Meet the team

Our Goodwill Ambassadors

Board of directors

Dr. Tshering Lama

Executive Chairperson

Dr. Tshering Lama

Dr. Lama is the Executive Chairman and Co-founder of Idea Studio Nepal (ISN), empowering entrepreneurs to tackle societal issues. He also leads the Nepal Institute of Public Policy and Governance (Nepal: IPPG), advising on governance and development. Recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Dr. Lama has received numerous awards for his contributions to public health and education.

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Mr. Rupesh Shrestha

Co-Founder, Knowledge Director

Mr. Rupesh Shrestha

Rupesh Krishna Shrestha, Co-Founder of Idea Studio and Assistant Professor at Kathmandu University, specializes in entrepreneurship and marketing. He collaborates internationally and has established Nepal's first business incubator. Currently pursuing a PhD, Rupesh holds an MBA and MPhil from Kathmandu University.

Ms. Barsha Shrestha

Treasurer

Ms. Barsha Shrestha

Barsha is a trailblazer in Nepal's banking sector, serving as the first woman GM in private banking. She's received prestigious awards, including the National Woman Award 2009. Barsha's pivotal role led to CEDB becoming the first Nepali bank to join the Global Alliance for Banking on Values. She now holds the position of Business Head at ICRA Nepal Ltd and serves on the Board of Directors at Idea Studio Nepal (ISN).

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Mr. Suresh Simkhada

Board of Director

Mr. Suresh Simkhada

Suresh is dedicated to improving Nepali media quality and transparency, aligning with Idea Studio Nepal (ISN) as a board member. He's also Managing Director of Meeting Point, ISN's media partner, and holds key roles in other companies. Additionally, he manages branding and promotion for a popular television quiz show.

Mr. Rabindra Shrestha

Board of Director

Mr. Rabindra Shrestha

Rabindra Shrestha is a fellow Chartered Accountant and has been successfully running his own company R Shrestha & Associates, Chartered Accountants for more than a decade. He has been extensively involved, as in charge of the investigative audit of various reputed international organisations in the country.

Ms. Malvika Subbha

Board of director

Ms. Malvika Subbha

Malvika, a beloved media personality and former Miss Nepal (2002), boasts a massive fan following. With over 1,000 hosted events and brand ambassadorships, she's a prominent television host. Also a respected trainer and choreographer for beauty pageants globally, she inspires Nepali youth with her diverse media roles.

Mr. Vivek Singh Thakuri

Board of Director

Mr. Vivek Singh Thakuri

Certified trainer in advocacy and networking, photojournalism graduate, development professional, social entrepreneur, and award-winning actor. Co-founder of a top Nepali advertising agency, Founder Chairperson of Times Business School. Hosted 2,000+ live television shows, featured in 50+ music videos and numerous television commercials.

International board of directors

Mr. Jonathan Chang

Google for Education Next Billion Users

Mr. Jonathan Chang

Jonathan is Head of Google for Education in Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries. Formerly, he led NUS Enterprise, oversaw the Lien Centre for Social Innovation at SMU, and pioneered SMU’s accreditation as Asia’s first Ashoka Changemaker Campus. A global speaker and startup advisor, he holds degrees from UC Berkeley, Stanford GSB, and Harvard Kennedy School.

Ms. Jacqueline (Jackie) Xu

Facebook

Ms. Jacqueline (Jackie) Xu

Jackie, a Software Engineer specializing in Machine Learning at Facebook, holds a Master's degree from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a focus on artificial intelligence. Passionate about technology, entrepreneurship, and human empowerment, she aims to leverage machine learning at Facebook to tackle significant social issues.

Mr. Justin Baird

DHL

Mr. Justin Baird

With over 20 years of diverse experience in management and high tech, Justin's expertise spans research and development, signal processing, product management, digital networks, and multimedia technologies. He holds multiple patents, received accolades like AdNews' "40 under 40" award, and actively supports creative industries. Passionate about music, he's worked with renowned artists in live performance technology.

Mr. Kimmo Paajanen

Oulu University of Applied Sciences

Mr. Kimmo Paajanen

Kimmo, Ecosystem Leader and Project Manager at Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Finland, holds a Masters in Engineering with over 25 years of ICT and media experience. He leads projects like Building University Capacity for Business Incubation in Nepal and spearheads education export in the UAE through the AUSELABS training program for the construction industry.

Ms. Marieme Jamme

iamtheCODE

Ms. Marieme Jamme

Mariéme, an award-winning Technologist and Young Global Leader, made history as the first black woman to win the Innovation Award at the Global Goals Award 2017. She founded IAMTHECODE, aiming to empower 1 million girls globally by 2030 through STEAMD education. She's also a Board Member of the World Wide Web Foundation and the first Senegalese woman to reach the North Pole.

Mr. Amjad Rabi

Malaysia’s Employees Provident Fund

Mr. Amjab Rabi

Amjad, a social security economist, advises Malaysia's Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and Oman’s Public Authority for Social Insurance (PASI). He's also a visiting expert at the University of Malaya’s Social Wellbeing Center. With extensive experience in the UN and teaching roles at various universities worldwide, Amjad holds a diverse academic background including a Doctorate in International Relations, Masters in Public Policy, Mathematics, and Economics.

