BarsinghGeneral Dharmapal Barsingh Thapa- Chairman, Board of Directors

A retired General of Nepal Army, Dharmapal Barsingh Thapa was the Chief of Army Staff and Commander (1995-1999) of Nepal Army. A graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, India, he received his initial military training from Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, UK and higher studies in Defense from the United States Army War College (USAWC), Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He spent 41 years in the Army, receiving many civil and military decorations, including Nepal Tara, Jyotirmaya Trishakti Patta (First Class), Suprabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu (First Class), Subikhyat Sewa Alankar (Second Class), and honorary General of the Indian Army.

In addition to his important command and staff appointments – Chief of Army Staff (1995-1999), Battalion Command with UNIFIL in Lebanon (1978-1979), Military Attaché in Moscow (1973-1976) – he has also served as a member of the Royal Council (1999-2005), Vice Chairman of the International Institute of Industrial Security and Safety Management, New Delhi (2005-2010), and Chairman of the Board of Nepal Investment Bank Limited (2001-2002). He is also the Chairman of the Board of Paritran Risk Management Consultancy and Training Institute.

Jiba Lamichhane- Member, Board of Directors

A Civil Engineer turned entrepreneur and businessman, Jiba Lamichhane is a renowned nonresident Nepali businessmen. Some of his business associations include Nectar International FZCO Dubai UAE (Managing Director), LP Investment GmBH Frankfurt Germany (Director), Sanima Bank Limited, Kathmandu (Chairman of the Board), Kantipur TV Network, Kathmandu (Member, BoD), Medicare National Hospital (Member, BoD), Acme Engineering College (Member, BoD), Agni Cement Inc., Kathmandu (Member, BoD). Among his other prominent investments in Nepal include Sanima Hydro power Company, Sopan Multiple Limited, Sanima Hydro and Engineering.

Associated with number of business associations and social organizations, at home and abroad, he has served as the President of Non-resident Nepali (NRN) Association (2011-2013) and currently serves as the President of its International Coordination Council ( ICC ), and Vice President of Russia Nepal Chamber of Commerce and Industry ( RNCCI ). He holds a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from Moscow state University of Civil Engineering, Moscow, Russia.

Ajay Ghimire – Chief Executive Officer & Member, Board of Directors

Founder of Avant Ventures, Ajay Ghimire started his professional career as a banker but turned into a serial entrepreneur after he left Nabil Bank in 1995, where he was serving in the position of Assistant General Manager.

Companies he founded and managed as their CEO include Ace Finance Company (now Ace Development Bank), Ace Institute of Management, Ace Investment Company, Ace Higher Secondary School, Vibor investments, Vibor Bikas Bank, Vibor Capital, Vibor Properties.

He currently serves as Chairman on the boards of Ace Institute of Management, Ace Higher Secondary School, Ace School, Ace Pre-school, Niti Foundation, and Avant Co-ventures. In the past he also served as member of the Senate of Pokhara University and member of the Board of Nepal Investment Bank.

In addition to serving as the CEO of the company he founded, he has also worked for Nabil Bank (1984 -1995) and occasionally consulted for the organizations like the World Bank, Swiss Development Corporation, Padco Inc. USA, and Nepal Rastra Bank.

Awarded Fulbright Scholarship for his management studies in the US, he graduated with a Master of Science in Management in 1994 from MIT Sloan School of Management (USA). In addition, he has a Master of Science in Mathematics from Panjab University (India), has studied public policy at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advance International Studies (USA) and Georgetown University (USA), and received executive education from University of California at Berkeley (USA), and Oxford University (UK).

sameena Sameena Shrestha: Vice President

Vice President- Investor Relations, Sameena Shrestha comes to Avant after 12 years of diverse experience in the fields of marketing, business development, and client relationship. Prior to joining Avant, she served as Head of Marketing and Business Relations at Vibor Bikas Bank Ltd. She also worked for Sagarmatha Insurance, New World Enterprises, Sun Koshi Overseas, and Japan Nepal Computer Collaborations.

She also serves for Stoffel Foundation, as a member of the Board and for NEPALITALY, a NGO promoting relationship between Nepal and Italy, as a Treasurer.

Sameena has an MBA degree from Ace Institute of Management and has attended specialized courses in Business and Marketing from the University of Helsinki, Finland.

anjali Anjali Acharya- Vice President

Vice President - Finance, Anjali Acharya has over 7 years of experience in the field of banking, finance, and accounting. Prior to joining Avant, she worked for Vibor Bikas Bank as the Head- Finance, Accounts and Treasury.

She also worked for FNCCI’s NYEF “Nepal Young Entrepreneur Forum” as the Executive coordinator.

Anjali has an MBA from Ace Institute of Management.

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