Key Personnel & Resources

Mr. Tuk Prasad Paudel (Executive Chairman)



  • M.Sc. in Hydropower Development, (1998-2000), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway
  • M.Sc. Civil Engineering with honors (Specialization in Hydraulics), (1986-1992), People’s Friendship University, Moscow

Hydropower Development, Structural Design, Hydraulics and Financial Analysis

Mr. Tuk Prasad Paudel is a Hydropower Engineer, with 23 years of experience in Hydropower Projects’ study, planning,   project management and its development. He has worked in Nepal, Russia, Norway, Liberia and Afghanistan. He was the Chief Executive officer of Sanima Mai Hydropower Ltd for the period of 6 years. During this tenure, he was involved in overall of development and coordination of 22 MW Mai Hydropower Project and 7 MW Mai Cascade Hydropower Project in Nepal. He has also worked as managing /project director, senior hydropower engineer, project manager, project coordinator etc for various other projects were he coordinated with client in aspects of design, administration and environment progress of assignment. At present the projects are under construction.

Mr. Ajoy Karki (Director)



  • Master of Science degree in Hydraulic Engineering, (2000), UNESCO- IHE, The Netherlands
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, (1990), The University of Iowa, USA
  • Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude) degree in Physics, (1990), Coe College, Iowa, USA

Hydropower Development, Energy, Water Resources Engineering and Project Management

Mr. Ajoy Karki is a water resources engineer with over 25 years of experience in management, design and studies of hydropower, rural electrification and renewable energy projects.  Ajoy Karki has been part of multi-disciplinary teams (including team leader) that have been involved in studies, design and evaluation of water resources projects (ESP: hydropower) and sector studies in Nepal and internationally.  His international experience covers 14 countries in Aisa and Africa.  He has provided consulting services as hydropower expert for Asian Development Bank, KfW (German Bank for Reconstruction), UN agencies, World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and United States Assistance for International Development (USAID) projects.  He is the Director of Sanima Hydro and Engineering (P.) Ltd. and is responsible for the overall management of the company.

Dr. Subarna Das Shrestha (Advisor)


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.), in Technical Sciences (Hydro-technical and Land Reclamation Construction); 1998, State Supreme Certifying Committee of Russian Federation, Moscow
  • M. Sc. (Hydraulic structures and hydroelectric power plant), 1991, Moscow Institute of Hydro-technical Engineering and Land Reclamation, Russia

Hydropower and Transmission Line Development, Environmental Studies

Dr. Shrestha, was awarded Doctor of Philosophy in Technical Sciences (Hydro-technical and Land Reclamation Construction) and M.Sc degree in Hydraulic structures and hydroelectric power plant from Moscow, Russia. He has 23 years of experience in hydropower development sector including financing, environmental and legal aspects. He has been involved in Sanima Hydropower (P.) Ltd. since its establishment in 1999. He is one of the key personnel in Sanima Hydro team. Currently, he holds the position of Chief Executive Officer for Sanima Mai Hydropower Ltd. This company owns Mai Hydropower Project (22 MW) and Mai Cascade Hydropower Project (7 MW).

Besides Sanima, Dr. Shrestha is also actively involved in proliferating hydro energy sector in Nepal. He is the Immediate Past President in Independent Power Producers’ Association Nepal (IPPAN). During his regime, IPPAN successfully conducted Power Summit in the year 2013. He actively participated in policy reforms as well as lobbying for private sector friendly policies, regulations and their prompt and effective implementation. He is also a member of electricity tariff fixation committee, Government of Nepal and EIA review committee at Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Government of Nepal. Being a responsible hydropower developer, he has a long vision of establishing quality services for personnel involved in the project, with benefits for the local community.

Dr. Hari Shanker Shrestha (Expert Consultant)


  • Doctor of Philosophy  (PhD)  in Sedimentation and Sediment Handling in Himalayan Reservoirs, 2008-2012, University of Science and Technology(NTNU), Trondheim, Norway
  • M.Sc. in Hydropower Development, 1999 –2001,Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway
  • M.Sc. Civil Engineering with honours (Specialization in Hydraulics),1986-1992, People’s Friendship University, Moscow

Hydropower Development, Hydraulics and Sedimentation

Dr. Shrestha is a hydropower expert with 20 years in studies, planning and development of hydro projects. He has been involved as design team leader and technical adviser in Khimti (60 MW), Sunkoshi small hydropower project (2.5 MW), Khudi (4 MW) and Pheme small hydropower projects (1 MW) which are all in operation currently. He has also been involved in detailed engineering design, feasibility study, management of the team, correspondence, project layout, headworks layout, hydraulic design, structural analysis and quality control of different hydropower projects within Sanima and other companies.  He has been involved in hydraulic design, physical hydraulic modeling, headworks design for water diversion structures and sediment exclusion, intensive research on sediment measurement and cost effective sediment handling of various projects as a team leader. He is currently working as a expert consultant to Sanima Hydro and Engineering (P) Ltd.

