Dr. Pema Choephyel
Dr. Pema Choephyel joined the Fund in July 2010. As the bridge between grant seekers and the Fund’s Management Board, he has responsibility for strategy development, program design and monitoring, outreach, human resource development.
Over the past 22 years, Dr. Pema Choephyel’s career has covered environmental conservation, research in renewable natural resources and commercial finance. He began his career with the Royal Civil Service Commission; as a civil servant he held various positions as the Principal at Royal Veterinary Institute, Department of Animal Husbandry, Pedagogic Head (VP) at the Natural Resources Training Institute, Chief Research Officer, Chief Extension Officer, Director, Council of RNR Research of Bhutan and recently as an Advisor to the Bhutan Development Finance Corporation Limited.
He has held various professional membership such as the Permanent Representative of World Meteorology Organization (2004-2007), member of the Project Steering Committee of various area Development Projects in Bhutan.(1997-2007), Board Director for Bhutan Development Finance Corporation Limited (2002-2007), Druk Seed Corporation, (2001-2007), Bhutan Agro Industry Limited (2001-2003), and Food Corporation of Bhutan, (2002-2003), He was also the Chairman of Audit Committee for BDFCL (2004-2007) and a member of Good Governance Plus (2006).
A graduate of Bombay Veterinary College, Bombay, India Dr. Pema Choephyel received his master’s degree in Rural Development and Communication from Lincoln University, New Zealand in 1991. He is from Mongar and has three sons and a daughter.
Chief Program Officer
Mr. Ugyen Lhendup joined BTFEC on 1 January 2016 as the Chief Program Officer (CPO). In BTFEC, his primary responsibility is to facilitate the efficient and effective management of BTFEC’s grant thereby realizing the strategic goals of the organization. The CPO will also represent the organization in relevant public forums and participate in professional programs to increase the visibility and effectiveness of BTFEC.
With Social Science background, he taught in schools for couple of years until he joined the Royal Society for protection of Nature (RSPN). In RSPN, he executed numerous environmental related projects and worked closely with schools, monastic institutions and local communities. He sits on number of environmental related committees of the Royal Government and also holds the position of a Country Coordinator of Bhutan Water Partnership.
Mr. Ugyen holds a Masters Degree in “Applied Community Change & Conservation” from the Future Generations Graduate School, West Virginia, USA. He comes from Paro.
Acting Chief Finance Officer
Singye Dorji has been the Fund’s finance officer since 1997. He looks after all financial operations, including accounting, budgeting, monitoring investments, and maintaining the Fund’s tax-exempt status. He also oversees the day-to-day administration of the organisation. Singye is also member secretary to the Board’s asset management committee.
Over a career of 20 years, Singye has gained valuable financial and administrative experience. Prior to joining the Fund, he served in the Royal Court of Justice in Thimphu as deputy chief accountant during 1989 to 1995. During 1996 to 1997, he served as deputy chief accountant in the secretariat of His Majesty the King.
Singye received his MBA in international business in 2007 from Escuela De Alta Direccion Y Administracion in Barcelona, Spain. He is from Wongmey Nang, Trashi Yangtse.
Sonam Wangmo joined the Trust Fund as administrative assistant in 2001. In 2007, she became the administrative officer, with overall responsibility for office management, human resource administration, logistics coordination, and day-to-day financial management.
Sonam is a graduate from GCG, Chandigarh, Punjab University, and in 2010, she received her master’s degree in Public Administration with concentration in Leadership from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) popularly acknowledged to be the home of Bhutanese architecture in North America. Sonam is from Samkhar, Trashigang.
Dorji joined the Fund in 2006 as an assistant program officer. He is now the program officer and ensures the smooth operations of the entire grants program, assists program colleagues with proposal review, planning and coordination, management and evaluation of environmental grant activities in the country.
Dorji graduated from Sherubtse College in Bhutan in 2005, with a first division degree in geography (Honors). As an undergraduate, he was local project coordinator for the largest book in the world project, which produced “Bhutan, A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom”. During 2002 to 2005, he was also project director of the Friendly Planet-funded school photography clubs at Sherubtse College and five schools throughout the country.As a volunteer, Dorji provided valuable assistance in organizing Bhutan’s participation as the feature of the 42nd Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC, in June and July 2008. 150 artisans, farmers, dancers, officials, and monks presented Bhutan’s unique cultural heritage at its largest and most successful event organised outside the country.
Further, Dorji has been actively serving on technical committees in Bhutan pertaining to water, climate change, human-wildlife conflicts, and solid waste management and biodiversity related projects. He has been volunteering for forest fire management, Kuzoo Radio and other areas as well. He received his Masters of Business Administration(specialization in Project Management) degree in 2013 from the Australian National University. He is from Phongmey, Trashigang.
