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H.E. Ambassador Elisabeth von Capeller is the Head of the department for Cooperation with Eastern Europe and Assistant Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Bern. She has previously served as Head of the South Asia Division as well as Head of Conflict and Human Rights, SDC.
Sumnima Udas is an international journalist and TV personality with 12 years of experience leading CNN International’s news and features coverage from New Delhi, Hong Kong and New York. She was most recently based in New Delhi as CNN International’s South Asia correspondent covering key political, economic, social, environmental and general interest stories from the region and beyond.
Sunil K.C. was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of NMB Bank, a joint venture with FMO Netherlands and one of the largest A Class Commercial Banks in Nepal, in 2017. He is also the board member of NMB Capital, an investment banking wing of NMB Bank and has almost 27 years of experience in banking.
Anustha Shrestha has been working for over 6 years on various research related to climate change, water governance, disaster risk reduction and right to information. She has extensive field experience with skills on facilitation and rapport building and is interested in transboundary water issues, local water challenges, air pollution and mountain hazards.
Renaud Meyer started his assignment as the Country Director for UNDP Nepal in the year 2015. During his career in UNDP, he has held crucial roles including as Senior Deputy Country Director, UNDP Afghanistan; Country Director, UNDP Philippines and Deputy Country Director, UNDP China.
Sabyasachi Dutta is Founder Director of the Asian Confluence, a regional initiative promoting an open space for cultural and intellectual exchanges and enhancing understanding of the Eastern and North Eastern region of India. He facilitates programs, talks, discussions and symposia with scholars and leaders of culture and thought, from India and abroad.
Pradeep S. Mehta is a writer, speaker, trainer and organizer in the social science field and currently serves in the Board of Trade and Steering Committee on Ecomark of the Government of India. He is a former honorary adviser to the Commerce and Industries Minister of India and to the Director-General of the WTO.
Bhim Bahadur Nepali is a social worker who looks over the management and execution of different programs at Share and Care Nepal, an organization committed to empower and transform the lives of poor and vulnerable communities. He has developed and introduced an innovative online Learning Management System for SCN’s use to expand knowledge on Community Development and Mobilization.
Tshering Cigay Dorji has been instrumental in accelerating the vibrancy and bringing together technology and youth entrepreneurship in Thimphu TechPark, Bhutan’s First IT Park . He has over 14 years of experience in programming, teaching, information system design, database administration, research and corporate management.
Wang Yushui has been working for infrastructure developments in different developing countries for more than 10 years. He is currently associated with the Bheri Babai Diversion Multipurpose Project, a National Pride project that has employed Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) for the first time in Nepal to excavate the tunnel through fragile rocks of Siwaliks, the youngest mountain chain.
Surendra Raj Joshi has worked over 20 years in development sector with a specific focus on livelihood diversification, integrated resource management and climate change adaptation. He has first-hand experience in value chain development of high-value mountain products as well as design and implementation of programmes aiming to improve the lives of rural communities.
Pramod Jaiswal is a Senior Fellow at the Pangoal Institution, Beijing and Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi. He specializes in South Asia with a focus on Nepal and China’s role in the region. He has previously worked at Fudan University and Institute for Defence Studies Analyses and has authored ‘Nepal-China Relations, 1990-2009’.
His Excellency Ambassador Peter Budd is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has served overseas as Deputy Head of Mission and was most recently Director, Property Tender Unit and Estate Section. He was previously the Director, Pacific Regional Section and Director, Fiji Taskforce.
Mahendra P. Lama, a noted development economist, is a senior Professor in School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Presently a High End Expert at the Institute of South Asian Studies, Sichuan University in China, he is also a Member of Eminent Persons Group from India on Nepal-India Relations.
Franz J. Hahn is responsible for setting the strategic directions and leading Peak Re to achieve its goal. In his long career, he has focused experience in building successful reinsurance business in Greater China and the broader Asia Pacific. He previously worked as a member of the Insurance Advisory Committee to the Financial Secretary of Hong Kong.
Christopher Thomas is a global executive with over 15 years’ experience in Asia spanning aviation, loyalty-lifestyle, and online travel sectors. He is an expert in business and political strategy development and has been assisting leading travel companies through Aviation Talent, a specialist executive search and selection firm.
Carol A. Wolfson is a business consultant and philanthropist who founded Second Chance Animal Aid and has over three decades of experience in the Asia Pacific region. She is a Founding Board Member of the Himalayan Consensus Institute being one of its primary private donors and fundraisers.
