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Executive Programme Manager & AdministratorThupten Tsewang
Interior DesignerTenzin Nyentey
Fine ArtistTashi Norbu
Freelance Hair StylistPema Choedon
Research Policy OfficerMigyur D Samkhar
Fashion DesignerKelsang Tsomo
Filmmaker & JournalistKalsang Rinchen
Creative SupervisorDhondup Namgyal
EntrepreneurDekyi Yangtso Chawla
Tsering Rhitar, Born in Nepal, studied Mass Communication at the Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi from 1992 to 1993. In 1994, he spent a year in Dharamsala (India) documenting the Dalai Lama and the institutions of the Tibetan government-in-exile. His work includes 'Tears of Torture', a 27-minute documentary about a Tibetan nun who crossed snow passes and Chinese police check post to escape from Tibet on foot. His 1997 film 'The Spirit Doesn't Come Anymore', a documentary film profiling an old Tibetan shaman earned him the Best Film Award in FILM SOUTH ASIA – festival of South Asian documentary films, and Best Indigenous Filmmaker of the Year at Parnu Anthropological Film Festival, Estonia. In 2000, he made 'Mukundo' (Mask of Desire) (1hr. 45 mins) A feature film in Nepali, a co-production of Mila Productions (P) Ltd. and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), which was widely shown in International Film Festivals, and was Nepal's Official Entry for Academy Awards (OSCAR) in Best Foreign Language Film Section in 2000. In 2006, he produced and directed KARMA – a feature film about two Buddhist nuns' journey from their nunnery in the remote Mustang region, to track down an elusive businessman. NORBU: The Precious Red Panda is Tsering Rhitar's latest work.
Executive Programme Manager & Administrator
Thupten Tsewang is working as an Executive Programme Manager & Administrator with the Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi, India. Apart from the overall activities and day-to-day administration, his primary responsibilities include: organizing special events for the Foundation, workshops, seminars and talks on special themes, handling all the logistics, planning, management and execution of the same. For details do visit the website at www.furhhdl.org Thupten is an alumnus of the Central School for Tibetans (CST) Manali, Dalhousie and Mundgod. After completing his schooling, he graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Jalpaiguri Engineering College, North Bengal University. With a desire to serve in the Tibetan community, he started his working career at Norbulingka Institute, Dharamshala (www.norbulingka.org). Over five years, he gained valuable experience as the Public Relations Officer, Project Manager and Administrator. In the year 2006, Thupten has successfully coordinated and organised Amaravati Kalachakra in Andhra Pradesh.
Tenzin Nyentey, was born and brought up in gangtok, sikkim and finished schooling from Tashi Namgyal Academy . His interest in art and drawing led him to join the most prestigious institute of design in India, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in the year 2000. There he specialized in the course of exhibition design. He also received Ratan Tata scholarship in his first year for design excellence. During his five year, he was trained to design and produce exhibitions, set for theaters and films and also communication design for museums. As a part of his training, he did a lot of set design for advertisement for television in Mumbai under x height design studio. He was also the part of the set design team for the Tibetan English feature “ dreaming lhasa” by white crane films. After his graduation he worked for a year in Dubai in a design studio IDEASPICE DESIGN. He headed the space division and designing exhibitions, retail interiors and restaurant interiors. After a year he moved to Mumbai and started the same design office in India which he headed in for a year. This was when he learned the management part of running a design studio and marketing oneself. In the year 2008, when he started his very own design studio “ flying monk” along with his friend Priyanka Tolia who was also a graduate from national institute of design. They worked closely with channel V, Star TV and help them in developing their promotions. They also designed and developed a show for channel Pogo called FAQ which has just started being aired on television. Design of an exposition for Bhagaved Gita in Bangalore- client: ISKCON These are featured in his personal bog : http://flyinmonk.blogspot.com/
Tashi Norbu is a Tibetan contemporary artist, born 1974 in Bhutan. He has been educated and graduated in (1999) as a traditional Tibetan Thangka painter in Dharamsala, India. In 2000 he went to Belgium to study visual arts at the Saint Lucas Art Academy in Ghent. Since 2007 he lives and works in Holland as contemporary artist. Since 2010 he has his own art studio "9 Pillars" in Wormer, a village close to Amsterdam. In 2008 Tashi Norbu co- founded Tibet House Holland for Tibetan Art and Culture. In co-operation with the international Tibetan Art Movement Foundation he organized in 2009 the Tibet Art Now exhibition in Amsterdam. The art work of Tashi Norbu is exhibited in and represented by the Wereldmuseum (Museum of Ethnographic Art) in Rotterdam. Some art works are in consignation at Kunstencentrum Zaandam (Art Centre, gallery), Tibet House New York and Huis van Alijn (museum) in Ghent, Belgium. Besides that, the art works are showed on several national and international art fairs His most recent exhibitions were in Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde, Leiden, The Netherlands ( March 21th - April 6th 2014) and in Tibet House U.S. New York (March 14th- May 19th 2014). To know more about Tashi Norbu Visit www.tashinorbu.com.
