Our team

Board of Advisors

Captain Um Hong Gil
Guiness World Record Holder - The first man to climb all 16 highest peaks on Earth
Susan IP-Jewell is leading Mars Academy USA which offers real-time experiential learning with exponential technologies deploying teams as Mars Crews to analog Mars environments. Susan is also Founder/President of AvatarMEDIC, LLC (an official ANA XPRIZE US$10Million Competition) offering “real-time, remote, relief” to positively impact and saves lives during medical emergencies and disaster situations.
Ms. Susan IP-Jewell
Founder and President, Mars Academy USA
Dr. Sarah Jane Pell is an Australian Artist and Explorer best known for her research in human performance underwater. Sarah Jane is currently an Associate Professor at Monash University awarded a 3-year Australia Research Council Discovery Grant to prepare a design framework for aquatic play. She produces outputs from virtual reality to prototype technologies, creative exhibitions and live performances, to academic publications and keynote lectures. Sarah Jane is a Commercial Diver and Simulation Astronaut for the Project Moonwalk Lunar Undersea Analogue Human-Robotic Trials (EU), a Project PoSSUM citizen-scientist astronaut candidate (US), and an experienced Analogue Astronaut. Expeditions in Nepal include (Mt. Everest Summit Attempt (reaching EBC before quakes) 2015, and MAU mission sim Upper Mustang 2019). She is part of the advisory group for the CSIRO Space Technology Future Science Platform on Utilising Australia’s unique geography to develop space analogue facilities. She sees intrinsic opportunity to do the same in Nepal. Dr. Pell also serves as Vice-Chair of the IAF Technical Committee for the Cultural Utilisation of Space (FR). Awards include TED Fellow, Australia Council Fellow and Gifted Citizen.
Krishna Raj Adhikary worked as Joint Secretary of Government of Nepal, Ministry of Land Reform and Management; and resumed the work as a spokesperson and focal point of the Ministry and he was responsible for the planning and monitoring of the Ministry and related department’s activities in 2008-2009 AD. He was decorated with Medal “Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu” by His Majesty the King of Nepal in 1990 AD. He also received the Medal” Janapad Sewa Padak” from the Government of Nepal in 1993 AD. He was also decorated with Medal “Daibi Prakop Piditodhar” by His Majesty the King of Nepal in 1995 AD. He has published books on Photogrammetry, Geodetic Survey & Global Positioning System (GPS), and published the technical papers in national and international journals relating to Geomantic, Land management, space science, and human resources development on survey/space science. He was appointed Chairman of Nepal Scientific Activities and Research Center (NESARC) in 2010 AD. Besides other research activities of the Center, he is actively engaged to promote space education and awareness activities (poster contest, water rocket event, Can Satellite, Teachers Training, Space Camp, Science exhibition and quiz contest, etc.) for the school children and college students of Nepal. He was appointed Co-Chairman of the 26th session of Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum Space (APRSAF-26) Space Education Working Group. In addition, He is involved in the social services works in different organizations such as the Ideal Civil Society Nepal, Natural Health Science Organization Kathmandu, Adhikary Bandhu Samaj Nepal, Kathmandu. and Tanahun Services Center Nepal.
Mr. Krishna Raj Adhikary
Nepal Scientific Activities and Research Center (NESARC)
Slyvester Kaczmarek has a wide range of work experience in space and technology. Slyvester is a problem solver at heart, space executive by day, and aspiring music composer by night. He loves big ideas and have a passion for changing the world and disrupting an established category. He is a Future Programmes Officer at European Space Agency and has been involved with NASA as a AI Mentor and Researcher. He got his PhD degree on Artificial Intelligence from Imperial College London (2020) and has studied Strategic Decision and Risk Management from the Stanford University (2017).
Mr. Slyvester Kaczmarek
Future Programmes Officer, European Space Agency

Executive committee

Anamol Mittal is working as an aerospace engineer and business development manager at GP Advanced Projects (Italy). He is also representing Nepal as the National Point of Contact in Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) in support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, Nepal Space and Scientific Advisor in Mars Academy USA, National Coordinator in Moon Village Association (MVA). He is the first person from Nepal to pursue the Master of Space Studies (MSS) program at the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France. He is also the recipient of the Asia-Pacific Space Leaders award 2018 by SGAC (one among 4 recipients from Asia) and Global grants 2018 by SGAC (one among 4 recipients from the globe). His area of expertise is robotics, embedded systems, 3D printing, and computer programming. He has led the organizing of National Space Meet of Nepal 2018 and 2019, and SpaceGeneration[Nepal] 2019 and several other workshops/events by fetching support from the government of Nepal and private industry. He has also served as the Event Manager for EMER-GEN 2019 conference in Hawaii, USA. He has travelled to more than 17 countries for mainly work and study purposes.

