Our Speakers

June 06, 2020

Today Meets Tomorrow

Eames Demetrios

TED Speaker, Hollywood Filmmaker, Kcymaerxrhaere Artist

Eames Demetrios wears many different hats, but he is best known in the design worltl for his work as dvector of the Eames Otice spearheadingg the successful rediscovery of the Charles antl RaY Eames design herlage by new generations. The mission of the Eames Office is communicating, presernng and extending the work of Charles and Ray Eames.

Dr. Lian Pin Koh

Vice-President of Conservation International, Founder of Conservation Drones.org, Global TED Speaker

Lian Pin Koh is a conservation scientist based in Singapore. He is professor of Conservation Science, Technology and Policy in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Director of Center for Nature-based Climate Solutions at National University of Singapore.

Nirvana Chaudhary

Managing Director, CG Corp Global

Nirvana Chaudhary is the Managing Director of CG(Choudhary Group). He received his education at Doon School, India after which he attended Harrow in the UK and MIT in the US. Following in his father's footsteps, he has carved a niche for himself in the business world of Nepal.

Kamla Bhasin

Indian Developmental Feminist and Activist

Kamla Bhasin (born 24 April, 1946) is an Indian developmental feminist activist, poet, author and social scientist. Bhasin's work, that began in 1970, focuses on gender, education, human development and the media. She lives in New Delhi, India. She is best known for her work with Sangat - A feminist network and for her poem titled "Kyunki Main Ladki Hoon".

Sushil Koirala

Data Scientist, Senior consultant to UN and WHO programs

Sushil Koirala is a data scientist and public health expert currently working in Bangkok, Thailand. He has worked as a senior consultant to United Nations and WHO programs across the globe and has worked in Africa, Middle East and Asia. A data scientist by profession, he is currently involved in linking progression of COVID-19 with statistics to analyze the progression of the disease.

September 21, 2019

Local Stories Global Implications

Raj Gyawali

Founding Director - Social Tours

Raj Gyawali has over two decades of experience working specifically on responsible tourism in practice - on the ground developing his company Social Tours as the first tour company in Asia to be sustainability certified. As a consultant, he helps governments and communities develop more sustainable practices, and inserts sustainability strategies in government plans. Raj's work ranges from training guides in more sustainable practices, to educating customers on the practice of responsibility in tourism as travelers, developing more sustainable tourism offerings, as well as guiding governments and stakeholders in putting sustainable procedures into action.

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Karna Shakya

Environmentalist, Conservationist, Hotel Entrepreneur, Writer and Philanthropist

Karna Shakya is a Nepalese environmentalist, conservationist, hotel entrepreneur, writer and philanthropist. Shakya is a forester by academic qualification. He served as a wildlife officer and pioneered in establishing the first National Park in Nepal. He holds AIFC postgraduate in Forestry from the Indian Forest College, Dehradun, India in 1967. He resigned from his government job, entered the tourism business in 1970, and now owns a chain of eco-friendly hotels in major touristic cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini. He is the founding chairman of KGH Group of Hotels. He has been credited as a pioneer who opened Thamel as a world tourist destination where many renowned writers, actors, musicians, researchers and artists come and stay. In 1998, he started the first ever tourism project "Visit Nepal Year 1998" as the National Coordinator which helped to bring awareness about the country. He was instrumental in establishing the first cancer hospital in Bharatpur, Nepal. He was President of the Nepal Cancer Relief Society and served as an adviser on its Board of Directors. He was also a member of B.P. Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital. He was the Vice-Chairman of World Pheasant Association, UK (1998). He was a trustee for King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation (1998). He was a member of Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Committee (2012) and also a Wildlife Officer for HMG Nepal (1967). Mr. Shakya wrote his first book, "Soch". After "Soch", he wrote a series of books namely, "Khoj", "Ma Sakchu" and "Moj". Through his books, he inspired many migrant youths to return to Nepal and start their own enterprises.

