Her Majesty the Queen Mother Gyalyum Tseyring Pem Wangchuck
Her Majesty the Queen Mother Gyalyum Tseyring Pem Wangchuck is Co-Chair of the Bhutan Foundation. Her Majesty is the President of the Bhutan Youth Development Fund (YDF) in Bhutan and has pioneered programs that work to create more opportunities for the youth of Bhutan, focusing especially on those with mental and physical disabilities and those with chemical dependence. Under Her Majesty's leadership, YDF has initiated scholarship programs to ensure basic education for children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and provided recreational amenities at the Youth Development and Rehabilitation Centre for juvenile delinquents.
Mr. Michael Philipp
Mr. Michael Philipp is Co-Chair of the Bhutan Foundation. Michael is also a Managing Partner of Ambata Capital Partners, a merchant bank that seeks to develop businesses as a positive force for change for the people, communities, and environments in which they operate and to advance sustainability as a core competency. Michael has over 25 years of experience as a senior banking executive and was a member of the Group Executive Board of Credit Suisse from 2005 to 2008, as well as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse Europe, Middle East, and Africa. From 1995 to 2002, Michael helped build the investment bank at Deutsche Bank. From 2000 to 2002, he was Global Head of Asset Management and a member of the Board of Managing Directors, responsible for the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Michael spent over a decade at the forefront of the rapidly expanding global futures and options industry. At Goldman Sachs (1982 to 1990), he held a variety of positions in the Fixed Income and Futures Services departments; and at Merrill Lynch (1990 to 1995), he was Global Head of Futures and Options. Mr. Philipp is also a board member of Reykjavik Geothermal and Bhutan for Life. Michael has a BA and MBA from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and lives in Vermont with his wife, Sherry.
Dr. Bruce W. Bunting
Dr. Bruce W. Bunting is Director Emeritus of the Bhutan Foundation and the Foundation’s former President. Prior to this, Dr. Bunting was a Managing Director and Vice President of the World Wildlife Fund. He first visited Bhutan in 1986 and has been a long-time advisor to the Bhutanese government on a variety of issues including the establishment of Bhutan’s national park system, the Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation, the world’s first such trust fund, and the Bhutan Health Trust Fund. He has authored several articles, including “Bhutan, Kingdom in the Clouds” for National Geographic Magazine. He received a B.S. in zoology and a doctorate in veterinary medicine with high honor from Michigan State University.
Mrs. Lucy Goelet
Mrs. Lucy Goelet is the Vice President of the Bhutan Foundation. Mrs. Goelet began her travels to Bhutan in the 1980’s. Early in her career, she worked as a special assistant and editor to Laurens van der Post, coordinating his writings and many of his expeditions. Lucy later joined Operation Raleigh – a multi-faceted education programme at sea – to manage their selection of potential students. A Fellow of the Royal Georgraphical Society, Lucy worked with Nigel Winser, Deputy Director and Head of the Expeditions, and Shane Winser, Head of the Expedition Advisory Centre. She has previously served on the Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries Advisory Council, the board of The Oldfields School, and a member of the New York Botanical Gardens Patrons Committee. Lucy and her husband Christopher have settled with their three daughters on a farm in Baltimore County, Maryland.
Mr. Brian J. Menkes
Mr. Brian J. Menkes is Treasurer of the Bhutan Foundation. Mr. Menkes is the secretary and general counsel to the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Menkes was a member of the tax practice group at the international law firm of WilmerHale in Washington, DC. He is the former chair and vice-chair of the DC Bar Association Taxation Section, Exempt Organizations Committee, and is an author and frequent speaker on issues affecting non-profit organizations. He has served on numerous boards of directors of non-profit organizations and is a current member of the Board of Trustees of the Bhutan Foundation and an officer of Youth Entrepreneurs Kansas. He earned his master’s in law, JD, and bachelor’s degree from New York University School of Law, Western New England College School of Law, and Central Connecticut State University, respectively.
