Nikita Thapaliya, Program Coordinator

Nikita was a ‘Teach for Nepal’ fellow and worked with a school and kids in Danusha for 2 years. She has a B.Sc. Environmental Science degree from Patan Multiple Campus, Tribhuvan University. She helps coordinate our Girls in Action programs.


Sudeep Kandel – Country Director – Nepal Board Member

Sudeep Kandel leads the development of Wide Open Vistas’ programs, checks the implementation side and monitors programs impact. He started with Wide Open Vistas in 2018 as a field officer. Previously he has worked in non-profit, banking and leisure sector. Sudeep is a graduate of Development Finance from Kathmandu University. In 2014 Sudeep ran the length of Nepal, along with two other friends to support a charity called Sano Prayas which helps orphans go to school.

Sudeep Kandel

Sonam Shah Thakuri, Girls In Action Lead – Nepal Board Member

Sonam was born in Pokhara. She started running with the Himalayan Hash House Harriers in 2013 and quickly fell in love with trail running. She felt that running changed her perspective of life which resulted in a belief that running and other outdoor activities helps empower girls. Since then, she has completed many organized trail races, worked as an assistant guide on two fast-packs around the Annapurna Circuit, and helped us start the girls running program at WOV.

Smriti Katuwal, Youth Scholar Representative – Nepal Board Member

Smriti is a WOV Scholar and studies in grade 12. We are excited to have someone from our Youth Scholars Program on the board. Smriti helps run different programs under Girls In Action and provides feedback on program areas from the ground.

Dr. Pranav Koirala MBBS, Medical Advisor – Nepal Board Member

Pranav is a licensed Nepali physician now training in the US for Emergency medicine. He has a love for the mountains and rural health. Passions include the outdoors, emergency medicine, healthcare in Nepal. Some of his experiences include work with Everest ER, High altitude expeditions, Ultraraces and filming projects among others as an expedition doctor. We thank Pranav for overseeing the medical component of our educational program.

Dr. Samjhana Belbase, Child Protection Officer – Nepal Board Member

Samjhana graduated from Bharatpur College of Medical Sciences in 2016. She developed our first ever health curriculum and conducted classes to over 270 girls from various schools in early 2017.

Avash Pandit LLB, Legal Advisor – Nepal Board Member

Avash is an associate lawyer at Gandhi and Associates(G&A), one of the reputed law firms in Nepal. He did his LLB from Cardiff University, UK and is a supervisor within the corporate department.

Ajay Shrestha, Advisor to Youth Scholars Program – Nepal Board Member

Ajay is a co-founder of Bloom Nepal School and serves as a Vice Principal at the school. He has a degree in Computer Science from Bangalore University.

Seth Wolpin PhD MPH RN, Executive Director – International Board Member

Seth fell love with Nepal when he was 21 years old after hitch hiking across Tibet and trekking in the Annapurna Region. He has been back many times since then, conducting research designed to help high altitude porters. He is a clinical associate professor at the University of Washington where he conducts NIH funded research on interventions that help people with low health literacy. Seth helped start WOV in 2011 after a successful Everest expedition.

Courtney Kopec CPA, Treasurer – International Board Member

Courtney lives and works in New York City. We are grateful to him for helping us get established as a 501(c)3 organization and volunteering his accounting and financial expertise.