Advisory Committee

Mr. Maha Parsad Adikhari

Investment Board Nepal

Mr. Maha Parsad Adikhari is the Chief Executive Office of Investment Board Nepal. Prior to this, he was Deputy Governor at Nepal Rastra Bank.

Mr. Maha Parsad Adikhari has over three decades of experience and is considered a leader in the field of banking regulations. He joined the Nepal Rastra Bank in 1994 as a Deputy Director. His expertise in the field of financial analysis, risk management, and strategic planning make him a remarkable person in the investment sector.

Mr. Maha Parsad Adikhari holds a certification of Chartered Accountant from The Institute of Chartered Accountant of India, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management from Nepal Commerce Campus.

Mr. Faris Hadad-Zervos

World Bank

Mr. Faris Hadad-Zervos is the World Bank Country Manager for Nepal, based in Kathmandu. Prior to this, he was Country Manager for Malaysia.

Mr. Hadad-Zervos, a US national, joined the World Bank in 1996 with the Private Sector Development Department. He served as Head of Mission for Iraq (2003-2005), Operations Manager for the West Bank and Gaza (2005-2008), and Country Manager for Bolivia (2012-2015). In 2008, Mr. Hadad-Zervos took a leave of absence from the World Bank to serve as the Deputy Head of the Quartet Office for the Middle East Peace Process, based in Jerusalem.

He was a visiting lecturer on economic development in conflict states at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Hadad-Zervos holds a Master's Degree in Economics from George Mason University, and a Master's Degree in Finance from George Washington University.

Mr. His Excellency Richard Morris​

British Ambassador, Nepal

H.E. Richard Morris is the British Ambassador to Nepal. Prior to this, he took up his role as Head of Pacific Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in January 2013. Between 2008 and 2012 Richard was HM Consul General Sydney and Director General Trade and Investment (Australasia), before that Deputy Head of Mission and HM Consul General at the British Embassy in Mexico City (January 2005-June 2008).

Working for the FCO, H.E. Morris has appeared in and on various media, including: CNN International, ITN International and BBC World.

H.E. Morris received a BA Hons in English Literature from Aberystwyth University (which included a one-year scholarship to the University of Illinois); and has an MBA from Aston University. He undertook contract work for Touche Ross Management Consultancy as part of his MBA. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM) and of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (FRSA).

Mr. Gayendra Prasad Dhungana

Nepal Bankers Association

Mr. Gayendra Prasad Dhungana is the President for Nepal Bankers Association and Chief Executive Office of Nepal Bangladesh Bank Ltd. Prior to this, he was General Manager at Nepal Credit and Commerce Bank Ltd.

Mr. Dhungana has over two decades of experience in the field of banking and regulation. He served as a Director for Central Bank of Nepal (2007 – 2011), Deputy Director for Central Bank of Nepal (2001- 2006), and Credit Manager for Bank of Kathmandu Ltd (1999-2000). His contribution in these sector have won him many accolades including the “Manager of the year” in 2015.

Mr. Dhunga holds a Master’s Degree in Financial Analysis from The University of New South Wales, a Chartered Account from The Institute of Chartered Accountant of India, and Bachelor in Business Administration from Tribhuwan University.

Rurik Marsden OBE

Head of DFID Nepal

“Mr. Rurik Marsden is Head of the DFID country office in Nepal and has overall responsibility for the running of the office and its programmes. Rurik studied at Cambridge and Sheffield universities before joining the UK civil service.

Before coming to Nepal, Mr. Marsden worked in DFID’s research and evidence division, as Deputy Director with responsibility for oversight of DFID research on conflict, governance, growth, education and humanitarian innovation.

Mr. Marsden studied at Cambridge and Sheffield universities before joining the UK civil services. He is currently studying for an Executive Master in Public Policy at the LSE through a scheme organised by the UK Government Policy Profession. In 2009 he was awarded an OBE for his work in Myanmar. He is married with one daughter.

Samuel Lee

Samuel Lee has extensive professional experience in international development and social impact investing, spanning the public, private, and non-profit sectors and including domains like health, water & sanitation, transportation, governance, and financial inclusion. He has led teams and projects across the entire program lifecycle. Sam’s experience covers strategy work in initial phases of program design, to management of implementation and guidance on the smart use of technology, and finally through monitoring & evaluation of impact.

Sam is passionate about the smart power of data, technology, transparency, and innovation- believing each domain has untapped potential to transform civic engagement, international development, human rights, and the world.

Sam holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard University and Bachelor's degrees in Economics and Political Science from Rutgers College in New Jersey.`

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