PhD in Natural Sciences (Magna cum Laude)
University of Konstanz and International Max Planck Research School (Germany)
MSc in Natural Resources Management (Distinction)
University of Twente (Netherlands)
BSc (Hon) in Forestry
University of North Wales, Bangor (United Kingdom)
I joined SFS after having served as Director of the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment. I helped establish the SFS Bhutan program at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute in 2010. While at the Institute, I helped convene the Climate Summit for A Living Himalayas, a process that brought together civil society, academics and Government representatives from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal culminating in the signing of agreement in November 2011 to adopt a framework action plan to adapt to climate change. I also initiated the formation of the Bhutan Ecological Society and the conferment of the Jigme Singye Wangchuck Outstanding Environmental Stewardship Award. Prior to working for the Institute, I served as the Park Manager for the Phrumsengla National Park where I led the drafting of a 5-year management plan for the park and also the adjoining biological corridor.
I am interested in exploring the drivers and consequences of development and how it influences environmental conservation and societal progress.