Ms. Yam Kumari Khatiwada
Keynote Speaker

Ms. Yam Kumari Khatiwada, is currently serving as the Secretary at Ministry of Industry, Commerce and supplies for the Government of Nepal. She has been serving for over 24 years in different capacities within bureaucratic service. Prior to this, she was the Secretary at National Information Commission and Regional Administrator of Western Development Region of Nepal. Ms. Khatiwada had additionally filled in as Joint Secretary at Industrial Promotion Division in the Ministry of Industry for over seven years, managing the arrangement issues of the Industrial area under different duties, for example, project Chief of Special Economic Zone, National Program Director of Micro Enterprise Development Program, Chairperson of Cottage and Small Industrial Development Board, and Coordinator of Nepal Business Forum, among others. Ms. Khatiwada holds her Master's degree in Public Policy and Management from KDI School of Public Policy and Management, South Korea. She has likewise finished MPA, MA and Bachelor's in Law from Tribhuvan University Nepal.

Mr. Pradip Kumar Shrestha

Mr. Pradeep Kumar Shrestha, is the Managing Director of Panchakanya Group, one of the leading Industrial and Trading institution of Nepal. He is profoundly respected for his visionary leadership. He is as of now filling in as the Vice President of the Confederation of Asia Pacific Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) and as the Honorary Consul for The Republic of South Africa for Nepal. Mr. Shrestha has likewise been the Past President for the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) and the Vice President of SAARC Chamber. Panchakanya Group has over twelve enterprises under its umbrella and furthermore has a differentiated venture portfolio in areas, for example, hydropower, health and education, banking & insurance. Under his guidance, Panchakanya Group has also been bestowed with numerous national and international awards for its focus on top quality products.

Mr. Prasanna KC

Mr. Prasanna KC is the deputy team leader at Skills for Employment Programme, UKAid. Mr. KC carries 9 long years of experience in banking and 7 years of experience in formulating strategies, building partnerships with Government and the Private Sector. He has enormous experience in managing & evaluating result-driven products & services in Nepal and Bangladesh. He has served as the  Senior Technical Advisor at IDE (International Development Enterprises), Private Sector Development Advisor at Department for International Development (DFID).

Mr. Hari Bhakta Sharma

Mr. Hari Bhakta Sharma, is the Former President of Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI). He filled in as the senior Vice President of CNI before he was chosen as the President in March 2016. Mr. Sharma is the Founder and Executive Director of one of driving pharmaceutical organizations in Nepal, Deurali-Janata Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Sharma has been closely watching Nepal's economic performance and business climate for the last several years and has been instrumental in advancing and dealing with the organization to be one of the leading pharma companies in Nepal. He has gotten a Master's degree in Social Studies from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

Mr. Azaj Alam

Mr. Azaj Alam is the provincial coordinator for Province No. 5 of the Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI). Mr. Alam is an industrialist carrying long investment experience in western Nepal. He is appreciated for his pivotal role to promote private sector investment in the region.

Mr. Govinda Nepal

Mr. Govinda Nepal has served as the member for National Planning Commission. Mr. Nepal carries long experience in policy making and served accordingly in various capacities at different institutions.

Ms. Bhawani Rana

Ms. Bhawani Rana, is the President of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry. She is a member of the Investment Board Nepal, National Reconstruction Authority, and National Tourism Council. Ms. Rana is additionally the Immediate Past President of Federation of Woman Entrepreneurs Association of Nepal. Ms. Rana is the Managing Director of Sneha Group, which has investments in the agrarian and the travel sector, Chairman of Fortuna Group (healthcare, manufacturing and automobile sectors) promoter of Capital Merchant Banking and Finance Ltd, and Director of National Life Insurance Co. Ltd. She has been conferred with extraordinary honors and acknowledgments, including the National Award from the President of Nepal on the event of Nepal Republican Day – May 28, 2016; National Award as Outstanding Entrepreneur Contribution ' (Tourism Sector) from Ministry of Industry in March 2009; Medal from Home Ministry in 2005 for serving the flood casualties of mid-west Nepal; and Recognition Awards from different national organizations. Ms. Rana has a Masters in Political Science from Lucknow University, India.

Mr. Baljit Vohra

Mr.Baljit Vohra is a Senior Vice President in the Economic and Institutional Development division of Louis Berger and is also the lead manager of Louis Berger’s UAE Branch office located in Jafza, Dubai from where he has managed the firm’s programs in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. For over 25 years, Mr. Vohra has advised over 15 host country governments and the private sector on governance reform; reconstruction support activities; competitiveness and value chains development; workforce/skills development; SME development and inclusive finance. He is currently engaged as the Team Leader for UKaid funded Skills for Employment Programme in Nepal.