Our Team

Pashupati Chaudhary, PhD
Co-Founder | Founding Chairperson

Dr. Chaudhary has a doctorate in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA. He has an excellent track record of project design, management, and monitoring and evaluation and is experienced in designing and executing action research in landscape-based conservation, climate change, ecosystem ecology and ecosystem services. He has expertise in survey research methodology, community participation and capacity building of staff and partners. He has excellent interpersonal, coordination skills and excellent track record of publication in peer reviewed international journals. He has experience of academic teachings as well as professional training in several areas of agriculture and environmental science. Before founding GrowInnova, Pashupati was Director of Programme Development at LI-BIRD.

Mahesh Shrestha

Co-Founder | Executive Chairperson | Creative Director

Mr Shrestha received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Masters in Anthropology from Tribhuwan University, Nepal. He has demonstrated skills in arts, media, marketing, and communications (MarComs). He has outstanding interpersonal communication, coordination, and networking skills. He has proven skills in awareness-raising activities using both traditional, new media, and communication tools. Prior to founding GrowInnova, Mahesh worked at LI-BIRD, Documentary Open Skool, Spiny Babbler, Shilpee Art Group, M. Art Theatre, and Mandapika Art Group in different capacities and areas.

Nitin Thapa
Co-Founder | Member, BoD

Mr Thapa graduated in Business and Management from Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, UK. He is currently involved with Zinc Holding as a Director of Business Development. He has proven skills in international event management, Human to Human (H2H) approach, business development, sales strategy, digital marketing strategy, and project management. He has been working with various senior executives and decision-makers representing leading international companies providing them networking and bench-marking opportunities as well as best-tested solutions.

Asha Ram Gurung


Mr Gurung graduated in agriculture environment science from Aberdeen and Coventry University, UK. He has over 22 years work experience in the field of agriculture and livestock including over 10 years at Pakhribas Agriculture Centre, an international research and development organization funded by the Overseas Development Administration of the UK. He has hands on experience on agro-biodiversity conservation, community development, livelihood improvement, food security and climate change. Asha Ram worked at LI-BIRD from 2008 to 2017 as a Project Leader, Senior Programme Manager, and TMT Coordinator.

Anita Shrestha

Admin and Finance Officer

Ms Shrestha graduated from Tribhuwan University in 2015. She has done her MBA with a specialization in Human Resource Management. She started her career as an Admin and Human Resource Assistant at LI-BIRD. Later in 2020, she joined GrowInnova to further pursue her career as an Admin and Finance Officer. As AFO, she is responsible for the overall admin and finance-related activities of the company.

Our Ex-Staff

Prayag Joshi
Creative Communications Associate (Intern)

Mr Joshi graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology and a major in computing from Informatics College Pokhara in 2021. He began his career in digital marketing and graphic design as a freelancer. He worked at GrowInnova as a Creative Communications Associate.

Pratyush Khatiwada

Creative Communications Officer

Mr Khatiwada graduated from Thames International College in 2021. In 2018, he began his career as a ‘Creative Intern’ at GrowInnova. He was appointed as a ‘Creative Communications Officer’ in August 2021. As a CCO he was responsible for creating creative communication materials such as print and publishing materials and audio-visuals for a variety of national and international organizations. 


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