Our Nepali team manages the chain of free private schools in Nepal. We are supported by our foundations in the Netherlands and Germany.


Manjil Rana

Founding Principal

Manjil Rana, from Kathmandu, Nepal, studied at St Xavier’s School and continued college at UWC (Mahindra United World College in India). Rana furthered his studies at the College of Atlantic reading Human Ecology and is currently specialising in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology at Tribhuvan University.


Siddharth Lama Yonzon

Co-Founder, Pokhari Bhanjyang Branch

Siddharth was born in Nepal and raised in Kathmandu. He worked at Himalayan Health Care INC as a junior office and later at a Hamro Aastha Nepal rehabilitation centre for two years. Siddharth gained experience as a resident teacher at Malpi International School. He began his journey with Maya Universe Academy as a volunteer and since 2015 co-founded its branch in Pokhari Bhanjyang, Tanahun District.

Yoon ShinChul

Co-Founder & South Korea Representative

Yoon is from Korea. Studied at Mahindra United World College and furthered his studies at Calvin College in the United States. Co-founded Maya Universe Academy in 2010 with Manjil Rana. He is a history teacher, as well a directing manager of Maya’s social enterprises to help improve the financial sustainability of the school.


Bas de Nijs

Co-founder, Maya Netherlands

Driven by a passionate commitment to Maya’s mission and students, Bas spends the majority of his time working for Maya in Nepal, teaching, coaching, and coordinating. Besides educating in Nepal and fundraising in the Netherlands, Bas facilitates social entrepreneurship in the communities Maya works with.


Niki Achchhami

Co-ordinator, Tanahun

Maya Universe Academy Foundation, Netherlands

Rikke van der Veen

Chairman, Maya Universe Academy Netherlands

Rikke van der Veen – Chairman Maya Universe Academy Netherlands – Amsterdam, Netherlands,


Maya Universe Academy Foundation, Germany

Dora Mueller

Co-Ordinator, Maya Universe Academy, Germany


Children of Everest, USA

Dhruv Kochhar

Chairman, Children of Everest

Dhruv grew up in India and currently resides in Los Angeles. He has been a part of the Mayan movement since its inception and is passionate about improving access to education for all. He leads funding operations for COE in the US and is an integral part of of the team.