Mr Madan Rai is a young right activist from Nepal. He is a media entrepreneur, Researcher, Journalist and Lecturer of mass communication and journalism. He is an M.Phil. in Journalism and Bachelor in law. He serves as the President of United Nations Youth and Student Association Nepal. He works as an Editor-in-chief at The Youth Times. He is a former delegate from Nepal in “United Nations forum on Human rights, Rule of Law and Democracy” at United Nations, Geneva office. He represented Nepali Youth at “WFUNA Youth Seminar: Kuala Lumpur” as a delegate. Rai had worked a DPI Officer of WFUNA International MUN-2017 and had worked as Photographer for the same conference in 2015. He is a proactive and dynamic youth activist who took leadership of UNYSAN’s Earthquake Relief Campaign-2015.
He has successfully accomplished his tenure as a Secretary-General of UNYSAN 2014-2018. Mr Rai had worked as a lecturer of Journalism and Research at NIMS College & Pentagon Int College. And also as an Editor of enewspark.com; a news portal, the Media Icon Magazine; a magazine from Nepal, the Shikhar Post Magazine and freelance in Nepali Times Australia and had worked as Reporter, Reporter cum Photographer, and Senior Reporter cum Photographer in Aajako Aawaj Media since 2006 to 2011 AD. He worked as IP (International Press) cum photographer in EIMUN-2015 (Everest International Model United Nations). He has experience of theatre workshop organized by National School of Drama (NSD), RJ at Star Fm and Classic Fm. He has written the narration of a documentary “Soljee”, street drama scripts for SOYA (Society of youth activities). He worked as a volunteer at SOYA, and Youth Initiative. He has conducted many media research and written many articles for print and broadcast media. He is a top ten finalist of a national talent hunt Youth Icon-2011, Mr Campion-2008, won consolation prize in the on-the-spot photo competition and exhibition organized by WWF, finalist of Ideal RJ-2007.
Dr Saral Sharma is the vice president of United Nations Youth and Student Association of Nepal and professional medical doctor and dynamic youth activist. He has completed his MBBS course at Southeast University Nanjing, China and currently working in Bir Hospital Emergency Department as a senior medical officer. He has joined UNYSAN as a general member in 2013 AD and shouldered up the responsibility of the vice president since 2014 to 2018 and firmly believes in youth being the perfect agents of positive change and acknowledges the need for an international platform for the massive potential that the youth today offer.
His main interest in life is giving love, support and a good time to people who are socially and economically backwards. He is a strong communicator and believes in providing patients with information regarding their health as well as allowing them time to ask questions. He is focused on understanding, supporting and encouraging them. He is Flexible, charming, Enthusiastic, creative and social free spirits, who can always find a reason to smile. Dr Sharma is resourceful and intellectually quick. Good at a broad range of things. Enjoys debating issues. Excellent ability to understand concepts and apply logic to find solutions. Dr Sharma facilitates health leadership development and management programs and serves as a Medical person of many regional and global organizations in social development to cover issues of greatest concern to various age groups. Similarly, works at local national and regional levels to advocate for, and support the increased application of Nepali health and social development system.
Mr. Amrit Banjade is an executive member and National project management officer of United Nations Youth and Student Association of Nepal. He has completed Bachelor of Business Administration from Liberty College in 2015. He is passionate about creating meaningful change through community leadership and the empowerment of young people through education and employment. He has previously served as a general member at United Nations Youth & Student Association Nepal (UNYSAN) since 2010 & attending different youth related issue, program and agenda. He involves himself in various volunteering activities both within and outside the valley. With more than four years of hands-on experience at the field-level, He has work experience in the areas of youth empowerment, education, leadership, youth capacity building and entrepreneurship. He is also passionate about seeing young people educated about global issues and using this education to have a meaningful impact on their community.