Mrs. Daphne Hoch Cunningham
Mrs. Daphne Hoch Cunningham has served on the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund, the Associates of The Asia Society, the Associates of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, on the Evanston Arts Council as appointed by the Mayor and is currently active with The Explorer’s Club, The Field Museum of Chicago and the Corporation Board at WHOI. Mrs. Cunningham studied art history and French at Tufts University and was owner and director of Hoch Sculpture International of New York and Chicago for 15 years. She has a special interest in and friendship with the people of Bhutan, having first visited in 1973, and is particularly interested in preservation of the environment and culture.
John and Henrietta Goelet
John and Henrietta Goelet founded the Bhutan Foundation in 1986 and are Director Emeriti of the Bhutan Foundation. They have shared their passion for education and agriculture with Bhutan for over 60 years. Mr. Goelet is a renowned vintner with four wineries: Clos Du Val in California, Clover Hill and Taltarni in Australia and Domaine de Nizas in France. His oyster company Satmar is one of Europe's largest. Mr. John Goelet and his family are involved in various business interests and a number of philanthropic endeavors.
Mr. Douglas W. Hamilton Jr.
Douglas Hamilton currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Hamilton Associates and related entities, a family of entrepreneurial companies where he served as CEO for 37 years, until his retirement in 2012. One company, Elevator Safety Company, is a leading manufacturer of elevator suspension systems, used by major elevator companies throughout the world. A second firm, Air Techniques International, manufactures filter and gas mask test equipment, used in both commercial and military applications in the area of nuclear, biological, and chemical protection. He and his wife, Tsognie, through a family foundation, support educational and monastic projects in Mrs. Hamilton’s birth country (now state of India) of Sikkim, Bhutan’s immediate neighbor to the west. The Hamiltons have trekked extensively in Sikkim beginning in the early 1970’s. Since 2007, along with their neighbors and good friends, Christopher and Lucy Goelet, the Hamiltons have sponsored a Bhutanese Archery tournament for members of the American Bhutanese community at Tashiding, their country property in Maryland. From 2011 through 2017 Mr. Hamilton served as President or Chair of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. He currently serves on the board of the Valleys Planning Council, a land preservation advocacy organization in North Central Maryland.
In Memoriam–Mrs. Lisina M. Hoch
Mrs. Lisina M. Hoch was the co-founder and Director Emeritus of the Bhutan Foundation. She and her family have a long history of involvement with the Kingdom of Bhutan dating back to the 1940s when she went to school in London with Her Majesty Ashi Kesang Choeden Wangchuck. In the years since, she was involved in numerous development projects in Bhutan. As board members, Mrs. Hoch and her late husband, Mr. Frank Hoch, advised among others, the Asia Society, World Wildlife Fund, the Smithsonian Institution, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Scenic Hudson and Phelps Memorial Hospital.
Mr. David Hulse
Mr. David Hulse is the Director for International Operations Liaison at Ford Foundation. He has worked at Ford since 2007, serving as Representative to Vietnam and Thailand, where grant making focused on governance issues and strengthening civil society organizations. He moved to serve as Representative for Indonesia in 2009, and from 2015 to 2017 was the Acting Regional Director for India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Earlier, David worked at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, where he was responsible for conservation grant making in the Lower Mekong (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia), Eastern Himalaya (Bhutan, Nepal, northeast India, southern China), and the South Pacific (Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji). One of the largest grants he worked on while at MacArthur was seed funding in 2004 for the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research. In the 1990s, David served as Country Representative for World Wildlife Fund in Vietnam and the South Pacific. He also taught economics at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and worked in Thailand at the Population and Community Development Association. David has a Master's of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in Earth Science and Environmental Studies from Iowa State University.
Mr. Theodore N. Kaplan
Mr. Theodore (Ted) N. Kaplan is a partner at Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP, a leading law firm focusing on real estate, trusts and estates, and general business law. Prior to joining Kaplan Fox, he served as general counsel and estates counsel to Sotheby’s. Ted has served on the board of many nonprofits such as the National Academy of Design, the International Foundation for Art Research, the Ballet Foundation, Heckscher Museum, Parish Museum, and the New York Committee for Young Audiences. He currently serves as president of the board of the Northport Historical Society. His love for textiles and the arts led him to visit the weaving community of Koma in eastern Bhutan. He continues to support cultural projects in Bhutan through the Foundation.
