Vaidya’s Organization Of Industries & Trading Houses

About Suraj Vaidya
Suraj Vaidya is the President of Vaidya’s Organization of Industries & Trading Houses (VOITH), which deals in tea exports, automobile imports, agro-industries, construction, and education. One of the most dynamic business houses in Nepal, VOITH employs more than 7,000 people and is committed to raising the living standard of Nepal’s poorest people, the bulk of whom are farmers, by prioritizing investment in particular industries and through corporate social responsibility. Mr. Vaidya also serves as President of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Executive Chairman of the SAARC Chamber Tourism Council Committee, and is an Executive Member of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Nepal-India Joint Economic Council, and the Nepal-Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Mr. Vaidya earned his MBA in International Affairs from George Mason University in the United States.


Consultant, WHO Nepal and world Bank

About Dr. Agya
Dr. Agya Mahat, BDS, MPH is a trained dental surgeon and a global health professional. She works as a consultant for the WHO Country Office in Nepal and consults for the World Bank headquarters. Agya has worked for 7 years in the health sector across four countries as a clinician, trainer and researcher. She holds a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from de’Montmorency Institute of Dental Sciences, Lahore and an MPH in global health from the University of Washington, Seattle.


Rural Health And Education Services Trust

About Dr. Aruna
Dr. Aruna Uprety is a globally recognized leader on women’s issues within Nepal. She is the Founder of the Rural Health and Education Services Trust (RHEST), has testified before the United States Congress of issues of women’s trafficking in Nepal, and currently leads the efforts against chhaupadi practices in Achham District. Her programs have been supported by numerous international organizations, including a large anti-trafficking program with the American Himalayan Foundation. Dr. Uprety is the author of Health Guidelines for Women with Disabilities, Junk Food and Wrong Advertisement and Its Impacts on Health, and Adolescent Reproductive Health, as well as numerous articles on women’s health and rights.

Chief Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon 
& Head Of The Department Of Orthopedics At HAMS Hospital

About Bhaskar Raj
Bhaskar Raj Pant, MD is practicing Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon with primary specialty interest in Joint Replacement, Reconstruction and Trauma. He is the Chief Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon and Head of the Department of Orthopedics at HAMS Hospital, Nepal. As our board member, Bhaskar oversees Rural Trauma Care across our service areas in Achham and Dolakha. Prior to working in HAMS, Bhaskar was the Assistant Director of Joint Replacement and Sports Medicine at Grande International Hospital, Nepal. He did his Fellowship in Joint Replacement and Sports from Cincinnati, USA and has completed an advanced course in Joint Replacement from Fribourg, Switzerland as well as Knee Fellowship from Tohoku University, Japan. He has also pursued Advanced AO Trauma from Thailand and Global Health Delivery course from Harvard University, USA. Bhaskar is also an Affiliate Member of International Society of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT), Orthopedic Trauma Association (OTA), AO Trauma and Surgical Implant Generation Network (SIGN), National Commissioner for The LANCET Nepal NCD-I Poverty Commission. He is also the Treasurer for Arthroscopy Society of Nepal and the Co-Founder & Executive Member of NAAMII.


Founder WorldLink

About Dileep Agrawal
Dileep Agrawal founded and established Nepal’s largest Internet service provider (ISP) in 1995 at the age of 22. Over the years, WorldLink has registered tremendous sustained growth and provides services ranging from Internet connectivity and related services to data networking, voice and software development. WorldLink has grown to be not only the largest ISP in Nepal, but one of the largest IT services companies employing over 600 people throughout the country. Mr. Agrawal is in-charge of overall corporate management, business development, and technical administration. A recognized pioneer in Nepal’s IT industry, he regularly appears in national and international media. He has co-founded several companies and non-profit organizations, and serves on their boards.


Editor & Publisher, Nepali Times

About Kunda Dixit
Kunda Dixit is the editor and publisher of Nepali Times. He is a journalism graduate of Columbia University, and started his career with BBC Radio in New York. He has been writing on global development and environmental issues for Inter Press Service, where he served as Regional Editor, Asia-Pacific. He was also Regional Director for Panos South Asia. He teaches journalism are Kathmandu University, and is the author of the books: ‘Dateline Earth: Journalism As If the Planet Mattered’ and the trilogy on the Nepal conflict, ‘A People War’.


Kathmandu Model Hospital

About Dr. Saroj
Dr Saroj P. Dhital, MD D.Med, is one of the founders of Public Health Concern Trust-Nepal (PHECT), where he also currently serves as Director of Academic Affairs. He is also Chief of General Surgery at Kathmandu Model Hospital, and Director of Health Sciences and Telemedicine at the Nepal Research and Education Network (NREN). Dr. Dhital is a major proponent of rural surgery, an active participant in the Citizen’s Movement for Democracy and Peace in Nepal, and is the Senior Vice President of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Nepal, an affiliate to the group International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War. Formerly, Dr. Dhital served as the President of America-Nepal Medical Foundation.


Journalist & Filmmaker

About Subina Shrestha
Subina Shrestha is an award winning Nepali journalist and filmmaker whose work has been shown at festivals around the world and channels including Al Jazeera, BBC World and Arte. Since 2007 she has covered Nepal, and occasionally other Asian countries for Al Jazeera English. Among her recent films is ‘Nepal’s Slave Girls’, which won Broadcast Story of the year at Women’s Empowerment Award, Silver at NY Festivals and merit at Human Rights Press Awards. She was a finalist for the Rory Peck award and the winner of the Concentra Award for Outstanding Video Journalism for her coverage of the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis.
Subina lives and works in Nepal is especially interested in human rights related stories.