Seldon is the first Tibetan to be awarded the Truman scholarship. Additionally, she is the recipient of fellowships such as the Haas Summer Fellowship to incorporate critical thinking and public speaking into a refugee school in India and the Stanford Major Grant to pursue research in honors thesis. Seldon has graduated with Phi Beta Kappa, high academic distinction in the Department of Comparative Studies with a focus in education and global justice at Stanford University. Tenzin Seldon is currently serving as an Executive and Co-Founder of Climate Justice League, working alongside top youth leaders and former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson as the foremost group of prominent women leaders concerned with climate issues. Seldon is a co-producer of the documentary, ‘State of Control,’ which will premiere in the United NationsFilmFestival. She has recently been recruited in the Department of Information and International Relations, CTA, as a Research Associate. She has also worked as Coordinator to President Obama’s Interfaith Challenge to foster and emphasize interfaith understanding among peers as well as a Fellow at CCARE (The Center for Compassion and Altruism, Research and Education), initially funded and supported by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, to promote the pedagogy and scientific study of compassion. She has organized numerous meaningful discussions with Chinese students on and off campus, including a notable dialogue with the Dalai Lama in 2010.
Freelance Hair Stylist
Pema Choedon is freelance hairstylist based in Delhi. She was brought up in Tezu(Arunachal Pradesh) and she did her schooling from CST Kalimpong. She always had a keen interest in artistic skills and has a flair for it. It was her interest in creative art that let her to pursue three month hair dressing and styling course. She didn’t just limit herself there and went on to learn nail art, tattoos and body painting. Under the guidance of her mentor she got opportunities to work with acclaimed photographers, models, sport person and film stars. Her work has featured in famous magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Femina, Maxim, Haper Bazar and in many advertisement agencies. She has done numerous assignments for various multinational brands, fashion shows and international festivals. Her work and accomplishment has inspired many to follow her foot-steps.
Palden Gyal, a Tibetan journalist, left Tibet in 1988. Palden studied Qinghai Nationalities University in Xining and Westminster College in London. He was a research analyst at Tibet Information Network. At the same time, he assisted in editing the Great Tibetan-English Dictionary Project at the SOAS, University of London. He now lives in Washington D.C. where he is a senior editor at Radio Free Asia. Palden is one of the founders of noted Tibetan literary journal Jangzhon, and independent newspaper Tibet Times. Palden published an anthology of poetry in Tibetan called "mChod," published by the Amnye Machen Institute in 1997. His other book "compilation of reflections and political commentaries on various political" and translation of some speeches by the most important leader of the Civil Rights movement, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. "I Have a Dream" published in 2004 by Tibet Times. Palden received the 2001 Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association. He invites everyone to look at some of his writings that are found on his blogs www.paldengyal.com
Migyur D Samkhar
Research Policy Officer
Migyur D Samkhar was born in Chushur in Tibet. Mr Samkhar began his education first at the Central School for Tibetans in Mussoorie and finished his Indian Schools Certificate Examinations from Cambrian Hall School in Dehradun UP. In 1975 Mr Samkhar obtained his BA Honours degree in Political Science from St Josephs College in Darjeeling and soon joined the Central Tibetan Administration to begin his public service career. In 1980 Mr Samkhar also obtained a Masters Degree in Political Science studying through the Directorate of Correspondence Courses from the Punjab University in Chandigarh and later completed his MA International Relations Degree in 1990 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina USA as a Fulbright scholar. Mr Samkhar was also involved with the activities of the Tibetan Youth Congress when in 1979 he was elected as President of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and thereafter as a founding General Secretary of the Indo-Tibetan Friendship Society (ITFS) in Dharamsala. In this role, Mr Samkhar assisted in the founding of an All India Indo Tibetan Friendship Societies Working Committee and organised national level conventions and conferences in Delhi and in other parts of India. From 1993 to 1996 Mr Samkhar served at the Tibet Information Office in Canberra and was responsible in the establishment of the Office in its early stage. He also served as Additional Secretary in the Department of Religion and Culture for a brief stint in 1996-97 and later as President of the Tibetan Community Association in New South Wales (1992-93) and the Australian Capital Territory (Canberra) from 2000 -2005. In 1999 Mr. Samkhar joined the Australian Public Service first working in the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and later in the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA). Mr Samkhar currently works as a Research Policy Officer in the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government.
