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

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).