Our Team

Arogya Koirala

Data Science

Arogya began his journey with KLL in December 2016. A data scientist by training, he brings with him more than two years of extensive experience in statistical programming and data-driven tool development.

 

After spending nearly seven years studying (and then working) in India, he recently decided to move back to Nepal in order to explore the possibility of using and applying his skill sets in the context of Nepal. He is currently pursuing this interest by working alongside KLL's tech team to develop web based, data-driven tools for the community.

 

In his free time, Arogya enjoys exploring and nurturing his interest in music (guitar and tabla), graphic design, and web development.

Bhawak Pokhrel

Mobile Application Development

Bhawak develops cross-platform mobile applications for KLL and React Native is his tool of choice. In addition to writing software codes, he amuses himself in asking how technology brings about impact in society.

He has demonstrated interest in robotics, remote control and sensors. Before joining KLL, he was also engaged with Robotics Association of Nepal and contributed to several robotics projects. The young Bhawak loves travelling, adventure, making friends and making maps.

Dikshya Dulal

Finance

Admired for her cheerful, positive and professional attitude, Dikshya is associated with KLL as Finance Manager since December 2015. With a vivid resourceful experience, particularly in accounting and auditing profession for more than 4 years, blended with sensible aptitude to look beyond the financial numbers and figures, she has been continuously thriving to uphold the culture of best practices for financial discipline/control within KLL.

 

Within a short span of time, she has become a key team member of KLL family and has been contributing tirelessly along with her energetic, young and like-minded colleagues in ensuring sustainable success of KLL. She is a firm believer that success and excellence comes from persistence and patience and equally believes that technology and innovation can have far reaching implication on improving social behaviour and quality of life of communities. She believes that KLL has innovative plans in leveraging technology to share humanitarian values for the betterment of societies and this fact has strongly persuaded and motivated her to to join and work for KLL.

Gaurav Thapa

Geography

Gaurav Thapa completed his Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Toronto, Canada and his Master’s of Applied Geography from New Mexico State University, USA. His thesis titled ‘Exploring the possibility of Mass Rapid Transit in Kathmandu Valley’ attempted to address one of Kathmandu's most pressing problem by using GIS technology, satellite imagery and traditional geographic theories. Gaurav has presented his works at several conferences in the United States including the American Association of Geographer's Annual Meeting (2015). In his capacity as a teaching assistant, Gaurav spent two years teaching undergraduate students in physical geography, cartography and GIS at New Mexico State University.

 

Prior to joining KLL, Gaurav worked with several organizations in different countries such as UN-Habitat Headquarters in Kenya, Open Learning Exchange in Nepal and Mesilla Valley Metropolitan Organization in the United States of America. In these and other organizations Gaurav worked in the fields of Education, Technology, Development, Geography and Planning. Gaurav's love for his country brings him to KLL. Here he believes his passion for teaching and travelling can be quenched.

Kshitiz Khanal

Research, Open Data for Sustainable Development

Kshitiz Khanal is a fervid Open Knowledge activist and calligraphy geek. His major interests include energy systems, sustainability and diffusion of technology for society. He has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and a post-graduate degree in Energy System Planning, both from Kathmandu University. He dabbles with playing football, building machines, writing, and learning (mostly) useless skills.

 


Kshitiz Khanal is engaged in Kathmandu Living Labs as a Researcher of Open Data and OpenStreetMap. He primarily explores how open mapping infrastructure can be expanded in Nepal and how open map data can be used to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Manoj Thapa

Data

Manoj brings Management Science perspective and several years of working experience to make sure that everyone at KLL gets whatever they need in order to achieve their goals. Also as the first choice goalkeeper of the KLL Futsal team, he keeps the opponents from scoring their goals during the matches.

 

Manoj was introduced to OpenStreetMap in August, 2012. Overcoming the fear of OSM jargons in the initial working days, Manoj has cleared his way to becoming a veteran mapper. 

 

Manoj has already earned the title of OSM Guru according to OSM linfiniti.

Nama Raj Budhathoki, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Dr. Budhathoki brings a unique blend of experience from government, nonprofit, and academic sectors. Nama is the Executive Director of KLL and plays a critical role in developing OpenStreetMap community and creating an ecosystem around open data in Nepal.

 

Nama earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with focus in OpenStreetMap. Following the doctoral degree, he worked at McGill University as a postdoctoral research fellow and then at Niti Foundation as the Director of programs. He has authored over a dozen journal papers and book chapters. His studies and works have been funded mainly by the US government, Canadian government, Dutch Government, and Yahoo! Inc. His co-edited book titled Youth Community Inquiry: New Media for Community and Personal Growth was published in 2014.