Kelsang Tsomo a fashion designer and a stylist. She founded her her own label which is known as LAKAR, The Tibetan couture. Her designs captivated people attention with its uniqueness, yet very contemporary outlook. She specializes in enriching and polish our traditional wears, without losing its essence. She was born in Kollegal Dhondenling settlement. She got her diploma in fashion designing from Vogue Fashion Institute, Banglore and never look back. Her big break came when she interned with Anna Singh, a famous designer in Bollywood films which gave her valuble experience and in-still confidence in her. She is an Alumni of CST Kollegal, CST Shimla and St Teresa College, Mysore. She loves her work and which is why it is very interesting for her to constantly unveil her creative vision. In year 2007 she showcased her work in first ever Tibetan Fashion show at Bylakuppe, South India organised by Gonpo Entertainment. Same year she did fashion shows in Toronto (Canada) and Madison (US). She has also collaborated and contributed her designs for Miss Tibet pageant. She currently runs her design house and also opened Lakar store at Majnu Tilla for fashion lovers.
Filmmaker & Journalist
Kalsang Rinchen is a Filmmaker and journalist. An alumnus of Tibetan Children's Village, Dharamsala, he currently works as the Chief Editor of Phayul.com, an English-language news site created in 2001 by a young Tibetan in exile and run by Tibetans in India. He finished BA in Economics from St. Xavier's College, Ahmedabad and completed Masters in Communication Studies from MS University, Baroda. Prior to working with Phayul.com, he studied film and media production under the Tibetan Scholarship Program for two years at the UB, SUNY at Buffalo. He worked with Department of Information and International Relations, CTA for five and half years. He has also worked as the Editor of Tibet.net, the official website of the Tibetan government in exile. In 2008, Kalsang made a documentary film ‘Phantoms of Chittagong’ on Special Frontier Force in India as a dissertation thesis for his degree in media production. He also runs his own film production company by the name of Loma Films.
Dhondup Namgyal, He is the boy from the womb of hills and derives his love and inspiration from its pristine valleys. No wonder then that he has forever worked in the creative sector, currently being employed with a Delhi based Experiential Marketing Agency, ESP, as a Creative Superviser. After his schooling at Sir Tashi Namgyal Academy, Sikkim, D.N.(as he is lovingly called by his friends) pursued his graduation, B.A (Hons.) in Hindu college, D.U, where after he reckoned his true calling and followed the creative gene, by completing BFA (Commercial Arts) from college of Arts (New Delhi) and further receiving a Professional Degree in Digital Multimedia Applications. His journey in the seamless world of creativity took a formativle shape while working with superlative advertising agencies such as McCann Erickson and JWT, during which tenures DN voraciously explored, learnt, practiced and eventually defined his signature as a conceptualiser and Sr.Art Director. While working on reputed brands such as Bacardi, Pepsi, Nestle, LG, Virgin Atlantic, Sony, Vogue, ColorBar, DN attained an exquisite synergic balance between ideas and art, with exceptional judiciousness of color coordination and typographical aesthetics, earning him accolades wherever he went. Having fulfilled his appetite in the advertising sector, he then proceeded to explore the experiential marketing segment, which served as a confluence of practically all forms of creativity, leading him to his current status of a Creative Superviser, while being a prolific graphic designer. In a short duration of being in the firm, ESP, he has already delivered his precisely designed touch to brands such as Reckitt & Benckiser, I.T.C. ,HCL, Honda, Oriflame, Tupperware , Max New York,Yamaha and CISCO.
Dekyi Yangtso Chawla
Dekyi Yangtso Chawla (nee Khangsar) believes in the adage ‘Focus breeds excellence’, which she practices in her daily life, both at work and at home. Born and brought up in Bangalore with strong Tibetan values and traditions, her parents ensured she also received the best of education and competed head on with her Indian contemporaries. She graduated with a Bachelors in Commerce and Post graduate in Business Management from Bangalore University and Masters in International Business from the prestigious ‘National University of Singapore’, Singapore. She has a vast corporate experience spanning over 10 years with companies such as Visa International and Hewlett Packard, in the Business Development and Human Resources domain. Later in her quest to hone her entrepreneurial skills, she co-founded the company Reward360. Reward360 is India’s leading Loyalty Technology and Solutions company specializing in Loyalty and rewards management for almost all the Banks, Financial companies and other MNC’s across the country. Dekyi is now a proud head of a company with over 120 employees and counting. ( www.reward360.co ) Her involvement with the Global Tibetans Professional Network, has encouraged her to hire Tibetan employees and give internships to several Tibetan students and graduates. On a regular basis she trains young Tibetans on how to face interviews and giving them job opportunities. She was also Secretary of the Indo-Tibetan Friendship Society during the years 2000-2002. Dekyi advises that one must believe that our dreams will come true! It is important to visualize it because you are never given a wish without also given the power to make it true! So be ready to work hard and reach for the skies!
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