Leaders

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Mr. Parashu Nepal

Managing Director

Mr. Nepal is an experienced training and executive education expert. He has founded a training organization, International Development Institute (IDI) to cater capacity building and institutional strengthening needs of private and public sector agencies in developing and emerging economies. The primary focus areas include financial sector reform, private sector development, trade policy, rule of law and good governance. Previously, Mr. Nepal worked as project manager administering global projects for a wide array of multilateral agencies, including the African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, USAID, and the World Bank. He served as a Project Manager for International Law Institute in Washington, D.C., providing project management and business development support to ILI’s technical advisory projects and executive education programs in the areas of banking, finance, capital markets, pension reform, trade policy, anti-corruption, procurement. Prior to joining ILI, Mr. Nepal served as a Project Coordinator for the Intrados Consulting Group in Washington, D.C., providing management support to an various donor funded projects in the areas of finance, trade and privatization. Responsibilities included managing all aspects of the business development, proposal preparation and project management. Before joining Intrados, he worked as a manager at Standard Charted Bank in Kathmandu, Nepal where he was responsible for reporting branch performances to its head-quarter and he established two bank branches in western Nepal. Mr. Nepal has Masters in International Management (MIM) from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona. He has an Undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Strayer University in Washington DC. He also has Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics from Tribhuban University in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Dr. Bishnu Poudel, Ph.D

Secretary

Dr. Poudel has taught at business schools over 25 years. He has published articles on foreign policy issues on a regular basis. He was Dean and President of Mark Hopkins College in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has served as a Vice- President of the Virginia International University, Fairfax, Virginia where he established its MBA and BA programs. Later he was a Professor and Chairman of the Steering Committee for Self-Study in Potomac College, Herndon, Virginia. He has served as a visiting professor to the University of Mongolia (Ulaanbaarar) under the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program in 2005.  Currently, he is also an adjunct professor at the Virginia International University, Strayer University and the American College of Commerce and Technology. He holds a Ph.D in Management. He has served in business associations and community organizations. Mr. Poudel was elected President of the Greater Vienna Chamber of Commerce, and later became the member of the Tower Club’s board of governors and the Northern Virginia Community Foundation. He has served as a Governor of Rotary International District 7610. While serving as a Vice- President of Virginia International University he was a member of the Proprietary Schools Advisory Committee of the Board of Education of Commonwealth of Virginia as well as the Private College Advisory Board of the State Council of Higher Education.

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Mr. Suman R. Timsina

Executive Director, Business Development

Mr. Timsina is an accomplished Project Manager with 20 + years of leadership with strategy, management, and execution experience. He highly motivated dynamic leader who drives growth from a deep understanding of customer behavior, technology, product design and execution. Proven track record of designing, developing, planning and delivery of innovative strategy, complex Profit & Loss (P&Ls) and cross-functional change programs. Prior to joining IDI, he was a Vice President at Bank of America. He has been heavily involved with global Nepali diaspora in a number of capacity. He is a Past President of Non Resident Nepali National Coordination Council of USA.  He is currently a board member of America Nepal Medical Foundation. He has been affiliated with number of organizations. His areas of interest have been innovation, entrepreneurship, mentoring, diaspora study, community development, education and health care. He has numerous policy papers on these issues. He was also an adjunct faculty in Temple University in Philadelphia. He has studied at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (India) and University of Pennsylvania. He has authored a book and edited a number of magazines. He is also a Fulbright recipient of 1991.

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Ambassador Sidi Sanneh

Managing Partner, Africa Program

Ambassador Sidi Sanneh is a versatile and skilled professional economist, development specialist and diplomat with leadership qualities and excellent hands-on experience in development finance, governance and post conflict countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Ambassador Sanneh brings over 35 years of experience in International Development and diplomacy. He, a native of Gambia, served as a Minister of Foreign Affairs (2004-05) and Ambassador to Senegal Mali and Burkina Faso. (2005-06). He was a Member of the Executive Boards of Director of the African Development Bank and the African Development Fund where he served for a decade before joining the United Nations Development Program's Regional Bureau for Africa as Senior Advisor for Resource Mobilization. He also served as Community Development Block Grant Coordinator for The City of Madison, Wisconsin and the County of Dane. Ambassador Sanneh was appointed Project Director, UNAMID program at DynCorp International before being one of the founding members and Senior Partner at Frontier Markets Partners. Ambassador Sanneh holds a BA degree in Economics and Political Science from Wilberforce University, a M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a a certificate holder from the MIT Executive Program.

