Notes from Last Night’s Board of Directors Meeting

Last night we had our quarterly Board of Directors for OLE Nepal and it was exciting to see how far we have come in such a short time. We have secured XO’s, funding for the expenses of the pilots, and put together what we hope is a solid implementation plan. And we couldn’t have done any of this without the support of our Board of Directors.

OLE Nepal’s Board of Directors

From Left to Right: Saurav Dev Bhatta (Education Director), Jyoti Man Sherchan, Mohan Das Manandhar (Vice Chairperson), Dr. Pratibha Pandey (Chairperson), Rabi Karmacharya (Executive Director), Anil Chitrakar (General Secretary), Sudindra Sharma

not pictured: Siddhant Raj Pandey (Treasurer), Satish Kharel

Our Board members come from diverse professional backgrounds and they are each eminently respected in their fields. It is hard to overstate their assistance. Here are just a few examples. Mohan Das is a Nepali management guru and has given us a lot of help in structuring our organization. Attorney Satish Kharel helped us register as a legal entity. Dr. Pratibha Pandey has done a great job of organizing and leading a group of very busy people.

Here is a rough Description of our individual Board Members

  • Dr. Pratibha Pandey, Chairperson — Director of the CIWEC Medical Clinic in Kathmandu, former instructor at Harvard Medical School
  • Mohan Das Manandhar, Vice Chairperson — Director of the ACE Institute of Management, expert on non-profit organization
  • Anil Chitrakar, General Secretary — Leading environmentalist and clean energy advocate
  • Satish Kharel, Secretary — Attorney, leading expert on telecommunications and cyberlaw
  • Siddhant Raj Pandey, Treasurer — CEO of ACE Finance
  • Jyoti Man Sherchan, Member — career educator, Director of Malpi International School in Panauti and actively involved in education projects for rural schools in the Panauti area
  • Sudindra Sharma, Member — Sociologist

This all begs the question: Why does an open-source project need a Board of Directors, let alone register as a legal entity? The answer is that you need a formal structure once money gets involved. OLPC itself has a legal formal structure to support the wide-ranging, international movement that the One Laptop Per Child project has become.

There is another reason that we need a Board of Directors: Oversight. We need a group of respected to individuals to periodically review our work and make changes in the management of OLE Nepal if necessary (i.e. fire us). We (the management team) may have good intentions but good intentions alone won’t improve the quality of education in Nepal. The Board of Directors is there to ensure that we meet our mission  goals.

Now it is time for me to stop blogging and start working on a custom XO build for Nepal 🙂

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