Speaker

Mr. Jay Nishaant

Jay Nishaant, AIDIA Advisor, is the Executive President of Nepal Democracy Foundation (NDF), a leading think-tank and NGO working in the area of democracy, diplomacy, governance and development. He possesses more than 15 years of experience as senior development professional, democratic governance expert, political commentator, broadcaster and university lecturer. He has a proven track record with international organizations serving in leadership positions such National Democratic Institute (NDI) and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). He has successfully designed and implemented various democracy and legislative programs with special focus on political party strengthening, parliamentary support, civil society development, and supporting free and fair elections. Jay is a Stanford fellow on democracy, development and rule of law. He is also a noted media personality and has produced several television programs and documentaries besides hosting political and current affairs talk-shows on Nepal's leading radio and television channels. Jay writes op-ed columns for Nepal’s leading newspapers on current affairs, politics, international relations and development issues. Time permitting, he also teaches international business, business environment analysis and entrepreneurship at Nepal’s premier management institutions. He can be reached at jnishaant@gmail.com