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.

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

Tech & Innovation Lead

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 a former 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

OSM Data Expert

As a founding member, Manoj has been a part of KLL even before it was formally established. He was one of the four OSM Champions for the World Bank’s OpenDRI Project back in 2012/13. After KLL was formally registered in 2013, he took up multiple hats, including but not limited to mapping, mapping training, and non-technical management.

Overcoming the fear of OSM jargon in the initial working days, Manoj has cleared his way to become a veteran mapper with over 12 years of experience. He was in Pokhara for 3 years, leading the OSM field data collection as a part of 2C Pokhara to expand the OSM movement in Pokhara, Nepal. So far, he has trained thousands of people across the globe in OSM and the number is increasing every year. He is currently also a member of the OSMF and vouches to expand the OSM movement in Nepal and beyond.

When not at work, he likes to travel, play futsal and spend time with his son.

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.

Prithvi Jung Khadka

Business Development Lead

Prithvi is our youngest team member, executing innovative business and marketing strategies, and is overseeing the growth of Baato, a cloud API service, part of KLLC. He currently leads Baato’s efforts to establish the company as a complement to Nepal’s business ecosystem and their location data needs.

In his second year at Ratna Rajya Laxmi Campus Prithvi is also working on his own venture, Digital Mercari, specializing in email communications on behalf of e-commerce brands.

He also writes a weekly email newsletter that believes in the paradigm shift that occurs with a change in mindset and promotes the value of a great mindset. He is passionate about fitness, reading, and experimenting with new recipes as a means to unwind.

Santosh Rana Magar

Backend Engineer

Santosh Rana Magar joined the KLL as a Backend Engineer in February 2022. He is passionate about WebGIS technology. Prior to joining KLL, he has been involved in developing many Geo-Portal and healthcare platforms.

He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and information technology from Tribhuvan University. He previously worked as a full-stack developer at a company named Build Change for a year. In his free time, he loves watching TV-Series and playing battle royale games. He is a big fan of the Naruto anime.

 

Saurav Bhattarai

System Architecture & Engineering

Saurav 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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