Our Team

Kshitiz Khanal

Kshitiz Khanal

Chairperson

Kshitiz Khanal is the Chairperson of Open Knowledge Nepal. He has an academic background in mechanical engineering and sustainable energy planning. He is currently involved in research about using Open Data to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and also practices as a mechanical design consultant. He believes in solving pressing problems through open and interdisciplinary innovation. His major areas of interest in Open Knowledge include open data, open science hardware, and open education.

Nikesh Balami

Nikesh Balami

Chief Executive Officer

Nikesh is a civic entrepreneur, open data advocate and tech researcher. He is the co-founder and CEO of Open Knowledge Nepal – a non-profit civic tech organization comprised of openness aficionados. He is a strong supporter of open source software and believes in the vision of Open Knowledge to empower citizens regarding technology usage and open data. He loves coffee chat, tweeting, hackathons, blogging, traveling and open data. He holds a Diploma in Computer Engineering and currently pursuing his bachelor degree from Purbanchal University. Nikesh is a Shuttleworth Flash Grantee 2016 and U.S. Embassy Youth Council member 2017/18.

In parallel with his activities at Open Knowledge Nepal, he is also engaged with Code for Nepal as an program coordinator, Artificial Intelligence for Development as an founding member and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Nepal community as an executive member. In his daily work schedule, he coordinates diverse project related to tech & data, writes research & report, scrapes & harvest government data and sometimes codes. He has a long experience of working with private, nonprofit and government organization.

Shubham Ghimire

Shubham Ghimire

Chief Operating Officer

Shubham Ghimire serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Open Knowledge Nepal and is responsible for the day-to-day operation and general management of the company. Shubham is a computer science student pursuing his undergraduate degree from Tribhuwan University. He is a strong advocate for the open data movement along with overall open programs campaign in Nepal. He considers himself as an Open Knowledge Activist who is also committed towards the Open source, open data awareness programs, and campaign. In fact, he oversees the project management for Open Knowledge Nepal while also being involved with various other open communities of Nepal. His efforts are dedicated to empowering the people by bringing accountability and transparency in governance. He also dedicates his time in various researches and is a competent programmer.

Prakash Neupane

Prakash Neupane

Strategic Officer

Prakash Neupane is the strategic leader of the organization. His role is to make plans, buildup strategy and implement, evaluate and adjust them as per the requirement. He started his journey of open knowledge by taking the role of Ambassador at an early stage. The team will be able to fulfill the core objectives with his visionary guidelines.

Sagar Ghimire

Sagar Ghimire

Chief Technical Officer

Sagar Ghimire is Chief Technical Officer at Open Knowledge Nepal. He is an IT professional and an open source enthusiast with an extensive experience in web development and passionate about using web technology and open data to make a better future for everyone. He has been working as a freelance web developer. Likewise, he is also a strong supporter of knowledge sharing and social entrepreneurship. To ensure to attain all the academic knowledge, he has completed diploma and currently an active student of B.E computer engineering.

Firoj Ghimire

Firoj Ghimire

Chief Marketing Officer

Firoj Ghimire is an enthusiastic promoter of open knowledge in Nepal. He has worked extensively in diverse open data projects. He is an outspoken advocate for openness and aims to revolutionize the society through its practice. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in computer science and information technology.