Mr. Eric Lemelson
Mr. Eric Lemelson owns and manages Lemelson Vineyards, a producer of Pinot noir and other cool-climate wines located in Carlton, Oregon, but his real passion is for the earth. In addition to being co-vice president of The Lemelson Foundation, he manages a small foundation that focuses on climate change impacts in the Himalayas. He received a J.D. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland in 1992. Eric is a Board Member of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, 1000 Friends of Oregon; Potential Energy; and several other NGOs and private companies.
Mr. Henry Lewis
Mr. Henry Lewis is a Director of Hunter Lewis LLC, where he manages investment strategy and digital communications. He also serves as the Chief Financial Officer for BDA Farm. Mr. Lewis currently serves on the Board of the Hands for Bhutan Initiative, a small foundation based in Australia that hopes to improve mental health access and music education in Bhutan. Earlier, he interned with both the US Department of State at the American Institute in Taiwan as well as the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC. In 2016, Mr. Lewis spent a summer abroad studying Buddhism at Taktse Institute of Language and Culture in Trongsa, Bhutan. He is a graduate of the College of William & Mary with a BA in Religious and Hispanic Studies.
Mrs. Donna E. Marshall
Mrs. Donna Marshall is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in New York, specializing in multicultural psychology with adults. She graduated from Stephens College in Missouri, moved to New York to work for the Chairman of a private banking firm in client relations and went on to complete her BA from Marymount Manhattan in Political Science and International Affairs. She served as Education Adviser at the United Nations in the offices of Staff Counselor and did her graduate work at Columbia University, earning an M.A. and Ed.M. She has served on the Board of Trustees at Stephens College where she established the Marshall Lecture Series. She has one daughter, Lee Harper Marshall, who is an artist living in New York. Donna has a deep interest and regard for historic preservation and has been very involved in support of the Bhutan Foundation’s work on cultural preservation. Continuing her involvement in women’s education, she has also established several scholarships in Bhutan.
Ms. Sonam Ongmo
Ms. Sonam Ongmo is a Bhutanese residing in New York. She was a former journalist for Kuensel in the early 90’s, following which she worked as a communications officer for Save the Children and the National Environmental Commission of Bhutan. In 2009 she started writing for Global Voices a platform for writers and activists from around the world. In 2010, she became Regional Editor of Asia for Future Challenges, an online media initiative of the Bertelsmann Foundation. In 2012, she began publishing one of the first socio-political magazines in Bhutan called The Raven.
Ms. Rosemary Phelan
Ms. Rosemary Phelan was a co-founder and board member of The Bhutan Canada Foundation (BCF), which continues the Canadian–Bhutanese collaboration on education in Bhutan by placing English-speaking teachers in remote Bhutanese schools and makes further impact on educational and social institutions across Bhutan. Rosemary has been a frequent visitor to Bhutan and looks forward to a renewed philanthropic role in the country. She is a member of a fifth-generation family company in Canada and serves in an official capacity on several family-related companies. She is also a board member of volunteer organizations, including the George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto, Canada.
Lyonpo Om Pradhan
Lyonpo Om Pradhan is cofounder and Director Emeritus of the Bhutan Foundation board of directors. He has served in the Royal Government of Bhutan since 1969 in various capacities including twice as Ambassador and Permanent Representative at the United Nations in New York and as Minister for Trade and Industries. In 2007, His Majesty the King appointed him Chairman of Druk Holding and Investments. He is also author of "Bhutan the Roar of the Thunder Dragon.”
