Sonika Manandhar

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Born (1990-01-17) 17 January 1990 (age 32)
Kathmandu, Nepal
NationalityNepalese
CitizenshipNepal
EducationTribhuvan University,Singularity University,Korea Aerospace Research Institute
OccupationComputer Engineer, Entrepreneur
TitleCo-founder and CTO of Aeloi
Parent(s)Shankha Narayana Manandhar, Joog Laxmi Shrestha
AwardsUnited Nations Young Champion of the Earth, One Young World Lead 2030, National Geographic Society Emerging Explorer, Rastriya Nari Sewa Samman 2073
Websitehttps://about.me/sonikamanandhar

Sonika Manandhar (born 17 January 1990) is a computer engineer and a social entrepreneur from Nepal. She co-founded an award-winning fintech company Aeloi Technologies[1][2][3][4][5], an organization powering last-mile impact finance for micro-entrepreneurs using digital tokens. [6][7][8][9] She was named as the United Nations Environment Programme's Young Champion of the Earth in 2019[10] [11][12][13][14][15]and National Geographic Society 2020 Emerging Explorer.[16]

Early life and education

Manandhar was born in Kathmandu, Nepal. She graduated as a computer engineer from Kathmandu Engineering College, Tribhuvan University, and started working at Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal as a software engineer in 2011. Manandhar is a Singularity University Alumni and Korea Aerospace Research Institute Alumni. In 2017, she became the first Nepali who was offered a scholarship to go to the Silicon Valley-based program called Global Solutions Program [17] at NASA in California. During her time at Singularity University, she studied exponential technologies such as Robotics,Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, etc. Her company was selected among 3 companies to pitch at Singularity University Global Summit [18] [19] in Silicon Valley. Manandhar was also offered a scholarship to attend the International Space Training at Korea Aerospace Research Institute in 2018.

Awards and recognition

In 2019, Manandhar was awarded the grand title of Young Champions of Earth [20] [21] [22] [23] [24] by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The prestigious Young Champions of the Earth prize, powered by Covestro[25], is awarded every year by UN Environment Programme to seven young environmentalists from around the world between the ages of 18 and 30, for their outstanding ideas to protect the environment. [26][27]

At United Nations General Assembly 2019, Manandhar was seen discussing pressing issues in numerous panels such as at Conversation with Climate Advocates – SDG Media Zone, High-Level Week, 74th session of the UN General Assembly[28], and Private Sector Forum [29] alongside H.E. António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations and Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister, New Zealand. The same year, she discussed Smart Finance in the plenary forum with Laurent Fabius, President of COP21, and Kevin O’Leary, Chairman, O’Shares ETFs.

The UN Environment Programme listed her as one of the six examples of climate leadership on Women’s Day[30] alongside Christiana Figueres, Greta Thunberg, Anne Hidalgo, Carolina Schmidt, and Kibarisho Leintoi. She also was the winner of the SDG 9: Infrastructure, industry, and innovation category award of the Lead 2030 Challenge[31] by One Young World sponsored by Standard Chartered with seed funding of $50,000. In 2020, Sonika Manandhar was named National Geographic Society’s Emerging Explorer 2020 [32] [33] [34] [35]. National Geographic Society chooses eight global changemakers conducting groundbreaking work as the class of Emerging Explorers who will transform their fields and further our understanding of our world and all that’s in it.

Other activities

Manandhar has also been an advocate for blind students and has worked to empower blind children with computer education.[36] She established a computer lab in 2013 and was involved in finding new ways of teaching a computer to blind students.

In the media

  

References

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  2. "Women MSME Innovation Fund, UNCDF" (PDF). Civil Society Academy. United Nations Capital Development Fund. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  3. "Most Inspiring Digital Innovation (MIDI)". Aeloi Technologies. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  4. "2020 TALENT REPORT: POVERTY ALLEVIATION & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT". Echoing Green. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  5. "Canada Grant Supports UN ESCAP's Project To Help Women Entrepreneurs In Nepal". New Spotlight Online. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  6. "Aeloi". Aeloi. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  7. "Aeloi Tech: Digitised Traditional Loan System". Udhyami Nepali. Sesemi Limbu. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  8. "Aeloi's role in empowering green micro-entrepreneurs through digital tokens". blinc venctures. Yangzum Lama. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
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  16. "Announcing the National Geographic Society's 2020 Class of Emerging Explorers". National Geographic. National Geographic. 28 September 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  17. "GSP Participants Feature". Singularity University Twitter. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
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  21. "Nepali youth bags prestigious UN award". The Himalayan Times. The Himalayan Times. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  22. "UN Environment Program Honors Nepal Youth for Green Energy Mobility Initiative". The Himalayan Times. Samir Mishra. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  23. "Nepal's Young Environment Prize Winner Driving Electric Revolution". The Rising Nepal. The rising nepal. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
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  26. "Change-making in the time of COVID-19". United Nations Environment. United Nations Environment. 6 April 2020. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  27. "Meet the youth standing up for our environmental rights". United Nations Environment. United Nations Environment. 10 December 2019. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  28. "Conversation with Climate Advocates – SDG Media Zone, High-Level Week, 74th session of the UN General Assembly". UN Web TV. UN Web TV. 23 September 2019. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  29. "Private Sector Forum 2019". UN Web TV. United Nations Global Compact. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  30. "Climate leadership for inspiration on Women's Day and every day". United Nations Environment. United Nations Environment. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  31. "Lead 2030 Challenge Winner: Sonika Manandhar". One young world. One young world. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  32. "2020 Emerging Explorers". National Geographic. National Geographic. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  33. "नेपाली युवतीले जितिन् नेसनल जियोग्राफिक इमर्जिङ एक्सप्लोर अवार्ड". TechPana. TechPana. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
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  36. "Women to watch-2016". WOW Mag Nepal. WOW Mag Nepal. Retrieved 22 October 2020.

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