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CityApp Appathon Team Profiles

1.    Jennifer Chen
       Regional Marketing Manager for Asia, Public Sector, Microsoft Operations Pte Ltd

Jennifer Chen is the Regional Marketing lead for the Asia region for the Public Sector, Asia at Microsoft.  She oversees all marketing initiatives and campaigns that are designed for the sales and market development activities for Government and Healthcare across Asia.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Jennifer has an extensive career stint with the Singapore Government. She has worked in the National Heritage Board, the Economic Development Board of Singapore and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS).  During her stint at IPOS, Jennifer launched the public awareness campaign educating Singapore on the implications of IP law changes as a result of USSFTA. She was also instrumental in organizing the Trademark Law Treaty Conference resulting in a Treaty named after Singapore which saw the participation of many Head of States and dignitaries.  Jennifer also travelled extensively representing Singapore Government at APEC IPEG meetings.

Jennifer joined Microsoft in December 2012 as Regional Marketing lead for Dell Account across Asia. Working in cross cultural and cross time zone environments, Jennifer has a great appreciation for global market dynamics and ability to connect with diverse culture. Jennifer also speaks English, Chinese and a few dialects fluently, making it easy for her to embrace cultural differences.

In December 2012, Jennifer resumed the role of marketing lead for Asia Public Sector.  She is committed to drive focus on Public Sector within Microsoft and encourage the sharing of best practices so that we can roll out better marketing campaigns that will resonate with Public sector customers across the region.  

2.    John T. Cann

Asia Director, International Organizations

John Cann is the Asia Director for Microsoft’s International Organizations Group.  He is responsible for overseeing and managing the firm’s relationships with multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors, governments, partners, and beneficiaries on projects throughout the region.  Mr. Cann has more than 24 years of experience designing and implementing information technology solutions in some of the most difficult environments in the world.  Mr. Cann joined Microsoft after two decades of management and technology consulting in the public and private sectors, and in the international foreign assistance markets.  Mr. Cann holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Virginia, and a Masters in International Business and Commerce Policy from George Mason University in the United States. 





3.    Stefan Sjöström

Vice President Asia, Public Sector

Stefan Sjöström is Vice President for the Public Sector, Asia at Microsoft. He oversees the sales and market development activities for Government, Healthcare and Education across Asia. Before coming to Asia, Stefan was leading the Public Sector team across Western Europe at Microsoft since October 2009. Stefan has over 30 years of experience in the IT industry, having worked for Citrix System Intl. as Managing Director and Vice President EMEA, and has held various senior management and consulting positions in Europe and the US.

Stefan has worked in developing effective sales, marketing and general management capabilities with leading companies. Working in cross cultural environments spanning South Africa to Finland Stefan has a deep understanding and an appreciation of global market dynamics as well as the need for embracing cultural and economic diversity. Stefan Sjöstöm resumed the position as VP for Asia, Public Sector in Microsoft since November 2013 He is committed to sharing all best practices from Europe with Asia and has made it a priority to meet customers and partners from across Asia to spur and facilitate innovative solutions and ideas sharing within each country.


4.    Ms. Youngmin Chang

Director, Partner Development, CITYNET

Youngmin Chang has over 10 years of hands-on program and fundraising experience as the co-founder of International Action, a non-profit located in Washington, D.C. There Chang managed the Campaign for Clean Water in Haiti and installed cost-effective water purification systems in Port-au-Prince, benefiting 900,000 Haitians. Within a month of the disastrous 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Chang collaborated with USAID and US Southern Command to deliver 5 tons of chlorine to provide clean water to residents, and quickly built a coalition to combat a deadly cholera outbreak the following year. She received her Master’s in International Relations from the University of Virginia. At CITYNE she develops the institutional strategy to engage businesses, community groups, and multilateral institutions as strategic partners in identifying practical solutions for sustainable cities. She can be reached at ychang(at)


5.      Ms. Brenna Foster

Partner Development Officer, CITYNET 

Brenna Foster produces communications, publications, and partner development outreach projects as part of the Partner Development Team. Previously Brenna worked in Himeji, Japan and Chittagong, Bangladesh, followed by several years of web, social, and communications experience in New York City. She received her M.A. in International Affairs from the New School in New York. While working towards this degree, she was awarded a Ford Fellowship to research development and communications issues in Kunming, China and Kolkata, India. She can be reached at communication (at)


6.    Mr. Toby Roycroft

Program Officer, CITYNET

Toby has worked towards sustainable urban development in a number of challenging contexts. He most recently worked for a built environment charity in London working on the master-planning of sustainable communities across the UK and Africa. Toby formerly worked as an urban development advisor for The International Labour Organization’s Somalia programme, within UN-Habitat’s senior policy division in Nairobi and for the urban planning and research wing of the All India Institute of Local Self Government in Gujarat. He brings his knowledge and project management experience to CITYNET’s caseload of campaigns, events and partnerships.


