Nepalese Children's Education Fund
NCEF Donate Get Involved
Updates Our Children Our Benefactors Financial Reports Inside NCEF
Application and Selection Corporate Documents NCEF Areas NCEF Team About NCEF

2017/2018 NCEF Board of Director

The board of directors at NCEF serves to give direction and vision to the organization. It is not involved in the daily functions, but constantly provides oversight and coordinates the Executive and Fundraising Committees. If you would like to participate, send an email to

OmOmprakash Gnawali
Om is an assistant professor at the University of Houston Computer Science department. Previously, he was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (USC), and M.Eng. and B.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), all in Computer Science. Om has volunteered with NCEF since its founding in 2002. Om grew up in Kathmandu, Nepal and has visited 27 (out of 75) districts in Nepal, many on foot.
Om can be reached at

StevenSteven Lustig
Steven has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1993), and MS in Mechanical Engineering (1995) and MBA (2009) from Georgia Institute of Technology. He lives in Atlanta and works as a manager in supply chain and manufacturing. Steven has visited a number of countries around the world and based on those experiences, believes in supporting education for children who otherwise could not afford it.
Steven can be reached at

AtulAtul Pokharel
As a founding member of NCEF, Atul retains a commitment to helping children in Nepal go to school. He believes that education is a basic need that must be met, and that it takes a consistent effort on the part of those who week to help, rather than an one-off efforts. Having grown up in Kathmandu, the situation of NCEF’s students is all too familiar for him and he continues to be inspired by the initial spark that led to NCEF: it could have been him who needed assistance going to school. Today, Atul teaches, researches and spends much of his time thinking about cities and regions. He still finds it very rewarding to contribute to a necessary cause. Since helping to start NCEF as an undergrad he has worked at a large multinational donor organization, finished his doctorate and traveled around Nepal in the process. Atul is currently at Brown University's Watson Institute for Public and International Affairs, and holds a PhD from MIT in Urban Studies and Planning, as well as a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Princeton University.
Atul can be reached at

PriyataPriyata Thapa
Priyata has a B.A. in Biology and Neuroscience from Wesleyan College, and she recently graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with an M.A. in Clinical Psychology. She has taught children in various settings, and is particularly passionate about helping disadvantaged children get the opportunity of education. She believes we are surrounded by small opportunities to help everyday, and aspires to make a lasting difference in the lives of children in Nepal through NCEF and other platforms.
Priyata can be reached at

subarnaSubarna Dhital
Subarna is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He grew up in rural Nepal and is intimately familiar with the issues of childhood education in these areas. His recent work in Nepal has focused on quality of healthcare delivery, particularly pertaining to the experiences of the most underprivileged and powerless people. He brings in fresh memories of the plight of the powerless, challenges in navigating the prevailing practices to institute changes, and a pragmatic understanding of the scope and limits of volunteering efforts.
Subarna can be reached at

jayJay Shrestha
Jay lives in Dallas and works as a Scientific Advisor for an international patent law firm. Jay has a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Chicago and a B.S. degree in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Growing up in Nepal, Jay lived in various parts of the country and has also traveled extensively throughout the country. Jay has been volunteering off and on, in various capacities, for NCEF since its inception in 2002. He believes providing access to education is one of the best ways to leverage investment to empower people.
Jay can be reached at

RabinRabin Aryal
Rabin believes an educated person has the ability to differentiate between right and wrong or good and evil. He firmly believes that it is foremost responsibility of a society to educate its citizens. He is always willing to give back to society in any way he can. He has a BS in Computer Science from University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a MS in Computer Science from Appalachian State University. He works as a Software Engineer and currently lives in Calgary.
Rabin can be reached at

Board member responsibilities:

The responsibilities of the board members are as follows:

  • Attend board meetings
  • Prepare for board meetings
  • Participate in board email discussions
  • Elect new board
  • Select executive committee
  • Lead strategic projects
  • Take on specific projects as needed
  • Advise members and executive committee
  • Guide and grow organization, including finding new volunteers
  • Publicize and identify fundraising opportunities for NCEF
  • Legal responsibilities as defined in by-laws
  • Hold annual meeting to review organization's progress against goals, board members' contribution

[Privacy Statement]

NCEF is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.
US Taxpayer ID: 51-0424140
© Copyright Nepalese Children's Education Fund 2004.