Keynote speakers: 

KC Santosh, PhD in Computer Science (AI)

Chair, Department of Computer Science (CS), University of South Dakota (USD)

Prof. Santosh has demonstrated expertise in AI, machine learning, pattern recognition, computer vision, image processing, data mining and big data with various applications such as healthcare informatics and medical imaging, document imaging, biometrics, forensics, speech/audio analysis, and Internet of Things. As of now, he published more than 200 research works (peer-reviewed). He authored/edited eight books, 12 journal issues, and eight conference proceedings. His research projects (with $2m+) are funded by multiple agencies such as SDCRGP, Department of Education (DOE), National Science Foundation (NSF) etc. He delivered more than 50 plenary/keynote talks at the conference/university events. Prof. Santosh is the proud recipient of multiple prestigious awards including President’s Research Excellence Award (USD, 2019). [Bio]

Invited speakers: 

Khadga Bahadur Bisht

Executive Director, Millennium Challenge Account Nepal (MCA-N)

Mr. Bisht is an internationally renowned energy expert with more than twenty-five years of experience in Power generation in Nepal, Thailand, Laos, Singapore, and Sweden. Before joining MCA Nepal, he led a team of experts at Himal Power Limited. An electrical engineer by profession, Mr. Bisht has a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Engineering in Energy Economics & Planning. He has served as President of the Independent Power Producers’ Association, Nepal (IPPAN), and published a book titled “Hydropower Nepal”. Mr. Bisht is a Visiting Faculty at Kathmandu University.

Sushil Gyawali

ex-CEO National Reconstruction Authority, Nepal

Sushil Gyewali is the Former Chief Executive Officer of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) of the Government of Nepal (GoN), which was established in 2015 as a special purpose vehicle to accomplish the task of post EQ recovery caused due to 2015 Gorkha EQ in Nepal. He took the leadership to complete one of the world’s most extensive post-disaster recovery programs worth about 6.5 billion USD, where almost eight hundred thousand houses, eight thousand schools, nine hundred hospitals and health facilities, seven hundred government buildings, six hundred cultural heritage monuments, and many more community infrastructures were rebuilt within a concise period of about six years. Before the NRA, Mr. Gyewali served for about six and half years as an Executive Director of the Town Development Fund, which is a Government of Nepal undertaking to assist municipalities and local governments through its unique infrastructure financings products such as loans, grants, and other blended financings along with the necessary technical assistance packages. Mr. Gyewali also worked as an Executive Secretary of the Municipal Association of Nepal and as a Planning Chief & chief technical advisor of the Butwal Sub Metropolitan City of Nepal. He has the experience and expertise, especially in urban infrastructure planning and development, disaster risk reduction and recovery, infrastructure financing, local governance, urban management, and public-private–community partnerships.

Mr. Gyewali completed his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1995 and Master’s degree in Urban Planning in 2005 from the Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He is also a life member of the Nepal Engineers Association.

Karna Shakya

Nepalese environmentalist, and conservationist

One of the renowned environmentalists and entrepreneurs in Nepal who has published best selling books including Soch (A Thought),  Khoj (Search), Ma Sakchu (I Can Do), and Moj (Pleasure and Satisfaction). As a positive  thinker he has influenced the lives of  many  in Nepal  promoting entrepreneurship. Shakya is a role model among some Nepalese youths. Shakya is a founding chairman of KGH Group of Hotels and served as a president of Nepal Heritage Society, 1992.


Dr. Santosh Sapkota

Advisor, National Innovation Center (NIC) Nepal

Dr. Sapkota is a social stalwart who has been passionately working to advance healthcare in Nepal for decades. He has mentored team members leading various healthcare and education projects. He has assisted in the procurement and the logistics of the medical items. He has collaborated with national and international organizations for resource management and fundraising. 

Dr.  Sapkota is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, Arizona USA where he mentors Clinical Informatics fellows and teaches hands-on training on Electronic Health Record system. He also works at the Valleywise Health in Health Information Technology department. He has received his MBBS degree from Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Nepal and Master’s in Health Administration degree from Ohio University. 

He chaired the project committee of America Nepal Medical Foundation, and co-founded Nexus Institute of Research and Innovation (NIRI). He is also working with Dr Bhagawan Koirala in establishing the children hospitals network through KIOCH and its partners in America (Kpals).