Mr. Subas Chandra Sunwar (Expert Consultant)


  • M.Sc. in Engineering Geology, 1999 – 2000,University of Leeds, UK
  • M.Sc. in Geology, 1991 – 1992, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Geology and Geotechnical Design

During 19 years of experience mainly from Nepal he has gained experience in site investigation planning and data acquisition for hydropower project, geological mapping and identification of faults and weak/shear zones, evaluation of rock mass and rock support design, prediction and rock support design in squeezing ground in numerous hydropower sectors.  He was responsible for overall study of landslide and erosion prone areas, estimation of erosion rate and sediment, investigation of quartz source, watershed management, site visit and report writing. He has published 12 papers in National and International journals and is working with Sanima Hydro and Engineering (P.) Ltd as an expert consultant.

Mr. Padam Prasad Pokharel (Chief Engineer/ Director)


  • M. Sc. in Hydropower Development, 2003, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway
  • M. Sc in Civil Engineering (Hydropower), 1995, The Ukrainian Institute of Water Management  Engineers, Rovno, Ukraine

Hydropower Development and Hydraulics

Mr. Padam Prasad Pokharel has 22 years of experience in hydropower sector. During his professional tenure he was responsible for chief engineer, sr. research engineer, research engineer, project manager, design engineer etc. where he was involved in several projects related to feasibility study, detail design, construction supervision, operational support and physical hydraulic model study. He also worked as design engineer, of Tsho Rolpa GLOF Early Warning System Installation project and also Tsho-Rolpa GLOF Risk Reduction Project.  His major responsibilities are leading the research team of the company that includes providing technical guidance to the research team, contract administration of different physical and hydraulic model study of various hydropower projects. Currently, he is the chief engineer who is responsible for overall supervision of engineering department.

Mr. Bhoj Raj Poudel (Construction Planner/Resident Engineer)


  • Master of Science in Hydropower Development, 2008-2010, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway
  • Bachelor in Civil Engineering, 2003, Institute of Engineering, Kathmandu, Nepal

Hydrologist and Construction Engineer

Mr. Bhoj Raj Poudel has 21 years of work experience in the field of hydro-engineering in Nepal and Saudi Arabia. He worked as Resident Engineer for Mai Hydropower Project 22 MW and Mai cascade Hydropower project 7 MW and is responsible for overall construction supervision of the project. He has also worked as senior civil engineer, and design engineer, where he was involved in hydropower planning and development, hydrological analysis for numerous hydro projects and software developments, flood management, pre-feasibility, feasibility and detailed design studies, designing hydraulic structures, surveying and physical hydraulic model studies. Mr. Poudel is still the Resident Engineer and is responsible for overall management and coordination of both the projects.

Ms. Nirja Rajbhandari (General Manager)


  • Master Degree in Water Science and Engineering with specialization in Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Development, April 2010, UNESCO-IHE, Institute for Water Education (Delft, The Netherlands)
  • Bachelor in Civil Engineering, 2005, Institute of Engineering, Kathmandu, Nepal

Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineer, Business Development Expert

Ms. Nirja Rajbhandari has an experience of 12 years. She was responsible for design and detailed civil/reinforcement drawings of projects, rate analysis and quantities- cost estimation of several projects, preparation of proposal, project coordination, feasibility study, GIS analysis etc. She is capable in design and study of hydropower projects with hands on experience of site supervision and coordinating activities, contract and tender documents preparation, financial analysis and environment studies. Her experience in coordinating various projects with Clients, Consultants, Banks and other Governing bodies has enhanced the business opportunities of the company. She has gained erudite in preparation of proposals, and coordination with respective clients for marketing purpose; organization and review of due diligence study, bill verification works with regular site visit of various hydropower projects.


