Team

Management Team

Bidhya Sigdel, Investment Director

Bidhya Sigdel, Investment Director

Bidhya, a Chartered Accountant, has been in professional finance and accounting in both India and Nepal for more than 15 years, including six years in the Nepal banking sector. He joined Dolma before first close in 2014. Bidhya received his chartered accountant training at JC Bhalla & Co, Delhi. In Nepal, he was Audit Manager with TR Upadhya & Co, where he gained expertise in equity valuation for private and public companies. He then joined Kailash Bikas Bank, the largest development bank in Nepal, as Head of Business where he oversaw the bank’s high performing credit portfolio. He was also a member of various top management level committees. Bidhya holds an MBA from Kathmandu University School of Management. He is a non-executive director at various portfolio companies for Dolma Impact Fund. Bidhya is also a member of the board of Rastriya Banijya Bank Ltd, a government owned commercial bank with one of the biggest portfolios in lending and deposits in Nepal.



Padma L. Gautam, Chief Technical Officer

Padma L. Gautam, Chief Technical Officer

A Civil Engineering graduate (BSc Engg. - India & M.E. -USA) carries an experience of more than two decades in civil engineering and construction management. Starting his professional career as an Assistant Engineer in CPWD, Itanagar, India in 1988,Mr. Gautam has served in different positions (as an engineer, engineering unit chief, project manager, graduate assistant, planner, planning manager, technical director, infrastructure specialist) in Nepal, USA and UK with a number of government and non-government organizations. Mr. Gautam has extensive exposure and experience of planning, design and constriction-management of building, road, railways, hydropower, water supply and sanitation related infrastructures.Based on his extensive experience, he has written two books: RCC Design of Multi-storey Buildingsthat explains structural design calculations for RCC multi-storey buildings, and (ii) Step By Step Oracle® Primavera P6 Professionalthat explains use of Oracle Primavera P6 for effective project management.



Shabda Gyawali, Investment Manager

Shabda Gyawali, Sr. Investment Manager

Shabda is a Senior Investment Manager at Dolma Impact Fund. Shabda helps lead deal origination, transaction execution,regulatory approvals  and post-investment management of partner company. He oversees hydropower and healthcare projects and sits on the board of the various partner companies. Prior to joining Dolma in 2011 as a business development officer, Shabda worked as an Associate in Beed Management, a management consulting in Kathmandu. At Beed, he provided operational and investment support to SMEs involved in financial inclusion, agriculture, agro processing, and manufacturing. He also has significant experience in other emerging and frontier markets and co-founded Saraii, an eco-tourism venture in Sri Lanka.
 
Shabda Gyawali earned his undergraduate in Economics and his MBA in Sustainable Entrepreneurship from Colorado State University, USA. He was trained on negotiation strategies from Indian School of Business, India. 


Nikita Bajracharya, Investment Analyst

Nikita Siddhi Bajracharya, Investment Manager

Nikita manages the pharmaceutical and IT portfolios of Dolma. She is involved in deal sourcing, structuring and negotiating new deals, preliminary due diligence of potential companies and regular monitoring, guidance and building business development strategies for the portfolio as a representative of Dolma. Her expertise lies business growth planning and restructuring, in-depth understanding of investment potentials in sectors such as hospitality, reconstruction, agriculture and solar in Nepal and working with diverse stakeholders. Prior to joining Dolma, Nikita worked for 18 months on inward investment, research and analysis, and industrial promotion of local entrepreneurs in the Dundee region where she gained immense exposure on operations, financing, and promotion of businesses.
 
Nikita is a graduate of the University of Dundee, Scotland and holds a Master's degree in Accounting and Finance. She holds a certificate on Negotiation Strategies from Indian School of Business and has been a part of several PE, investment and ESG related training in Nepal and India.

