- Prakash Koirala (C0-Founder)
Prakash has been working to promote financial literacy and financial inclusion in Nepal since 2009. He has founded FINLIT Nepal Pvt Ltd company working on financial inclusion. FINLIT Nepal is working with Central Bank of Nepal and other Banking and Financial Institution to design and implementation of the financial education project. For his work, Mr. Koirala was awarded the Child and Youth Youth Finance Financial Education Awareness Award presented by Valerie Howarth at the British Parliament. He was selected by Western Union as a Financial Inclusion Champion from 17K application from all over the world. He has presented papers on promoting financial literacy at various events organized by Organization Economic Cooperation and Development. He has received a fellowship from Harvard Kennedy School, Frankfort Business School, Geneva University and Canadian Government Fellowship on micro-finance, digital finance, financial inclusion policy, SMEs, and Housing. He is the author of FINLICO- comic’s book of financial literacy and TEDx Speaker. He was one of the US Embassy Youth Council Member for 2016-2017. He is serving as a Global Shaper in the World Economic Forum and One Young World Ambassador. He is s visiting faculty of Bridgewater State University
- Ashish Chaulagain
Ashish Chaulagain is an executive team member of FINLIT Nepal. He is a research enthusiast and certificated monitoring and evaluation personnel from Nepal Evaluation Society. At present he is also teaching research methodology at Thames International College to undergraduate level students. Beside this, he has been supervising research work of students which is required to complete their undergraduate degree. He was also involved in monitoring and evaluation of relief activity conducted by Shelter Box International Organization during last devastating Earthquake in Nepal. He is passionate about training and he is also certified trainer of Rotaract District 3292, Nepal – Bhutan. He has been involving in Financial Literacy campaign since 2014 in Nepal and was also actively involved in organizing Global Money Week in Nepal in 2015 and 2016. He has been involved with Rotaract, international youth network of Rotary International since 2007 and has been helping clubs spreading in 25 districts of Nepal to plan, monitor, execute their projects at the local level and also has been involved in capacity development of youth since 2007 for the effective operation of the local registered club. His strength lies in strategic planning, execution, monitoring – evaluation, community development, and capacity building.
Gaurav Thapa (Co-Founder)
Gaurav, Involved in research on economic policies and framing market liberalization programs, he has worked with scholars in identifying the realities and approaches to understand the political economy of South and Southeast Asia. Interested in advancing stability for prosperity, he has worked in the field of understanding peacebuilding and conflict resolution and has conducted research on Conflict and its Economic Consequences in South Asia at South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Secretariat. Gaurav has also worked and trained with the Government of Nepal on economic and inter-state diplomacy. The Government of Nepal has recognized him for his work on Economic Rebuilding Post Earthquake where he worked with National Reconstruction Authority. He has also worked with Ministry of Labor and Employment on enhancing employment methods for the youth in Nepal. He is also a Caux Scholar 2016 working in the field of social entrepreneurship along with change makers based in Geneva, Switzerland. Gaurav is a facilitator for an international group working on Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations in the UK. He was one of the US Embassy Youth Council Members for 2016-2017. He is interested in working in the field of financial inclusion and economic integration supporting Nepal.
Vikrant Singh (Program Manager)
Vikrant has a bachelors degree in Economics, Psychology and Journalism from Jain University in Bengaluru, India. He has worked with Greenpeace to form policies that help the government take effective measures to curb pollution and increase the input and attention the government gives to renewable forms of energy. He also worked to educate the masses about the economic and societal impacts that environmental degradation and climate change could have. Vikrant also worked for Bangalore Political Action Committee to develop strategies to increase voter turnout and interest in the electoral democratic process from the municipal level till the state level, train civil leaders and work to achieve a more sustainable and cleaner city.
Vikrant worked extensively in Chhattisgarh, India to familiarize farmers with the government subsidies and how to benefit from several of their plans and financial schemes.
Samikshya Siwakoti joined FINLIT Nepal after completing her undergraduate studies in economics and politics from Agnes Scott College in the United States where she was the recipient of a Presidential Scholarship. Currently, she is working as a Team Member in drafting the curriculum of financial literacy for grade 6 to 12 under the partnership between Nepal Rastra Bank and FINLIT Nepal
Prior to joining FINLIT Nepal in 2017, Samikshya was a research fellow at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law, Politics, and Economics and also worked as a Marketing Assistant at Prudential Financial in Atlanta. She has studied abroad in Spain, interned with UNDP, and worked with the central bank of Nepal in promoting financial literacy as a Hubert Scholar. Samikshya speaks Hindi, Nepali, English, and Spanish.
Currently, she is working as the research associate in J-PAL, for the MigTech project with principle investigators Nilesh Fernando (University of Notre Dame), Niharika Singh (Harvard University), and Gabriel Tourek (Harvard University). This project explores how technology-enabled platforms can be leveraged to address the challenges faced by the growing labor pool of low-income job seekers.