Mr. Kangada Prasai (Geological Expert)


  • M. Sc. in Geology, 2005, (Specialization in Engineering Geological Techniques), Central Department of Geology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  • B. Sc. in Geology, 2003, (Geology, Physics and Maths), Tri-Chandra College, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Engineering Geologist

Mr. Kangada Prasai has an experience of about 11 years. During his professional working period he was proposed in position like senior engineering geologist, engineering geologist, trainee engineering geologist etc. where he was responsible for all activities related with geological, engineering geological, geotechnical and subsurface geological decision making, detailed designing, report preparation as well as construction design modification and construction supervision.

Mr. Maheswor Maharjan (Senior Civil Engineer)


  • M. Sc. in Construction Management, (Enrolled from 2014), Nepal Engineering College, Pokhara University.
  • Bachelor in Civil Engineering, 2002, Institute of Engineering, Kathmandu, Nepal

Highway Engineer(Civil Engineer)

Mr. Maheshor Maharjan has an experience of 14 years in Nepal and Qatar.  During his professional period, he was responsible for design and detailed civil/reinforcement drawing of projects, rate analysis and quantities- cost estimation of several projects, preparation of proposal, project coordination, feasibility study etc.  He has worked in optimization of detail design of headworks structure and involved in preparation of design basis report, quantity estimation with and construction drawing preparation. He was also involved in survey of building construction, management and handling labour, cost, construction material, and coordination with sub-contractors and vendors in Doha, Qatar.

Mr. Sakunda Ojha (Senior Environment Officer/Chief Operating Officer – Sunkoshi Small HP, 2.5 MW)


  • EMBA, Ace institute of Management, Pokhara University, Kathmandu, Nepal (Ongoing)
  • M.Sc. Environmental Science, 2008, College of Applied Sciences – Nepal,Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  • B.Sc. Environmental Science, 2006, Tri-Chandra Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Environment and Social Studies

Mr. Sakunda Ojha has an experience of 8 years in environmental impact assessment, initial environmental examination and due diligence study of various hydroelectric projects. He is responsible for collection, evaluation and presentation of the environmental issues in relation to physical and biological environmental domain, impact identification and evaluation and preparation of environmental monitoring plan required for EIA/IEE of hydropower projects. He is also involved in environmental aspects of feasibility study. He has ground knowledge of various software such as Geographical Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing required hydrological analysis. He is an EIA review committee member at Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE), GoN.  Being a member of “Technical Work Group – Energy” (representing Independent Power Producers’ Association – IPPAN) for “Formulation of national low carbon economic development strategy”, AEPC, GoN he has also been involved in formulation of the national strategy. Currently, he is working as the chief operation officer of 2.5 MW Sunkoshi Small Hydropower Project.

Mr. Sudhir Giri (Plant Manager –  Mai HP, 22 MW and Mai Cascade HP, 7 MW)


  • Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering, 2009, Malabiya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, India

Electrical Engineering

Mr. Sudhir Giri has an experience of 5 years in the field electrical engineering. He worked as a plant manager for Sunkoshi Small Hydropower Project (2.5 MW) for 4 years and was responsible for overall management of the project. He was involved with Sanima Hydro and Engineering (P.) Ltd for design of electromechanical components, transmission line study and excess power to national grid, switchyard and substation of various projects such as  22 MW Mai Hydropower Project, 415 MW Upper Tamor, 75 MW Middle Tamor, 14.9 MW Hewa Khola and 7 MW Mai Cascade Hydropower Project. Currently, he is working as the Plant manager for both the projects.


Mr. Sajan Shrestha, (Asst. Manager)


  • Bachelor in Civil Engineering, 2007, Institute of Engineering, Kathmandu, Nepal

