The Team

Local experts and mentors. International advisers and organisations. Designers, investors, peer entrepreneurs, and future alumni.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE NETWORK.

South Asia

Luna Shrestha Thakur

Nepal Country Manager

Luna is the Founding Director of ChangeFusion Nepal, a non-governmental organisation that nurtures aspiring change makers in diverse fields within social entrepreneurship. As an author of travelogue ‘A Journey to Self’, her book is an inspiration for young women who seek to pursue their dreams. She was the leader of Youth Action Fund Nepal for three consecutive years from 2011 and has been working closely with the youth and social change makers of Nepal. She has previously consulted with the British Council, and has worked with Save the Children and the Asia Foundation. She was named as one of five finalists for ‘Women Leader in the World’ by World Pulse magazine.

Minhaz Anwar

Bangladesh Country Manager

Minhaz has over ten years of experience working on innovation and technology projects. He is a founding member of the Bangladesh StartUp movement and BizCube, Chief StoryTeller at BetterStories Asia, Bangladesh Director at the Founder Institute (the world’s largest entrepreneur and startup launch program) and Founding Advisor at Future Strategy Group. He has delivered a number of projects in collaboration with the British Council, Save the Children, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, London Fashion College and Oxfam on a wide range of subjects from policy, fashion, inclusive business, entrepreneurship and sexual health.

ZIA IMRAN

Pakistan Country Manager

Zia is an entrepreneur, inventor and startup adviser who is currently involved in a project building home automation and energy saving devices based on IoT technologies. He is the founding member of Plan9, one of the largest tech incubators in Pakistan. He has founded IT services and product companies, and has over 15+ years of Silicon Valley experience in product development and program management at companies including Oracle and Altera (now Intel). Imran is also a part-time farmer, helping manage his family farm. He believes in equality for children from early age to adulthood – providing equal access to education and healthcare throughout the life-cycle, leading to fulfilling and meaningful careers for adults in Pakistan and beyond.

CAROLYN SYANGBO

South Asia Coordinator (Nepal)

Carolyn handles and overseas operations for the programme across Asia. She has lived in Kathmandu, Nepal for over 20 years and is Managing Director of Durbar Associates, a film-handling and event management company. Often considered the “go to” person in Nepal Carolyn has managed a wide range of international film projects, ecotourism study tours, purchase and design guidance for products and services produced in Nepal and India, and logistical management for international events.