Ms. Katrina Lea Webb

Australian Paralympic Athlete

Ms. Katrina Lea Webb

Katrina Lea Webb-Denis, OAM (born May 22, 1977), is an inspirational Australian Paralympic athlete who has triumphed in athletics despite facing cerebral palsy challenges. With her remarkable resilience and talent, she has proudly earned gold, silver, and bronze medals across three Paralympic Games, inspiring countless individuals worldwide.

Mr. Yohei Shibasaki

Fourth Valley Concierge Corporation

Mr. Yohei Shibasaki

Yohei Shibasaki, CEO of Fourth Valley Concierge Corporation, graduated from Sophia University, Tokyo. With 10 years at Sony, he collaborated globally. In 2007, he founded Fourth Valley. He's also a committee member for Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare.

Business gurus and mentors

Ms. Ani Choying Drolma

Ms. Ani Choying Drolma

Ani Choying Drolma, Chairperson of the Ani Choying Drolma Foundation, serves as Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF Nepal and WWF Nepal. Born in Kathmandu to Tibetan refugee parents, she grew up in Nagi Gompa nunnery. Ani is renowned globally for popularizing Himalayan Buddhist chants and feast songs. She advocates for an official Earth Anthem, supporting the efforts of Indian poet-diplomat Abhay K.

Dr. Ghanashyam Gurung

WWF Nepal

Dr. Ghana Shyam Gurung

Dr. Ghana Shyam Gurung, Country Representative at WWF Nepal, is also a Snow Leopard Champion. With 20+ years in conservation, he was previously Senior Conservation Program Director at WWF Nepal. Holding a Ph.D. in Natural Science, his expertise spans resource management, ecotourism, conservation engagement, and policy advocacy.

Ms. Aarati Gurung

WWF Nepal

Ms. Aarati Gurung

Ms. Aarati Gurung is the Head of Program Development and Monitoring at WWF Nepal. Ms. Gurung has over 8+ years of experience in conservation program design and fund-raising, and was previously involved in the climate change campaign as Program Officer in WWF Nepal. Ms. Gurung holds a Master's degree in Environmental Management from Pokhara University.

Mr. Bal Krishna Joshi

Thamel.com

Mr. Bal Krishna Joshi

Bal Krishna Joshi, Co-Founder of thamel.com and Independent Director at Nepal Electronic Payment System Ltd., revolutionized cross-border digital banking with Machnet and ThamelRemit. He also gained fame as the "Internet goat" seller, founding an e-commerce company in 2001 that evolved into a global FinTech firm. Joshi holds a BBA in Business Administration from Lewis and Clark College.

Mr. Mani Ram Pokhrel

Prabhu Bank

Mr. Mani Ram Pokhrel

Mani Ram Pokhrel is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Prabhu Bank Ltd. He started his banking career at Nabil Bank in 1990. Previously he worked as Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Business Officer at Prabhu Bank Ltd. He had also worked in Senior positions at Nepal SBI Bank Ltd, Nepal Credit & Commerce Bank Ltd, and as CEO at former Himchuli Bikas Bank Ltd. Mr Pokhrel having 30 years of banking experience has served at various leadership positions in the banking industry.

Nirmala Bist Rawal

Prabhu Bank

Nirmala Bist Rawal

Nirmala Bist Rawal is the head of the Microfinance department at Prabhu Bank Ltd. She Studied M. Com focused on International Business/Trade/Commerce from the University of Mumbai. A dynamic personality, she has previously worked as Customer Service Officer at Standard Chartered Bank and has handled positions such as Manager-Card Operations at Prabhu Bank Ltd.

Rajendra Suwal

WWF Nepal

Rajendra Suwal

Rajendra Suwal is the Head of Partnerships Development at WWF Nepal and its ornithologist. He's also a Founding Member of Bird Conservation Nepal. With over three decades of experience, Suwal specializes in bird research, bio- diversity conservation, ecotourism, and community-based tourism around protected areas. He holds a Master's Degree in Science (Zoology /Ecology) from Tribhuvan University.

Renu Prasad Pandey

Prabhu Bank

Renu Prasad Pandey

Renu Prasad Pandey is the Chief Business Officer at Prabhu Bank Ltd. With a background in managerial roles at NCC, NIC, and Kist Bank, he has held leadership positions such as Head of Consumer Banking, Deposit Marketing, Central Operations, Operations Risk, and Country Head of SME & Retail Banking, showcasing diverse departmental experience.

Kawish Bhakta Shrestha

Sajilo Marmat Sewa

Kawish Bhakta Shrestha

Kawish Bhakta Shrestha currently serves as the Co-Founder of Sajilo Marmat Sewa. Prior to this role, he worked as an Associate Software QA Engineer at Deerwalk Inc. Mr. Shrestha pursued his MBA in Marketing from Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) and completed his BBIS (Bachelor's in Business Information System) from Kathmandu College of Management.

