ALIN Solutions Fellow
WHAT IS "ALIN SOLUTIONS FELLOW"?
A truly interdisciplinary fellowship that will focus on innovative solutions to Nepal’s (or global) complex problems. Over a 4 month-period, a team of bright individuals from different academic interests/ backgrounds will come up with an innovative solution to a critical issue of national (Nepal) or global concern.
- Young enthusiastic individual currently in Nepal (regardless of citizenship status)
- Currently enrolled in Master’s OR Bachelor’s degree in any Nepali academic institution
- Bright high schoolers, and individuals currently not enrolled in a degree will also be considered for the fellowship
- Individuals from ANY majors/field of study may apply
- Fluent in verbal and written English OR Nepali (preferably both)
- Inclusive, open-minded attitude, and passionate about solving critical issues
- Preference for individuals from geographically marginalized regions and/or minority backgrounds
- Individuals with low academic scores/GPA will not be discriminated against
- 5 hours per week on average, except training days
- Most of the in-person training / field visits will occur on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays)
- Fellows must attend at least 85% of all in-person meetings (general/team) for the completion of the program
- Final report/contingency plan for the continuity of interdisciplinary solution the teams come up with
- The final presentation of the team’s work at the completion of the program
- Preferably academic and media articles about the work
Total fellows: 12
Total Teams: 3 teams with 4 individuals in each team
Time period of fellowship: 4 months (with possibility to extend upto 5 months)
Fellowship grant: NRs. 25000 per team – Additional (Modest) Individual Stipends
Benefits of Getting Into The Fellowship:
- Valuable exposure and experience
- Guidance and mentorship from globally renowned professionals of Nepali diaspora
- Recognizing your personal/ professional strengths and weaknesses
- A modest program stipend
INAUGURAL BATCH 2022
Neha is a Registered Pharmacist and Community Nutritionist working in
the sector of primary health care, maternal-child health, and nutrition
for the past four years. Fun-loving and research-oriented, she enjoys
direct interaction with the community and working with children. She is
passionate about bridging the gap between people and their right to
basic health care services, especially in rural areas. Having traveled
extensively across the six provinces of Nepal and observed the similar
status and problems in the health, education, and gender sector, she is
driven to contribute as a social changemaker to make a difference in
these social facets.
Started working in a web company in my high school years as a programmer. I continued my passion for studying electronics and communication engineering at the undergrad level. Leading robotics club of my college and I co-founded the Robotics Association of Nepal(RAN) for all robot makers of the country. Worked for the development of the RAN for three years and then co-founded Karkhana as a product design company. Eventually morphed into an education company, I started leading Karkhana as the CEO. I have been active in the entrepreneurship and youth empowerment sector from the perspective of technology and mainstream education.
Served as a member of the US Embassy Youth Council, participated in a US state department professional exchange program as a young entrepreneur from Nepal. Active in NYEF has contributed to many events from Young Entrepreneurs Summit to Made in Nepal Expo. I also organized Entrepreneurs Bootcamp two times in the year 2015. Currently serving as an executive member of the National Governing Council of NYEF. And recently I am a member of a sub-committee that will draft the action plan for the National Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy, 2076 about the strategy related to “Effective science education in Schools” in the Ministry of Education Science and Technology. I have been awarded multiple recognition and appreciation for my work in the field of Youth Entrepreneurship and initiating innovative education practice in Nepal. My vision is to make people believe that they can change the world and also give them the environment to do so. I believe education and youth empowerment through entrepreneurship is the key to this change.
Urmila Chaudhary is the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award (Freedom From Fear Award) for her courage and determination to put an end to the Kamalari system of child slavery in Nepal, and her fight for the rights of girls, especially their right to education. In doing so, she joined the ranks of other past recipients including Nobel laureates Malala Yousafzai, Muhammad Yunus, Nelson Mandela, and His Holiness Dalai Lama, among others. Ms. Chaudhary was also lauded with the Theodor-Haecker-Prize including the national Human Rights Award 2017 (Germany).
