Our Board of Directors is comprised of leaders from the public, private, and academic sectors.

Pukar Malla

Executive Coach

Dr. Pukar Malla has been leading parallel careers as a leadership coach, community organizer, and innovation specialist. As Founder and Executive Director of a leadership non-profit, Daayitwa, he has been organizing youth to lead innovative solutions in the government, business and civil society sectors. As a Former Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School, he investigated and piloted frameworks for communities of innovators to lead change. As a Senior Innovation Policy Specialist at the World Bank, he supported the Indian, Chinese and Ghanaian governments to promote innovation and inclusive growth. Prior to that, 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 a focus on engineering and economics. He spent 3 years at Cornell, attaining a 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.

Kedar Bhakta Mathema

Former Vice Chancellor of Tribhuvan University and Ambassador of Japan

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.

Krishna Gyawali

Public Service Professional

Krishna Gyawali served Nepal’s civil service in various positions almost for 30 years including as Secretary in the ministries of local development and environment and Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Finance. He retired as Secretary in the Ministry of Industry.Upon retirement in 2014, Mr. Gyawali worked as National Coordinator of Nepal for MCC (Millennium Challenge Corporation, USA). Mr. Gyawali led all preparatory works on large investments in energy and transport infrastructure in Nepal between May 2015 and May 2016.Mr. Gyawali holds Master’s degrees from Tribhuwan University and the University of Birmingham, UK. He also carries Sanskrit and law background. He was a Hubert Humphrey Fellow in Economic Development at the Michigan State University, US. He has also attended an executive course on Leadership in Development at the Harvard Kennedy School. He once served UN missions in Cambodia, South Africa, East Timor and Kosovo as UN Volunteer. He has also credit of working as a BBC Nepali Service staffer from 1995 to 1996 in London.Mr. Gyawali is currently a freelance development consultant in capacity of a public service professional. He reads and writes mostly on issues related to political economy of development and governance.

Utpal Mishra

Co-Founder of the Nepal Leadership Academy

A history buff with special affinity to South Asian political history, Utpal is also a co- founder of the Nepal Leadership Academy. He has had a varied career in international development with multilateral agencies and non-profits, and has spent a number of years as a journalist cum media/communications consultant. He specializes in governance, public policy and political affairs/political economy analysis, analysis of economic trends, social accountability, and leadership.Presently a freelance consultant based out of Washington DC, he worked with the World Bank for almost a decade as a Governance Specialist, working on wide range of topics on both supply and demand side of governance. His work included building international networks; anti-corruption, open government, social accountability, citizen engagement and ICT based feedback, and leadership in different parts of the globe. His experience also spans into program and knowledge management.He has spent considerable time in leadership development research studying leadership interventions for better development results, e.g. interventions leading to efficient service delivery, policy reforms and implementations etc. He has also worked and remains keenly interested in pedagogical aspects of leadership training and design of training materials as well as coaching.During his time as a journalist (print and television), he covered political issues with emphasis on left politics/political parties in Nepal and social issues focusing on matters in development. He also worked as a media consultant with number of NGOs/INGOs writing reports, and producing documentary films.Utpal holds a degree in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins University; and degrees in English Literature and Linguistics from Tribhuvan University, and University of Delhi.

Prativa Pandey

Founder and CEO of Catalyst Technology

Dr. Prativa Pandey, Founder and CEO of Catalyst Technology, is a researcher and a science entrepreneur leveraging technological innovations to solve market problems in Nepal. She is actively involved in various advocacy campaigns for positive social change in Nepal and was recently nominated for WOW Women Achievers Award 2019 in Leadership Category. She often voices her thoughts in public domain through panel discussions, expert panels, speeches, and op-eds. Her diverse portfolio working with public and private sectors comprises research, entrepreneurship, education, leadership development, and intellectual property. She is also a Visiting Faculty at Research Center for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST), Tribhuvan University. She has almost 12 years of research and industrial experiences, including international publications and patents. She completed her M.S./Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northwestern University (US), Management Certificate from Kellogg School of Management (US), and B.S. Honors in Chemistry from Salem College (US).