Ms. Karma Lhazom, Country Director
Karma joined READ Bhutan in November of 2014 after spending over a decade in various positions with the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources in Bhutan. Most recently, she served as Deputy Chief Programme Officer, Head of the Vocational & Training Division at the Ministry, where she supervised a team of several officers managing eight vocational training institutes throughout Bhutan. In her roles with the Ministry, Karma has worked with a variety of organizations including ADB, Helvetas, DANIDA, and JICA. She has traveled extensively throughout Bhutan and internationally for her work and is originally from Gelephu, Sarpang, Bhutan. Karma is fluent in Dzongkha, English, and Nepali and knows basic Hindi, Spanish and Korean. She has an M.A. in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management from the Institute of Education, University of London, an M.A. in Public Policy from the KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Seoul, Korea, and a Bachelors in Engineering from the PSG College of Technology Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.
Ms. Kezang Choden, Program Officer
Kezang joined READ Bhutan in July 2010 as a Field Officer. She was stationed in Ura for four months to work with the Ura READ Center and its community to strengthen programs and activities. Before taking on the role as Program Manager, she served READ Bhutan as the Program Officer from 2012 to 2015. She is responsible for management and implementation of all READ Bhutan programs including its Monitoring and Evaluation to ensure positive impact in the READ Communities. Before READ, Kezang worked for Kuzoo FM, a youth radio station as the program coordinator. She graduated from North Bengal University in India with honors in literature in 2006. She also has a post-graduate diploma in radio journalism from Asian College of Journalism in Chennai, India.
Ms. Tashi Pem, Administration and Finance Officer
Tashi joined READ Bhutan in July 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in commerce from Bangalore University in India. Before joining READ, she interned at Bhutan National Bank.
Mr. Ngawang Phuntsho, Development Officer
Prior to joining READ Bhutan as Development Officer in 2012, Ngawang Phuntsho worked at the Head Office of the Bank of Bhutan (in Phuentsholing) as the PR & Media Officer. He blogs regularly on social issues and frequently contributes columns to the local newspapers. He has a Bachelors Degree in English Literature from Sherubste College, Kanglung, via Delhi University.
Mr. Bhim Prasad Khatiwara, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Officer
Bhim joined READ Bhutan as ICT officer in March 2015. Prior to joining READ, Bhim worked as an Intelligent Network Engineer and Section Head at Tashi InfoComm Limited (the first private telecommunications operator in Bhutan) for seven and half years. Bhim holds a Bachelors degree in computer science from Sherubtse College in Kanglung, Bhutan, via the University of Delhi.
Mr. Ganesh Chettri, Field Coordinator
Ganesh joined READ Bhutan in January 2011. He is stationed in Gasa and works with the community and grassroots leaders to plan, coordinate and establish the new Gasa READ Center. Before joining READ, Ganesh worked for Civil Society Organization Fund Facility. He also completed internships at Bank of Bhutan, Goeneful Options Consultancy and Ministry of Labor and Human Resources. He graduated in 2009 with a bachelor's in business management from Garden City College in Bangalore, India.
Ms. Rinchen Choden, Field Coordinator
Rinchen joined the READ Bhutan team in August of 2012 as a field coordinator. Rinchen received her BS in Human Ecology with majors in Social Technology (Development Studies) from the University of the Philippines, Los Banos. During her four year stay, she worked with several grassroots organizations on community development and livelihood programs. She did on-the –job training with Aboitiz Power Renewable Inc. under their CSR department in the Philippines. She also did a three month internship with the UNDP Environment unit in Bhutan.
Mr. Dorji Wangchuk, Field Coordinator
Dorji joined the READ Bhutan office team in 2014, after a year and a half of serving as a Community Coordinator at the Changjiji Community Library and Resource Center (READ Model Center in Thimphu). He graduated from Royal Thimphu College with a BA in English and Environmental Studies in 2012. Previously, Dorji interned with the Bhutan Broadcasting Service.