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Thubten Samphel (Director)

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Thubten Samphel is currently the Director of the Tibet Policy Institute of the Central Tibetan Administration. He was formerly the secretary of the Department of Information and International Relations of the Central Tibetan Administration. He is also the author of a novel "Falling Through The Roof", a work of fiction.

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Sonam Tenzin (Deputy Director)

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He has joined the Institute on 1st August, 2016. Previously, he has served as the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Budapest, Hungary and Pretoria, South Africa. He has also discharged the responsibility of a Settlement Officer in the Tibetan settlement, Mungod, South India. He has served as the Additional Secretary at the Central Tibetan Administration's cabinet Secretariat before joining the Tibet Policy Institute.

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Tenzin Pema (Research Fellow)

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Tenzin Pema joined Central Tibetan Administration as a civil servant in May 2011 and since then she has been serving CTA as a research staff at the Tibet Policy Institute.

She did her early schooling from CST Mainpat and then from CST Dalhousie. She completed her BA from St. Joseph’s College, Darjeeling and B.Ed. from Loyola College of Education, Sikkim. She served TCV School Suja as a social science teacher for three and half years. Then she later undertook the responsibilities of project officer cum general secretary at Khawa Karpo Tibet Culture Centre in Dharamsala for three years.

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Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen (Research Fellow)

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Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen is a researcher at the Environment and Development under the Department of Information and International Relations. He did his high school from Kodaikanal International School in 2001. He joined College for Higher Tibetan Studies-Sarah in 2006 and completed master degree in political science. He attended international conferences on climate and water issues. He is currently a research fellow at the Tibet Policy Institute.

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Tenzin Tseten (Research Fellow)

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Tenzin Tseten joined Central Tibetan Administration in 2007. He did his schooling from Tibetan Children's Village School, Dharamsala. He graduated from St. Aloysius College, Mangalore University, and post-graduation from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda.  Currently, he is working with the Tibet Policy Institute. His research focused on the Chinese leadership.

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Tenzin Palden (Research Fellow)

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Tenzin Palden did her primary schooling from Tibetan Children's Village (TCV) School, Ladhak and secondary schooling from Upper TCV School (Science), Dharamsala. She received degrees of Bachelor of Science in Botany and Master of Science in Environmental Science from University of Delhi. She Joined the Central Tibetan Administration on 17th April 2014. Presently she is a research fellow at the Tibet Policy Institute.

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Dr. Rinzin Dorjee (Research Fellow)

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Dr. Rinzin Dorjee has an M.A in Political Science from Madras Christian College in Chennai. He served as a PGT teacher for two years at TCV School, Gopalpur from 2005 to 2007. In 2008 he obtained an M.Phil. degree in South and South-East Asian studies from University of Madras and continued for a Ph.D program at the Department of Politics and Public Administration. He did his research on Policitcs and Administration of Tibetan Government in Exile: A Political Analysis in Perspective of Efficiency. He is currently a research fellow at the Tibet Policy Institute, researching on the Impacts of Infrastructure development in Tibet under People's Republic of China (PRC).

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Tenzin Dalha (Research Fellow)

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Tenzin Dalha obtained his M.Phil degree in Mass Communication from Department of Journalism and Communication of the University of Madras in 2014. His dissertation as part of his M.Phil degree is "Social Media and Rise of Arab Spring". Earlier he has worked as freelance journalist and contributor to several photography and documentary projects. He is currently a research fellow at the Tibet Policy Institute, doing research on social media and Tibet.

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Dr. Tenzin Desal(Research Fellow)

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He has done his early education from TCV Ladakh and completed his doctoral studies in Anthropology from the University of Mysore. Dr. Tenzin Desal is currently a research fellow at the Tibet Policy Institute, researching on “Development in Tibet and Ethnic Policy in China".

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Dr. Tenzin Tsultrim (Research Fellow)

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After completing his Bachelor of Education in 2009, Dr. Tenzin Tsultrim pursued his M.Phil degree in historical studies from the Department of History of the University of Madras with a dissertation on India-China Relations (1914-1962) A Study. He then enrolled in a Ph.D programme from the same university and in 2015 submitted his Ph.D thesis on India-China Relations (1963-2010). Dr. Tenzin Tsultrim is currently a visiting fellow at the Tibet Policy Institute, researching on “Internal situation in China and its implication".

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Dechen Palmo (Research Fellow)

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Dechen Palmo is graduated from St. Joseph's College, Bangalore and then did her Post graduation from Stella Maris College, Chennai. In 2014 she obtained her M.Phil. Degree in International Relations from University of Madras, Chennai. Currently she is serving as a research fellow at the Tibet Policy Institute, researching on Tibetan Rivers..

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Bhuchung Dhargyal (Accountant)

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Mr. Bhuchung Dhargyal is serving as the accountant cum project officer of the Tibet Policy Institute of the Central Tibetan Administration. He joined the civil service in 2010 and his first posting was in the Tibetan settlement office of Sataun in Himachal Pradesh. In 2013, he was appointed as the internal auditor of the Home Department where he served until his current posting at TPI.

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Tashi Tenzin (Administrative Staff)

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Tashi Tenzin was born and brought up in Tibetan Dickey Larsoe settlement Bylakuppe. He completed his high school from Central School for Tibetans, Bylakuppe. He has participated in several leadership training and workshops organised by different NGOs. He attended a five-month long volunteer internship program at Initiatives of Change in Panchgani Maharashtra and also volunteered for a month in Switzerland at the Caux Initiatives of Change. He did diploma in music and dance training at Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.


Tenzin Yeshi (Librarian)

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After joining Central Tibetan Administration in April 2013,  Tenzin Yeshi has been working as a librarian at the Tibet Policy Institute. He did his higher secondary school from Tibetan Children’s Village, Bylakuppe. After graduating from the Higher Tibetan Studies-Sarah, he joined Tibetan civil service in April 2013.