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Board of Directors

Wayne Cheung - Founder/President

Education: BS in Computer Information System, San Francisco State University

Wayne has been the Director and Founder of NEIO since 2008 working with grassroots communities in the remote regions of the Himalayas. Wayne promotes opportunities to improve quality of life in these regions by working closely with local communities over the development and construction projects of educational facilities that provide sustainable and locally-driven programs for their schools, and continuously brings public awareness to inspire resources into these regions.

"Changes begin with education"

Winnie Tsai - Co-Founder/Vice President

Education: B.A. in Economics, University of Pennsylvania and
J.D. from Santa Clara University

"Having spent some time in Nepal volunteering at a local orphanage makes me realize the value of education and what it can do for these children and for children all over the world. Material donations can only do so much, but the gift of education is one that'll last a lifetime and beyond. The cause NEIO is supporting is an important and an amazing one which I hope to contribute to in some way."

Alana Koch - Treasurer

Education: BA Psychology MBA Master of Business Administration - Information Systems University of Iowa

Alana first traveled to Nepal in 1995, to scout Sherpa partners for a Mt. Everest climbing expedition. She has returned to Nepal many times since and feels that Nepal and its people are special. Education provides critical thinking skills and is so important to all. The work NEIO is doing makes a difference to many lives.

Carla Chan - Outreach Manager

Education: Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia

Bio to come

USA Team

Avani Oswal - Social Media Manager

Education: University of California, Los Angeles

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." NEIO is doing this by providing children the tools through education to become successful.

Melodie Tsai - Public Relation, Advisory and Former Director

Education: B.A. in International Relations, Coll. of William and Mary; Juris Doctorate in Law, University of Richmond School of Law

"Education sparks passions and passions give color to life."

Tang Peng - Volunteer

Education: Huazhong University of Science and Technology

"Every child has their personal light. Education is to bring the light out, leading them to be their own selves. When I was in the rural village of Nepal, I could see the light in the children's eyes, which inspired me a lot. I want to give the best to them."


Ray Kung - Advisory

Education: B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science, Wisconsin MPA international development, Harvard University MBA at Wharton of the University of Pennsylvania

"To generate economic growth, human capital is the first and foremost determinate. Nepal has been forgotten during years of political upheaval."

Former Director and Volunteer

Cindy Ho - Former Director

Education: B.A. in Liberal Studies and M.A. in Education, Cal Poly Pomona

"By providing the children of Nepal a chance to be educated, they can transform their knowledge into something meaningful. That knowledge is what can help sustain the lives of generations to come."

Kanishka Maheshwari - Former Director

Education: B.S. in Information Systems(minor in Business Administration), M.S. in Information Systems Management from Carnegie Mellon University

"I believe that every child has the right to have access to education, and the children in the Himalayan valleys are forgotten in every respect by everyone (Governments & Non-Profits)."

Elley Ho - Former Director

Education: B.A. in Psychology, UC Berkeley, M.A in Education, San Jose State University

"The utmost beauty on earth is found within the heart of the joyful, in scenes of stunning simplicity. I thank the Nepalese children for what they offered me. I'll utilize every opportunity to give back and let others experience the same."

Anristie Kho - Former Director

Education: B.A. in Economics (minor in Accounting), University of California, Los Angeles

"The dedication of NEIO team ensures my faith in changing the next generation's life in Nepal by providing the education opportunities and resources they need."

Dawn Leow - Former Director

Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering, UC Berkeley

"In a world that has become increasingly interconnected, I believe in enabling a pathway to information and knowledge-sharing at the grassroots level. Through the building of brick-and-mortar schools in a region of the world where the rights to literacy receive limited socio-economic resources, NEIO provides a structural means for new pockets of future generations to come together and gather knowledge. Who knows the extent of collective creativity we are supporting to happen through these youth?"

Gloria Sun - Former Advisory

Education: B.A. in Computer Science, UC Berkeley M.B.A, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

"Education is one of the most organic ways to empower children for a better future"

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