- Dr. Lobsang Sangay, President of the Central Tibetan Administration (Chairman)
- Mr. Phagpa Tsering, Kalon for Department of Security, CTA (Co-Chair)
- Mr. Tsegyal Chukya Dranyi, Kashag Secretary (Member)
- Mr. Tsewang Gyalpo Arya, Director, Tibet Policy Institute (Member)
- Mr. Tenzin Lekshay, Deputy Director (Member)
Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay (Chairman)
Dr. Lobsang Sangay was born and grew up in a Tibetan settlement near Darjeeling, where he attended the Central School for Tibetans. He completed his B.A. (Honors) and LLB degrees from Delhi University. In 1992, he was elected as the youngest executive member of the Tibetan Youth Congress (CENTREX).
In 1996, as a Fulbright Scholar, he obtained Masters degree and in 2004, S.J.D, the first Tibetan ever to receive such a degree from Harvard Law School and his dissertation, Democracy in Distress: Is Exile Polity a Remedy? A Case Study of Tibet’s Government-in-exile was awarded the Yong K. Kim’ 95 Prize. In 2005, he was appointed as a research fellow and promoted to senior fellow till early 2011.
Dr. Sangay is an expert on International Human Rights Law, Democratic Constitutionalism, and Conflict Resolution. He has spoken in hundreds of seminars around the world. He organized seven major conferences among Chinese, Tibetan, Indian and Western scholars including two unprecedented meeting between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Chinese scholars in 2003 and 2009 at Harvard University.
In 2007, he was selected as one of the twenty-four Young Leaders of Asia by the Asia Society and a delegate to the World Justice Forum in Vienna, Austria, where top legal experts and judges from around the world congregated.
In 2011, he was elected to the post of Kalon Tripa in an unprecedented competitive democratic election in the Tibetan diaspora. On August 8, 2011, during the swearing–in ceremony of the Kalon Tripa, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, “When I was young, an elderly regent Takdrag Rinpoche handed over Sikyong (political leadership) to me, and today I am handing over Sikyong to young Lobsang Sangay… In doing this I have fulfilled my long-cherished goal.”
He was re-elected as Sikyong for a second term in 2016.
Kalon Phagpa Tsering – Department of Security (Co-Chair)
Mr Labrang Phagpa Tsering was born in the year 1965. After completing his education from North-West Nationalities University, he came into exile in 1992.
He joined the Central Tibetan Administration in 1993 and served in various capacities.
He was the Administrative Secretary of the Department of Security from 2014 until his nomination as Kalon of the 15th Kashag by Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay in May 2016.
Mr. Topgyal Tsering, Kashag Secretary (Member)
Secretary Topgyal Tsering was born in 1955 at Latoe Zongkha in western Tibet. At the age of 8, he came into exile and studied at Dharamshala, Panchmari and the Tibetan Homes Foundation, Mussoorie. From 1973, he worked as headmaster and administrator of Shorong Delek settlement’s day school in Sharkhumbu, Nepal.
In 1977, he was selected as an accounting staff of Home Department’s Bir Tibetan society. Since 1983, he has been working in the Central Tibetan Administration taking various portfolios at the Tibetan settlements and in different departments.
On 3 February 2013, he was promoted to the post of secretary and served as the education secretary till his appointment as the Kashag Secretary on 3 June 2016.
Mr. Tsewang Gyalpo Arya, Director, Tibet Policy Institute (Member)
Tsewang Gyalpo Arya did his schooling from CST Mussoorie. He started his service in Tibetan Administration with Department of Finance in April 1988, where he worked under various capacities notably as President of Charitable Trust Tibetan Handicraft Exports (CTHE) and Director of Paljor Publications.
He has B.A. from Panjab University; M.A. Economics from Annamalai University; M.A. Japanese Studies and Diploma in Tibetan Language and Literature from Delhi University; and Diploma in International Trade & Economics from Chiyoda College of Business, Tokyo. He is pursuing his Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies at University of Delhi.
In July 2000 he joined the mainstream CTA as Deputy Secretary at Department of Finance. In June 2005, he was appointed the Secretary of Liaison Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Tokyo, and later in November 2013 as Secretary of Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi. In May 2018, he was transferred to Department of Home in Dharamshala as its Additional Secretary, and in December, he was appointed the Additional Secretary of Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR). On 3 May 2019, he was promoted as Information Secretary of the Department of Information and International Relations. On 11 October, Kashag appointed him the additional charge as Director of Tibet Policy Institute.
Mr. Tenzin Lekshay, Deputy Director, Tibet Policy Institute (Member)
Tenzin Lekshay was a recipient of Tibetan Scholarship Program from 2006 -2008 and graduated in International Relations from New York University. He studied MA Economics from Loyola College and BA Economics from Madras Christian College.
He initially worked in the Department of Information and International Relations, Central Tibetan Administration.
In 2008, he served as the Coordinator of the India-Tibet Coordination Office in Delhi.
In 2011, he briefly worked in the Kashag Secretariat in Dharamshala.
In 2012, he returned to Delhi and worked as the Media Coordinator at Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi. Over the years, he had coordinated and organized national and international conferences and programmes of Tibet Support Groups and Interfaith.
Currently, he is working as the Deputy Director of Tibet Policy Institute.