Basanta Shrestha provides strategic management leadership, partnership and private sector development so as to bring about transformative change in ICIMOD. Under his leadership, he has developed highly successful partnerships with the regional and international agencies towards sustainable mountain development in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region.
Amina Baniya, representing the group CareTech and Winner of Swiss- Nepal Technology Workshop 2018 is fervid on exploring the mysteries of life science. Converting the knowledge thus obtained to assist humankind has been her passion so far. She is determined to introduce our product in near future, an idea representing young scientific minds of Nepal.
Mahendra K. Shrestha is the Chairman of Himalayan General Insurance and has been involved in the financial sector in Nepal for over two decades. From starting an insurance company in 1993 (Founding Managing Director of Himalayan General Insurance) to leading the reform process for a commercial bank that had been declared a ‘problem bank’ by NRB, Mahendra has led and helped shape some leading organizations in insurance and banking. Over the years he has been involved in a number of additional sectors including hydropower, telecommunications, health, manufacturing industries and media. In addition to being a part of all major local chambers of commerce, he has also served as President of Nepal Britain Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Céline Cousteau is a multifaceted social and environmental activist working with a variety of mediums from documentaries to art and design. She is the Founder and Executive Director of CauseCentric Production, creating cause focused multi-media content. Céline has also co-founded The Céline Cousteau Film Fellowship, a non-profit program whose mission is to empower young aspiring filmmakers, creatives, and activists to inspire change through filmmaking. Previously, she has worked as a Guest Designer for Swarovski, ambassador for The TreadRight Foundation, and Member of the World Economic Forum Council on Oceans. Céline sits on the advisory boards of The Himalayan Consensus and Marine Construction Technologies. She is currently working on an impact campaign for her latest film, “Tribes on the Edge”.
Sujeev Shakya, Secretary General of the Himalayan Consensus Institute, is regarded as a Thought Leader who speaks and writes extensively on business, development, economics and management. He is author of ‘Unleashing Nepal: Past, Present and Future of the Economy’ that is used as a guide to understand Nepal’s economic paradigm. He is the CEO of Beed Management, management consulting and financial advisory services firm working in Nepal, Bhutan and Rwanda, and is also Chair of Nepal Economic Forum.
Shruti Nada Poddar is the founder of Shruti Foundation, musician, a healer, a cultural exponent and educationist, and a leading practitioner of indigenous knowledge systems. She also convenes the foundation’s WE-ASC “Education Culture” Congresses for global advocacy of human values, holistic education, pedagogy and local learning paradigms.
Ryan Nadeau is a non-profit founder, international human rights activist, techie, and entrepreneur. Ryan is currently working at Galvanize, a leader in industry-focused learning. He leads strategic partnerships, business development and is leading the organization’s diversity initiatives in San Francisco. His focus is to increase the representation of Women, African Americans, Latinos, Veterans, and members of the LGBT community in tech and help large organizations reskill their technical talent.
Ugyen Tshewang is a development scientist, an environmentalist and a manager with more than 29 years of experience in co-ordinating and assessing programs in rural farming and mountain livelihood, conservation science, climate change and environment. He has published scientific papers in more than 10 international journals and has led and coordinated more than 35 publications of laws & regulations, project proposals and plan documents in his professional career. He worked as the secretary of the National Environment Commission of Bhutan for five years.
Bibek Chapagain has been a product development engineer, project management and energy expert in the United States and Nepal over the last two decades. He has worked in the mechanical engineering division of New England Power Company and as the Director of Renewable Energy Promotion Support Office in Nepal for Winrock International. As the Energy Advisor at the Norwegian Embassy his work includes close coordination with Government, Multilateral Banks, Intergovernmental agencies, and the private sector and Non-government.
Bhushan Tuladhar is the Regional Technical Advisor South Asia for UN-Habitat’s Urban Basic Services Branch. He has 25 years of experience of working on various urban and environmental issues and has served as the head of Environment Department at Kathmandu Metropolitan City and the Executive Director of NGOs such as Clean Energy Nepal and Environment & Public Health Organization. He is currently a Board Member of Sajha Yatayat, a public transport cooperative, and is involved in education and various advocacy campaigns on sanitation, air quality and energy related issues.
Ambica Shrestha is currently the President of Nepal Heritage Society and a Hon. Consul of Spain to Nepal. She founded the Federation of Business & Professional Women’s of Nepal (FBPWN) which is a member of International BPW in 1974 and became the first woman to be elected president of a Rotary Club. She, along with her husband, opened the Dwarika’s Hotel using traditional Newari style of architecture incorporating ancient woodcarvings to protect and save the heritage. This hotel is now called a living museum and has won the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Heritage Award.
