Who are we


The Nepal Ambulance Service was created by a group of committed volunteers. NAS’s volunteer pool includes a wide spectrum of Kathmandu professionals ranging from local physicians, educators, members of international non-governmental organizations, local businesses and hospital executives. As a non-profit organization, NAS relies on these individuals to contribute their expertise and energy.

Board of director

Prof. Dr Pradeep Vaidya

Pradeep is Assistant Dean of Institute of Medicine and Professor of surgery in University Hospital in Nepal. He is Chairman of Disaster committee and made it a model hospital prepared for disaster, which owned praise in the 2015 earthquake. He helped redevelop Hospital Preparedness for Emergencies into Multi-hazard disaster course and conducts it in 12 countries in the SE Asia.

He is the President of Nepal Ambulance Service and National Society for Emergency and Disaster Risk Management and conducts many disaster courses. He developed and conducted many disaster and emergency courses, guidelines and protocols for the Ministry of Health, Nepal.

Mr. Ranjit Acharya
Immediate Past President

Ranjit Acharya started his working career early founding Prisma Advertising in 1991, at the age of 21. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Nepal’s most aggressively growing creative advertising agency Prisma Advertising. With a team of 50 young professionals the agency has won many national advertising awards including BEST AGENCY OF THE YEAR for past four consecutive years.

He recently managed a national PEACE campaign for the Asia Foundation-USAID, which has been instrumental in bringing conflict resolution to afflicted areas of the country. Mr. Acharya is a member of Rotary International.

Mr. Om Rajbhandary
Past President

Mr. Om Rajbhandary has over 30 years of successful sales and marketing excellence with several business ownerships to his credit.

He is the Executive Chairman of Brihat Group. He serves as the Chairman in The Comfort Housing Pvt. Ltd and founding chairman as well as promoter of CE Construction Pvt. Ltd.

He is a President of Urban Development Forum at the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) and Executive Committee Member of FNCCI, Canada-Nepal Business and SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI). He is also member of Green Homes Project Coordination Committee, UN-HABITAT "for a better urban future" and a member of Water Supply Management Board (KVWSMB) of the Government of Nepal.

He is actively involved in the social organization like the Nepal Ambulance Service as a president and in Hospice Nepal as a General Secretary as well as Administration Director.

He has been honored with many national and international awards.

Dr. Rajesh Gongal
Founding President

Dr. Gongal is Dean of Patan Academy of Health Sciences and served as Medical Director of Patan Hospital from 2006 - 2009. Dr. Gongal is a consultant surgeon.

He is also the founding Chair of the first palliative care centre in Nepal called Hospice Nepal and has been working to expand awareness about the nature of palliative care.

He also is the founding Chair of Primary Trauma Care Nepal which has been successfully running trauma training courses across the country for doctors and paramedics since 2003.

Prof. Paras Aacharya
Vice President

Dr. Paras is Hospital Director of Patan Hospital. He is an internist with keen interest in emergency medicine working at Patan Hospital.

He is also the coordinator of a rural health promotion program dedicated to improving health care in remote areas of Lalitpur.

Mr. Sharada Bhakta Ranjit
Vice President

Sharada Bhakta Ranjit is Deputy Inspector General (Retired) of Nepal Police where he served nearly 28 years. He is well conversant with security and risk management issues including security planning and monitoring. Having served as a senior police officer during Nepal’s decade long insurgency, he also has considerable first hand experience with armed conflict.

Mr. Ranjit also has international field experience as a UN peace keeper deployed in Haiti and Afghanistan. He is currently working as a security advisor and consultant to a number of private firms in Kathmandu and is also active in a number of social service activities including the Community Police Service Group of Kalimati and as Vice President of Club 50.

Dr. Anil Bahadur Shrestha
General Secretary
Ms. Barsha Shrestha
Mrs. Barsha Shrestha

Mrs Barsha Shrestha is the Business Head of ICRA Nepal Ltd since August 2018.

On 2008, she had joined Clean Energy Development Bank (CEDB) as a General Manager (GM), making her the first Woman GM in Private Sector banking in Nepal. She had even led the banking team being the Deputy CEO from 2014 to 2015. Her past professional experience even shows her active involvement as a part of Nabil Bank Ltd since 1984 and resigned the bank as Head- Privilege Banking on 2015.

During her professional journey, she has been recognized by a number of prestigious awards like, “National Woman Award 2009” by Civil Voice for Peace & Development, “Woman Manager Recognition Award 2010” by Management Association of Nepal, “SMS Achiever’s Award 2011” by Association of St. Mary’s Alumnae, Nepal, Succeeded for CEDB to receive membership of “Global Alliance for Banking on Values” in 2013 in Berlin, Germany, the only Nepalese Bank to receive this Award till date.

Dr. Tumla Lacoul Shah

Dr. Tumla Lacoul Shah is a CEO and Founder of Sukhi Pariwar Clinic since 1990. She was also the Medical Director of Nepal Fertility Care Center since Oct 1995 till July 2010, Senior Medical Officer at Family Planning Association of Nepal (FPAN) since Sept 1989 till Aug 1994, Medical Officer at Tri- Chandra Military Hospital since May 1986 to July 1988 and Resident Medical at Indra Rajya Laxmi Maternity Hospital since Sept 1985 to March 1986.

She is also an author of LUNA, 2018, Published by Ghost writing group Nepal and an author of more than 24 articles published in several National newspapers regarding women’s health.

Mr. Bijaya Bahadur Mali

Bijaya Mali is President of Chhatrapati Free Clinic. He is the creative force behind the transformation of the clinic from a humble first-aid center to a three-time nationally recognized community-run, non-profit charitable day hospital for the underprivileged and the needy.

