Jay Nishaant

May 10, 2021

Jay Nishaant is the Founding President of Nepal Democracy Foundation (NDF), a leading think-tank and NGO working in the area of democracy, diplomacy, governance and development. He is also the coordinator of South Asian Network for Democracy and Development (SANDD) that brings the political leaders, thinkers and members of civil society along with business community on a common platform to identify and address the issues that impact democracy and development in the region. A Stanford University Fellow on Democracy, Development and rule of Law; Mr. Nishaant is also a founding member of the “The Changemakers Venture Fund”, a global social venture fund, which takes an entrepreneurial and venture capital approach to democratic development.

Mr. Nishaant possesses more than 15 years of experience as international development professional, democratic governance expert and political trainer. He has been associated with several international and multilateral organizations including the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in senior leadership positions. He has successfully designed and implemented various programs of democracy and legislative reforms with special focus on political party strengthening, parliamentary support, civil society development and facilitating free and fair elections. Also a noted media personality, he has produced several television programs and documentaries besides hosting political and current affairs talk-shows on Nepal’s leading television channels. Jay writes op-ed columns on current affairs, international relations and development issues for Nepal’s leading Nepali and English dailies. He teaches International Business and Business Environment Analysis at Pokhara University, Nepal. He can be reached at jaynishaant@gmail.com.