Yu Hong is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Nepal. She has previously served at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as as Counselor, Division Chief and Deputy Director General of the Department of Asian Affairs.
Laurence J. Brahm is an international crisis mediation lawyer, developmental economist, and founding chairman of the Himalayan Consensus. Having served as a senior advisor to China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection drafting Ecological Civilization – China’s policy blueprint for renewable energy conversion, he received China’s Social Responsibility Award in 2016. He founded ‘Shambhala Serai’ which has been recognized by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice in 2016 as exemplifying ‘successful social enterprise’. His Searching for Shangri-la film expeditions received the National Geographic Air and Water and Conservation Fund Award in 2016, for which he was elected Fellow International of the New York Explorer’s Club.
Vincent Wierda joined CleanStart as Programme Manager in 2013. He believes strongly in market-based solutions in development. He has long worked in the field of financial inclusion, starting in 1998 in Ethiopia, and with extensive subsequent experience in both Asia and Africa. He has additional experience in SME promotion, business development, agricultural value chains and rural development.
Suman Shakya is co-founder of One Planet Solution/SmartPaani, a private company that provides sustainable water management and alternate energy solutions in Nepal. SmartPaani is the proud winner of Surya Nepal Asha Social Entrepreneur Award in 2014 and currently, part of 2nd cohort of SPRING Accelerator, UK for South Asia. Suman Shakya is also an entrepreneur, consultant and trainer involved with Rooster Logic, Nepal Entrepreneurs’ Hub and Nepal Rises.
Allen T. Cheng is the Asia Bureau Chief of Institutional Investor Inc. and also the Managing Director of II Magazine Group in Asia and Editor-in-chief of IIChina.com. He has more than 24 years of journalism experience covering business, finance and politics in the U.S. and Asia. Over the course of his career, he has worked for several Fortune 500 media companies and is the co-author of a major magazine package on global sovereign wealth funds which won the award for magazine investigative journalism in 2009.
Thomas Schrom works as a cultural expert with the UNESCO office in Kathmandu. Since establishing an architectural and design studio in Nepal in 1991, he has earned recognition for authenticity in restoration and reconstruction and for the successful adaptation of traditional buildings for modern reuse. His internationally supported projects include the Patan Museum (Nepal) and the Tower of Trongsa (Bhutan). Thomas Schrom is known also for his design of museum exhibitions and publications concerned with Asian art, architecture and cultural studies. Recently he designed the publication “Himalayan Style” that covers architecture and design in Nepal, India, Bhutan and China.
Daniel C Taylor is President of Future Generations University. He grew up in the Himalayas and has been engaged in social change and conservation for 5 decades with a focus on empowerment-based, community-based applications with a particular scholarly interest in Mahatma Gandhi. He founded and led The Mountain Institute for 20 years. In Himalayan conservation, he led the creating of Nepal’s Makalu-Barun National Park, China’s Qomolangma (Everest) National Nature Preserve, Lhasa Wetlands National Nature Preserve and Four Great Rivers Ecosystem Project.
David Molden is the Director General of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) an inter-governmental knowledge organization dedicated to mountains and people of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. He is a researcher and development specialist with skills in water resource management and sustainable mountain development with an interest in integrating social, technical, and environmental aspects of natural resources management. He is now working at the interface of science, policy and practice to help bring knowledge into use for societal benefits.
Mahendra P Lama, a noted development economist, has been a Professor of South Asian Economies in the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is at present High End Expert at the Institute of South Asian Studies, Sichuan University in China. He was the Founding Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Sikkim in India in 2007 and became the youngest Vice Chancellor of a National University in India.
Kurt Luger is the founder of EcoHimal and the Professor of Communication Science at the University of Salzburg, Austria. He is also the Chairholder of Cultural Heritage and Tourism at UNESCO. He is a visiting Professor in several universities like Pepperdine University Malibu, USA and Tribhuvan University Kathmandu, Nepal. He holds the position of Chairman in the Institute for Interdisciplinary Tourism Research and in Research Group Media, Communication and Tourism.
Franz Josef Hahn is the co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Peak Re, responsible for setting the strategic directions of the company, overseeing the day-to-day operations, and leading the company to achieve its long-term goal. With 30 years of involvement in the reinsurance industry, he has focused experience in building up strong teams and successful reinsurance business in Greater China and the broader Asia Pacific.
Christian Manhart has been working with UNESCO since 1987. In 2005, Manhart has been appointed to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, as chief of communication and partnerships and later in charge of museums and international conventions for the protection of cultural objects. Since August 2014, he is UNESCO’s Representative to Nepal.