Prior to becoming the Co-Founder and CEO of Teach for Nepal, Shisir Khanal worked as the Executive Director of Sarvodaya USA, a Madison, Wisconsin-based non-profit organization that supports grassroots social movements around the world. As Executive Director, Shisir managed the operations, programs, donor relations, communications and fundraising efforts for Sarvodaya USA. The initiative has strong roots in Sri Lanka, and in 2008, Shisir established Sarvodaya Nepal. In 2010, he led a Facebook-based campaign to win $100,000 to construct a green school building for the Jyotidaya Cooperative School in Nepal.
Prior to working at Sarvodaya USA, Shisir was a Research Assistant at Robert M. La Follette School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, interned with the United Nations Development Program in Nepal, and worked at the Connecticut General Assembly. He completed his Master’s degree in International Public Affairs (MIPA) in 2005 from the La Follette School of Public Affairs at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In 2012, the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association awarded Shisir with the “Forty Under 40” Award for his outstanding work in sustainable development.