Ms. Priyasha Maharjan

Public Health

Priyasha is a graduate in Pharmacy from Kathmandu University. Inclined towards community based programs in health, she currently leads a health campaign, Janata Clinic, in the capacity of Co-founder and Director of a non-profit called Samartha Nepal. Her passion to explore has taken her to more than 40 districts in Nepal, allowing her to observe the health behavior of people in different parts of the country. With further education in the Public Health, she aims to garner new knowledge and skills, and contribute to the Nepalese health sector.

Mr. Ashesh Shrestha


Ashesh works as a Research officer at Samriddhi Foundation, an economic policy think tank based in Kathmandu. His focus areas are micro-enterprises, industrial law, public education, federalism, and tax policies. He has authored several research papers and written dozens of newspaper articles based on the findings of this research. Ashesh manages and moderates ‘Liberty Discussion Series’, a monthly discussion program where young individual sit and deliberate over contemporary political-economic issues. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from Tribhuvan University.

Ms. Smita Poudel

Public Policy

Smita is currently working as a Section Officer at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Kathmandu. She has been at the Ministry for more than three years, and also served as Assistant Chief District Officer of Rasuwa district. Smita graduated in English from Tribhuvan University and now wants to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Policy to gain insights into public policy dynamics. She aims to make contributions in shaping inclusive public policies in Nepal.

Mr. Pravin Kumar

Civil Engineering

Pravin has been working as a Civil Engineer under Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Government of Nepal and is currently posted in Bheri Babai Diversion Multipurpose Project. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada, India. Pravin’s research interests include Hydrology and Hydraulics, Energy, Watershed management and Water policy. He wants to pursue a Master’s degree in water resources engineering and management.

Ms. Anita Khebang

Anita has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Nobel College and has been working with Karuna Foundation on a disability prevention and rehabilitation project since 2016. She has two years of firsthand experience in the area of maternal and reproductive health in rural communities of Eastern Nepal. She aims to work for the improvement of maternal and child health in Nepal, focusing on better prevention and management of birth defects.