Prabin Dhakal is working as a mechanical engineer at Chainlink Engineering Pvt. Ltd. He completed his B.E. and is currently studying Planning and Operation of Energy Systems in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Kathmandu University. During his undergraduate studies, he worked as President of the students' club of mechanical engineering named “Association of Mechanical Engineering Students (AMES)". During his presidency at AMES, he organized and trained many participants in many events such as AutoCAD Training and Workshop, SolidWorks Training and 3D Printing Workshop, and many more. He initiated the slogan “AMES for society” through which AMES aimed to contribute towards society. Many programs were conducted under the slogan one of which being vocational training provided to the students of different government schools of Kavre with the intention of motivating them towards Space and Engineering. He has also worked with the Engineers Without Borders team from the University of Colorado Boulder (EWB-CU) to provide menstrual health education and help build menstrual-friendly washrooms in the rural community of Kalinchwok VDC, Dolakha, Nepal along with Geologist such as John Galetzka from UNAVCO. Also, importantly, he has worked as a core organizing team in events such as National Space Meet 2019 by NESRA, Aviyantaa'18, Aavishkar'18, and many more. He is also involved in different research related to Analog Astronaut Missions in NESRA.

PRABIN DHAKAL
Vice President, Nepalese Space Research Association (NESRA)
Simran Dhoju is a second year undergraduate student at The University of Alabama majoring in aerospace engineering and minoring in mechanical engineering and mathematics. She is also working on her MBA degree through the STEM Path to MBA program at her university. Her involvement in Alabama Rocketry Association has helped her develop both professional and personal skills. She served as the former Propulsion lead and is now leading the entire team as the Project Manager. Her team is designing and manufacturing a solid-propellant rocket to compete at the Spaceport America Cup 2021. She is also designing the payload for her university’s CubeSat project that demonstrates the use of drag sails in CubeSats to deorbit rapidly and reliably. She is very passionate about creating an inclusive community for women and gender minorities in the aerospace industry. Recently, she founded the Women of Aeronautics and Astronautics (WoAA) Nepal, a non-profit dedicated to support women and gender minorities passionate about space and aviation. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, hiking, and writing spoken word poetry.
Simran Dhoju
Secretary, Nepalese Space Research Association (NESRA)

Dipesh Poudel is a Computer Engineer with experience in Software Development and Artificial Intelligence. He is currently enrolled in MBA program at the Asian Institute of Technology. He has worked as a software Engineer at Bajra Technologies and interned at LIS Nepal. He is also interested in Space exploration and Astronomy. He is a former team leader at AIESEC in Kathmandu, where he promoted Sustainable Development Goals among Youths & Also a mentor at AIDev Nepal Grand workshop, where he facilitated participants to kickstart their journey in Artificial Intelligence. Furthermore, he is a recipient of the 2019 Facebook Developer's Circle Scholarship for Deep Learning Nano-Degree Program.

Subhash Sharma has received a Master’s Degree with Major Physics from Tribhuvan University. He is currently the Head of Space Development Nexus (SDNx) for Nepal, since 2016 and is serving the editor at the Journal of International Association of Physics Students {jIAPS}. He is also the recipient of ICPS Worldwide Grant 2019 from {iaps}. His interest is mainly in experimental physics and space technology. Moreover, he aspires to work in science communications and outreach and make science even more accessible to the public for the good of mankind.
Shubash Sharma
Executive Member, Nepalese Space Research Association (NESRA)
Saurav Paudel is working as an R & D Engineer at ORION Space. He did his Bachelor's in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Kathmandu University. At ORION Space, his major task includes design of OBC and Communication system for a pico-satellite.
SAURAV PAUDEL
Executive member, Nepalese Space Research Association (NESRA)
Jiten Thapa is working as R&D Engineer at ORION Space which is a Pico-Satellite Design Company at Nepal. He is also the recipient of Emerging Space Leaders 2019 from International Astronautical Federation. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electrical Engineering from Kathmandu University.
JITEN THAPA
Executive member, Nepalese Space Research Association (NESRA)
SONIKA MANANDHAR
Executive member, Nepalese Space Research Association (NESRA)

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