Our Team

Aadesh Baral

Data Science Associate

Following his keen interest in blending data science on real and social issues Aadesh joined KLL as Data Science intern. Since then, he has been learning about various data science tools and methodologies getting involved in projects like Baato and C2M2 Kathmandu.
 
Aadesh is a graduate on Bachelor of Science in Physics from Tribhuvan University. He has also trained himself on programming and data science skills and is certified on Deep Learning Specialization by Deeplearning.ai and Data Science Associate by Microsoft.
 
He likes to watch and play football in his spare time. He has keen interest in learning about use of data on sports. He also loves playing mobile/computer games.

 

Aishworya Shrestha

Projects Manager

Aishworya is a research assistant under the PEER Science Project. She researches the social dimensions of OpenStreetMap. Apart from research, she looks after the online and offline community engagement around OSM.

She has more than five years of experience in the diverse sectors of social science including in areas of research, mental health, disability, and women.  

She holds a Master’s degree in Social work from Tribhuwan University, Kirtipur, and was an academic scholarship holder during her BA in Social work and major English at St. Xavier’s College.

She is a big fan of weightlifting and workouts, travelling and long rides. Psychology books are her soul food, F.R.I.E.N.D.S is her therapy.

Asmod Karki

Chief Operating Officer

Asmod is focused on creating a vibrant environment while ensuring that KLL continuously strives for its vision of leveraging technology for impact. He also helps drive Baato, KLL's sister startup that provides maps-based API services.

 

He is also active in the entrepreneurship scene. He leads the Growth and Innovation Studies (GIS), an entrepreneurship focused research center, at King's College Nepal. He is also a Venture Partner at MEET Ventures- an innovation consulting and early-stage technology investment firm based in Singapore. In the past, he helped set up DSV Advisors and Karnali Basin Conservation Foundation to promote green entrepreneurship in Karnali region. Prior to that he worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)- a global consulting firm, and DiDi Chuxing- China's largest ridesharing platform.

 

He has an undergraduate and a graduate degree from Princeton University and Peking University respectively. He meditates, sips tea, and rambles around stupas and hills of Kathmandu during his free time.

Bhawak Pokhrel

Senior Developer

Bhawak is passionate about socio-tech solutions. He loves working on civic technology that connects governance. During his 4 and half years at KLL, he is heavily engaged in conceptualizing and developing mobile applications for iOS and android. He is also engaged in designing, developing and executing the digital survey infrastructure and mobile survey platform.

He currently leads mobile engineering team for Baato, a digital map infrastructure. He has experience working with both native and cross-platforms for iOS and Android development ecosystem.

Bhawak graduated in electronics and communication engineering from Tribhuvan University - Sagarmatha Engineering College. During his period in academia, he was passionate about robotics and automation. He is a former member of the Robotics association of Nepal. Bhawak has also worked on designing  PV systems as a PV system design engineer at Comtronics Pvt. Limited.  

Bhawak loves exploring science and technology. He loves to travel, making new friends, cooking, and watch sci-fi movies and anime.

Hel Nershing Thapa

Frontend Engineer

Hel is a front-end web engineer at KLL dedicated to creating and optimizing interactive, user-friendly, and feature-rich websites. Hel joined KLL as an intern back in August 2019 as has been part of KLL since.  

Hel graduated from Kathmandu University, with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science.

When he is not working, he likes playing computer games and surfing the internet. He considers himself a ‘forever student’, eager to build both on his academic foundations and stay in tune with the latest technologies through continued coursework and professional development.

Ichchha Moktan

Senior Developer

Ichchha is a software engineer with a passion for designing and developing mobile applications. She received her bachelor's degree in computer science from Tribhuvan University. She has appreciated being a part of the development of open-source software with a civic and social impact since joining KLL.

She is also a Vice-Secretary at Women Leaders in Technology (WLiT). Her aim with the organization has been to inspire, empower, educate and mentor young women in the tech field.  

Her recent recognition as a Regional Tech Camp 2020/21 winner for the project CUBES has broadened her horizons in terms of the use of technology to solve societal and environmental issues.

An inspiration seeker, Ichchha loves to spend her weekends outdoors. She enjoys hiking and has recently developed an interest in drawing Mandalas as a stress reliever and relaxation exercise.

Kalpana Pathak

Finance & Admin Officer

Kalpana joined KLL in September 2019 as Finance and Admin Officer. Her major responsibility is to handle financial and administrative activities of the organization. She support team in every manner to reach the organizational goals effectively and efficiently.

She holds Master’s Degree in Business Studies from Tribhuwan University with major Accountancy and Taxation. She has more than 10 years experience in the field of finance, administration and auditing in various organizations from banquet, manufacturing industries to NGOS.

She loves to do yoga, meditation, reading inspirational book and novel. She mostly spends her time with nature.

Manoj Thapa

Mapper-in-chief

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.

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.

Nama Raj Budhathoki, Ph.D.

Founder and Chair of the Board

Dr. Budhathoki brings a unique blend of experience from government, nonprofit, and academic sectors. Nama is the founder of KLL and currently, the Chair of the board.

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.

Roshan Paudel

Geospatial Lead

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!

Samyoga Bhattarai

Backend Systems Engineer

Samyoga has been working as a software developer for KLL since April 2019. She started working on building mobile applications during her first few months at KLL and switched to backend development over time.

 She is a graduate in Computer Engineering from Tribhuvan University, and she joined KLL during her last year at the university as a mobile application intern.

 She is also associated with Women Leaders in Technology as the Mentorship Strategic Manager. WLiT is an organization that helps empower young women in technology to become innovators and leaders. She likes to use her leisure time creating handicrafts, DIYs, making doodles, and reading novels. Apart from this, she is active when it comes to creating an impact on society, and for the same, she has been involved in community-level projects outside KLL. She is eager to learn and explore her capabilities and thrives on personal and professional development.

Saurav Bhattarai

Tech Lead

As a tech lead, Saurav steers technical innovations at KLL with immense support from his crew. He believes in helping his team to build confidence in tackling challenging tasks. He is mostly involved in design and implementation of scalable technical solution.

Trained as an engineer from Kathmandu University, Saurav comes with more than 6 years of experience and is equipped with broad technical skills. Prior joining to KLL, he helped build range of technical solutions at Zyoba Labs from online healthcare platform, to professional networking site to eCommerce platform.

He is passionate about using technical tools to address local problems in the community. At KLL, he has had opportunity to work with local community, get understanding of their needs, design/develop solution based on their needs, and test the solution with them. KLL has supplemented his "technical-eyes" with lens to see the human-side of any problem and accompanying solution.

Saurav loves doing pencil sketches, traveling around Nepal, and trekking to the mountains. He enjoys watching suspense movies and is a big fan of The Lord of The Rings.

Sushma Ghimire

Geospatial Analyst

Sushma is a Geospatial Analyst. She initially joined KLL as an intern with an interest to contribute in OpenStreetMap for humanitarian causes. Her knowledge and expertise of OSM, cartography, and GIS has been growing ever since. Besides her work in open data and mapping, she has also been involved in training number of people about OSM, especially women and girls from different background.  

 
She received her undergraduate in Geomatics Engineer from Kathmandu University (KU). At university, she was actively involved in workshops, events, and similar activities organized by Geomatics Engineering Society (GES). She was also the organizer of GIS Day 2018 in KU and an editor of the annual magazine Geospace-2019 published by GES.
 
In her free time, she loves to travel, have a light walk around the streets, and hang out with her friends and family. She enjoys listening to music and surfs internet during her leisure.

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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