Board of Trustees
MR. ARUN KAPUR (CHAIR)
Mr. Arun Kapur has over 31 years of experience in the field of education. He started his career at The Doon School, Dehradun, and went on to join the British School in New Delhi as Principal. He is currently the Director of Vasant Valley School, New Delhi, which he helped start, designing and implementing processes, procedures, logistics, staffing plans and management systems.
As Executive Director of Learn Today, the Learning Division of The India Today Group, he conceptualised a learning-and-testing portal to bring quality education within the reach of students across India. Learn Today also advises on setting up new schools, which are centres of excellence, across the country.
Mr. Arun Kapur is the Chairman of Ritinjali, a non-governmental organization he set up in 1995, which is a vehicle for community development through education and constructive work among marginalised societies across India. In 2002, he established Pallavan, an early childhood development programme for children between the ages of 2 and 5 years.
He is the author of Transforming Schools: Empowering Children, a book that offers insights to ‘what makes a great school’ and an abundance of resources for directing a school on its journey with a growth plan for all the stakeholders - students, teachers, administrators and parents in a school.
MS. DOMA GYARI
Mrs. Dolma Gyari studied at the Central School for Tibetans, Darjeeling and has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Punjab University, Chandigarh. She also studied for three years at the Campus Law Centre, Delhi University.
Ms. Gyari served the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress in various capacities and was elected for two terms to the Central Executive of the Tibetan Youth Congress based in Dharamsala (HP). She organized a number of events including conferences and seminars and has been involved in myriads of community work as Executive member of the Tibetan Youth Congress (CENTREX).
She was elected to the Eleventh, Twelfth and Thirteenth House of the Tibetan Parliament in exile. She became the first woman to be elected to the seat of the Deputy Speaker. Since then, she has been elected to the office of Deputy Speaker for three consecutive terms. She continues to hold the responsibility of the Deputy Speaker of the XIVth Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.
As the Deputy Speaker, Doma Gyari established and mainained close relationships with various MPs of the World, political figures, supporters of Tibet, and especially members of the Indian Parliament at both the Center and the State. She was also instrumental in putting together the last two World Parliamentary conference on Tibet which was organised by the Tibetan Parliament in Exile.
Tempa Tsering, Kalon, CTA
Tempa Tsering was born on May 15, 1950 in Tibet. After the invasion of the Chinese forces in Tibet in 1950, he and his family escaped into exile in India. An alumnus of Dr. Grahams Homes, Kalimpong, he graduated with B.Sc. from Madras Christian College.
He was also elected as the member of the Central Executive Committee of the Tibetan Youth Congress and later, its advisor. In 1973, he joined the Tibetan civil service with Central Tibetan Administration. Tempa was elected as a Kalon (Minister) by the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile in year 2000.He held the portfolio of Kalon for the Department of Home, until the term of the 11th Kashag (Cabinet) expired in 2001. In 2006, he was once again nominated as Kalon by Hon. Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche and later approved by the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile. Currently, Tempa Tsering is a Kalon and Chief Representative of the Dalai Lama in New Delhi
MR. SONAM TOPGYAL
Sonam Topgyal is a young Tibetan entrepreneur born in India and settled in Delhi. He is a Management Professional and owns a travel agency under the name of SUMICO Tours and Travels, runs a Tibetan Buddhist website called www.tibetanlama.com and is the Director of the popular monthly Tibetan Video News Bulletin called "Bod Gyalo'.
His main aim for starting the business was to help create job opportunities for Tibetan youth. Currently he employs 15 Tibetan youths in his firms. Mr. Sonam Topgyal has served as the Chairman of the Tibetan Chamber of Commerce, based in New Delhi.
MS. LYNDA ONGEL LEPCHA
Lynda is the Founding Director of Holistic Training Solutions based in New Delhi. Since founding Holistic in 1994 with her husband, Ian Stern, Lynda has worked with more than 120 MNCs (Multi-National Corporations) in the domain of Telecom, ITES, Info tech, Banking and Finance.
She is a Master Trainer and has certification for a wide range of management and skill based courses. She has trained more than 17,000 people in India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Dubai, Korea and the United States over the last 18 years. Currently, Lynda is writing her book ‘Training in India – Touching Hearts and Winning Minds’.
Lynda is a post-graduate from XLRI, Jamshedpur (1988); specializing in Personnel Management and Human Resources (HR). Her career started in sales for Pharmacia United, and then she joined Citibank and worked in Operations, Customer Service and finally in training. During the last 13 years she has been a Consultant and Organization Development specialist, helping start up organizations in setting up training systems and processes within their teams.
Lynda has worked pro bono with ENVISION on several projects including most recently as Facilitator for the First Global Tibetan Professionals Summit held in Dharamsala in September 2010.
MRS. YOUDON AUKATSANG
Mrs. Youdon Aukatsang is one the youngest members to be elected to the 14th House of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile. Prior to joining ENVISION, she worked as an Independent consultant with Kreddha International, an organization based in The Hague, The Netherlands, dedicated to prevention and resolution of intra-state conflicts.
Mrs. Aukatsang worked with Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy as the Senior Programme Officer and continues to serve on its Board. She was elected as an Executive Member of the Tibetan Women's Association (CENTREX) from 2000-2003 and has worked with the organization as a Research Associate soon after her post-graduate studies in 1998. As a component of her professional training for 18 months after Fulbright scholarship, she worked with the Massachusetts State Office for Refugees and Immigrants and Irish Immigration Center, both based in Boston, USA.
Mrs. Aukatsang is a recipient of Fulbright Scholarship and has completed her Masters in International Law and Diplomacy from Fletcher School, Tufts University, MA (USA). She also has a Master of Arts in International Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India and a Bachelor's from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University.