Leadership Team

Amina Singh, PhD

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.

Anil Keshari Shah

Anil Keshari Shah is the former 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.

Bhola Paswan

Mr. Bhola Paswan is a journalist and an activist. He has worked over the years for the rights of women, Dalit, and minorities. Currently, he is the executive director at Dalit Sarokar Manch. He is also a bureau chief for Naya Patrika of Province number 2. He has a strong zest and passion for journalism and has worked across various mediums of communication.

Bhushan Tuladhar

Mr. Bhushan Tuladhar is an Environmental Engineer, who works as the CEO of Sajha Yatayat. Previously he has worked as a Chief Technical Advisor at UN-Habitat. Similarly, he also served as Executive Director at the Environment and Public Health Organization and Clean Energy Nepal.

Bina Jha, PhD

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 the education sector. She has ample experience 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 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 dailies and has worked as Gender Advisor for Cricket For Equality Project in 2017 and 2018.

Gagan Thapa

Gagan Thapa is a political activist and a central committee member and currently a General Secretary 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.

Jagadish Bhattarai

Jagadish Bhattarai holds an 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 in Public Finance and IFRS.

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.EndFragment. She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and Sociology.

Kedar Bhakta Mathema, PhD

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.

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. He was the former 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 Chairman at Teach For Nepal Board.

Krishna Kumar KC

Over 24 years, Mr. KC has taught in primary and secondary schools in different parts of Lalitpur and spent 10 years as a Head Teacher in Ashrang, one of the furthest VDCs in Lalitpur. He was there for 10 years and learned a lot about the district, and public education. The challenges faced by community schools are tremendous. There are infrastructural problems, policy challenges, the huge distance between students’ schools and homes, and the mindsets, on the part of teachers, head teachers, politicians, parents, and students. But he believed that if teachers have energy, and the right mindset, other challenges can be solved. He is a proud part of this movement, as Teach For Nepal is setting new trends and raising the leadership skills of a new generation.

Mahesh Swar

With over 20 years of experience, Mr. Mahesh Swar is one of the most respected and well-known media business heads managing the business revenue for the top most media of the country. Instrumental in achieving the highest business growth so far for media business in Nepal. He is a business head with the successful track record of growing the business continuously for multiple years in terms of sales, revenue and market share gain. He has worked to lead the team to overcome the business challenges arising from the earthquake in 2015 and covid in 2020-21 by strategizing new revenue models. He is the current Chief Executive Officer of Kantipur Media Group.

Mana Prasad Wagle, PhD

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.

Radha Krishna Shrestha

Radha Krishna Shrestha is the former principal of Indreswari Secondary School. He served as a principal of the school for 28 years. He is an educator who has experience of teaching in public schools and campuses for over three decades. He is currently the campus chief of Indrawati Multiple Campus. He is also the president of the Red Cross Melamchi.

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).

Rameshore Khanal

Rameshore Khanal is a 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, and social service and to work as an active participant in the development sector. He was previously an advisor to the former Prime Minister of Nepal, Dr. Baburam Bhattarai.

Reshu Aryal Dhungana

Reshu Aryal Dhungana currently serves as the Education Advisor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City. 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. She is also the Founder of Habeli Outdoor Learning Center. Graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1999 with a Bachelor’s in Anthropology, she 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.

Roshna Subba

Roshna Subba is a journalist who predominantly works in education journalism. She has a long experience of working in the realm of education journalism. She has experience of working in both various forms of media- from radio to print. She also led the Education Journalists Group (EJG). She has written for various magazines and newspapers on the issue of education, over the years.

Shekhar Golchha

Shekhar Golchha is the current Chairman of the Golchha Group. He is the current president of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI). 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.

Shisir Khanal

Shisir Khanal is the Co-Founder of Teach For Nepal and also served as the Board Chair of TFN from 2019- 2020. He is also the co-founder of Pick n Drop logistics services. He served as the CEO of Teach For Nepal from 2012-2019. 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.

Sristi Shrestha [TFN Alumni]

Sristi is a 2015 Teach For Nepal Alumni. During the Fellowship, living in a rural community enabled her to witness the disparity in the educational system of our country. Her experiences have evolved over the last six years through working in various roles for different organizations committed to end education inequity. With the goal of attaining Teach for Nepal’s “one day” vision through collective alumni impact, she recently undertook the role of elected President of Teach for Nepal Alumni Association. Currently, she is working as a Vice-Principal in Bloom Nepal School, an educational institution that focuses on providing affordable interest-based education to students from various parts of Nepal.

Sudip Acharya

Currently serving as the Chairman at DishHome International Private Ltd, Acharya is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the broadcast media industry. Skilled in Customer Service, Strategic Planning, Business Strategy, Program Management, and Project Management. Strong business development professional with a Master’s Degree focused in Industrial Engineering from University of Arkansas.

Swastika Shrestha

Swastika is the Co-founder and the current CEO of Teach For Nepal. Prior to co-founding Teach For Nepal, Swastika facilitated youth leadership, life-skill development, service learning, and experiential learning projects for more than 12 years. She has a Bachelors in Psychology from Olivet College in Michigan and a Masters Degree in Public Affairs with concentration in International Development from Cornell University. She has also worked as civil affairs officer in UNMIN and as development consultant for various organizations.

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