Hydropower Development

Mr. Sajan Shrestha has an experience of 9 years in hydropower project design, study, planning, construction supervision and development. He is in the position of Senior Engineer (Civil) of Sanima Mai Hydropower Limited. During this period, he has worked on quantity estimation, BoQ preparation, structural/stability analysis, drawing preparation, quality control of construction activities of various National and International projects. He has worked as a design team leader for Mai Hydropower Project (22 MW) and Mai Cascade Hydropower Project (7 MW). He has worked as the liaison for Mai HP and Mai Cascade HP Projects for site team and head office team. His responsibility during the project was coordinating the design team members in different engineering aspects such as detail engineering design, drawing preparation, checking, and quality control of documents to complete the work within anticipated time. He is also responsible for communicating the site team members to be able to provide construction detailing and construction methodology with regular site visits. He has also worked as site engineer in annual maintenance, staff quarter construction and GRP pipe replacement of Sunkoshi Small Hydropower Project (2.5MW). During his professional tenure, he was involved in detailed design, tender document preparation, due diligence study, verification of IPC bills, testing/commissioning report preparation and operation/maintenance manual preparation. He is also involved in Hydraulic design and drawing checking of various projects based in UK Hydroplan. Currently, he is involved with the As-built drawings of Mai Hydropower Project (22 MW) and Mai Cascade Hydropower Project (7 MW).

Mr. Subash Thapa Magar (Asst. Manager)


  • Masters in Water Science and Engineering (2015-2017),specialization: Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Development, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands
  • Bachelor in Civil Engineering, Kathmandu Engineering College, 2010, Institute Of Engineering, Tribhuvan University

Hydraulic Engineering, Hydropower Design and Development

Mr. Subash Thapa Magar has 7 years of experience in design and construction supervision of hydropower projects in Nepal. During his professional tenure he has worked on design, quantity estimation, BoQ preparation, Auto-CAD Drawing preparation of various projects such as ( Mai, 22 MW; Mai Cascade, 7 MW; Upper Tamor ,415 MW; Middle Tamor, 75 MW and Topichi Hydropower Project ,1 MW Afghanistan, Junbesi Hydropower Project (5 MW). He has been part of multidisciplinary teams for Mai and Mai Cascade Hydropower Project where he worked as site engineer, QA/QC Incharge and project coordinator. His role and responsibility throughout the project was overall quality control and assurance, drawing control at site, critical decision making during construction phase, verification of bills and monitoring of compliance of the Contracts. He was also involved in technical contribution in social and environmental aspects, preparation of monthly progress report, communication management as the liaison between the contractor at site and at the head office, frequent in charge on behalf of Employer’s side in absence of Resident Engineer and overall management of coordination from the Consultant’s side. He worked as Acting Resident Engineer (ARE) for Hewa Khola “A” Hydroelectric Project (14.9 MW) and assisted the maintenance of Sunkoshi Small Hydropower Project, 2.5 MW replacement of 900 m GR  penstock pipe with steel pipe. He holds experience in tender evaluation and Testing and Commissioning of hydropower projects. Presently, he is the project coordinator for Hydroplan UK,  who communicates, disseminates and  manages the deliverables and project assignments as a lead  for Design and RC detailing of intake, powerhouses, pipeline structures, tracks and bridge, pipe long sections design and open channel for  numerous projects based in UK. He is also the project engineer for the feasibility study of Jum Khola Hydropower Project ( 62 MW).

Mr. Aarakshya Kandel (Asst. Manager)


  • M. Sc Structural Engineering (2011-2012), University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom
  • B.Eng (Hons) Civil Engineering (2007-2010), University of Greenwich, Medway, United Kingdom

Structural Engineering

Mr Aarakshya Kandel has an experience of 4 years in Hydropower sector. During his career, he was responsible for Structural analysis and design of civil structures like Intakes, Canals, Culverts, River training works, Powerhouses and various other structures for numerous projects nationally and internationally namely United Kingdom, Afghanistan, Liberia and Pakistan. He is responsible for supervising junior engineers and is also involved in preparation of design/structural reports and other various engineering related reports. He has a good knowledge in Structural analysis and design engineering software such as STAAD, Etabs, and MIDAS.


Mr. Swayambhu Shakya (Asst. Manager)


  • Master of Science in Hydropower Development (2009-2011), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway
  • Bachelor in Civil Engineering (2000-2004), Institute of Engineering, Kathmandu, Nepal


Hydropower Development

Mr. Swayambhu Shakya has over 11 years of experience in Hydropower and Water Resource Engineering. He has worked as a design Engineer during the detailed engineering design and tender preparation of Hewa Khola ‘A’ Hydroelectic Project (14.9 MW) and has completed the commissioning of the same Project as a Resident Engineer (which is now in operation).

Currently Mr. Shakya has been involved as a Senior Engineer in design of different projects and is leading the team for detailed engineering design and tender preparation of Super Madi Hydroelectric Project (44 MW) as a Project Engineer.

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