Our Team

Arjun Gautam

Web Development

Arjun is a member of the tech team at Kathmandu Living Labs working as a front end developer for web.


He has recently completed his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Technology. He is a tech enthusiast influenced by free and open source philosophy. He has interest towards Open Data and Open Software and has volunteered in some open source communities to advocate the use of Free and Open Source Software. Currently, he is working with the tech team of Kathmandu Living Labs to build web portal for Neelakantha Municipality.

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.

Gaurav Thapa


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 KC

Finance Director

Manoj KC is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of India and the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nepal. He has been working as a financial consultant for KLL from the very inception of the company and fittingly has now joined us as our Finance Director. His wide range of experience in the financial sector and non-government sector means that we are able to work on projects with a firm belief that we are meeting the most stringent level of financial regulations.

Manoj Thapa


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.

Prabhat Raj Dahal

Environment and Earth Science Expert

Born and raised in Kathmandu, Prabhat is an Environmental Engineer with specialization in Environmental Informatics. He has a M.Sc. degree in Earth System Science from University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. Currently, he is involved in the JabikMap project as Modelling and Spatial Data Expert and is stationed at IUCN-Nepal. His passion for music and philosophy takes up most of his free time and though stationed at IUCN-Nepal he comes to KLL office to work and meet his colleagues every Sunday.

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!

Ritika Singh

Socio Technical Research

Ritika is a research enthusiast with focus on civic engagement. She recently completed her Masters in International Relations from Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences, Germany. Her broader interests include gendered and non-gendered aspects of civil wars as well as international humanitarian intervention. Her life in civil conflict ridden Nepal, background in social work and work as a counselor with Bhutanese refugees further developed her interests. She is an avid listener of podcasts, a voracious reader and a mostly tuneless singing enthusiast. She describes herself as gender equity advocate, amateur writer and animal lover.


Here at KLL, she is engaged in working with research in CS:MAP and PEER Science projects. She brings in expertise of methodology and theoretical perspectives in her work. She has newfound appreciation for the way technology is changing lives, and wants to be in the forefront of research on its possible impact in the way citizens and governments function.

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

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.

Sujan Gautam

Finance Officer

Before joining KLL Sujan worked at Yeti Fabrics as an accountant. During this time, he also completed his Chartered Accountant Professional-I certification to add to his Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies. At KLL Sujan is best known for his positive and let’s get it done attitude. He works hard to manage the organization’s finances as well as the spirits of the staff my ensuring timely work-social gatherings. Sujan loves to travel and along with Finance Director Manoj KC, makes the impenetrable centre back pairing of the KLL futsal team.

Sushma Giri

Mobile Application Development

Sushma discovered her passion for programming in C Language class. She works as an Android programmer at KLL and soon wants to morph into a full stack developer.


A tech enthusiast herself, she is also an active member and designated monthly meetup coordinator at Women Leaders in Technology (WLiT) - a group dedicated to girls in technology. Sushma found her newfound love for OpenStreetMap after joining KLL and has been a vocal proponent of its use through the apps she develops and the meet-ups she conducts.

Swarnim Wagle

Distinguished Senior Fellow

Swarnim Waglé is an economist who served as the 24th Vice-Chair of the National Planning Commission (NPC) in the Government of Nepal. He led the NPC from August 2017 to February 2018, prior to which he served as a Member of the Commission for 28 months at two different periods between 2014 and 2017. 


From a position with a rank equivalent to a minister, Dr. Waglé headed the Government’s apex policy advisory body with a 60-year history and 350 staff. He advised on the formulation of national development strategies ranging from macro-economics to climate change, human capital to infrastructure; coordinated policy across the public sector; monitored major national projects; and led several ministerial delegations on the international stage. In the aftermath of the Great Nepal Earthquake of 2015 and the Flood of 2017, Dr. Waglé co-led the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and helped garner billions of US dollars in pledges.

Dr. Waglé worked as an international development professional for more than 15 years on policy assignments in over 20 countries, most recently as Senior Economist at The World Bank in Washington, D.C. He has published several flagship reports and papers in areas spanning public finance, trade and investment. At the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), he co-authored the 2013 Human Development Report titled “The Rise of the South.” From 2002 to 2007, he co-led the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Initiative.


Dr. Waglé serves on the Senate of Kathmandu University (2017-2019) and as advisor to several non-profit organizations. He has undertaken short-term assignments at the Asian Development Bank (Manila) and the International Trade Center (Geneva). Having been the South Asia editor of Harvard Asia Quarterly (1999-2000) and a regular broadcaster on BBC Nepali Service, he maintains an interest in current affairs. 

Dr. Waglé holds a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University, an MPA in International Development (MPA/ID) from Harvard University, and a BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics. He was born in Bungkot, Gorkha.

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