Our Executive Team

The KWS leadership team comprises individuals who possess a wealth of experience in the management of schools and the varied aspects of education. The leadership team includes the Chief Executive Officer, Head of Education, Deputy Head (Principal), Heads of Primary, Middle and Secondary School, Head of Professional Development of the KWS Learning Centre. The team is responsible for designing and delivering of high quality education and services as envisioned in the vision and mission of the school.

Rajendra K. Ghising, Ph. D.

Chief Executive Officer

Rajendra K. Ghising, the Chief Executive Officer, joined Kathmandu World School in November 2015. He has been involved from the very inception of the school in providing inputs for the design and development of the school infrastructure and facilities as well as in administrative and financial management. Before he joined Kathmandu World School, he was associated for more than two decades with GEMS School.

In his more than two decades with GEMS, he successfully led the finance and operations departments, and in his capacity as the CEO for the last eight years, he was the principal architect in the areas of financial management, strategic planning, execution and new business developments. He played a key role in collaborating with international education institutes in providing a twinning programme in the institution.

He earned his MBA from Ace Institute of Management, Pokhara University, Nepal and Ph. D. in Management from Angeles University, Philippines. In addition, he is a Kaplan–Norton Balanced Scorecard Certified Graduate administered by the Palladium, USA. Dr. Ghising has attended several Executive Education Courses on Strategy Development and Execution such as Advanced Strategic Management in International Institute of Management Development (IMD), Switzerland, one of the leading business schools in the world, Strategy Development for Successful Execution in Doha, Qatar, Kaplan–Norton Master Class, etc. He has visited several world–class schools in Singapore, Malaysia and India for an in-depth understanding of school infrastructure, facilities, systems and pedagogic principles.

Dr. Rajeev Chhetri


The Principal, Dr. Rajeev Chhetri, joined Kathmandu World School in May 2018, bringing along a long-standing experience of over two decades as an academician and academic administrator in reputed educational institutes of the Kathmandu Valley.

He started his career from National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), and was associated with NIST till 2007 as the Programme Coordinator of the Science Stream. In the year 2008, he was appointed the Academic Head of GEMS Institute of Higher Education. He was responsible for overseeing the academic of Plus 2, A-Levels and BS-MD (Bachelor of Science leading to a degree in Medicine), a binary programme with Angeles University Foundation, the Philippines. Thereafter, he was associated as the Academic Director of Golden Gate International College, Liverpool International College, and more recently, Patan College for Professional Studies, the academic partner of the University of Bedfordshire, U.K. in Nepal.In the capacity of the Head of Academics in various colleges, he has functioned as the principal architect in planning, executing and monitoring day-to-day operations, and also developed a performance evaluation system for students as well as co-workers in addition to formulating, recommending and implementing new policies to promote progressive trends in higher education.

He earned his doctorate degree (Ph. D.) in Environmental Sciences from Kathmandu University, Nepal and his undergraduate and postgraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Sri Sathya Sai University, India. He has published many research articles in various international and national journals related to his core area of research on Ethnobotany.

San Awale

Head of Administration and Operations

Mr. San Awale is the Head of Administration and Operations at Kathmandu World School. He was involved with various organizations, academic and others, in managerial roles where he was responsible for administrative tasks as well as site management. He has a wealth of experience of working in an international school setting and knows about school administration policies and operational procedures.

He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Ace Institute of Management, Pokhara University, Nepal.

Prior to joining Kathmandu World School, he was working as an Operations Manager at The British School (TBS),Kathmandu. He also has experience as a Project Manager for a social initiative program, which ensured the right to education of children living and working in difficult circumstances.

Dr. Mahendra Thapa

Plus 2 Co-ordinator

Dr. Mahendra Thapa earned his Master’s degree in Chemistry (M.Sc.) from Tribhuvan University (TU), Nepal and doctoral degree (Ph. D.) in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from Kansas State University, USA in 2007. Having successfully gained his Ph. D., he worked as a Senior Research Scientist at Symmetry Biosciences, North Carolina, USA for three years.

He returned to Nepal in 2015 and worked as the Head of the Department of Chemistry in Uniglobe Higher Secondary School till March 2018. He loves teaching–learning activities, and has been voted the best teacher in Chemistry several times. He has a good understanding of the high school educational system in Nepal and aims to incorporate practical approach to the teaching-learning activities within the classroom to facilitate better understanding. At Kathmandu World School, he is working on developing a team capable of making the high school study in Nepal interesting, productive and fulfilling.

Apart from teaching, he has presented and delivered numerous talks on career counseling and career objectives for high school students throughout the country and abroad. He is also involved in various student outreach programmes as well as social and scientific research based on high school education. He is fond of travelling and meeting new people. He loves playing futsal and listening to music in his free time.

Vani Rana

Vice Principal (Head of Elementary School)

Ms. Vani Rana, is the Head of Elementary School (I – VIII). She has extensive experience in teaching and academic administration particularly in the elementary level. She is well–versed with the modern teaching–learning pedagogies such as enquiry–based and student–centered approaches, academic planning, assessment and teacher–training. Before joining Kathmandu World School, she worked at Ullens School, one of the reputed schools in Nepal, as a teacher for three years and as the Head of the Elementary School for five years.

Our Core Strengths

Experiential Learning: A Hands-on Approach to Learning

The school encourages hands–on activities so that students are directly involved in creating and constructing effective learni ...

Faculty: Dedicated to Excellence through Rigorous Professional Development

Our faculty members are highly accomplished, experienced and dedicated individuals who are driven by values that place students ...

Visionary and Experienced Leadership: Leading the School Forward

The KWS leadership team comprises individuals with a wealth of experience in the management of schools and the varied aspects of ...

Holistic Development: Connectedness of mind, body and spirit

When Plato wrote about education in The Republic, he proposed a holistic curriculum that requires a balance of training in physi ...

Pre–Medical and Pre–Engineering Exam Preparations

The prevailing trend shows that a majority of students pursuing Science stream hope to get entry into an undergraduate course in ...

Guidance, Higher Studies & Career Counselling

At KWS, we provide guidance, counselling and learning support to the students who lag behind with their learning and adaptation. ...

Service Learning: Connecting Curriculum with Community Service

We encourage our students to appreciate their community and to contribute positively to society in general. One of our core v ...

Parental Engagement in Education: A Proven Formula for Success

Students do well in their education when parents take active and consistent interest in their education. Parental engagement re ...

Value-based Education

Our goal is to instill the eastern values of community spirit with the western values of individuality and independence in th ...