Team

Sujeev Shakya

Founder/Chair

Sujeev Shakya, is a Thought Leader in the field of business and economic development. He combines his diverse academic pursuits with extensive experience across various industries and organizations. He writes and speaks regularly on business, economy, leadership and management and is author of the bestseller Unleashing Nepal – Past, Present and Future of the Economy (Penguin), used extensively as a ready reckoner to understand Nepal's economic paradigm.

Bibhakar Shakya

Senior Distinguished Fellow

Bibhakar Shakya, is a Senior Resource Economist with over 15 years of professional work experience in the USA, Qatar and Nepal. He serves as a lead research principal for overall project management; primarily in the areas of policy analysis/recommendation, economic modeling, impact analysis, risk management, labor policy, worker’s welfare/standard, clean energy, climate change, green growth and sustainable development. He writes policy and research papers extensively and also presents at the international conferences, workshops, and symposia.

Chandan Sapkota

Senior Fellow

Chandan Sapkota is an economist with over eight years of experience in macroeconomic analysis, trade and development. He regularly contributes economic and political analysis focusing on Nepal and India to The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and analytical opinion articles to The Kathmandu Post. Sapkota worked as an economics officer at Asian Development Bank, Nepal Resident Mission; a researcher at South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment; a junior fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and an op-ed columnist for Republica. He also worked as a consultant for Ministry of Commerce & Supplies (Government of Nepal), CIM-GIZ, UNDP, and FAO among others.

Shayasta Tuladhar

Coordinator

Shayasta has six years of industry experience revolving primarily around economic analysis and research. She is currently the coordinator for Nepal Economic Forum and anchors its Business Policy Research Center. She is an MBA graduate from the Australian Catholic University, Sydney, and previously worked for Planet Finance and the Federation of Woman Entrepreneurs Associations of Nepal.

Sijan Thapa

NEF Fellow

Sijan has a Bachelor's degree with Honors in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women (University of Delhi). Her interest lies on issues related to economic development especially in developing countries, poverty, public policy and international trade. She is involved in economic and policy analysis at NEF.

Zubin Rajbhandary

NEF Fellow

Zubin completed his undergraduate in Economics and International Business from Monash University. He joined Nepal Economic Forum as an intern and made his way through to the NEF Fellowship program. He is currently involved in economic research and analysis as well as contributes to NEF’s publications.