7.     Ms. Mary Jane Ortega

Special Advisor, CITYNET

Mary Jane C. Ortega is the Special Advisor of the Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements – CITYNET. She served as the Mayor of San Fernando City of the Province of La Union, Philippines for three terms from 1998 to 2007. She was elected as Secretary-General of CITYNET in the year 2009 for the term of 2010 to 2013.

During her term as Mayor, San Fernando City became one of the most dynamic cities in the Philippines, becoming an economic hub at the same time very active in its environmental protection initiatives. She is also known for being an environmentalist as she places environment on top of her agenda.

Globally, she was a member of the steering committee of the UN Habitat and United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) as well as United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities (UNACLA).

She received the Konrad Adenauer Medal of Excellence in Governance and the first Asian and first Filipino to receive the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) Scroll of Honour Award.


8.   Dr. Shisir Manandhar

      Project Consultant, CITYNET

Shisir Prasad Manandhar comes from Seoul National University, where he served as a post-doc researcher before joining CITYNET. With over ten years of experience in working for the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) Government in Nepal, he has a deep understanding of local governance, development goals, and capacity building. Through his work at KMC, he established strong networks with international organizations and local governments in Nepal. While at Seoul National University, he actively promoted international cooperation with institutions such as the Innovation and Development Network, Seoul Metropolitan Government, WeGO, and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation. He holds a PhD degree (2012) and a MS degree (2010) in technology management, economics, and policy from Seoul National University, and a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) degree (2001) from Tribhuwan University, Nepal.


9.      Prof. Junseok Hwang

Director and Professor, Seoul National University

Prof. Junseok Hwang
 is a US-trained Engineer and currently serving as the Director of the International Information Technology Policy Program (ITPP) at the Seoul National University and Professor at the Technology Management, Economics, and Policy Program (TEMEP), Seoul National University.




10.  Mr. Bikram Acharya

Researcher, Seoul National University

11.  Mr Amit Saraf

Director at Nagmani International

Amit Saraf, Director at Nagmani International. I have an MBA in marketing from George Mason University, USA. My company distributes Computer Hardware throughout Nepal. My interests are varied from reading about new technology to swimming. As a member of CNI-YEF (Chamber of Nepali Industries - Young Entrepreneurs Forum) we promote CSR including activities ranging from recognizing new talent to nurturing people who want to do something on their own. 




12.   SeetaRam Subedi


Working as:

·         Director; Information, Communication and Technology in SOS Children’s Villages Nepal (National Office)

·         ICT Lecturer in various colleges including Nobel College Sinamangal

·         Involved in SLC ICT curriculum development


ICT Qualification: Master in Computer Application


   International ICT Seminars attended:

·         Asia ICT Meet  in Bangkok Thailand for 12 days.

·         Various ICT seminars, New Delhi , India

·         International Conference on Advance Technology and Electronic Transactions, Hotel Del Annpurna

·         Online courseware development at Godawari Village resort for 15 days

In the past:

Used to develop various software programs

13.   Dr. Tshering Lama Ph.D.
Country Director

   I graduated from Northumbria University, UK with BSc (HONS) Health Development Studies, Masters of Public Health and Ph.D. in Telemedicine. 

 Beside my academic achievement, I have been awarded with the first ever Lord Glenamara International Scholarship in recognition of my efforts in improving public health and the environment through volunteering. I was awarded with the International Student of the Year 2006 in the UK. I was further honored by our university by establishing 20 scholarships for Nepalese students under my name Tshering Lama Northumbria University Scholarships 2006 till 2013.

Currently I am the Country Director for Childreach Nepal- a local charity works in partnership with local communities to help improve children’s access to healthcare, education, and child rights and protection in Nepal. Since our establishment we have reach out to more than 213,000 children in Nepal. We strongly believe in Public Private Partnership and practicing Evidence Based Practice to create new knowledge while making difference.


14.  Ananda Tuladhar

    Having traversed the entrepreneurial journey for over 30 years building successful businesses like the Bluestar and the Bluebird groups today life’s calling is mentoring and training the new generation of Nepalese youth the many facets of entrepreneurial and management skills.