Mr. William Tacon
Mr. William Tacon is the Secretary of the Board of the Bhutan Foundation as well as a UK Chartered Accountant and formerly Managing Partner of Ernst & Young and, later, Zolfo Cooper in the British Virgin Islands, where he specialized in Corporate Finance, Insolvency, and Restructuring until he returned to the UK in 2012. William first visited Bhutan in 1996 when he completed a traverse of the country by mountain bike. He has been actively involved with Bhutan ever since and works frequently with the Bhutan Foundation’s partner organization, Loden Foundation, promoting entrepreneurship and advises the Bhutan Foundation on financial management. William is currently working with several Bhutanese CSOs in developing their program strategies and governance.
Hon. Doma Tshering
Hon. Doma Tshering is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the United Nations in New York. During her career spanning over 20 years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she has served in various posts at the Ministry and at Bhutan’s diplomatic missions in New York and Geneva. She has served as a Director of the Multilateral Division, Chief of the Policy Planning Division, and Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Bhutan to the United Nations in Geneva, among other roles. Hon. Tshering has served as a Chairperson of the Committee of the Whole II at the 73rd Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific; a member of the High Level Inter Agency Task Force on the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and a board member of the Bhutan Broadcasting Corporation, Bhutan’s only national television and radio broadcasting agency. Her undergraduate work is from the Center for Japan Studies at Nanzan University and Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She completed her master’s degree at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris.
Mr. Karma S. Tshosar
Mr. Karma S. Tshosar is the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the UN, and is also the Consul-General of the Kingdom of Bhutan in New York. He has served these posts since August 2017 and prior to that, he served as the Chief of the Division for Social and Humanitarian Affairs, Multilateral Department, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bhutan. He also served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Royal Bhutanese Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 2010 until 2014. He holds a masters degree in public policy with specialization in international relations from the Australian National University in Canberra.
Ms. Sukey Wagner
Mrs. Susan Nichols Wagner (Sukey Wagner) is a former educator and has spent much of her career doing philanthropic work with a number of organizations including schools in the Transkei, a rural district in South Africa, where she provided over 180,000 books and served on the board of the Vela School there. She has also worked with PWA (People With AIDS) in Brooklyn, New York and co-founded a center for women with HIV/AIDS in Harlem. Ms. Wagner served on the board of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts for 10 years. She has also been involved with the World Wildlife Fund where her late husband and international banker, Rodney Wagner, served as a member and officer of the board for a number of years. Ms. Wagner sits on the board of Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey and the Colebrook Land Conservancy.
Hon. Frank G. Wisner
Hon. Frank G. Wisner is Director Emeritus of the Bhutan Foundation. Ambassador Wisner is an International Affairs Advisor at Patton Boggs, LLP. Mr. Wisner has served extensively in the U.S. government, including Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and Under Secretary of State for International Security Affairs. He was ambassador to India, Zambia, Egypt and the Philippines. In 2005, he was the special representative of the Secretary of State to the Kosovo Status talks. Mr. Wisner is a member of the Boards of Directors of EOG Resources, Chartis and Ethan Allen, as well as the boards of numerous non-profit organizations. He is an advisor to Kissinger Associates. A native of New York, Mr. Wisner was educated at Princeton University.
Ms. Rebecca Winsor
Ms. Rebecca D. Winsor lives in San Francisco, where she works as a special needs therapist, and studies clinical psychology. She currently serves on the board of the William H. Donner Foundation and the Donner Canadian Foundation. Her abiding interest in Southeast Asia led her to help establish long-term medical initiatives in India (focused on cleft care), and Bangladesh. From 2007-2008, Ms. Winsor worked for the Bhutan Youth Development Fund- an experience that provided her with an enduring respect for Bhutan and its people. Previously, Ms. Winsor worked as a consultant for Inspired Philanthropy Group, where she advised philanthropists and non-profit organizations on fundraising, marketing and branding for a number of years. As a donor organizer, Ms. Winsor served on the board of Resource Generation, an organization that mobilizes young donors. Ms. Winsor holds a BA from Brown University, and an MPhil from Cambridge University. She regards the example of Gross National Happiness as an important influence in her practice and study of integrative health.
