Speakers

Invited Guests/Speakers 

 

 Yuba Raj Khatiwada, PhD

 

Nepali Ambassador to the United States of America Washington, D.C.

Prior to becoming the Ambassador, Dr.  Khatiwada was the Minister for Finance and Information and Communications. He brings extensive experience of having served two tenures as the Vice Chairman of the National Planning Commission in addition to becoming the 15th Governor of Nepal Rastra Bank, the Central Bank of Nepal. He also served as a senior economist at the regional center of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for Asia and the Pacific.

 

Sanyukta Shrestha

 

President, Society of Nepalese Engineers in UK (SONE UK), London, UK.

Mr. Shrestha has an engineering degree from Nepali Engineering College and graduated from London Metropolitan University in 2006. He is associated with many organizations such as Computer Engineer's Association of Nepal (Founding Executive, 2004), Pasa Puchah Guthi UK London (President, 2018-2020) and Society of Nepalese Engineers in UK (Chairperson, 2020).

 

Tri Ratna Bajracharya, PhD

 

President, Nepal Engineers' Association (NEA)

Dr.  Bajracharya is a Mechanical Engineering Professor and  has also served as the Dean of Institute of Engineering and Director of the Center of Energy Studies. He has contributed to the field of  renewable energy technology and is one of the experts in the field of energy and climate change. He has published a number of research papers in international journals. He is also the Chief Editor of Journal of the Institute of Engineering.

 

Bhola Thapa, PhD

 

Vice Chancellor, Kathmandu University, Kathmandu, Nepal

Mechanical Engineer by trade, Dr. Thapa has led the project implementation team of KOICA in establishing the Technical Training Center. He established the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) ICT Research and Training Network in support of ADB, started Turbine Testing Laboratory at Kathmandu University with support from NORAD, and also spearheaded the establishment of "RenewableNepal" research program. Prior to becoming VC, Dr. Thapa served as Registrar and Dean of School of Engineering at Kathmandu University.

 

GovindaSamy TamizhMani, PhD

 

Director, Photovoltaic Reliability Laboratory (PRL), Arizona State University, AZ USA

Dr. Mani is the founder and director of Photovoltaic Reliability Laboratory (PRL) at Arizona State University and the founder and President of SolarPTL (SolarPTL.com). ASU-PRL has supported more than 100 master and Ph.D. graduates over the years researching lifetime prediction of solar PV modules. Dr. Mani was the former director of ASU-PTL, the first accredited PV certification lab in the United States. He has published more than 180 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences and delivered more than 160 presentations. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and his postdoctoral training in France and Canada.

Ambika Adhikari, D.Eng, AICP

Principal Planner, City of Tempe, AZ

Dr. Adhikari is a Principal Planner managing the long-range planning division at the City of Tempe, AZ. He has authored multiple books and refereed articles on sustainability and urban planning, international development, climate change policy, and international environmental policies and programs. He has served in several countries including Nepal, India, the USA, Canada, Mexico, Kenya, and Fiji. A member of AICP, Dr. Adhikari is also very active in ASNEngr and other social organizations.

 

Anil Chitrakar

 

Motivational Speaker

Anil Chitrakar, a social entrepreneur and motivational speaker, is the President of Siddharth Inc, an initiative dedicated to innovate and scale engineering solutions responsibly ensuring a long-term positive impact on society. Mr. Chitraker has traveled to rural Nepal and installed/transferred renewable energy technologies as an energy engineer of the Academy of Science and Technology. He is an Ashoka Fellow, recognized for his work in enabling school children to be the agents of change in conserving and managing Nepal’s natural, cultural, and built heritage. He also regularly writes a column in the Nepali Times and posts YouTube videos.

 

Pravin Karki

 

Lead, Global Hydropower & Dams Program, World Bank

Mr. Karki leads the Global Hydropower & Dams Program in the World Bank. He has led a team of experts to develop climate change resilience guidelines and authored a book on Extending the Life of Reservoirs. He has worked on hydropower projects in Africa, Central-South-East-Asia, and the Pacific.Pravin, a civil engineer by trade, who joined the World Bank in 2007 after completing a Master of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, is from Dharan, Nepal

 

Upendra Karna, D.Eng, PE

 

Owner, U&S Engineers

Dr. Karna is the owner of U&S Engineers, a structural and geotechnical engineering service provider. He has over 32 years of experience in his area of expertise. He has published several technical articles and presented at national (USA) and international professional organizations and conferences.He has been involved with ASNEngr since its inception, and is a fellow life member and the Immediate Past President. Dr. Karna is leading a position paper on the flood conditions in Nepal formulated by ASNEngr.

Dinesh Kumar Sharma, PhD

Professor, Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Campus.

Dr. Sharma has led the Subject Committee, IOE Entrance Committee and served  as Assistant Dean of IOE and Director of the Centre for Information Technology, Pulchowk Campus. Professionally, he has served as  a Chairman of Nepal Telecommunications Authority.  His expertise in  Communications Systems Engineering and contribution in Solar Photovoltaics electronics are commendable. Dr. Sharma is one of the pioneers in engineering education in Nepal and a popular faculty.

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