Ravi Kumar, @RaviNepal

Data & Digital Strategy Leader. Entrepreneur. Speaker.

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Ravi Kumar

Ravi is a data and digital strategy leader, and good governance advocate.

He works at the World Bank in Kathmandu, Nepal where he leads a cross- disciplinary team to strengthen open data ecosystem and build data use capacity for evidence-based policymaking within the country.

He has been with the World Bank since 2012 and most recently he was acting head of external affairs at the World Bank’s Governance Global Practice where he advised senior management and led a team to support 700 staff in 90 countries.

He also volunteers with Code for Nepal, the non-profit he founded with his wife. Via the nonprofit, he is opening up Nepal’s data to make it easily accessible, and building civic technology tools to increase citizen engagement and transparency. He is also providing scholarships to help youth in Nepal become digitally savvy.

Ravi often speaks at universities and conferences.

The New York Times, NBC, and BuzzFeed have featured his work.

Ravi is a member of Asia Society's 2018 Class of Asia 21 Young Leaders. He serves on Buena Vista University’s President’s Advisory Council.

In 2017, Forbes recognized him as a 30 Under 30's social entrepreneur in Asia. He served as a Penn Kemble Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy from 2014-2015.

In 2009, he co-founded Grassroot Movement in Nepal, a non-profit that has rebuilt more than 30 schools and provided income-generating skills training to women in rural Nepal.

The Aspen Institute named his TIME op-ed about using data to deliver aid in Nepal as one of the five best ideas of the day.

He has also published in the Huffington Post, and World Economic Forum.

He holds a Master of Science degree from Columbia University. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Buena Vista University.

Connect with him on Twitter @ravinepal.