Pukar Malla

Dr. Pukar Malla

Executive Coach

Dr. Malla has been leading parallel careers as a leadership coach, a community organizer, and an innovation specialist. As Founder and Executive Director of a leadership non-profit, Daayitwa, he has been organizing youth to lead innovative solutions in government, businesses and civil society. As a Former Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Center for Public Leadership, he investigated and piloted frameworks for communities of innovators to lead change. As a Senior Innovation Policy Specialist at the World Bank, he supported governments of India, China and Ghana to promote innovation and inclusive growth. In prior career, he led technology designs 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 university-wide Harvard Graduate Student Government as its elected President.
Diva Shrestha

Diva Shrestha

Program Director

Diva is passionate about understanding and developing the leadership of Nepalese people and believes that change is only effective if citizens from different generations and genders co-define the evolving perspectives of the country. Her professional journey includes serving eight years of senior leadership roles in admissions and financial aid offices at Nazareth College, Bucknell University, and Colby College in the US. She serves as a Board Member for Nepal ko Yuwa (Daayitwa US) and co-leads the Nepal Rising campaign. She has been fortunate to travel across four continents and looks forward to exploring Nepal. She returned to Nepal after 12 years in the US and is excited about adapting back to life in Nepal as well as crafting her own leadership journey by working with incredibly talented Nepalese youth. She has a Masters in Public Policy with a concentration in International Development and Education Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park, and Bachelors from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY
Tara Panthi

Tara Prasad Panthi

Coaching Assistant

Tara Prasad Panthi is the co-founder and director of Daayitwa, a campaign of young leaders who are striving for innovative solutions to systemic challenges in Nepal through entrepreneurship practice, policy change and civic engagement. He is one of the coaches at the Nepal Leadership Academy (NLA). Through NLA he has co-designed and co-offered several leadership courses to hundreds of youth representing universities, businesses, politics and civil society. He has worked as a 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 a lecturer at the King’s College, Nepal. He holds a MSc. in Economics and Business Administration from Aalto University, Finland, and a BA in Economics from Middlebury College, USA. He is a student of spirituality and meditation at the Oshodhara Mystery School.

Manoj PaudelManoj Paudel

Coaching Assistant

Manoj Paudel is passionate about leadership and focuses on governance innovation and leadership, in particular. He works with Members of Parliaments, Ministries, bureaucrats, and policymakers to strengthen Nepal’s governance system for economic prosperity and enhance their leadership capability in the process. As a Daayitwa Fellow, he worked with Former Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai to identify innovative financing models for rural entrepreneurs. He did his postgraduate study in economics at London School of Economics and undergraduate degree at Oxford Brookes University. He also has work experiences on projects at the Work Bank, Oxfam, and UNDP.
Manoj was a participant of NLA’s leadership course in the summer of 2015. Since then, he has acted as a Coaching Assistant for more than 50 participants of NLA’s courses. He loves the people-centric work of being a Coaching Assistant, which challenges him to balance.

Apurva KCApurva KC

Leadership Research Associate

Apurba K.C. is a law and liberal arts graduate from National Law College, Tribhuvan University, with an avid interest in national governance, and international law. Parallel to her studies, she has accumulated research and leadership experience through engagement in various capacities at various NGOs and INGOs. She has been working as an executive board member at YUWA since 2016, a youth-led NGO working for youth empowerment, engagement, and advocacy. She worked with The Carter Center as an LTO Assistant/Interpreter during Nepal’s legislative elections of 2017. Additionally, she coached and led her law school teams to multiple international moot court competitions; and spent four months counseling indigent clients at the International Legal Foundation. Apurba enjoys reading books, and following podcasts on philosophy, leadership, and emotional intelligence to continuously evolve and strengthen her understanding of the world.


Nischal Singh Bhandari

Community Outreach Officer

Nischal is a communications graduate from University of Technology Sydney, Australia. He is passionate about community engagement and use of strategic communications for innovations and change. During his studies in Australia, he coordinated media relations for the Council for International Students Australia and UTS Nepalese society. He has also been engaged with various other companies in the past both in Australia and Nepal to help them increase their brand visibility. Currently, he is working as the Community Outreach Officer under Leadership and Civic engagement cluster at Daayitwa.

Sulab Baral

Program Officer

Sulab Baral is a graduate of Social Work major in Rural Development from Thames International College, Kathmandu, Nepal. He is a program officer under Leadership and Civic Engagement department at Daayitwa. He is also a co-founder of Urban Youth for Rural Children (NGO), Astitwoh Nepal (NGO) and is also a secretary at Hatti Hatti. Formally, he worked as Program Coordinator at YUWA and led various youth campaigns. He has the work experience in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) along with Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). He works with the motto “Enquire, Endeavor and Excel.

Abish Rajbhandari

Creativity Associate

Abish Rajbhandari is a recent Business Administration graduate from Webster University, Thailand. He holds a passion towards graphic designing and other various forms of art. Due to his interest and hobbies, he is a self-tough graphic designer and has also worked with many clubs and groups in his high school and University. He has taken various leadership roles in event organizing and promoting during his time in University. He previously worked as an illustrator intern in ECS media and has also worked as Public Relation Head and Marketing Executive in his University. He is currently working as a Creativity Associate under Leadership and Civic Engagement department at Daayitwa.