Executive Board

The Board manages the business of Clean up Nepal and is responsible for the organisation’s overarching strategic direction while ensuring that appropriate governance, risk management and compliance systems are in place. The Board members monitor and safeguard the company so that it continues to achieve its mission, aims and objectives.

Our Board is made up of a group of individuals with diverse skill sets which allow them to oversee Clean up Nepal’s fiduciary responsibilities whilst supporting the key strategic objectives of the organisation. The expertise, experience and relationships Board members bring to the organisation enhance the Board’s ability to perform its role and also assist in the achievement of Clean up Nepal’s strategic aims. Board members demonstrate robust and independent judgement.

The Board Members are volunteers and receive no payment for the position. Our Directors are both passionate supporters of Clean up Nepal and also volunteers beyond their attendance at Board meetings, generally in the form of Board sub-committees.

Neelam has a long-standing interest in volunteering and improving communities around her. She believes in all individuals having an opportunity to flourish and reach a state of self-empowerment. She has been actively involved in organizations such as Service Civil International Nepal, International Volunteers for Peace and Help Nepal Network. She has led the conceptualisation, set up and development of not-for-profit organisations in Sydney – Sabdamala Nepalese Language School (2009) – the first formal Nepali community language school in Australia, Guthi Australia (2009), Nepalese Australian Historical Society (2012), and Small Earth Australia (2012). Neelam set up Clean up Nepal in 2013 after a number of years of research on waste management in Nepal.

Dr Pradhananga holds a Bachelor of Architecture, a Master in Planning from the University of New South Wales and a doctorate from the University of Newcastle with a specialisation in heritage conservation. Most recently, she worked for local government in Australia. The long periods of time she has spent in both Nepal and Australia have provided her an understanding of the strengths of developing countries such as Nepal. She is keen to work together with organisations in Nepal and abroad to capitalise on these strengths, and to work on areas that need improvement. She believes Clean up Nepal can provide a platform to inspire and empower local communities, community groups, schools, businesses, and local governments throughout Nepal to join the clean up movement to address local environmental issues in a simple and visible way. Towards this, she moved to Nepal on October 2014 to strengthen Clean up Nepal’s operations and strategic direction.

After living in the US for ten years, Amod Karmacharya recently returned to Nepal for good. He has experience in various fields of work including customer service and hospitality. He worked for DHL Nepal, Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Centre in Orlando, IKON Business Solutions in Boston, and Charles and Keith in Dubai. At a personal level, Amod believes in sustainable change that supports the earth’s ecology. He took part in Occupy Boston and the Venus Project during his stay in the United States. He has a certificate from Southern New Hampshire University on Microenterprise Development and plans to implement these concepts in Nepal.

Bringing in a philanthropic approach to business, he recently coordinated a farmers market that provides individuals a platform to showcase their products or skills. All fees obtained from the vendors were donated. He is also working on social enterprises that focus on recycled arts and handicrafts. “It is never about money, business is based on principle. My principle is to run a socially responsible enterprise. An enterprise dedicated to sustainable development with economic prosperity, social inclusion and cohesion, and environmental sustainability,”says Amod.


Ashish Maharjan (based in Sweden) has been living and working for more than 14 years in different countries like Swizerland, USA, India, Nepal and Sweden. Ashish has been the operation manager for a hospitality management college (Global Academy of Tourism and Hospitality Education) in Nepal, where he coordinated most of the corporate social responsibility division of the college. Some of the project that he coordinated are: food hygiene courses to hotels and restaurants, street cleaning initiative and the production of a documentary about Food Safety in Nepal. Currently he is a board member and a project development manager of the Swedish NGO called ABC Sweden (www.abcsweden.org) and coordinates the Yuwalaya project (an initiative to implement a youth resource center in Nepal).

Last Updated: April 4, 2017

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