Ms. Chaudhary was sold as a household slave at the age of 6 under then-practiced, now abolished ‘Kamalari’ system in her native Nepal. Over the years, she contributed to helping free almost 13,000 other Kamlari girls. She is a member of Freed Kamalari Development Forum which focuses on the overall growth and development of former Kamalari women. She is also currently pursuing a Law Degree at Kathmandu School of Law.
Mr. Gobinda Chhantyal belongs to the Chhantyal Indigenous Peoples of Nepal and he has been devoted human rights and Indigenous activist for almost 20 years. Mr. Chhantyal is the Vice-Chairperson and in charge of Foreign affairs of the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN), autonomous and the only representative umbrella organization of the Indigenous Nationalities/ Peoples, recognized by the Government of Nepal. He also serves as the focal person for Indigenous Peoples’ Network for SDGs, Nepal.
Mr. Chhantyal has been advocating and writing about Indigenous Peoples and marginalized groups. He has also edited and authored half a dozen books including Politics of Resistance: Indigenous Peoples and the Nepali State (English); Adivasi Prativad: Mahasang, Sarokar ra Andolan (Nepali), and so on. He holds a Master’s Degree in Rural Development and in Sociology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, and a Diploma Graduate Course from Nepa School of Social Science & Humanities, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Dr. Pranaya Rana
Dr. Pranaya Rana is a scholar and practitioner of conflict resolution and peace. He has 19 years of experience in diverse professions and has provided consultancy services to the Military, Federal/local-level agencies, NGOs, and INGOs in research and evaluation, professional military education (PME), elections monitoring, and local governance, conflict management, and public health.
He served as an Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University, Georgia, the USA from 2016-2018. He was also recently awarded the prestigious Bosserman-UNESCO fellowship in 2020 by the Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution, the USA for his international academic and humanitarian contributions. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor at King’s College, Nepal, an affiliate of Westcliff University, USA, and is also engaged in the academics of the Nepali Army and Nepal Police.
Roshan Ghimire serves as Country Director Nepal for International Development Institute (IDI). He is responsible for promoting the values and mission of the IDI – promoting development through knowledge sharing and exchanges. His role has led him to foster a positive relationship with officials from the private and public sectors, donors, agencies, and embassies. He brings eight-plus years of experience in event planning, project management, and international development. He nurtures a keen interest in designing and implementing knowledge sharing and capacity building through grassroots-level organizing and advocacy strategies to promote good governance and sustainable development in developing countries.
Roshan holds Masters in Business Administration from Southwest Minnesota State University, MN, and Bachelors in Mass Media from the University of District of Columbia, Washington DC. Ghimire is also the recipient of the UDC Civic Engagement Fellow. Previously, he served as a director of Operations and Marketing at Code for Nepal, a nonprofit promoting digital literacy and Open Data in Nepal.
Mibusha has experience of working with the Government of Nepal in the Country’s Peace Process and has gained several years of know-how in the development and humanitarian sector, with Non-government organizations, working for the conflict-affected and earthquake-affected population of Nepal. Having traveled widely across the most remote districts in seven provinces, she has diverse knowledge in Transitional Justice, and Mental Health and Care Practices, with the women, conflict survivors, and earthquake survivors. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Social work and a graduate degree in Conflict, Peace, and Development Studies from Nepal. She brings immense passion and sensitivity while working with the survivors of conflict basically women.
Ms. Deepa Shakya has two MAs in English Language and Literature, including one from Central Michigan University (CMU), USA. She has worked in two university writing centers in the US, at CMU and at Mid-Michigan Community College.
Ms. Shakya has currently been focusing on guiding college-level writers in Nepal to enhance their critical and analytical reading and writing skills. Previously, she has served as a non-fiction editor for a US-based literature journal, Temenos, and as a copy-editor for Wordpool Press, a publishing house. She is also an alumnus of the Hive Global Leaders Program.
