Priti Bhattarai

Priti Bhattarai
Program Manager

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Priti firmly believes in the idea that we travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us. She caught the travel bug at an early age when her family moved from Kathmandu, Nepal to live in Tokyo, Japan. While the culture shock was tremendous, the new country fascinated her and she couldn’t believe how a world so different – so beautiful – existed just a plane ride away.

Seeing the disparity of the two nations also ignited the fire in her to want to dedicate her life to equity and development. Her journey took her from the streets of Tokyo to England, where she lived and studied for the next eight years. She got her Master’s from London School of Economics in NGOs and Development, focusing on social policy and gender and development. After school, she went back to Nepal and worked on issues concerning education and gender equality.

After relocating to the U.S., Priti worked with the policy team at AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Rukmini Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on girls’ education and empowerment in Nepal. She is currently the Board Vice President of Rukmini Foundation and manages their team in Nepal.

Priti’s passion for travel has never slowed down, even given all of her moves. She has backpacked across more than 20 countries, and her love for trekking has taken her up Machu Pichu in Peru, Mount Rinjani in Indonesia, Mt. Fuji in Japan and Torres Del Paine in Patagonia, Chile. Priti and her husband, Abbal, hope to go back to Nepal one day to try and conquer the Himalayas. Reading novels is one of Priti’s favorite pastimes, as a story can transport us to different worlds and is another form of travelling. She can also be found listening to music, going for walks and curling up to watch a good Netflix show.

Priti serves as a Program Manager at iLEAP, administering a diverse range of programs including the International Fellowship.