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Sristi Kc

Founder - Blind Rocks

Change from within is what Sristi KC stands for. She is the founder of Blind Rocks! At the age of 16, her life changed when she lost her sight due to Glaucoma. But that did not become a barrier to her dreams. She is a gold medalist in both the Intermediate and Bachelor level. In 2012 she undertook a leadership course for social visionaries in Kanthari International, Kerala India where she still is working as a visiting catalyst. She has traveled to 20+ countries as a motivational speaker, dancer, and trainer advocating for social change. She completed her Master’s in Dance Practice, Knowledge, and Heritage under the Choreomundus program, studying in Norway, France, Hungary, and the UK. Her awards include WOW - Women. Achievers in Social activism 2018; Youth Ministry of Nepal National Youth 2016 and Youth Excellence 2013 (Kerala, India). A biopic named Blind Rocks based on her life was also released worldwide in 2018

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Aruna Uprety

Team Leader - Public Health and Nutrition Promotion - Rural Health Education Service Trust

Mrs. Uprety is working as a Team Leader for Public Health and Nutrition Promotion under Rural Health Education Service Trust, Nepal. She received her Master’s degree in Arts from Women and Development Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands. She did her M.D from Kharkov State Medical Institute Ukraine (Former Soviet Union). She worked in government hospitals for about 8 years which includes several renowned maternity hospitals of the country. Her commitment and efforts towards improvement of menstrual hygiene of women and child health inspired her desire to advocate for women’s rights regarding abortion in the international diaspora. She was involved with different non-governmental organizations and worked in several states of the country as well as outside Nepal as a public health specialist which provided her the momentum in this journey. She gained insights about various problems associated with maternal and child health care while working in different parts of the country. Also she has written many articles on community based approaches for solving the above said issues and besides this, she is also an eloquent speaker and has spoken in many national and international forums.

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Suraj Vaidya

President - Vaidya's Organization of Industries and Trading Houses (VOITH), National Coordinator - V

Mr. Suraj Vaidya is the President of Vaidya's Organization of Industries and Trading Houses (VOITH), and the National Coordinator appointed by the Government of Nepal for Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign. He is also the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Philippines and the Advisor to the Prime Minister’s Economic Council. He is an entrepreneur, graduate of an MBA from George Mason University, a business leader and a passionate advocate for economic growth and reform in Nepal. Mr. Vaidya runs industries in Nepal based on agriculture, construction, education and the trading sector as the President of VOITH, which was established in 1967. In the agricultural sector, his major industries are built around tea, flora, poultry, feed, etc. In these agricultural sectors, his companies’ works have been recognized for their community development approach while creating economic value. Besides being an active member of the business community and leading change by setting examples of growth, Mr. Vaidya has been a promoter of economic growth and an avid advocate for dealing with Nepal’s most critical development constraints. According to him, "Economy should speak louder than politics.” He is the Immediate Past President of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry (March 2016 - March 2018) as well as the Former President of the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

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Ranjit Acharya

Chief Executive Officer - Prisma Advertising

Ranjit Acharya is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Nepal’s most aggressively growing creative advertising agency “Prisma Advertising”. He has been successful in making the agency win many national advertising awards including “Best Agency of the Year” title for four consecutive years. Ranjit has almost 23 years advertising experience with wide range of brand management like Coca-Cola, Samsung, Johnson & Johnson, Western Union Money Transfer to name a few. He has also directed more than 100 television commercials in his two decades career span in advertising. He is also promoting Nepal’s largest media buying house “Media Hub” and manages a production house and studio, under the brand of “Neel Barahi Productions Pvt. Ltd.”, under which he has successfully produced reality shows, serials, sitcoms, etc. He is also the founding member and the past President of Everest Toastmasters Club. With the concept of progressive education, he is also running a new approach International school “Sanskriti International School”, which has recently got accredited by Fieldwork Education as IPC certified International school. He was also a chosen member of Program Implementation Committee - Nepal Tourism Year 2011 by the Government of Nepal. Under ADB’s project, he envisioned the 5-year marketing plan for Greater LUMBINI and Siddhartha Gautam International Airport in Bhairahwa. He is in the program implementation sub-committee of Visit Nepal 2020, overseeing marketing and promotional activities. He has also ventured into social sector by launching an innovative concept in Emergency Medicine sector. He is also a founder member of Himalayan Climate Initiative (HCI). He is also board member of “Samriddhi Foundation”, an initiative working and advocating for economic freedom in the Country. He is elected Executive member of FNCCI (Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce & Industries) since 2015. He penned and launched Nepal’s first Hindi songs album “Dilnashi” and many poems too. He is also regular contributor to the business magazines and newspapers. A motivator and a trainer since more than a decade, he has conducted many self-devised workshops on personality development.