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Mr. Ameen Habibi

Director- South, Central Asia and Middle East

Ameen Habibi served in many capacities in the government of Afghanistan including Acting Deputy Minister for Policy and Director General for Policy, Coordination and Program Implementation at the Ministry of Finance and Co-chaired the Asset Transfer Commission, which oversaw the transfer of military bases/Provincial Reconstruction Teams from International Security Forces to the Government of Afghanistan. Mr. Habibi has more than a decade’s experience of national level policy-making, programmes and projects management, preparation of strategic papers, donor relations, fund raising and stakeholders (international financial institutions, civil society, academia, etc.) coordination, and leading organization of international pledging events.

As part of Mr. Habibi’s last assignment in the Government of Afghanistan, He successfully organized and managed, the Brussels International Donors’ Conference on Afghanistan on October 5, 2016, where $ USD 15.2 billion were pledged to Afghanistan for the years of 2017-2021. Prior to that Mr. Habibi organized and managed the Tokyo and London International Donor Conferences on Afghanistan in 2012 and 2014 respectively. Mr. Habibi was the main negotiator from government of Afghanistan side for many of the aid effectiveness mutual accountability mechanisms introduced by the international community in Afghanistan, individually or collectively. These included the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework (which in later avatars is now called SMAF (Self-reliance through Mutual Accountability Framework) and New Development Partnership of USAID. In addition, Mr. Habibi led the technical teams, which drafted the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework, the five-year national development plan of Afghanistan and preparation of National Priority programs.

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Mr. Jamal Boubakri

Business Project Manager

Mr. Boubakri is passionate about International Affairs, Trade, Economics, IT, Business, Finance and Investment. He earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Stratford University in Falls Church, Virginia.   Mr. Boubakri obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the Intercontinental University –Sup Management School- in Fez, Morocco. He also holds an associate degree in IT & Business Management from the University Of Fez (E.S.T). Throughout his career, Mr. Boubakri had worked for well-known companies in Morocco such as the National Office of Electricity. After receiving his MBA, Mr. Boubakri joined the International Development Institute in Washington, DC as a Business Consultant in 2010. He co-founded an IT and Marketing agency in his home country. Mr. Boubakri is a member of the Internet Society – a global institution that ensures that the Internet continues to develop as an open platform. He’s a blogger, social media specialist and an independent International Affairs writer for “Moroccoworldnews.com” and other websites. He lives in Washington, DC metropolitan area.

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Mr. Abina Rotimi

Program Coordinator: Nigeria

Abina Rotimi B. has been Program Coordinator of IDI Nigeria since 2013. His areas of expertise include but not limited to the following: Research & Analysis; Organizational Strategy & Strategic Development; Learning & Development; Concept Note Development; CSR Project Initiation & Implementation; Ideas & Innovation; Data Collection; Quantitative & Qualitative Data Analysis Techniques; NGO Management, Project Monitoring and Evaluation; Capacity Building; Training Needs Assessment; Feedback Analysis and Report Writing Skills. Rotimi have also worked on several capacity development programs locally and internationally (Countries experience include; United Arab Emirate, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Gambia, Uganda, Namibia and South Africa) he has worked with a team of research consultants on African Development Bank Projects in Oyo and Taraba States. Rotimi is trained as an economist and attended University of Ado-Ekiti for his first degree where he graduated with a second-class (upper division) in Economics. He is experienced in the areas of strategic development, research, program/concept note development and training (learning and development) both locally and internationally. Rotimi is also a member of of the Institute Chartered Economists of Nigeria (ICEN), Microfinance Management Institute, Nigeria and also a registered member Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (Intermediate II).

