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September 27, 2023
Dhulikhel, Bagmati

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Kathmandu University
KU ring Road
Dhulikhel, Bagmati, 45200
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Dr. Biraj Singh Thapa

Associate Professor, Kathmandu University
Dr. Biraj Thapa is an Associate Professor at Kathmandu University's Department of Mechanical Engineering and the leader behind groundbreaking green hydrogen initiatives. His expertise lies at the intersection of hydropower and green hydrogen. His passion fuels cross-disciplinary research in renewable energy technologies, with a focus on industrial adaptation and the journey towards carbon neutrality. As the Team Leader of the Green Hydrogen Lab at Kathmandu University and a Co-lead for the HUC Thematic Working Group on Energy at ICIMOD, Dr. Thapa is at the forefront of innovation in sustainable energy solutions. He also plays a pivotal role in shaping Nepal's Green Hydrogen Policy as a member of the Coordination Committee, and he lends his expertise to global energy discussions as a Member of the Standing Committee on Studies at the World Energy Council.

Dr. Pukar Chandra Shrestha

Transplant Surgeon
Introducing Dr. Pukar Chandra Shrestha, Nepal’s leading organ Transplant Surgeon and a true healthcare visionary. With over 1200 kidney transplants under his belt, Dr. Shrestha has achieved a remarkable 99% success rate, making him a pioneer in the field of organ transplantation in Nepal. As the Senior Transplant Surgeon & Executive Director of the Shahid Dharmabhakta National Transplant Center, Dr. Shrestha has been at the forefront of revolutionizing healthcare accessibility in Nepal. He established the dedicated Transplant Hospital, SDNTC, in Bhaktapur, and initiated the first-ever Liver transplant and Brain Death Donor Transplant programs in the country. But his impact goes beyond surgical excellence. Dr. Shrestha’s advocacy efforts have led to significant changes in healthcare policy, including the amendment of the Transplant Act 2072 and Regulations 2072, 2079. He has also played a crucial role in making Dialysis and Kidney Transplant completely free for patients in Nepal.

KU Theatre Group

Kathmandu University Theatre Group (KUTG) is a group of students at the University working together to promote performing arts.

Mamta Siwakoti

Introducing Mamta Siwakoti, a Lawyer/ Advocate, popularly known as the 'digital lawyer’, has made the complexity of the law accessible to thousands, uniquely educating and empowering her audience. A young advocate with a Bachelor's degree in Law and a Master's degree in International Relations and Diplomacy, Mamta's dedication to legal research, policy-making, and advocacy shines through. She is a recipient of the prestigious Jyoti Vidusi Award for Academic Excellence from the Nepal Bar Council. Mamta's digital presence on platforms like TikTok and YouTube is a game-changer in the legal world. Instead of simply following trends, she uses these platforms to explain complex legal topics, including digital rights, freedom of expression online, human rights, and the legal and criminal justice system. Her vision for establishing an online research academia dedicated to legal research and related matters further underscores her commitment to education and empowerment.

Mannsi Agrawal

International Corporate Trainer and Communications Coach
Introducing the dynamic Mannsi Agrawal, an International Corporate Trainer, Transformational Keynote Speaker, Communications Coach, and TEDx sensation whose passion for transforming lives knows no bounds. As an International Transformational Speaker, Mannsi's words resonate deeply, making her audiences feel like she's speaking 'about' them, not 'to' them. Her captivating speeches cover topics such as Strategies for Success, Self Talk, Self Motivation, Entrepreneurship, Work-Life Balance, and Stress Management. Audiences leave inspired, armed with practical strategies to live their best lives. Beyond the stage, she's a hands-on Corporate Trainer. Her workshops are interactive, ensuring that learning is an immersive experience. She has collaborated with prestigious organizations like Axiata Ncell, WWF Nepal, TATA Sipradi, and many more, customizing training sessions to unlock the potential of each individual.

Rinzin Phunjok Lama

Conservation Biologist
Introducing Rinzin Phunjok Lama, the visionary wildlife biologist and conservationist from Nepal, internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work. As the first Nepalese to receive the prestigious Rolex Awards for Enterprise, Rinzin has dedicated his life to community-based biodiversity conservation. Originating from the rugged Nyinba Community in Humla District, one of the world's wildest and most remote regions, His path has been challenging, Yet it has fueled his determination to empower his community and protect the environment. His efforts have not gone unnoticed, earning him the WWF Nepal Conservation Award in 2020 and the prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise in 2021 for his exceptional work in biodiversity conservation in Nepal's Trans-Himalayas. In 2022, He was listed as a Next Generation Leader by Time Magazine, adding another prestigious recognition to his name.

Satish Ghalan

Satish, a creatively inspired soul, is an indie-pop/folk singer-songwriter born and bred in Hetauda,Nepal. With every experience, he immerses himself into the dynamic rhythm of emotions, and harnesses this energy to craft beautiful melodies that aligns the heart and soul. In his quest to create music, satish weaves together a tapestry of raw emotions and complex harmonies, captivating listeners with his musical mastery. Satish is signed with the record label named “untitled.np”. Satish’s debut album “Goreto” releasing soon.

Saurabh Jyoti

Introducing Mr. Saurabh Jyoti, a leading figure in Nepalese business and a shining example of great leadership. With a rich legacy spanning over five decades, Mr. Jyoti is the Chairman of Syakar Trading Company, the authorized Honda automobiles distributor, and the Director of the multifaceted Jyoti Group of Companies. From steel production to healthcare, finance to travel, and even AI-driven technologies, his diverse empire leaves an indelible mark on Nepal's business landscape. He's the driving force behind initiatives like the Nepal Youth Business Foundation, promoting young entrepreneurs and championing the "Made in Nepal" campaign. His role in various leadership positions, including FNCCI, NADA, and the Nepal Young Entrepreneurs Forum, further highlights his dedication to creating a fertile business environment in Nepal.

Shephalika Dhakal

Meet Shephalika Dhakal, our enchanting performer and multi-talented artist: singer, songwriter, and poet. Her songs are windows to her heart and a glimpse of her soul. Allow her melodies to delicately touch your soul and take you on an unforgettable journey.

Utsaha Joshi

Hiphop Artist, Software Engineer
Introducing the incredible Utsaha Joshi, better known as Uniq Poet, a multi-talented artist and rap sensation who’s fearlessly following his ambition. Uniq Poet holds a degree in Software Engineering and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Artificial Intelligence. He’s on a mission to explore the beats of music and to learn the algorithms of AI. With Persistent dedication, he strives for excellence in both of his passions Before becoming a rap superstar, Uniq Poet was a gifted Poet with a Dream. He made his mark by joining Raw Barz: The First Nepali Rap Battle League, founded by the late Nep-Hop King Yama Buddha, captivating the nation with his talent. Hits like ‘Straight outta Kathmandu’ and ‘Mero Desh Birami’ resonated deeply with audiences, and his high-energy, motivational songs have solidified his status as a youth icon. With chart-toppers like ‘KAALO’ and the prestigious Tuborg Image Award to his name, Uniq Poet is a lyrical genius.

Organizing team


Dhulikhel, Nepal


Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Aayam Adhikari
  • Abhishek Byanjankar
  • Bibhushan Saakha
  • Kabir Rajbanshi
  • Kritisha Guragain
  • Nawang Sherpa
  • Nirvik Shrestha
  • Prarabda Singh Mahat
  • Rahar Neupane