Pratik is a global health policy enthusiast– a scientist, an entrepreneur and an unapologetic global justice fighter. Originally from Nepal, Pratik has worked with leaders from over two dozen countries, primarily on health justice and policy interventions. He is the Founder/ Director of Authentic Leadership Institute Nepal (ALIN) that focuses on research and policy interventions to mitigate health and economic disparities of marginalized communities in Nepal, and around the world. He has received several awards and recognition including recognition as an ‘Extraordinary Ability’ individual in global health and biomedical research by the US Immigration Services in 2015. He has been an invited speaker to events and conferences in Brazil, South Africa, Switzerland, India, Nepal, and the US, including keynote speaker in Under30Changemakers Global Summit in 2015. Pratik has a Master of Public Health degree from University of California- Berkeley, and a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from Central Michigan University.
Pratik also serves as Director of the Accelerator Ventures in India, and as Senior Advisor for Growth and Leadership at the BP Eye Foundation in Nepal.
Dr. Prapti Giri
Dr. Prapti is a Public Health graduate and a Dental Surgeon by profession. She is currently a part of a Japan-led research project that involves Oral health and Non-communicable diseases. She is passionate about research projects that are directly linked to Nepal’s growth and prosperity. Recently, she has worked in urban poverty mitigation projects in Nepal and public health projects in Australia.
After finishing her Bachelors’s studies, she worked as a Dental Surgeon at the time of the major earthquake that hit Nepal. After being involved in several post-earthquake health camps, she realized the importance of preventive health, thus pursuing her Master of Public Health from Macquarie University, Australia.
Busan PKD Prasain
Busan is passionate about civic collaboration seeking interdisciplinary solutions to address some of the pressing problems of our times. He served as Governance and Partnerships Director with Possible, a healthcare organisation working in rural Nepal. At Possible, he led the rebuilding of 18 health institutions in Dolakha, one of the worst-hit districts in the 2015 Nepal earthquake, and co-led the management of Charikot Hospital, a government institution, in Public Private Partnerships (PPP) model. Busan co-founded and administered Daayitwa Public Service Fellowships, the first program of its kind in the country, that strives to identify innovative solutions to the most pressing public policy issues. During his three years with Daayitwa, he collaborated with two former Prime Ministers, 21 parliamentarians, 16 government agencies, and with 56 policy innovators trained in 14 countries in addressing pressing issues in various sectors – including enterprise development, education, environment management, and sustainable development, among others.
Busan is also a founding faculty member of the Master’s in International Relations and Diplomacy (MIRD) program at Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Busan has postgraduate level training in public policy (UK) and international relations (India). He has also received training in adaptive leadership (Nepal), civic engagement (US), and enterprise development (UK).
An innovative feminist at heart, Amuda is the Founder & Executive Director of Ujyalo Foundation, a feminist organization with a vision to create safe spaces for all women and girls to lead and learn in Nepal. She is one of the 2020 Asia Foundation Development Fellows, a TEDx speaker in 2018, and was listed as one of the WOW 2016 Women to Watch. In 2019, she received the Zonta Club of Kathmandu Champion Award presented on Zonta International’s Centennial Award for outstanding commitment to empowering women and girls in Nepal. She was one of the Clinton Global Initiative University commitment makers in 2013.
She is the initiator of programs like “EmpowHER”, the young women leadership and idea incubation program, and “NiDARR”, the only award-winning smartphone gender-based violence reporting tool in Nepal. In Nepal, she is actively involved with National Banking Institute where she conducts organizational leadership and communications seminars for bankers and business houses including feminist leadership courses for her own programs at Ujyalo Foundation. She graduated with an M.P.H degree from the University of Colorado-Denver in 2013.
Nura has been working towards providing equality and dignity to freed but still vulnerable Kamalari women and girls through education for the past 10 years. She accidentally found her passion while attending lectures in her college. She was woken up with the thought that she doesn’t know her own country well at all, and that there can be so much more done. Since then, she has volunteered and provided various workshops and training to the youth, helping them bring the best, primarily in Banke district. She has a Masters degree in Rural Development. She is an alumna of Hive Global Leaders Program, and has served as a group leader for the Hive GLP in India, September 2019.