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Mr. Kumar Lamsal

Director- Finance Practice

Mr. Kumar Lamsal is a very accomplished and known name in Nepal's banking industry. He started his career with Standard Chartered Bank. He later served as CEO of Sanima Bank (2009-14), Prabhu Bank (2014) and Janta Bank (2015-17).  He played a major role in successful merger of Kist Bank Limited with Prabhu Bikas Bank Limited, Gaurishankar Development Bank Limited and Zenith Finance Limited to form Prabhu Bank Limited. He also successfully moved Sanima Bank into a Commercial Bank and established it as one of the top banks in Nepal in very short period. He created and maintained the best quality loan portfolio in the industry with non-performing loan almost at 0% while at Sanima Bank. He brings extensive knowledge of Commercial Banking, Consumer Lending, Project Financing, Risk Analysis, Risk Management, Relationship Management, Portfolio Management, Trade Finance. Mr. Lamsal possesses strong analytical and underwriting abilities.He has MBA from Pokhara University, Nepal.

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Mr. Chandra Upadhyaya

Program Manager, Nepal

Chandra Upadhyaya is an assistant lecturer of sociology at Biratnagar. has over 10 years experience. He has provided consulting services to world bank funded sanitation and water supply project in Nepal. He also worked with the United Nations Mission In Nepal(UNMIN) & The Carter Center Nepal Project on Democracy with the multiple responsibilities. He has been affiliated with a number of organizations. He has MA in Sociology, MA in Political Science, L. L. B and currently working on his doctoral program at Guwahati University, Assam (India).

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Dr. Nazar Younis, Ph.D.

Instructor- Leadership Development

Nazar Younis, Ph.D. is a Professor and Director of Projects and International Operations at the American College of Commerce and Technology, Virginia. Before that he was the head of the logistics program at the Logistics academy in UAE. He taught in the Engineering school at the Cleveland State University/Ohio, the Business school at the Rockhurst University/Kansas, and in the Business school at the Sultan Qaboos University/Oman. He started a technology company to develop a robotic fatigue testing machine. A prototype is being used at the material science laboratory of the Chicago University. In addition he started a software development company in Cleveland / Ohio. He published research papers and articles in the area of management science and engineering technology. His work in Management consulting and training spans many years in US and the Gulf countries. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a PhD in Industrial Engineering. He started a technology company to develop a robotic fatigue testing machine. A prototype is being used at the material science laboratory of the Chicago University. In addition he started a software development company in Cleveland / Ohio. He published research papers and articles in the area of management science and engineering technology. His work in Management consulting and training spans many years in US and the Gulf countries. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a PhD in Industrial Engineering.

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Dr. Matthew Uzukwu, MBA, Ph.D.

Health Services Practice

Dr. Matthew Uzukwu is an Adjunct Professor of Healthcare Administration at the Newport News Virginia Center of Saint Leo University. He was an Adjunct Professor of Production and Operations Management at Bowie State University, Maryland, USA for several years. Dr. Uzukwu earned his MBA from Howard University and his Ph.D from Walden University. He has published several books, book chapters and scholarly articles. His doctoral dissertation on HIV/AIDS was published as a book by Lambert Academic Publishing in 2012. Dr. Uzukwu’s recent scholarly article “ Issues Of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) in Southeastern Nigeria: A Study of Patients On Dialysis,” co-authored with Dr. Obi Ekwenna, Transplant Surgeon and Assistant Professor of Urology and Transplantation at the University of Toledo Ohio, was accepted for publication in the International Journal of Public Health and Safety in May 2018. Dr. Uzukwu’s research interests are in healthcare/hospital management, healthcare policy, healthcare access in developing countries, and the applications of Six Sigma to achieve hospital management cost reductions and continuous healthcare quality outcomes. He has trained various staff of several organizations. Dr Uzukwu is a Six Sigma Black Belt and has the capacity to lead Six Sigma organizational turn-around projects. He is a certified instructor of CPR/AED/BLS.