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.