Ajay Shrestha, a Master’s Graduate in Management (Topper) with a specialization in Finance from Kathmandu University is a Founder/CMD at iCapital. He has 14 years of experience in national and international financial markets and his core expertise lies in the stock market. He is a serial entrepreneur and has founded SB Textiles, Growmax Investment, Source Code, Kaffeine, and Alpha Capital. He currently serves as Managing Director at Alpha Capital, Director at True North Associates, and Chairman at Attic Group.
Mannsi Agrawal is an International Corporate Trainer and Transformational Speaker, based in Nepal. She has over 11 years of experience in training students and professionals. Her clients include over 12 reputed organizations, 5 National Banks, Insurance Companies, INGOs, and 17 colleges. She has also trained Government Officers, Armed Force Officers, Chartered Accountants, Doctors, School Leaders at Quality Kathmandu Schools, and Dentists. She has also trained many national beauty pageant winners for international pageants. (Miss Universe and Miss Earth International).
She has made motivational speeches on many platforms including the Nepalese Young Entrepreneurs’ Forum, Youth Empowerment Seminar for Women, Word Wings, American Embassy Women’s Day Program, American Embassy-Pokhara Research Centre Program, American Embassy Outreach Program, and StoryYellers.
She has also given a TEDx Talk in September 2018 and has also participated in 4 connecTED events under the banner of TED DurbarMarg, between March and August, 2020. She is a Visual Storyteller for Nepal Tourism Board, and regularly creates digital content for the foremost tourism organization of Nepal. She also runs a Web Show called ‘Dekhapadi Presents Studio Series and an upcoming show on News 24 called ‘If I Had Never Failed.’
She is the curator of ‘Women Entrepreneurship Program’. She was a Mentor and Advisor for Ujyalo Foundation’s EmpowHER Junior Program, 2018. She has spoken at organizations like ZONTA and participated in the Youth Panel Discussion Series for Saathi.
She is an entrepreneur, having established Learning Loft Asia, with a view to impart skill-based training at affordable costs, globally. She is the Charter President of Himalaya Toastmasters Club. In 2015, she won the Distinguished Toastmaster accolade. Mannsi is a Premium Udemy Instructor, with over 6700 students. She is also a trainer on Learn Infinity and Blend Learning. She has been a speaker at FNCCI’s Yes Conference in 2018 and the Keynote Speaker at the 200th Meeting of the CATMC, Lahore, Pakistan. She was also a Keynote speaker at Next Growth Conclave 2020 and F1 Soft Group. Further, she has conducted training sessions for SAGE Group in Bhopal India, and PH Trainers in Mumbai. She has conducted an intensive 16 hours workshop for Economic Policy Research Institute, South Africa. She has shared her thoughts at Learn and Grow, Bangladesh. She was one of the speakers at the ADAPT Convention, Malaysia. She is Honorary Global Advisor for Global Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
She has also conducted a 5 part Storytelling Series for children on Dekhapadi. Mannsi also enjoys writing and has been a columnist of VOW and Healthy Life magazines in the past. In 2015, she founded Cherry Orchard Baby Photography and in 2017, she founded Kitchen Tales Food Photography. Her pictures have been used for The Rana Cookbook, (Random House Penguin, 2020)
Prayas is a human behavior enthusiast, management consultant, and corporate trainer with more than eight years of professional experience in understanding people, bringing the best out of them, and helping them excel in life. As both practitioner and academician, he intends to make peoples’ lives easier through introspection and reflection of self-behavior. As the director of Jobs Dynamics, his primary areas of work include organizational development (OD), human resources (HR) interventions and consultative assignments specialized in intra/interpersonal problems, facilitate crucial and difficult conversations, policy drafting & implementation, and design & deliver training/workshops. He also frequently blogs about human behavior, management, and career at boredconsultants.com.
Narayani Gaha has a decade of experience working in developmental and private institutions and more than 4 years in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Her core competencies are organization strengthening and people management. Currently, she works for Antarprerana as the Program Manager. She is particularly involved in flagship programs under the ‘Nava Udyamshala’ banner to carry Academic Business Incubation and Community Business Incubation programs. Her deep interests lie to encourage, mentor and equip rural and urban youth, women entrepreneurs, women-led organizations from local to the national level and beyond. Ms. Gaha is also working with the Department of Cottage and Small Industries Bhutan and ICIMOD to strengthen Bhutan entrepreneurial ecosystem.
She has been coaching and mentoring early-stage start-ups/entrepreneurs and growth-oriented start-ups/entrepreneurs and making them investment-ready. Besides professional engagements, she is a part-time lecturer for business colleges in Kathmandu for graduate and undergraduate students. She is also an alumni member of the Nepal US Alumni Network (NUSAN) and volunteered for a year as a mentor at Wedu.
Prakat Khati serves as the managing partner in Artemis Law and Policy where he works both as an attorney and a public policy practitioner. He is currently an MPP candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, and completed his legal training from Kathmandu School of Law in 2016 specializing in business and international trade law. He served as the Daayitwa Public Service Fellow at the Ministry of Industry, a visiting fellow for the U.S. Department of State, and briefly worked at the International Criminal Tribunal in Bangladesh. Prakat has performed research roles within Harvard Evidence for Policy Design and, more recently, the World Health Organization mission in Nepal. He has published a number of policy research papers and a book on Exporting to the U.S. He holds active memberships within the Rotaract community, is a member of the Nepal-U.S. Alumni Network and volunteers as a board member in several non-profit organizations.