As founding member-secretary of Kathmandu Ward 17 Disaster Management Committee, Mr. Mali raised community awareness about earthquake related disasters and provided First-aid and search & rescue training to young volunteers.

Mr. Mali is a former elected member of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Council and is active in community development work, the protection of heritage sites and use of clean energy.

Mr. Shekhar Golchha

Mr. Shekhar Golchha is the Executive Director of Golchha Organisation, one of the most esteemed business houses in Nepal. He is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country whose business ventures have significantly contributed to Nepal’s economy by providing jobs to hundreds of people. Mr. Golchha is an active member of the business community and is currently serving as Senior Vice President of Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is also the Managing Director of Him Electronics Pvt. Ltd., a leading consumer electronics manufacturing and marketing company. Mr. Golchha also serves as Managing Director of Hansraj Hulaschand and Co. Pvt. Ltd., the country’s largest private sector trading company. He is also the Managing Director of Hulas Investments Pvt Ltd, and Immediate Past President of Nepal Automobile Dealers’ Association. Mr. Golchha has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration for Webster University, UK.

Er. Mahesh Nakarmi

A civil engineer by training, Mahesh Nakarmi has made a career of helping national governments and international and national institutions prepare and respond to natural disasters and other mass casualty events. Mr. Nakarmi is also co-founder of the National Society for Earthquake Technology and founding member of Health Care Foundation Nepal and its National Kidney Center (NKC).

At NKC he pioneered a Healthcare Waste Management Program which has been singled out by the World Health Organization (WHO)as a model approach to the problems of medical waste in developing countries. Mr. Nakarmi is also a WHO Certified Mass Casualty Management Instructor.

Mrs. Neeva M. Pradhan

Neeva Mathema Pradhan is the past president, Daya Foundation. Her passion is in the area of community service and spans cultural and social segments internationally. She currently serves as Executive Member, Daya Foundation, Kathmandu Nepal, a non-profit organization with a vision to uplift Health, Education and Culture in Nepal since 2009.

She holds a degree in Masters in Management Science from Florida Institute of Technology USA. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications and Public Relations from Southern Illinois University as well as Bachelor of Arts in English Literature Loreto College, Darjeeling India. Her area of expertise is in Management Training and Lending and has worked at Federal Credit Unions for over fifteen years in Washington DC area. She served in senior management position in the capacity as Vice President of Lending and Marketing.

Ms. Pradhan has conducted development trainings in the United States and in Nepal since early 2000. A member of the American Management Association (AMA), Ms. Pradhan has conducted series of corporate trainings, workshops and talk programs at various institutions in the US and Nepal. Neeva is a Paul Harris Fellow with Kathmandu Mid Town Rotary and has been involved in many development projects particularly related to education and health.

In recent years she has provided stress management trainings to various segments in society internationally at hospitals, Banks, corporates and also to disadvantaged groups like the Bhutanese refugees entering the US. Shehas volunteered for The International Association For Human Values (IAHV) and the Art of Living Foundation, International non- profit organization based in Washington DC and in consultative status with the United Nations and The World Health Organization (WHO) since 2006 to conduct stress management workshops to corporations.

Recently Ms. Pradhan worked with the international organization, The World Forum Ethics in Business based in Brussels to help produce a souvenir book in Nepal, “The Ethical Self and Business Ethics”. The aim of this International Organization is to foster public and private solutions to development challenges to showcase how the private sector can generate economic returns while also solving societal problems.

True to her multicultural background, Ms. Pradhan has recently authored a book, “The Best of Both Worlds”, A Pioneer’s Perspective In Straddling East and West where she talks about diversity and balancing dual cultures. She has shared the advantages and challenges she encountered from her cross- cultural journey. She hopes it will provide some reference to youths and adults embarking on a similar journey in this global society.

Mrs. Resu Aryal Dhungana

Reshu Aryal Dhungana is the Executive Director of Fulbright Commission/USEF- Nepal. Reshu is an experienced educator/administrator who chaired the Board of Teach for Nepal for 5 years at the start.

She is also the Founder of Habeli Outdoor Learning Center, dedicated to creating opportunities for children to learn in nature to become more holistically educated, environmentally conscious, and climate cange resilient. Ms. Aryal Dhungana has worked at Ullens Education Foundation from 2009 to 2013, where she also served as Director of Program and Communications. She was Coordinator at Film South Asia-Festival of South Asian Documentary. She graduated from the University of Ninnesota in 1999 with a Bachelor’s in Anthropology and has completed her joint Masters in Leadership and Educational Change from the National Institute of Education, NTU, Singapore, and Teachers College, Columbia University.

Mr. Prabhu Ram Bhandary

Mr. Sambhu Prasad Dahal

Dr. Ashish Shrestha

Dr. Neil Pande

Management Team

Management Team Members
  • Chief Operating Officer Mr. Amit Joshi
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Medical Director Dr Kulesh Bahadur Thapa
    Medical Director (MD)
  • Program-Officer Prerana Dangol
    Program Officer
  • Program-Officer Namita Poudel
    Finance Officer

International Advisory Board

From Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Paul Auerbach, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine
  • Swaminatha Mahadevan, MD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
  • Dr. Kelly Murphy, MD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
  • Matthew Strehlow, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
  • Alice Chiao, MD, Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine
  • Rebecca Walker, MD, Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine
From the private sector
  • David Amsalem, EMT, NAS activist and founding member
  • Russ Pariseau, Communications Consultant and founding member
  • Friends of NAS UK

National Advisory Board

  • Mr. lochan Amatya
  • Mr. Anil Sinha
  • Mr. Mukunda Bahadur Pradhan

Goodwill Ambassador

  • Mr. Madan Krishna Shrestha
  • Mr. Hari Bansha Acharya