Dr. Nama Budhathoki is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Kathmandu Living Labs (KLL)—a leading non-profit distributing civic tech company based in Nepal. Nama and his team’s pioneering works in the areas of open mapping, open data, open government and civic technology have won several international awards and recognition. These works have also been extensively featured in leading news outlets e.g. The New York Times, BBC, theguardian, ABC, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Setopati, Nepali Times, MyRepublica, GovInsider. Nama was recognized with ‘one of the 50 most impactful social innovators award’ in 2018 in Mumbai. 


Nama earned his doctorate from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. Following the doctoral degree, he worked at McGill University, Canada as a postdoctoral research fellow, at Niti Foundation as the Director of Programs and The World Bank as the Lead of its Open Data for Resilience Initiative. He has authored over a dozen journal papers and book chapters and co-edited the book ‘Youth Community Inquiry: New Media for Community and Personal Growth’. He is the recipient of 2013 Best Social Informatics Paper Award from Association for Information Science and Technology (AIS&T).