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2017/2018 NCEF Executive Committee

The Executive Committee serves to keep NCEF functioning on a day to day basis. Deeply involved in every decision related to the inner workings of the organization, it makes sure the basic functions of monitoring, reporting and managing legal responsibilities are done smoothly. If you would like to participate, send an email to

OmOmprakash Gnawali
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
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

PriyataPriyata Thapa
Fundraising and Publicity Officer
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

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
Chief Financial Officer(CFO)/Student Selection Officer
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

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