Our Board

Eva Gyawali

Eva has about five years of work experience in Nepal and the USA including experience on innovation, management of educational and enterprise development projects. She studied Instructional Design Technology (Graduate School) and taught in Emporia State University in Kansas. She was teaching technology-based courses for educators in Kansas before returning to Nepal in 2017. After she came back, she joined Karkhana to continue her interest in STEAM education. She recently completed her second masters in STEAM Education from Kathmandu University. She is currently working as a freelancer in various education projects.

Era Shrestha

Vice President
Development management consultant, with 15+ years of experience in the area of organisation development and development programming. Era has worked closely with Civil Society Organisations (CSO) at the forefront of building human rights movement particularly of youth, women, people with disabilities and other marginalized communities. She has undertaken several evaluations, most of which focused on human rights, social justice, empowerment and movement building. She has facilitated designing of development interventions and planning. As an OD expert Era had supported organization strengthen their systems, develop policy frameworks and define their strategic directions. She is also active as a learning facilitator. She has led several research and studies.

Srishti Vaidya


Srishti is the Finance and HR Director of Vaidya Group- a conglomerate involved in various sectors such as Trade, Construction, Real Estate and Automobile. She is also the Vice Consul for the Honorary Consulate of Ukraine in Nepal where she is responsible for communicating and maintaining relations with Ukrainians in Nepal and reporting directly to the Embassy of Ukraine in India.

In 2016 Srishti has received her Bachelors and Masters in Business Administration from on of the top 10 Public Business Schools in the US- Kelley School of Business, Indiana University Bloomington, through an accelerated program.

Srishti also founded the Kathmandu Book Club in 2019 to promote a reading culture in Nepal and encourage people to develop and evolve their minds through active discussion with peers. Currently she is the Vice-Curator for the Global Shapers Kathmandu Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF), a Climate Reality Leader at The Climate Reality Project and the Youth Committee Member with the Management Association of Nepal (MAN).

Subodh Adhikari

Subodh Adhikari is a licensed advocate from Nepal Bar Council. Starting his professional career as an intern at the Legislative-Parliament Secretariat in 2013, he holds an experience of almost a decade. He is a passionate lawyer and avid learner. His practice mainly entails corporate and commercial law which includes, among others, structuring, governance, and compliance of an organization. He has also been actively involved in collaborating with government authorities for policy reforms and legislative drafting.

Subodh is a strong believer of quality and practical education and believes that practical education and learning are not only a fundamental part of academic excellence, but are also the building blocks of critical thinking and insightful growth.

Subodh holds a LL.B degree from Purbanchal University and LL.M from Tribhuvan University. His academic specialization includes corporate laws and environmental laws and therefore holds a strong knowledge of these subjects.

Binod Prasad Pant


Binod Prasad Pant is an Assistant Professor and Acting Head at the Department of STEAM Education, Kathmandu University, School of Education, Nepal. He earned M Ed and M Phil in Education from Kathmandu University. He served as a visiting fellow at University of Technology (UTS) Sydney after he received Australian Award in 2017/18. Binod has been working with a number of Nepali teachers and teacher educators who examine their lived experiences as students, teachers and teacher educators.

He speaks and writes about pedagogical innovations, uses of technology in education, child friendly classroom, authentic assessment, etc. His research interest is on transformative educational research, participatory action research, mathematics education, STEAM Education and research studies on reflective practices.

Vibhaas Basukala

Vibhaas has his doctorate from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, U.S. He is a critical player in promoting access to justice, especially educational justice, and is very active in the field of education. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Hired to Home Inc, a New York based organization, Open Learning Exchange Nepal (OLE Nepal) as an advisor. He is also the CEO of Prime College and Prime Educational Inc. He has contributed significantly in designing and developing teaching materials such as syllabi and visual aids, etc. His core areas of expertise also include analysis of policies, public issues, legislation and the operations of governments, businesses and organizations that influence the human rights status of developing country. He has been involved with diverse organizations in the field of development, and is passionate towärds ensuring quality and equitable education for all.

Aradhana Gurung


Aru is a humanitarian and development professional who has worked with INGOs and the UN in regional and country capacities for over 16 years. Her sectors of focus have been Humanitarian Response, Inclusive and Participatory Strategy development, Human Centered Design, Data Management and Project development.

Aru is the Country Director for Viamo in Nepal. Viamo provides the connection to spark life-changing information exchanges, offering services for International Development and Business sectors using mobile technology to create social behaviour change campaigns, provide digital strategy advice and set up data collection and feedback mechanisms to reach communities who live in hard to reach places and have lower levels of access to information and digital literacy.

Udeep Shrestha


Udeep Shrestha, Executive Director of the Panchakanya Group, is a young visionary and exploratory entrepreneur holding Master's degree from SMU with the experience of a decade in automobile, real estate and construction materials. Mr.Shrestha is also the past president of Nepalese Young Entrepreneurs' Forum (NYEF), empowering youths for the development of the industries and contributing to the economy of the nation.

Market intelligence, strategies and developing a business model is his core area of excellence. He believes in discussing ideas and giving it a shape of sustainable business.

Lastly, he is dedicated to improving local business, promoting local products to encourage entrepreneurs and taking steps to make nation self-reliance.

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