• Kathmandu, Nepal APRIL 14-15, 2017

    Opportunity Nepal (ON) Collaboration Forum

    *Photo courtesy of Shakti Pictures


  • - Investing in Women - Agricultural Value Chain - Data Transparency - Social Inclusion

    The Opportunity is Now.


  • Your voice matters. Be Part of it!

    Young Women Lead

    *Photo courtesy of Shakti Pictures


Are you ready for the change? Welcome to Opportunity Nepal!

Empowerment WORKS Nepal Catalyst Action Training ~ Why are youth leading the way?

Ready to co-create a thriving future?


Be part of the Opportunity Nepal (ON) April 14-15 in Kathmandu!


With a mission to build local resilience in a post-disaster relief era, Opportunity Nepal unites a network of cross-sector leaders for an evening and a day to advance timely opportunities for social change:


* Investing in Women * Agricultural Value Chain  *  Social Inclusion  * Data Transparency *


Outcomes from ON's solutionary program will contribute to a year-round community service initiative called “Catalyst Action Training (CAT)”  bringing together 30 young women leaders from across Nepal's five development regions.


Inspired by ideas and mentors from ON, the first cohort of CAT young leaders begin their collective mission to forge local solutions, with a focus on investment in women.


YOUR VOICE MATTERS!  [Register Today!]


*Opportunity Nepal (ON) is part of Empowerment WORKS participatory event series. Any and all proceeds benefit locally-led sustainable community development initiatives and capacity building education.


Over an evening and a rich day of inspiring dialogues, we’ll unite ideas, energy and action to advance local solutions...

      • Investing in Women - from farming to elder care, how are women driving Nepal's future and how to unleash their potential?
      • Agricultural Value Chain - to create jobs & food security from farm to factory in the face of climate change & economic migration
      • Social Inclusion - overcoming social, gender, age, and other power divides so all voices are heard in shaping our future
      • Data Transparency - collection & sharing - from 'community to cloud' - to catalyze collaboration that builds local assets


HOW: The natural process we use


Launch of Catalyst Action Training (CAT), a year long leadership program

- 30 extraordinary young women from across Nepal's 5 regions

- identifying investment opportunities for women in their communities

- an opportunity to mentor and support their journeys!

Opportunity Nepal invites participants across diverse social and economic sectors to exchange solutions in key impact areas, and identify gaps in our ongoing program for young 'Catalysts'.

Featured Voices

A few of our featured voices--selected to bring new ideas, earthly wisdom & vital inspiration to create the change we wish to see!

Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat

Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal

Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat is the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal. He assumed his office on 26 August 2016. Born in Nuwakot district of Nepal on 5 November 1959, Dr. Mahat has an active political career of more than three decades. He actively participated in democratic movement, conflict resolution, and the peace process of the country and is keen on advancing inclusive economic development agenda.

Since 2002, Dr. Mahat is working as a Member of the the Central Executive Committee of the Nepali Congress, major Democratic Party of Nepal. He began his political career by being actively involved in the student politics from 1970s. From 1983 to 1987, he served as General Secretary of Nepal Students’ Union. He was a Member of Action Committee on behalf of Nepali Congress during the People’s Movement of 1990. He also served as a Member of Central Economic Policy Committee in the Nepali Congress from 1998 to 1999.

Dr. Mahat has served in the legislature and executive branches of Nepal in different periods in various capacities. He was a Member of Interim Legislative-Parliament from 2006 to 2008. He was a member of the 1st Constituent Assembly from May 2008 to May 2012 and also a member of the 2nd Constituent Assembly since November 2013.

He played vital role in the Constitution drafting process as a member of the Constitution Drafting Committee of the 2nd Constituent Assembly, .which has now been transformed into the Legislature-Parliament after the promulgation of Constitution of Nepal on 20 September 2015. He has also served in different parliamentary committees, including the State Affairs Committee as well as the Special Parliamentary Hearing Committee.

Dr. Mahat was Minister for Energy from 2010 to 2011. He was State Minister for Foreign Affairs from June 2004 to February 2005. He was also a Member of National Planning Commission from April 2002 to October 2002 and an advisor to the Prime Minister of Nepal from September 2001 to May 2002.

He was Member Secretary of High Level Committee constituted by Nepal Government in 1999 for the Resolution of Maoist insurgency. Similarly from 2006 to June 2007, he served as Member of National Peace Committee, which was constituted for facilitating dialogue and helping government to work on peace deal and preparation of peace accord. He was also entrusted with the responsibility to negotiate with different agitating groups in Nepal as one of the members of Government Dialogue Team from August 2007 to June 2008.

A Ph.D. in Economics from Southern Illinois University at Corbondale, Illinois, USA, Dr. Mahat also holds a degree of Master of Science in Policy Economics from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and Masters in Economics from Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu.

He remains active in academic field contributing policy papers, research analyses and newspapers articles particularly on economic development, peace process and contemporary political development.

In his various official capacities, he has participated in several international conferences and summits as well as various bilateral, regional and multilateral meetings.

Dr. Mahat is married to Mrs. Bina Mahat, and they have two children.

More: www.prakashsmahat.comwww.mofa.gov.np

Nandita Baruah

Nandita Baruah

Deputy Country Representative, The Asia Foundation in Nepal

Nandita Baruah is The Asia Foundation’s deputy country representative in Nepal. She has over 20 years of professional experience working on gender, human rights, labor migration and human trafficking issues in South and Southeast Asia. She has headed South Asia regional programs on gender-based violence, human trafficking and migration and rural development. She worked as the Gender Advisor to the CIDA in India and also as the South Asia Regional Gender Fund Manager. She was the Regional Coordinator for the UN Women anti-trafficking program and the UNODC UN-GIFT program. She has served with USAID India as the regional anti-trafficking and gender specialist. In these roles Nandita Baruah worked to support national governments and civil society partners to design and deliver programs that effectively address the core socio-economic and political dimension of development through a rights-based and gender-equitable framework. She has worked in India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Nepal.