 

Nikita Bajracharya, Investment Analyst

Sandeep Shrestha

Sandeep Shrestha, ESG Manager at Dolma Impact Fund, is passionate about his role overseeing Environmental and Social compliance of Dolma’s portfolio companies. He undertakes initial E&S screening and due diligence for the Fund. He is experienced in IFC Performance Standards in sectors such as renewable energy, pharmaceutical, hospitality, healthcare, and Tech Company. Sandeep also oversees capacity development of portfolio companies through technical assistance, monitoring and evaluation of E&S performance, and Impact measurement and reporting for the Fund. Sandeep served as Director of Fair Trade Group Nepal overseeing WFTO Fair Trade Guaranteed System Certification for organizations in Nepal. He worked as Programme Director of Dolma Foundation in impact projects like village rebuilding, school rebuilding, and disaster relief operations. He is well trained in rights-based approach, monitoring and evaluation, project management and income generation activities. As PR Specialist with eQuality – Pathways to Potential USA, Sandeep worked with individuals with developmental and physical disabilities to advocate for social change and employment of disabled communities. Sandeep has an MBA with emphasis in Employee Development and undergraduate degree in Marketing from St. Cloud State University, USA. Sandeep is an avid photographer and traveller and loves to share impact stories from the field. He has a drive to build sustainable and ethical enterprises in Nepal. 
 


Shashwat Satyal, Investment Analyst

Shashwat Satyal, Sr. Investment Analyst

Shashwat supports the team in deal execution through market research and analysis, financial modeling and valuation, negotiation on contract documents, and FDI approval processing. He is involved in post-investment strategies and organisational management of partner companies in hydropower and healthcare sectors.
 
Prior to joining Dolma, Shashwat worked at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Delhi from 2013 to 2015. His area of work included internal and management audit, implementation of governance frameworks, business process design reviews, researching/customizing best practices for clients, and compliance reviews.
 
Shashwat is a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) from the 'Chartered Institute of Management Accountants', UK. He is a graduate of Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University.


Nishinta Bhatta, Junior Analyst

Nishinta Bhatta, Investment Analyst

Nishinta is a graduate student from the University of Central Missouri. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in Finance. She has been working with Dolma for 2 years in sectors like Pharmaceutical, Technology and Tourism. She has also gained experience and exposure in deal structuring, negotiations and financial model. Nishinta joined Dolma from Nepal Investment Bank Ltd where she was Relationship Manager at the Corporate Division. She has worked on sectors such as construction and housing, healthcare equipment and agro processing where she evaluated their business operations and financials to provide short term and long-term loans. Nishinta was a Graduate Assistant (GA) for two years at Harmon Business School where she gained administrative and managerial experience.



Nisha Shrestha, Office Secretary

Nisha Shrestha, Office Secretary

Nisha Shrestha is a trained professional in the field of office secretary and office assistant and possesses more than four years experience in private organisations including a commercial Bank and migrant worker recruitment agencies. She holds Bachelor in Business Administration and is currently persuing Masters in Finance and investment. She has served many social initiatives during her professional career such as opening bank accounts for the socially excluded and marginalised group for access to banking and acting as a liaison among manpower, labour department and concerned embassy to address labour issues.



Bhim Pode, Office Assistant

Bhim Pode, Office Assistant

Mr. Bhim lal Pode possesses nearly two decades of experience in the field of administrative work with Save the Children UK 1991- 2005, Save the Children Sweden from 2005-2011 and (FAITH), an NGO 2011-2014. He has had a progressive growth from cleaner to messenger to office assistant mainly due to hardworking, proactive, commitment and positive attitude. Over the years he broaden his competencies to undertake assignment efficiently and effectively. When he joined Save the Children in 1991, he had only grade 9 education. Due to his commitment, determination and will power to groom professionally and to excel in life, he continued his further study and passed high school and plus 2 level supported by save the children. Recently he is persuing bachelor degree in sociology from Patan Multiple campus.

Even though he was born in a minority/ "untouchables" community, Bhim broke all the social stereotypes and stigmas to be an exemplary figures in his community.

Considering his interest for further study and, Dolma has decided to support his education.