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.
Anuj Tiwari

Dr. Anuj Tiwari


Dr. Anuj Tiwari is an academician at heart; his educational trajectory has largely been in the field of international relations and security studies. His has been keenly observing Nepal’s political developments over the past decade, and the role of the international community in it.
He turns to books whenever he gets his share of free time. He enjoys reading books on nature of power and leadership, and also history and culture. Meanwhile, he is pursuing his aspiration at Nepal Leadership Academy as a researcher. His work entails enriching a leadership course provided to young leaders to best reflect politico-social realities of Nepal.
In addition, he is also faculty member at Department of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies, Tribhuvan University.
He holds a doctoral degree in International Relations from University of Warsaw, Poland. Prior to that, he completed his Masters in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies coordinated by Tribhuvan University (Nepal), University of Ruhuna (Sri Lanka) and Eastern University (Sri Lanka).
Tara Panthi

Tara Prasad Panthi

Coaching Assistant

Tara is passionate about spirituality, philosophy and meditation. He obtained a MSc. in Economics and Business Management degree from Aalto University, Finland and a BA in Economics from Middlebury College, USA. He has worked as a business 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 part time lecturer at King’s College.
Tara was a participant of NLA’s leadership course in the summer of 2013. Since then, he has acted as a Coaching Assistant for more than 100 participants of NLA’s courses. As a Coaching Assistant, he enjoys the process of helping participants frame and systematize societal challenges to then turn them into innovative opportunities.

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 policy makers 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.

Kanchan Kharel

Program Manager

Kanchan holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies. Currently, he is lecturing on Youth and Social Change at the School of Arts of Kathmandu University. As Leadership and Civic Engagement Manager at Daayitwa, he is passionate about understanding relationship between people, process and power towards behavioral change for collective prosperity. Before joining Daayitwa, Kanchan led YUWA, a youth-led NGO working towards empowerment of Nepali youth across the country. In 2014, US Government awarded Kanchan with the most prestigious fellowship,nInternational Visitors’ Leadership Programon the topic ‘NGOs and Civic Engagement’. Similarly, he has consulted for several institutions including UNFPA, Amnesty International, OXFAM, GIZ, Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS), SAARC Secretariat, etc.Kanchan was one of the participants of Daayitwa Innovation Leaders-2015 that was organized by Nepal Leadership Academy. He has acted as a coaching assistant in several leadership workshops hosted by Daayitwa, and has been successful in orchestrating street based campaigns bringing together hundreds of like minded organizations for a shared purpose. Passionate about ‘results’, Kanchan believes in teamwork.

Sabrina Singh

Coaching Assistant

Sabrina Singh is a graduate of Swarthmore College, USA. She graduated with Highest Honors in Political Science and Sociology/Anthropology, including Phi Beta Kappa distinction. S Sabrina interned at Amnesty International, served as an organizing member of TEDx Kathmandu 2012, was selected as British Council’s Global Changemakers, and worked as a summer fellow at Harvard Law School’s Office of Public Interest Advising. She developed an initial interest in the field of leadership when she co-organized and co-led a 7-week writing and leadership course for high school girls in Philadelphia, which motivating her to take leadership development of self and others seriously. Sabrina was a participant of NLA’s leadership course in the summer of 2014. Since then, she has acted as a course coordinator and Coaching Assistant for more than 100 participants of NLA’s courses. As a coaching assistant, she loves the challenging task of observation and analysis, a process that mimics anthropologists’ enthographic approach.

Meenu MaharjanMeenu Maharjan

Coaching Assistant

Meenu holds a MBA degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the South Asian Institute of Management. Before joining Daayitwa she co-founded Mayaa Nepal, an NGO focused for the betterment of women and children in health, education and employment. She has also worked for several other private organizations and banks. She firmly believes that socio‐economic transformation in Nepal is possible through entrepreneurship development.
Meenu was a participant of NLA’s leadership course in 2015 and since then has acted as a Coaching Assistant and coordinator for rural entrepreneur participants of NLA’s courses. As a coaching assistant, she loves to facilitate participants’ learnings about the intersection of leadership and entrepreneurship, and make their learnings relevant for rural Nepal.
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Vibhustuti Thapa

Research Officer

Vibhustuti Thapa graduated with a BA in Psychology from Colby-Sawyer College, New Hampshire. She is also a member of the Psi Chi Honor Society. She previously worked at ERC (Early Rehabilitation Center), an organization for children and adults with special needs. She was involved in compiling a book of the lives of visually impaired children and women. In addition, her role also involved profile making and record keeping of the organization’s beneficiaries. Vibhustuti has also worked at Kaasthmandap Vidhyalaya as a Model United Nations Coach (MUN). She coached the students (eighth, ninth and tenth graders) and the teachers for their school’s first MUN conference 2015-2016.