Bindhyawatee rai is an optimist and positively driven youth who is greatly motivated to work on the betterment of the community, country and world by being a responsible youth and citizen. She is from the eastern part of Bhojpur, Nepal. She studied at St. Xavier ’s school before getting her high school graduation from United Academy, Nepal. She did her BSc (Hons) Agriculture at Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences in Allahabad, India under the Nepal Aid Fund Scholarship. During her 4 years stay at India, she was recruited as the cadet of National Cadet Corps (NCC) under 17 UP Battalion, Allahabad where she actively leads the girls cadets by being the girls’ captain. She was also the member of the National Service Scheme (NSS), girls vice-captain of the college team. The platform she got in India has helped her to be more responsible, disciplined and humble human which has brought a sense of love and respect to any countrymen regardless of their religion, gender, race, sexual preference.
She served as a member of United States Youth Council (USYC, 2016). In the past, she worked as a member of the executive board of UNYSAN. Since she is an agriculturist by profession and a nature lover, it was a destiny for her to take up agriculture as her main subject in university. She has worked under National Agriculture Research Council (NARC) under plant pathology department. She has also worked as an intern and consultant to Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research, and Development (LI-BIRD). Her main aim is to make the youths realize the value of the environment and why it’s essential to understand the sustainable goal no. 2 zero hunger to End hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture in an underdeveloped country like Nepal.
As the youngest member of our executive board, Jophen Lama stands as an example to people who are seeking for reasons why they should support ‘Not-Too-Young-To-Run’. She served as Program Officer of UNYSAN in her high school days, and after her graduation in 2018, serves as Treasurer.
She started off as a scout with very keen interest to help the society and later after volunteering in many social campaigns, she became a member of Amnesty International and UNYSAN. Besides, she is found to be a beauty pageant enthusiast. She has won four contests till the date and shares how it helped her grow as a public speaker and a social activist. With a vision of ‘feminism to empower girls all over the world’, she believes youths have a major role to play to bring equality in action. She strongly stands by the statement that every individual has the power to make a change but only the unity of individuals can make the change permanent. She is someone who is optimistic in any kind of situation and encourages people to spread positivity along with her. Explaining how much of a workaholic she is, she says working smart is very essential. She is exuberant, empathetic, unassuming and a little humorous to sum up.
Subin Gurung is an Executive Member of United Nations Youth and Student Association of Nepal – UNYSAN. He is a Social Activist, born and bred in a remote village in Nepal. In search of better education and opportunities, his family migrated to various cities and finally ended up at Kathmandu in 2007. His academic performance was very good however like most of the youth he had difficulty identifying his career and aim. Due to certain circumstances, he was on the verge of going abroad, however, the devastating earthquake of April 2015 became a turning point in his life as he started to volunteer with different organizations on various relief projects for 7 months.
Then he got introduced to International Citizen Service, a 12-week cross-cultural youth volunteering programme led by VSO Nepal. Because of the ICS experience, he decided to study Social Work and Psychology despite 3 years of gap. During the course of 3 years he kept on contributing his time and effort in various campaigns; awareness on Suicide Prevention and advocacy for mainstreaming of psychological issues such as social stigma, discriminatory laws, human resource development and inclusion of mental health and psychosocial wellbeing in primary health care system in the national agenda with The School of Psychology – TSoP Nepal from 2016 to 2017. He is a National Youth Volunteer of VSO Nepal working in NYEN project engaging and empowering young people to lead as agents of change by strengthening the capacity of community youths, creating a space to have their voice and promoting active citizenship. He believes that the culture of volunteerism should be widespread especially among youth.
Ms Pragyawatee Rai is a Research Officer at Conference Management in one of Nepal’s renowned Think- tank – Institute for Strategic and Socio-economic Research (ISSR). She has served as the General Secretary of Young Business and Professional Women (BPW) Nepal. Ms Rai has successfully worked in the earthquake-devastated region of Gorkha district as a Team Leader of Raleigh International Nepal. She has undertaken her studies in Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy from Tribhuvan University, Nepal and a recipient of Post-Graduate Research Fellowship program in Sichuan University, China. She completed her Under-graduation (B.A) from University of Pune, India. She has received Certificate of Merit as an International Student Co-coordinator in Pune. Rai is a travel enthusiast, social activist, realist and an aspiring young woman to play an integral role in nation building process.
Bikash Rai is a BIT (Bachelor in Information Technology) graduate from Purbanchal University. He has been a part of UNYSAN since 2016 as a member. Being an IT enthusiast, he has been involving in different national IT programs, seminar, workshops and competitions. Mr Rai works as a WordPress theme Development Company as an SEO, SMO specialist. He has got working experience as a digital marketing specialist in Kinav EdTech Pvt. Ltd. With the numerous experience of information technology, he supports different local organizations as an IT consultant.
