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ASPAC Chair-Elect 2022-2023
Sujan Kumar Shrestha of Nepal was elected as the Chair-elect to serve the Kiwanis International Asia Pacific Conference at the 2022 ASPAC Convention. He will serve as the Chair for the year 2023-24.
Sujan is the Founding Governor of Nepal District of Kiwanis International and Charter President of the oldest existing club in Nepal that he helped build in 2015, which have seen an exponential growth to serve the children of Nepal in recent years with over 1,500 membership in all corners of Nepal. Kiwanis International had funded the Aayo Noon Campaign of Nepal in the early 1990’s as part of the Iodine-Deficiency-Disorder (IDD) project led by the UNICEF, which helped prevent mental and developmental disabilities among children. Currently the organization is destined to eliminate Maternal-Neonatal-Tetanus (MNT) from the globe, and serve all the children of Nepal in the fields of Health, Education, Environment and Leadership Development.
Sujan serves as a member of the Kiwanis International Committee on Organizational, Operations and Structure Assessment Committee. He is also the member of the Dr. Wil Blechman Fellowship, George F Hixon Fellowship and Walter Zeller Fellowship, and a member of Kiwanis Clubs of Kathmandu Nepal, Arun Valley Nepal, Nature Conservation Nepal, Purple Heart Luzon, eCentennial PA, Eye of the Tiger CalNeHi, Likashi DRC and Millcreek PNW.
Sujan was born in the foothills of Nepal and went to USA in 1998 for further studies, and graduated from Columbia College, MO. After returning to Nepal in 2013, he helped his parents’ quest to establish libraries in all the districts of Nepal. Before his father’s death in 2015, the Manaram Foundation had established over 150 libraries all over the country, and presently offers scholarships and build school infrastructure.
Currently, Sujan spends his time equally in his hometown of Khandbari, Nepal serving the community schools and farmers, and with his family in Mukilteo, USA. He is married to Aliza Bhari and together has a daughter Aayesha and a son Aidan Krishna. He likes to travel and read books.