Ms. Ugen Choden, Program Director, Bhutan Foundation
Ugen Choden has served as the Program Director of the Bhutan Foundation, based in Thimphu, Bhutan, for over eight years. Ms. Choden managed and fundraised for the programs of the foundation that conserve wildlife and the environment in innovative ways; advance equitable and sustainable development with a focus on special education, emergency medical services and rural livelihoods; promote good governance by building capacity to enhance democracy; and preserve culture through restoration of important sites and improving the quality of life for nuns.
Prior to joining the Bhutan Foundation she worked as a consultant for over ten years for various national and international organizations including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and other UN agencies, as well as the Royal Government of Bhutan, specializing in social issues such as primary education, HIV/AIDS, and gender studies. Most of her research work entailed work with rural communities in remote parts of Bhutan. She attended the University of Delhi in India, Sherubtse College in Bhutan, the National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi and briefly the University of Arkansas in the United States.
Mr. Passang Dorji, Director of Investments, Druk Holding and Investments (DHI)
Mr. Passang Dorji has over 12 years of experience in the corporate sector in Bhutan and currently serves as the Director for Investments, projects and private sector development at DHI. Prior to DHI, he has worked in Bhutan Power Corporation as the Company secretary. He also serves as a Board Director in Bhutan Telecom. Mr. Dorji received his Bachelor in Civil Engineering from Thailand and MBA from the Asian Institute of Management, Philippines.
Mr. Passang Dorji, Program Coordinator, GNHC, Royal Government of Bhutan
Mr. Passang Dorji is a Program Coordinator with the Development Cooperation Division at the Gross National Happiness Commission. Prior to joining GNHC, Mr. Dorji worked as a Dzongkhag Planning Officer at the District Administration, Haa. Mr. Dorji attended and received post graduate degrees from Sherubtse College, Bhutan, and the Royal Institute of Management, Bhutan, and holds a masters degree in International & Development Economics from the Australian National University, Australia.
Mr. Tshering Dorji, Program Director, The Bhutan Foundation
Mr. Tshering has a decade of experience working in banking and finance. He began his career as an auditor and later became the strategy manager for Bhutan National Bank. His experiences include risk assessment of internal controls, planning and execution of audit programs, policy formulation, strategy and project management, and performance management systems. He also has a passion for music, contemplative art, and social issues. In his free time, he writes songs and produces music from his home studio for local artists and independent films. He also volunteers for various charitable causes. He has a bachelor of commerce degree from Sherubtse College in Bhutan and a post-graduate diploma in music and sound from Queensland University of Technology, Australia.
Mr. Thinley Palden, CEO, RSAP Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Palden is the CEO of RSA Pvt. Ltd., a mining and minerals company. Mr. Palden also serves as the Vice President of the Bhutan Chamber for Commerce and Industry. Previously, he worked for Bhutan National Bank for 8 years. Mr. Palden received his bachelor's in business administration from Germany.
Mr. Tshewang Tandin, Director General, Department of Adult and Higher Education
Tshewang Tandin is the Director General of Department of Adult and Higher Education at the Ministry of Education in Thimphu. He previously worked as Director of the Department of School Education at the Ministry of Education. Mr. Tandin received a bachelor's degree in Zoology from St. Anthony's College, India, a master's degree in Zoology at St. John's College, India, and a master's of Education (Administration) from the University of New England, Australia.