About Us

“Liberating Knowledge for Opportunity”

OK_LG_LOGO_NEPAL_RGBOpen Knowledge Nepal is a non-profit open network of mostly young open knowledge enthusiasts. It is the working group of Open Knowledge International in Nepal founded in February 2013. The group has been involved in research, advocacy, training, organizing meetups and hackathons, and developing tools related to Open Data, Open Government Data, Open Source, Open Education, Open Access, Open Development, Open Research and others. The family of the group contains professors, students, activists, journalists, government officers from various fields as its members and supporters. The group also helps and supports Open Data entrepreneurs and startups to solve different kinds of data related problems they are facing through counseling, training and by developing tools for them.

Community Objective

  • Promoting the vision of Open Knowledge.
  • Organizing the local and global program related to Open Knowledge.
  • Creating and running different Open Knowledge working group in Nepal like: Open Government Data, Open Science, Open Economic, Open Research etc.
  • Developing tools, project and resources related to Open Knowledge and sharing it with the world.
  • Doing research and survey to map the situation of Open Knowledge in Nepal.
  • Collaborating / Working with local and international open network to improve the situation of Open Knowledge in Nepal.

Core Team

prakash_neupanePrakash Neupane | Strategic Officer

Prakash Neupane is the strategic leader of the organization. His role is to make plans, buildup strategy and implement, evaluate and adjust them as per the requirement. He started his journey of open knowledge by taking the role of Ambassador at an early stage. The team will be able to fulfill the core objectives with his visionary guidelines.


nikeshbalamiNikesh Balami | Chief Executive Officer

Wanna be a Civic Entrepreneur, Lone Traveler, and forbearing Listener, Nikesh represents two non-profit organization – Open Knowledge Nepal and Code for Nepal, both working to improve digital literacy and open data sector of Nepal. He is a strong supporter of Open Source Software and believes in the vision of Open Knowledge to empower citizens regarding technology usage and Open Data. He serves different open communities of Nepal as a volunteer and his main mission is to create transparent and accountable society by using the potential of civic technology. He kills his frustration and enjoys his success by writing an article, essay, poem, and blogs. With gifted Event Management and Research skills, He loves Coordinating, Communicating, Team Building, Brainstorming, Blogging and Tweeting. He had completed Diploma in Computer Engineering and currently pursuing his bachelor degree from Purbanchal University. Nikesh is a Shuttleworth Flash Grantee 2016 and U.S. Embassy Youth Council member 2017/18.

kshitizkhanalKshitiz Khanal | Chairperson

Kshitiz Khanal is the Chairperson of Open Knowledge Nepal. He has an academic background in mechanical engineering and sustainable energy planning. He is currently involved in research about using Open Data to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and also practices as a mechanical design consultant. He believes in solving pressing problems through open and interdisciplinary innovation. His major areas of interest in Open Knowledge include open data, open science hardware, and open education.

sagarghimireSagar Ghimire | Chief Technical Officer

Sagar Ghimire is Chief Technical Officer at Open Knowledge Nepal. He is an IT professional and an open source enthusiast with an extensive experience in web development and passionate about using web technology and open data to make a better future for everyone. He has been working as a freelance web developer. Likewise, he is also a strong supporter of knowledge sharing and social entrepreneurship. To ensure to attain all the academic knowledge, he has completed diploma and currently an active student of B.E computer engineering.


firojghimireFiroj Ghimire | Chief Marketing Officer

Firoj Ghimire is an enthusiastic promoter of open knowledge in Nepal. He has worked extensively in diverse open data projects. He is an outspoken advocate for openness and aims to revolutionize the society through its practice. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in computer science and information technology.


shubhamShubham Ghimire | Chief Operating Officer

Shubham Ghimire serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Open Knowledge Nepal and is responsible for the day-to-day operation and general management of the company. Shubham is a computer science student pursuing his undergraduate degree from Tribhuwan University. He is a strong advocate for the open data movement along with overall open programs campaign in Nepal. He considers himself as an Open Knowledge Activist who is also committed towards the Open source, open data awareness programs, and campaign. In fact, he oversees the project management for Open Knowledge Nepal while also being involved with various other open communities of Nepal. His efforts are dedicated to empowering the people by bringing accountability and transparency in governance. He also dedicates his time in various researches and is a competent programmer.