PRESIDENT'S Profile

Ms. Pramila Acharya Rijal

Ms. Pramila Acharya Rijal is the Founder President of South Asian Women Development Forum, with a SAARC Recognized Body status. The forum  was initiated and coordinated from Nepal under her leadership.

Ms. Rijal is also the Charter President of Zonta Club Kathmandu Nepal, a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women with sixty eight chapters worldwide. She is the Founder Member and Past President of Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Associations of Nepal (FWEAN), Past Chairperson of SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council, a sub sector of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She is also the Executive Member of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Apex Chamber of SAARC region, and Board Member of Institute of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Ministry of  the Govt. of Nepal.

Ms. Rijal has been actively involved in promoting women entrepreneurship in Nepal and the South Asian Region through various national federations, chambers and institutions. She has also been involved as a consultant in the formation of the Women Entrepreneurs Committee under the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She has the expertise in promoting women entrepreneurship, developing social enterprises at the national, regional and international level.

In her personal capacity, she is the Chairperson of Pratistha Construction Company,  Founder Member and Promoter of SAARC Chamber Crafts Village Marketing Center for promoting and marketing products of women producers and entrepreneurs, from the South Asian Region. She is also a Promoter of Manushi Micro Credit Bank which provides access to finance for women producers and entrepreneurs. As a social entrepreneur, she is the recipient of several awards as the harbingers of change on the advancement and economic empowerment of women at the national and regional level.

Recently, Ms. Rijal has been conferred with the Prabal Jana Sewa Shree Padak by Rt. Honorable President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Mrs. Bidya Devi Bhandari.