss Business Excellence Awards.

Gagan Thapa

Gagan Thapa is a political activist and a central committee member of Nepali Congress. A social entrepreneur and a youth leader, he pushes for the needs of youth leadership in the country. He was the general secretary of the Nepali Congress student wing, the Nepal Student Union, and also served as a Constituent Assembly member from 2008-2012. He was again elected to serve in the Constituent Assembly convened in 2014.

Kiran Nepal

Kiran Nepal has been a prominent name in Nepali journalism for nearly two decades. He started his journey in the media field by working at Classic FM and later, Radio Sagarmatha. His work in print media includes roles at Kantipur Publications and Surya Publications as Marketing Manager. Currently the editor-in-chief of Himal Khabarpatrika, Mr. Nepal was President of the Society of Economic Journalists Nepal. He is a board member of several media-related organizations, including the Antenna Foundation and Radio Program Production and Training Center. He currently serves as the interim Chairman at Teach For Nepal Board.

Rajan Shrestha

Mr. Shrestha is a freelance footwear consultant. Until recently, he was Head of Sales and Marketing at Goldstar Shoes. He held the position for the past seven years, and has been part of the team that has made Goldstar Shoes grow from employing 400 to more than 2000 people. Mr. Shrestha previously worked at Chaudhary Group for four years. He has a Master's Degree in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin (Whitewater).

Jagadish Bhattarai

Jagadish Bhattarai holds MSc from University of London. He is a Chartered Accountant (India), ACCA(UK) and CIPFA(UK). He has professional experience of more than 23 years. He specializes on Public Finance and IFRS.

Reshu Aryal Dhungana

Reshu Aryal Dhungana is the Executive Director of Fulbright Commission / USEF – Nepal. The Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States and Nepal (also known as "the Fulbright Commission" or "USEF/Nepal") was established in 1961 by executive agreement between the governments of Nepal and the United States and has operated continuously since that time. It operates the prestigious Fulbright, Hubert Humphrey Fellowship as well as scholarly research exchanges between higher education institutions in the United States and Nepal. Reshu is an experienced educational leader who chaired the Board of Teach for Nepal for several years and is a founder member of this movement of young leaders dedicated to ending education inequity in Nepal. She is also the Founder of Habeli Outdoor Learning Center, dedicated to creating opportunities for children to learn in nature to become more holistically educated, environmentally conscious, and climate change resilient. Ms. Aryal Dhungana has worked at Ullens Education Foundation from 2009 to 2013, where she also served as Director of Program and Communications. Previously, Ms. Aryal Dhungana was Coordinator at Film South Asia - Festival of South Asian Documentary. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1999 with a Bachelor's in Anthropology and has completed her joint Masters in Leadership and Educational Change from the National Institute of Education, NTU, Singapore, and Teachers College, Columbia University. Reshu was an invited mentor member of New York Academy of Sciences in 2016 and received the Alumni Achievement Award 2017 from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, as a recognition for her contributions to educational leadership and change in Nepal.

Shisir Khanal

Shisir Khanal is the Co-Founder of Teach For Nepal. He served as the CEO from 2012-2019 and for a year he also served as the Chair of the Teach For Nepal Board. He was also the Executive Director of Sarvodaya USA. 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 his outstanding work in sustainable development. In 2019, he received the “Young CEO of the Year” award in Nepal. He is also an Education Advisor to the Tulsipur Su-Metropolitan City, in Tulsipur, Dang.

Juna Mathema

Juna Mathema co-founded Blitz Media in 2002 and has established Blitz as a top research agency in Nepal. Juna has overseen more than 200 research projects covering issues of women, health, education, water, and politics Juna is also a member of the National Governing Council of Nepalese Young Entrepreneur Forum (NYEF) and promotes entrepreneurship among the youth of Nepal, especially women entrepreneurs. She is also a member of the 'Start-up Ecosystem Development Committee,' formed with the initiation of the Ministry of Industry, Government of Nepal, to develop and promote the start-up ecosystem in Nepal. She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and Sociology.

Amina Singh

Amina Singh holds a Ph.D. Degree in Adult Learning and Educational Philosophy from the University of Technology, Sydney. She completed her MBA from Park University and studied B. Com at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Ms. Singh is also the former founder member of Nexus Culture Nepal, collaborative activism (art + activism). She started her educational career in 2003 AD as a consultant then, she worked as a lecturer at several institutions like the Ace Institute of Management, Kathmandu University, and KUSOM.

Manoj Pandey

Manoj Pandey represents Teach For Nepal Alumni in TFN Board. He is the secretary at Teach For Nepal Alumni Association. He is a former Network and Automation Supervisor at Decade International P.Ltd, a Technical Mentor at Bits Ladder and assistant lecturer at Janakpur Engineering College. He holds a master’s Degree in Business Administration from King’s College, Nepal. He is also a Teach For Nepal Alumni.

Bina Jha

Born in a small village of Rautahat district, Bina Jha is a practicing lawyer and is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Sociology. Involved in research, and consultancy work she is a trainer in education sector. She is also associated with K & K international College and Imperial BusinessCollege as an academician. She has ample experiences working in different areas of Nepal, for instance, she has worked as a Campus Chief, lecturer, trainer, and facilitator. She has completed her Master’s in Sociology with Gender Studies from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. She has also achieved a Master's degree in Maithili and Bachelor’s in Law. She wishes to use her knowledge and skills in the education sector for social transformation. She believes that education plays a vital role in national prosperity. She is also interested in gender issues to sensitize the stakeholders to reduce social inequalities such as Gender based discriminations in Nepal. She writes frequently on gender and social issues in different national daily and has worked as Gender Advisor for Cricket For Equality Project in 2017 and 2018.

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