Mr Rai believes in pragmatic things rather to theoretical approaches. He is fond of extra curriculum activities that of like testing new things and implementing in real life. He believes in the development of the nation is possible only after empowering the youth force of a country. Mr Rai’s hobbies include making videos, travelling, photography and blogging. He is running his blog nepalitrends.com where he frequently shares his thoughts and views about the different contemporary matters.
Manita Pokharel is a Media Personality pursuing MBA degree from DAV Business School and also an M.A in sociology. She started her career in Media as an RJ in 2011 from Radio City FM 98.8 Mhz. Along with radio journey, she coordinated Plastic Free Campaign organized by Force Nepal from 2012 to 2014. Her journey on television kicked off in 2014 from Nepal’s Bhaktidarshan Television, only a Spiritual Channel in Nepal. It was on the same year she made her place as Nepal’s Top 7 Debaters. She has produced and presented various TV programs as well as Radio shows on health, youth, social and spiritual issues. She made her distinct identity as a young spiritual show anchor in the country of culture and rituals. Multi-disciplinarian Pokharel added an identity as a News Anchor for Mountain Television since 2017 followed by Himalaya Television. She is a freelance event host in Nepal. She believes in young motivation and leadership to bring a major change in a nation.
Nirmala Nepali is an executive member of United Nations Youth and Student Association of Nepal (UNYSAN). She completed her SLC (School level certificate) in Dang District. She is a BSW graduate of St. Xavier’s College and an M.A in sociology from Tribhuvan University. She believes that youth are left behind in every sector due to lack of opportunities. She urges to trust them to give opportunity and asks the youth to raise their voice for their rights. Being a social work student she is passionate to work in the social sector and has been grown experiences of working in many different organizations in the social development field.
In 2011 she was selected for global youth exchange program of VSO Nepal in coordination with VSO UK and got the opportunity to live, learn and work with international counterparts throughout the exchange in Surkhet Nepal and Plymouth UK. She is a recipient of the Fulbright scholarship from Dang district for her higher education. Nepali volunteered in Nepal right after the devastating mega-earthquake 2015. She has been working on reconstruction projects with different organizations in Nepal. As she belongs to a marginalized group she has envisioned to unite youth and motivating them to spread the voice for the voiceless who are religious, culturally, socially, economically and historically oppressed, excluded and treated unfairly. Her biggest happiness is to make people happy.
Sunita Dangol is a media professional, public speaker and trainer working professionally since 2011. She is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Tribhuwan University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology. Sunita is currently working with the City Planning Commission of Kathmandu and also been involved with numerous social service organizations. The winner of the Miss Newa 2011 beauty pageant, Sunita has always tried to bring a varied range of skills and experiences in her resume. She has held the titles of President of Nepalese Fashion Home Social Welfare Wing, Youth Ambassador for Peace (Youth and Student for peace), Blood Ambassador (Blood Donors Association of Nepal) and Goodwill Ambassador For Cancer association of Nepal. “I always look for options to explore and gain experience,” Sunita says of her varied experiences. Recently, she has been deeply involved with “Callijatra” – A youth-led initiative to encourage and promote the use of Ranjana Lipi, a Newa language script to a newer generation.
Sunita has been affiliated in the media landscape since 2011. “Being in the podium, in front of the audience – that energizes me, it’s my calling and passion,” Sunita says. Till date, Sunita has worked in multiple TV stations including Nepal TV, the national tv station, as a radio presenter at the Capital FM and has been consistently working as an emcee.
Sunita has hosted multiple high-profile events like the 2018 Civic Felicitation of Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi by Kathmandu Metropolitan City and the “Multicultural family educational peace festival 2015” which had more than 50 thousand in attendance. Sunita’s journey has only begun and her potential is only expanding. Sunita believes in ventures that bring immediate social change. “The sky is the limit, we must aim high and keep toiling to achieve our dreams,” Sunita shares, we believe her energy and dedication will definitely allow her to fulfil her aims.