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Nepal's National Innovator Coming to the Upstate

Sep 28, 2018 09:24AM ● By Kathleen Maris
Mahabir Pun, Nepalese activist, innovator, and social entrepreneur, will speak at the Hughes Main Library in Greenville on Wednesday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m., hosted by the World Affairs Council Upstate (WACU) and the Global Action Coalition; this event is free and open to the public. 

Known for his extensive work in applying wireless technologies to develop remote areas of the Himalayas, Pun is a humanitarian whose work is inspiring many youth to return to Nepal in an effort to modernize and develop its potential. Pun seeks to eradicate problems inside Nepal in a number of different ways including, but not limited to, developing new apps for education in rural schools, creating more efficient solar thermal collectors, developing compact water filtering systems, developing an electronic medical recording system for rural health clinics, and providing medical drones to deliver medicine to remote communities.

Pun has been working on education and other innovations in his home country of Nepal since 1996. He is a widely known figure in Nepal and his work has been recognized internationally by the Ashoka Foundation, the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation, University of Nebraska, and Global Ideas Bank. He has been honored with the Magsaysay Award, considered the Nobel Prize for Asia, and inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. He created the National Innovation Center.

Having a speaker of Pun’s caliber and innovation expertise is a rare opportunity for the Upstate; in addition to the event at the library, he will also be speaking at Clemson University on Tuesday, October 2 and at USC Upstate in the morning on Wednesday, October 3.

For more information, call Rob Rowen (813) 546-9819 or contact