Niranjan Bharadwaj

Environmentalist, Researcher, Environmental Chemist

Mr. Niranjan Dev Bharadwaj is an Environmentalist, Researcher, Environmental Chemist and an Indian Author of the book “Environmental Ethics and Indiaʼs Perspective on Environment” which was published by National Book Trust, India (NBT), Ministry of Human Resource Development , Government of India. Mr. Bharadwaj, who holds a bachelor's degree in Honors and Distinction in Chemical Engineering from Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya (India), is also a Blogger who writes for UNICEF'S online portal , Voices of Youth and Urunji Child Care Trust. In addition, he is also an online volunteer for the United Nations. Recently he won “Outstanding Young Person Award for Environmental Leadership 2019” by Junior Chamber International (JCI) Gwalior. He has given talks on Ecological issues in many foreign countries as well as various regional places in India. Furthermore, he had also given a talk in “Sahitya Academy”, which is regarded to be the biggest and the most prestigious literary stage of India. He is currently focused on researching issues related to environmental governance and development for sustainability.

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April 20, 2019

Empowering Nation: Local Stories, Global Implications

Anukool Bhatnagar


Anukool Bhatnagar, has more than 33 years of working experience in Banking sector. He started his career from State Bank of India as a probationary Officer in October 1985 and has gained working experience in different sectors such as Banking Operations, Administration, Credit, Human Resource Management, International Banking and NRI Business. Before coming to Nepal, he was overseeing Banking and Operations in the capacity of Zonal Manager at SBI’s Administrative Office, Indore, India. He is a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers and an ACAMS. Currently, he is the Director of Nepal SBI Merchant Banking Limited (NSMBL). Currently, he is also the Vice President of Nepal Bankers’ Association and Executive Member of Nepal India Chamber of Commerce (NICCI) and currently heads its committee on Banking and Insurance. He has keen interest in travelling, culture, learning and sports.

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Neil Pande

Dental Surgeon

Dr Neil Pande has been serving as a Dental Surgeon for the past 23 years in Kathmandu, Nepal. After his graduation from Manipal in 1996, he was instrumental in setting up Nepal’s first dental hospital. He completed his MFGDP and MFDS from Royal College of Surgeons of England in the year 2004 and 2006 respectively. He strongly believes that sharing knowledge and continuous education as the backbone of any profession. He has served as a General Secretary of Nepal Dental Association, President of Centre for Continuing Dental Education and Research, Co-ordinator for the Royal College programs. He also has served in Toastmaster Club as a President. He has been a rotarian since 1998 and has served Rotary Club of Kathmandu Midtown as a Community Director and Treasurer in the early 2000. Currently, he is the Founding President of Nepalese Society of Implant Dentistry and President of Academy of Dentistry International - Nepal Chapter. He holds honorary fellowship with PFA and FICCDE and also is a member of ITI, EAO and Association of Biomimetic Dentistry. He has been serving as the Managing Director of Healthy Smiles Pvt Ltd. His current focus is on Guided Implantology and CAD/CAM. He strongly believes in preventive dentistry, holistic care, evidence based and minimally invasive practices. He has been involved in the service of the community since the beginning of his career. He has been providing charity dentistry and awareness in some of the most inaccessible areas of the planet. He believes that dentistry is completely preventable and certain change in habits brought by misplaced sense of affluence and lack of awareness are the crux of problems in the diseases of the mouth and the body.

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Deepak Rauniar

MD and CEO Bettan Karnali Hydropower Limited

Deepak Rauniar is the Managing Director of Betan Karnali Sanchayakarta Hydropower Company Limited, which is developing the 688 Mega Watt Betan Karnali Hydroelectricity Project (HEP) in Nepal. It is one of the bigger HEP in the country that is moving ahead for construction. He is also the Chief Officer of Employees Provident Fund (EPF). He brings an In-depth understanding of the Power and Finance sector of Nepal from his deep engagement in the sector. He was the founding CEO of Hydroelectricity Investment and Development Company Limited (HIDCL) – the biggest public sector investment company established to finance middle to mega HEP in the country. Under his leadership, HIDCL emerged from a just born company to become the biggest player in HEP finance in Nepal. He has also lead the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), which is the biggest retirement fund in the country, as its officiating Administrator (CEO) enhancing the overall effectiveness, innovation and financial sustainability of the fund. He also provided leadership and concluded: the World Bank and International Finance Corporation’s joint financing of a 36 MW HEP with HIDCL as the financial intermediary, and a financial intermediary loan of USD 50 Million loan for HIDCL from the Asian Development Bank. He has also served in the board of several development and commercial banks as an Expert Director including Clean Energy Development Bank Limited, Deva Bikash Bank Limited and Nepal SBI Bank Limited; Hydropower Companies - including the Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Limited, Betan Karnali Sanchayakarta Hydropower Company Limited, and Vidhyut Utpadan Company Limited; Transmission Companies – the Power Transmission Company Nepal; Information Technology and Insurance Company. An eloquent speaker and also a Toastmaster, he remains well versed with the energy and the finance sector of Nepal and has featured as a speaker in several Domestic and International Energy events across the globe.