Prof Dr. Govind Raj Pokharel

Prof Dr. Govind Raj Pokharel

CEO of National Reconstruction Authority, Government of Nepal

Prof. Dr. Pokharel, the former Vice-chair of National Planning Commission led the task of preparation of Post Disaster Need Assisment (PDNA) on behalf of National Planning Commission. He is the professor of the Industrial and Mechanical Engineering Department, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Nepal and served as Executive Director of the Alternative Energy Promotion Center and demonstrated ability in running high profile and technical outputs oriented international programs and projects (EU, DFID, KfW, ADB, WB, UNDP, UNFCCC, CIF, Dannida, Norad, SNV, Winrock International). Prof. Pokharel was also first CEO of National Reconstruction Authority, formed to rebuild the earthquake damaged area.

Bandita Thapa

Bandita Thapa

Director, Empowerment WORKS Nepal

Nepali born and raised global social entrepreneur, Bandita Thapa, became involved with EW in 2010 when she came to the USA to participate in The Global Summit II.  Bandita has worked for her entire adult life to create locally-led change, as founder of Women Foundation Nepal (now Empowerment WORKS Nepal) and the Hamro Forum.

As the youngest program officer in PLAN International at 20, Bandita has since traveled the world advancing her skills in Asset Based Community Development, and continues to blaze trails representing the voices of grassroots women. She earned a Masters Degree in Sociology, TU Nepal, 2007, and Post Graduate Diploma in Leadership Development, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada, 2009 (completed as an Award Winner of CIDA).  She has also served as an expert in Monitoring and Evaluations for major international agencies including United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

After The Global Summit 2010, Bandita's follow up exploration and on-the-ground development time in Nepal with EW's Executive Director led to the co-creation of "CAT: Catalyst Action Training" - a unique community development education initiative whereby local organizers develop the 7 Stages to Sustainability (7SS) training content & tools in their own language through addressing local issues.

Ashok raj Pandey

Ashok raj Pandey

Founder, CEO of Hamro Doctor (First Health Care IT Company with multimedia) in Nepal

Ashok Raj Pandey is the Founder, CEO of the Hamro Doctor (First Health Care IT Company with multimedia) in Nepal that commenced its services through website, mobile app and magazine. He is also the director of the Utkristha media creation Pvt. Ltd.  Born on 24 April 1996 in Nuwakot district of Nepal, he has experience of leading the youth for more than 9 years.

He is currently studying Bachelors of public health from Central Institute of Science and Technology. He has interest in serving the mankind and women empowerment with all round development of the human. He believes that development isn’t possible without women's empowerment. Women are the key members of the family, community and nation contributing in overall development of the family as well as leading society to improve the welfare of the state. Thereby the empowerment of women is the thirst of the rural as well as urban community across the nation in which he has been involved in wide areas of women's development -  making them better able to be the part and parts of nation building.


Lekali Himmat Singh

Lekali Himmat Singh

7SS CAT Lead Trainer / Sr. Training Specialist at Rural Water Supply & Sanitation Project in Western Nepal

As an inspirational trainer with 38 years experience in all 75 of Nepal's districts, 'Lekali' likes to reframe impossible with I AM POSSIBLE.

In his words:

I have extensive experience as Training and Development management specialist visited all 75 districts in of Nepal. Over the past 36 years, I have worked to lead the development and management initiatives in Gender and Social Inclusion, Water Health and Sanitation, Human Rights, Girl’s education, Quality education, Child Rights, Community Development, Conflict Transformation, Relief and rehabilitation, Food security, HIV and AIDs etc.  A special focus of my work has been to build the leadership, personal/Institutional capacity skills of government and non-government counterparts through training.

I started my training career with the Nepal Red Cross Society from primary healthcare and disaster management, Nepal Scout from adult psychology and many NGO/INGO i.e. Rural Water and Sanitation Fund Development Board (RWSSFDB/the World Bank), Small Town Water and Sanitation Development (STWSSDB/ADB) Home Ministry, Education and Culture Ministry, Women, Child and Social Welfare Ministry, Ministry of federal Affairs and Local Development, Health and Population Ministry of Nepal. As part of capacity building of community I started my profession from South Asia Partnership (SAP/Nepal) as a trainer of People Centered Development in different rural part of Nepal.

Melanie St.James

Melanie St.James

Convener & founder of Empowerment WORKS

Ever rising to the challenge of co-creating a thriving world, Melanie is the passionate social architect behind The Global Summit series and founder of facilitating organization, Empowerment WORKS, which supports year round impact.

Opportunity Nepal (ON) Collaboration Forum  (Click Session titles below for details!)

  • Cultural Reception
    April 14th 6-9pm: music, food, and connection

  • ON Main Program / #ON
    April 15th ~ 9:00 am to 5:00pm

  • ON Closing -> CAT Launch
    April 15th ~ 5-7pm

Registration Form

Space to the exclusive forum is limited to 100 change agents.

Register today!

Thanks to our Partners in Empowerment supporting local impact throughout the year!



Maan Nam Restaurant & Event Centre

(Across from Bhat Bhateni Supermarket!)

Padma Marg, Kathmandu 44600

Central Development Region, Nepal


Ideas? Questions?
We'd love to hear from you!

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