With the experience of establishing and managing own businesses and a strong governance, leadership, management and contingency skills has  built  relationships and applied contemporary management practices to a wide range of organizations.

Has been teaching and training the younger generation for almost a decade in entrepreneurship skills and preparing the young start –ups to embark on the journey of success.

15.  Vidhan Rana

      Vidhan finished his Bachelors degree in Business Management and Economics in 2008 from Hope College in Michigan, USA. After graduation he worked at Whittaker Associates, Inc., a market research firm. At Whittaker, Vidhan worked with several state and local economic development agencies. He provided guidance and support to small businesses and medium size enterprises on issues of employment generation. Vidhan established a research division for Whittaker Associates in Nepal in October 2010, and Biruwa Ventures in July 2011 to support aspiring entrepreneurs fulfill their dreams of starting their own ventures.

16.  Karmath Dangol

Karmath is currently Vice President of Engineering at  CloudFactory is a Business Process as a Service (BPaaS) company based in Nepal working towards creating work for 1 million people. Prior to joining CloudFactory, Karmath held leadership positions at two of the top software outsourcing companies in Nepal after returning from the US where he lived with his family for over a decade.

Previously, he was an Engineering Contractor for the Quantitative Marketing team at Google Inc.  He has also worked at eBay Inc. as Senior Manager of Internet Marketing Solutions. Beside this he was a co-founder of (now, a direct marketing company that provides a cooperative database for acquisition marketing to over 700 catalogs (competes with Abacus Direct,a division of DoubleClick).  Karmath has a unique balance of business acumen and technical skills.


17.  Anil Sthapit

Director, GUTHI

Masters in Business Administration, Tribhuvan University

Mr. Sthapit is a development professional working to promote the WASH issues in the media. He has led youth based campaigns to strengthen and to promote the community engagement in different WASH advocacy events. He has been engaged on youth capacity building and empowerment activities to strengthen the youths in social activities .He has been coordinated various campaigns, interactions and workshop on WASH issues.

He was one of the co-producer of the tele-film 'Dhalamati' that highlighted the issues of river pollution and solution to urban sewerage management.

18.  Prakash Amatya

Prakash Amatya is a familiar name in the Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) sector in Nepal for his contribution in advocating the rights of the urban poor, promotion of rainwater harvesting and its utilization for the freshwater conservation.


Mr. Prakash Amatya accomplished M.Sc. in Microbiology in 1998, and attended postgraduate diploma in Environment Management in 1999 from Israel. He has proficiency in Journalism and recently completed MBA (executive) degree from the Kathmandu University in 2010.

He served Kathmandu Metropolitan City for more than four years at different capacities related to decentralized governance, capacity building, poverty reduction, information empowerment etc. from 1997 to 2002. Since September 2002, he worked as Executive Director at NGO Forum for Urban Water and Sanitation (NGOFUWS) responsible for the coordination of the civil society movement for pro-poor policy reforms in urban water supply and sanitation. He played a crucial role in promoting and popularizing rainwater and conservation of traditional water sources as an alternative to city supply and give recognition to rainwater harvesting in government policy. He has been conferred a lifetime membership by the International Rainwater Catchment Association (IRCSA) in 2010. He also served as a member secretary to the National Steering Committee on Rainwater Harvesting, Ministry of Physical Planning and Works, Government of Nepal. He represents as a founding member to the Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA). FANSA is a regional network of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in policy-making and development initiatives to achieve the international targets on water and sanitation, to improve regional co-operation between CSOs of differing perspectives, priorities and skills and increase the number of NGOs to advocate and communicate clearly on water policy issues and the broader agenda. From June 2011 to July 2o12, he served Center for Integrated Urban Development (CIUD) as an Executive Director where he led the European Union funded project to improve the livelihood and the dignity of the Informal Waste Workers in the Kathmandu Valley. He contributed in the institutional strengthening and organization development during his tenure at CIUD.

He is currently in the advisory to GUTHI and supporting in its institutional development and water management projects through the youth engagement.

19. Surendra Subedi


   M.phil in English. 

   Director, Kathmandu BernHardt College, Bafal

   Vice president, CSIT COLLEGE ORGANISATION,  Nepal. (C - CON )

   Students career counsellor


20.   Amjad Rabi

21.   Paul Campbell

22.   Sudha Shakya

23.   Rupesh Krishna Shrestha

24.   Arina Tuladhar



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