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Sumana Shrestha


Sumana Shrestha is the founder and CEO of Kathmandu Consulting and Training, a management consultancy and corporate training firm. She has an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. She chair the management sub-committee of Kasthamandap Reconstruction Samiti, which is rebuilding Kasthamandap - the largest monument that fell in 2015 earthquake from which the capital Kathmandu gets its name. She is a published mathematician in the field of Topology and Geometry. She is passionate about creating a new generation of leaders, and making sure women have a strong voice and position to shape the future.

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Chandni Joshi

Global Advisor to the UN Women

We feel gratified to have Chandni Joshi as our fifth speaker for the upcoming edition of TEDxDurbarMarg. Chandni Joshi is Global Advisor to the UN Women and Ex-Regional Program Director of UN Development Fund for Women and Gender Policy Specialist to the United Nations. Chandni Joshi is responsible for having set up the South Asian Regional Office of UNIFEM in Pakistan and India. Her work throughout South Asia involves lobbying with the governments for gender auditing, linking women’s voices with policy-makers, promoting learning and sharing among countries and adding to UNIFEM’s knowledge base. Chandni Joshi’s leadership has greatly contributed and facilitated UNIFEM’s mandate in building that environment and bringing various governments, gender advocates and researchers together in common platforms along with SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation). This has been one of her greatest achievements. UNIFEM has always been part and parcel of processes that have happened. She has also served as Chief of Women Development mission of Government of Nepal.

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Seema Golchha


Seema Golchha is a stand up comedian and a self-taught ventriloquist. Ventriloquism is a dying art and she has introduced this age-old art in Nepal, being the only ventriloquist in the country. She’s been performing regularly in India, some of the highlights being, Mood Indigo fest at IIT Mumbai, Reliance’s GCS Awards in Gujarat and regular shows at Canvas Laugh Club where she’s an in-house comic too. She has performed on international platforms like Thailand and the US. Her most recent one was at the most renowned Gotham Comedy Club in New York, where she shared the same stage as Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld, the legends of Comedy. She does kids shows too and have performed at Rato Bangala, Sanskriti and Lincoln schools in Kathmandu. She’s also a Toastmaster and has won the Humorous Speech Contest at the division and district level.

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September 29, 2018

Promoting Local Ideas for a Better Tomorrow

Himal Karmacharya

CEO - Leapfrog

Himal Karmacharya, a Nepali origin, US citizenship holder is one of the most prominent speakers knows for his versatility and ideas and he proudly represents our International Speaker in the TEDxDurbarMarg. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Leapfrog, one of the premium software company of United States

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Sanjay Golchha


An entrepreneur at heart Sanjay puts ’Ideas with technology’ as a pre-condition for any venture. This may have been the secret of his immense success in relatively short span of time. Despite belonging to one of established and wealthy families of Nepal with diverse business interests Sanjay chose to move out of the Comfort Zone available to him, and went on to become one of the leading technology service providers in Nepal. Sanjay currently is the Managing Director of Neoteric Nepal and Director at Golchha Organization. He is also known as one of the leading IT Experts of Nepal.

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Vijay Lama

Pilot, TV Personality, Singer, Actor

Vijay Lama is one of the most experienced pilots in the world. Schooling from North Point, Darjeeling and Graduating in Arts from Ratna Rajya Laxmi Campus, He completed his PPL, CPL, IR and ME from Pegasus Aeronautical Center. Currently, he is Senior Captain and Director of Nepal Airlines. He has been dedicating to the National Carrier for past 35 years with flying experience of 25,000 hours. Besides flying, Vijay Lama is a well known speaker and has represented Nepal in various International Platform including TED talk Singapore. He is also a Singer , TV Personality and a Versatile Actor who played an important role of Colonel Madan KC in Hollywood movie "Everest".

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Dr Swarnim Wagle

Lead Economist

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 May 2014 and August 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.

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DTM Mannsi Agrawal

International Corporate Trainer

Mansi Agrawal is one of the four Distinguished Toastmaster in Nepal. A gold medalist at Economics she currently is a corporate trainer , motivational speaker and renowned baby photographer . Also she is involved in research in Scriptures related to Hindu Mythology. A motivator and an idea generator by heart, she is an asset to our TEDxDurbarMarg family.

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Sharareh Bajracharya

Art Educator

Sharareh Bajracharya is an arts educator who believes in the power of the arts to make the earth tremble, loosen up, for change. Change begins with expressing and listening. She is one of the founders of Srijanalaya, a nonprofit organization in Nepal, which creates such safe spaces of learning through the arts.

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