Miss Namgay Dema joined BTFEC in August 2016 as a program officer. She supports the work of the Program Division by developing, managing and coordinating day-to day activities of the grant program. She serves as the focal point for potential grantees seeking information on grant program objectives, the grant cycle and grantee obligations. She will also stay informed on new technical information, policy developments, issues, and trends related to national biodiversity conservation and recommend programmatic responses.
With Bachelor of Science from Sherubtse college, affiliated to Delhi University and Post Graduate in Education, she has teaching experience of over eight years in various schools in Bhutan. Namgay has Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Technology from UNESCO-IHE, the Netherlands in 2012.
Prior to joining BTFEC, she worked as a researcher and environmental science curriculum developer in Royal Education Council for more than two years. She is from Thimphu.
Rabi C Dahal
Mr. Rabi C Dahal is the Communications Officer. He joined the Fund in July 2017. As a communication officer he is responsible for successful implementation of the Fund’s communication strategy; coordinate fund raising efforts and support fundraising activities; build the Fund’s position in the fields relevant to its strategic areas of interest; produce reports; undertake advocacy activities and publications.
Rabi has over 11 years of experience in media and communication. He got introduced to journalism at a time when Bhutan was preparing for the eventual advent of democracy, bequeathed upon by His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck.
All his journalistic working life has been spent with the Bhutan Observer, joining when the paper founded in 2006. Initially employed as an IT officer, due to his interest in reporting and writing, he later became a reporter. He covered social issues, both urban and rural, along with education and the local economy so as to bring about positive social changes, big and small. In 2010, he received national media award for the “Most Valuable Story of the Year”, otherwise called the “GNH Story of the Year” for his news article “Ungar Diary”.
Rabi held various professional and voluntary posts. He served as a board of director for Journalists’ Association of Bhutan (2014-2017); he headed editorial board of Tashi delek, Drukair’s in-flight magazine (2015-2017); sat on the board of editors for Hindu Dharma Samudaya of Bhutan’s newsletter and publications; and served as Executive Committee member and Secretary for Bhutan-Australia Alumni Association (2015-2017).
With a distinction in Master of Communication from Edith Cowen University, Australia, and first-class in Bachelor of Computer Applications from Madras University, his background is rather varied and interdisciplinary. He was involved in framing media guidelines on reporting for children and women. In the fall semester of 2015, he taught a module on Print Journalism to the students at Royal Thimphu College. Rabi is from Tsirang.
Assistant Finance Officer
Yeshey Peldon joined the Fund as assistant finance officer from October 2010.She assists Finance Officer in all financial operations. Before joining the Fund, she worked for a private company as assistant finance officer for three and half years.
Yeshey graduated from Darjeeling Government College in 2006 with a B.Com degree. She is from Changchena, Punakha.
Assistant Finance Officer
Rinchen Wangmo joined the BTFEC in October 2014 as the Assistant Finance Officer. She holds Bachelor in Business Administration specialized in Accounts from Gedu College of Business Studies, 2012.
Before joining the Trust Fund, She worked with private companies for two years. Rinchen is from Kurtoe, Lhuentse.
Assistant Program Officer
Phuntsho Choden joined the Trust Fund as Assistant Program Officer in December 2014, as primary support to the program division in all business matters related to program management.
Phuntsho is a graduate from Sherubtse College, Kanglung, Bhutan in 2013.
Phuntsho is from Galing, Trashigang.
Pema Wangmo joined the Fund in April 2010 as the office assistant. Before joining the Fund, she worked for a successful private business for three years.
Pema Wangmo graduated from Rinchen High School in 2007.
She is from Bidung, Trashigang.
Personal Assistant to Director
Kinzang Lhamo joined the BTFEC secretariat in August 2014 as Personal Assistant to the Director. She graduated in Bachelors in Business Administration from the Institute of Management Studies, Dehra Dun, India in 2008.
Prior to joining the trust fund, Kinzang also worked at Puni Gaki Handicraft,a project under Sustainable Development Secretariat and at the Handicraft Association of Bhutan. Kinzang is from Nanong, Pemagatshel.
Thinley Wangdi Joined Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation on 8th September, 2014 as a Data Manager. His primary responsibility at BTFEC is to maintain and facilitate a reliable and efficient ICT services.
Prior to the current post, Thinley has worked with Bhutan Telecom as a Network Administrator for about two and half years and Technical Head with USD Dot Com for a project period of one year. Thinley is also a recipient of Outstanding leadership award for the year 2013 from Royal Thimphu College.
Thinley has a Bachelors in Computer Applications from Royal Thimphu College and he is from Kanglung, Trashigang.
Pasang joined the Fund in December 2004. He had previously worked with Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park for four years before joining the fund. Pasang is from Jurmey, Mongar.
Karma Yangzom joined the Trust Fund in December 2004.
Karma is from Jamkhar, Trashi Yangtse