Pukar Regmi

Sajilo Marmat Sewa

Pukar Regmi

Pukar Acharya currently serves as the Co-Founder of both Sajilo Marmat Sewa and Energetic Nepal Pvt. Ltd. Before this role, he held the position of Electrical Engineer at Energypac Engineering Ltd. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Kathmandu University and a Master's Degree in Renewable Energy Engineering from IOE, Pulchowk.

Sujeet Regmi

Sajilo Marmat Sewa

Sujeet Regmi

Sujeet Regmi serves as the Co-Founder of both Sajilo Marmat Sewa and Energetic Nepal Pvt. Ltd. Prior to this, he held the position of Technical Training Instructor at the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training. He earned his MBA from Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) and holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kathmandu University.

Executive Team

Ms. Shradha Pal

Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Shradha Pal

Shradha, an advocate for the beauty of ordinariness, leads an extraordinary life shaped by her choices. With a diverse career spanning journalism, consultancy, and COO roles, she now embraces freelance writing as her medium for sharing knowledge. Her journey is marked by evolution, struggles, and a relentless pursuit of growth, embodying resilience and a commitment to learning.

Ms. Sadiccha Shrestha

Chief of Communication and Strategy

Ms. Sadiccha Shrestha

Sadiccha Shrestha is an accomplished Director with a rich background in the marketing and advertising sector. With expertise in presentation, corporate events, event planning, and emceeing, Sadiccha brings a dynamic skill set to the table. Armed with an MBA in Marketing Management from the Asian Institute of Technology, Sadiccha is a seasoned professional dedicated to excellence in every endeavor.

Mr. Anupam Bhattarai

Head of Research and Development

Mr. Anupam Bhattarai

Anupam Bhattarai, awarded the Chancellor's Gold Medal from Sharda University and the Silver Developer award from IIT Roorkee, excels in simulation development and immersive experiences. His accomplishments include hackathon wins, freelance projects, and contributions to Paracosma Pvt. Ltd. His engagement in election campaigns and IT solutions for government projects, deepens his understanding of governance.

Ms. Ahshia Sherchan

Project Manager

Ms. Ahshia Sherchan

Ahshia, a Development Studies graduate, excels in research and project management. With experience as a research assistant and project coordinator, she demonstrates strong interpersonal and organizational skills. Ahshia's adaptability and detail-oriented nature ensure successful project outcomes aligned with business objectives.

Ms. Pragya Ghimire

Eco-Impact Business Development Officer

Ms. Pragya Ghimire

Pragya Ghimire, Eco-Impact officer at Idea Studio Nepal, holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and an MSc from Khwopa College, Tribhuwan University. With experience as a Climate Change activist at Powershift Nepal and as a radio jockey at Radio Sargam, Dhulabari, she's passionate about green innovation and recently led a project on Solid Waste Management in Mechinagar Municipality.

Ms. Tashi Cheozum Lama

Business Development Officer

Ms. Tashi Cheozum Lama

Mr. Sarvesh Singh

Business Development Fellow

Mr. Sarvesh Singh

Sarvesh Singh holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Christ University, Bangalore and is working as a Business Development Fellow at Idea Studio Nepal since December 2022. He seeks to gain working experience at Idea Studio all the while striving to improve on other aspects of his persona.

He enjoys working out, playing football and reading books. He constantly seeks to expand his knowledge base and works on constant self improvement.

Ms. Nirmala Bhujel

 Office Staff

Ms. Nirmala Bhujel

Meet our didi who keeps everyone well-fed and refreshed at Idea Studio Nepal! With a warm smile and a welcoming demeanor, she works tirelessly to ensure that our staff and guests are taken care of. Whether it's serving up a hot cup of coffee or a delicious snack, she takes pride in providing the best service possible. Her attention to detail and her willingness to go above and beyond make her an invaluable member of our team. We are grateful to have her as a part of the Idea Studio Nepal family.

Finance & Compliance

Ms. Pranita Tuladhar

Finance and Compliance Manager

Ms. Pranita Tuladhar

Pranita Tuladhar is an accomplished professional leading the Finance and Compliance department with expertise in financial management and regulatory adherence. Her strategic acumen ensures sound financial decision-making, while her meticulous approach guarantees compliance with industry regulations

Mr. Abi Tamang

Finance Intern

Mr. Abi Tamang

Abi Tamang is a student who is doing his bachelor of business studies at Tribhuwan University. To gain experience in the field of Finance and accounting, He is doing an internship in accounting and finance in Idea Studio Nepal Abi believes that learning is the way of living life. From a young age, he has been interested in sports. He likes to play football, trek, explore new places and read books.

Ms. Saya Mathema

HR Intern

Ms. Saya Mathema

Saya Mathema is an HR intern currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management from Kathmandu University School of Management. She is passionate about the field of HR and has a strong interest in talent acquisition and management. Saya has completed courses in  training and recruitment, and employee development. She has developed strong communication and interpersonal skills through her coursework, work experience and extracurricular activities. She is excited to apply her knowledge and skills in a real-world setting and to contribute to the success of the organization.

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