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Ankita Sigdel (President)
Ankita works in a biotechnology company in Auckland. Originally from Kathmandu, she believes in giving back to the community. She brings a fresh perspective of the younger generation to the HeNN NZ team. Ankita loves travelling and is also an obsessive reader. She has been in New Zealand since 2012. 
Phone: +64211521698

Ashok Kumar Shrestha (Vice President)
Ashok actively works, coordinates and contributes to the community. He believes that a small donation we make can make a huge difference in the lives of those who need it. He works as a seafood manager at Ilam New World, Christchurch. He has been living in New Zealand with his wife and two children since 2001.

Sarina Manandhar (General Secretary)
Sarina is from Kathmandu and lives in Palmerston North, New Zealand with her husband and a 7-year old son. She did her PhD in Plant Science (Horticulture) from Massey University and works for the New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Ltd. She strongly believes that money’s true purpose should be for the welfare of a community.
Phone number: +64212642833

Laxman Bhattarai (Treasurer)
Laxman Bhattarai came to New Zealand as a student of finance in 2014. He works for LaserTek Profiles Ltd. Tauranga as a Customer Service Representative.

Krishna Hari Sapkota (Member) 
Krishna Hari Sapkota is a chef and he has been running his own restaurant since 2005. He has been living in New Zealand with his family since 2001. He has two kids.

Sadhana Shrestha (Member)
Sadhana has been living in Wellington, New Zealand for the past 15 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching (Early Childhood Education). She is very passionate about children, their wellbeing and development. Through HELP NEPAL, Sadhana hopes to get in touch with those in need. 

Supriti Basnyat (Member)
Supriti Basnyat came to New Zealand in 1998. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand. She is a Master’s degree student of Health Psychology. 

Shreedhar Basnyat (Advisor) 
Shreedhar used to work for Nepal Airlines before coming to New Zealand. He is currently conducting a research on social practices and strongly believes in giving back to the community. He presents a Nepali program for the New Zealand-based community radio (  It is important for Shreedhar that communities interact and come together for positive change. A fan of Nepali music, Shreedhar is also enthusiastic about soccer, badminton and tennis.

Raj Maharjan (Advisor)
Raj Maharjan is a planner at Auckland Council. He feels that every Nepali should do something for their country. Raj has been involved with HeNN NZ since 2011.

Dr. Bhola Pradhan (Advisor)
Dr. Bhola Pradhan has been living in New Zealand since 1996. At present, he is living a retired life with his family.