Rameshore P. Khanal, Advisor
Mr Khanal has more than 31 years of experience in the civil service and is a former secretary of the Ministry of Finance. He served as Chairman of the Board at the Agricultural Development Bank and as a Member of the Board of Directors of Nepal Rastra Bank (central bank), Rastriya Banijya Bank, Nepal Telecom Company and Nepal Airlines. He was also the Chief Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Nepal.

Graham Wrigley, Donor, Advisor 
Graham has been visiting Nepal since 1981 and has long standing relation with Nepal, starting a longterm relationship with Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust UK, where he serves as Chairman. Graham initiated the Samriddha Pahad initiative for Nepal in the year 2009 and has been providing advisory work Samriddha Pahad on a pro bono basis ever since.  Graham worked at Bain & Co, was a founder partner of Permira and a member of the firm’s management board as it grew into one of the leading global private equity firms. He stepped down from the firm in 2006 to “retrain” for a new career in international development by completing an MSC in development economics at SOAS. Since then he has worked in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, focussing on using his investing experience to help bring long term investment capital to help the private sector in these countries to grow and provide sustainable development. He was appointed Chairman of CDC, the UK’s Development Finance Institution, in 2013.

Graham Wrigley awarded knighthood in Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020

We would like to congratulate Graham Wrigley, the  founder and active advisor of Samriddha Pahad and the Chairman of The Blueberry Hill Charitable Trust UK, on receiving the award of Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George for his services and contribution in social and economic development, awarded in the latest Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020.

In the year 2009, Graham launched the “Samriddha Pahad” campaign meaning “Prosperity in the Mountains” that works closely in cooperation with the group of Nepalis for the mountain communities, is successful in achieving its two major objectives i.e. to provide access to finance to 25,000 people in remote areas, where they didn’t have access to finance earlier and to prove the “Mountain Finance” concept; so that other bank and financial institutions can have the confidence to come to mountain areas. 

Ten years on, both those goals have been achieved. Since then, Graham remains a donor, advisor, and mentor for Samriddha Pahad. Today, Samriddha Pahad is providing ongoing support to existing 250 partner community institutions and deeply involved in Kanchenjunga Conservation Area working with community institutions and creating sustainable tourism through an initiative called “Samriddha Kanchenjunga”. 

Graham Wrigley said: “I am deeply honored and humbled by this award. It’s been a privilege to work with the dedicated and brilliant Nepali colleagues at Samriddha Pahad over the last decade. I am so proud of Samriddha Pahad does for the mountain communities. I really think mixture of innovations and perseverance at ground levels has been rewarded by some real achievements. I am personally excited for the next decade particularly in the Kanchenjunga area, where I really hope we can contribute to the sustainable development.” 

Prithvi Bahadur Pande`, Chairman of Samriddha Pahad says “We are delighted that Graham has been acknowledged for his hard work and contribution towards international development. Nepal is one of the lucky beneficiaries, where he has devoted himself to the social and economic development of the mountain communities. His contribution to the areas of access to finance through the “Mountain Finance” model and livelihood development in the mountain community is indeed remarkable. Similarly, his vision 2025 “Samriddha Kanchenjunga” (economic development through sustainable tourism in the Kanchenjunga mountain region) is going to be the game-changer. We, Samriddha Pahad are committed to work with the trust and Graham and look forward to continuing to make a difference to the lives of the mountain people of Nepal inspired by Graham’s vision and commitment.”

Sanjeev Neupane, CEO of Samriddha Pahad says “We are delighted that Graham has been acknowledged for his work and contribution for the development. It’s been a privilege for me to work with Graham since 2011 and feel proud to be part of Samriddha Pahad’s vision.           

The announcement of HM Queen’s Birthday Honours list is here and a list of the Higher Awards can be found here.
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