Nirab Pudasaini

Tech and Innovation

Nirab has keen interest in social and mobile technologies. An open source enthusiast, he believes that businesses should be modeled around open source. He loves to promote Free Open Source Software, Open Source Hardware and Open Data movements in Nepal as he opines that such movements will facilitate knowledge sharing and lead to developmental activities. He is also a firm believer that applying Crowd-sourcing and local knowledge with the aid of technology can get things done in an efficient and effective way.

 

Nirab is a huge RMS fan and a big advocate of FOSS. Apart from his efforts to make Windows users switch to Linux he likes to spend his free time reading fantasy novels and playing bamboo flutes.

Paras Shrestha

Graphics and Design

Paras joined KLL in January last year as a HelpDesk officer. Soon his demonstrated aptitute for arts earned him a spot in graphics and design. Currently, he is the brain behind how KLL's products - both print and online - should look aesthetically.


When he is not designing UI elements, he is found to be engrossed in photohshop, illustrator, sketching and playing guitar.

Prabhas Pokhrel

Fellow

Prabhas Pokharel started his year long fellowship at Kathmandu Living Labs from September 2014. Recently, he came back for his second fellowship with KLL in June 2016.

 

Prabhas Pokharel is a practitioner using technology for social development. He focuses on connecting together development issues to systems and products that intervene to make positive social change; on translating between reality and code + design. Prabhas is a polyglot - he writes, codes, designs systems, analyzes data, manages and builds community according to the need at hand.

 

A computer scientist by training, he has always been interested in the intersections of technology and social development, working in this field with organizations such as the Earth Institute at Columbia University, UNICEF Kosovo, MobileActive.org, and government institutions in Nepal and Peru, as well as groups like Digital Natives. He has also worked with many open knowledge and open source initiatives in Nepal since 2010, including: Monsoon Collective, Yatayat, Nepal ko Yuwa, Open Data Nepal, and OpenStreetMap Nepal.

 

Most of all, he feels an air of renaissance in Kathmandu, and wants to do and make things together with the young at heart here.

Pradip Khatiwada

Coordination - Digital Volunteers and Partnership Development

Pradip brings extensive experience working with youth in Nepal and beyond. He is a strong believer in the ability of Nepali youth in transforming Nepal, and has been working tirelessly to channelize the exuberance of youth in the service of the country.

As the National Coordinator of the National Volunteering Program, he was involved in building Nepal's largest youth engagement platform. At KLL, he will continue this line of action with specific focus on OpenStreetMap community building and public engagement. Pradip is currently pursing his diploma in Disaster Management & Livelihood Recovery from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. He is all set for the action at KLL beginning mid October 2016.

Roshan Paudel

GIS Analysis

Roshan is a Geomatics Engineer interested in the field of open data and open source software. In June of 2016, Roshan started working for KLL as an intern. After completing his bachelor’s degree he joined KLL as its GIS Officer in December of 2016. He is an OSM volunteer and trainer who has introduced the concept of open mapping to hundreds of students of western Nepal.

His academic interests remain mapping using modern technologies such as Remote Sensing, Geographic Information System (GIS) and Photo Mapping. Roshan is interested in creating mpas that accurately reflect the conditions and problems of the society in the simplest and easiest format. He strongly believes that maps like these will change the society for the better!

Saurav Bhattarai

Web Development

Travelling, art and coding – these are what set up the mood for him. Saurav is an engineer with a particular interest in the backend-frontend web development. He loves to code and is always striving to make robust, high performance and fault tolerant systems.


Saurav loves the opportunity of working on people-oriented, civic-tech projects in KLL. ‘Happyness’ for him is to see his lines of codes solving the real life problems in the world.

Sazal Sthapit

Projects Manager

Sazal Sthapit is an avid fan of open data and of its power and advantages. As an OSM Champion at KLL, he conducts training sessions, organizes Mapping Parties and works in the field of Disaster Risk Informatics. He also leverages his Computer Information Systems degree to write software codes that use Open Data and promote Open Systems.

 


In his spare time, he likes to pursue his interests in Photography and Cosmology. The designated Heavy Mapper 2.0 strongly opines that mapping is not only about adding points, ways and polygons to a map but it is actually a way of expanding the knowledge base of society.

Shukadev Amgain

Socio-Technical Research Analysis

Shukadev is an ardent student of digital revolution in the developing countries and its impact on culture and socio-economy of the communities. Since his days in the University of Bergen, Norway, he is intrigued to understand how technological artifacts emerge from specific cultural settings and what impact those technologies have on the development of the society. He joined KLL as a Socio-Technical Research Analyst and is heavily involved in uncovering appropriate ICT tools which fit in the hyper-local context of Nepali communities.  

Shukadev has a passion for social media and text analysis using machine learning techniques. He invests his leisure time in hiking, photographing.

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