Social Entrepreneur

Anil is trained as an engineer and energy planner at the University of Rajasthan (India) and the University of Pennsylvania (USA).

He started his career as an energy engineer for the Academy of Science and Technology when he traveled to remote areas of Nepal to transfer renewable energy technologies. He then launched the Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) which aims to mobilize the youth and school children to be the link between the supply side of solutions and the demand side and enable learning outside the classroom. His work has been recognized by the Ashoka fellowship and Rolex award. Anil received the Global Development Marketplace Award for the Solar Tuki at the World Bank in 2005. He also received the Tech Museum Award in Silicon Valley for this work.

He then joined the team that implemented the National Conservation Strategy for Nepal and went on to head the IUCN Nepal office. With the election of a democratic Mayor of Kathmandu, Anil joined the Kathmandu Metropolitan City as a member of the City Planning Commission where he focused his effort on heritage conservation, environmental management and social development in the city.

Anil has also managed venture funds for environmental groups all over Nepal with financial   support from USAID and later the Embassy of Finland. In 1993 he was one of the 100 “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” awardees at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Anil spent three years in Washington DC at Ashoka helping to design and expand the social venture capital model to over forty countries globally.

Anil writes regular business columns in corporate magazines, and ECS – the magazine for expatriates in Kathmandu. Anil has initiated Crafted in Kathmandu – a business with the goal to provide artisans of the valley fully employed all year round.