Mr. Tshewang Wangchuk Executive Director
Tshewang Wangchuk is Executive Director of the Bhutan Foundation. He started out as an intern working with Bhutan’s first conservation NGO, the Royal Society for Protection of Nature in 1988, working with Dasho Paljor ‘Benji’ Dorji. While pursuing his undergraduate studies in the United States, he worked in Yosemite and Grand Teton National Parks during the summers. After graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park, he returned to Bhutan and worked for the Bhutan Government’s Nature Conservation Division. He was actively involved in its extensive protected area management system as one of the first Park Managers in the country. Later, he coordinated WWF International’s Global Tiger Program covering many tiger-range states in Asia from 2003-2005. For his doctoral research in Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana, he traversed the mountains of Bhutan collecting snow leopard scat for genetic analyses. He continues to stay connected with the many mountain communities he has visited over the years. He is also the first National Geographic Explorer from Bhutan, a member of the Explorers Club, and serves on the board of the Snow Leopard Conservancy.
Ms. Norbu Dema Director
Ms. Norbu Dema is the Director of the Bhutan Foundation based in Thimphu, Bhutan. She holds a B.A. in Civil Engineering from VTU Bangalore India and an M.A. in Public Policy with a specialization in development studies from Australian National University. Norbu comes with a wide range of experiences of having worked for more than 16 years with the Royal Government of Bhutan, international development partners, and civil society organizations in Bhutan.
Ms. Dema worked for more than ten years in the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources in various capacities managing programs and strategic planning in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Human Resource Development. After leaving her government job, she worked as Program Manager for the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC), managing a Governance Program in the areas of anti-corruption & transparency, public service delivery, media, and youth engagement. She also worked as the Bhutan Country Facilitator for LOGIN-Asia (Asia Centric Regional Network), aiding reforms in decentralization and local governance. She also consulted for Asian Development Bank as a TVET policy advisor and as a monitoring and evaluation expert. Before joining the Bhutan Foundation, she worked briefly with the Bhutan Network of Empowering Women (BNEW).
During her free time, Norbu enjoys spending time with her children, indulging in craftwork, and is passionate about issues surrounding special needs children and their educational needs.
Ms. Dawa Sherpa Director of Programs & Operations
Ms. Dawa Sherpa is Director of Programs and Operations for the Bhutan Foundation. She is also President and co-founder of the Greater Himalayas Foundation, which supports conservation and humanitarian programs in the Himalayas. Ms. Sherpa holds a Bachelors of Science from Virginia Tech, and Masters in Global and Community Health from George Mason University. She has international development experience working in the field on HIV/AIDS programs in Nepal with the United Nations Development Program, implemented rural public health awareness programs through Students Partnership Worldwide in the US, and helped develop the emergency medical services and public health programs with Bhutan’s Ministry of Health.
Ms. Tshering Yangzom Director of Programs & External Relations
Ms. Tshering Yangzom is the Director of Programs and External Relations for the Bhutan Foundation in Washington, DC. She has a BA in Biology and a Masters in Public Health from George Washington University in Washington, DC. At the Bhutan Foundation, she works with national and district leaders and health care providers to support health camps for semi-nomadic pastoral communities in rural highland villages in Bhutan. In addition, Tshering has also worked on providing support for children and individuals with disabilities throughout Bhutan in partnership with the Ministry of Education and local civil society organizations. In an effort to increase awareness of Bhutan in the U.S. and abroad Tshering has also given many lectures and talks on Bhutan in cities across the U.S. and abroad.
PemaGyamtsho Senior Communications Officer
Mr. Pema Gyamtsho is the Senior Communications Officer of the Bhutan Foundation based in Thimphu, Bhutan. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in English Honors from Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan. He has worked for over 10 years at the Royal Society for Protection of Nature, where he managed the website, social media platforms, reports, publications, event photography, and media relations. He then served as a communications officer at the Royal Textile Academy. Pema enjoys volunteering for social causes and is a member of Geykuel Drukdra, an informal religious and social volunteer group, and of Deer Park Thimphu, a Center for Art and Contemplation. He is also a founding and active member of the Writers’ Association of Bhutan, an online professional association. During leisure hours, he engages in photography, graphic design, and web development.
Ms. Sonam Yangden Program Manager
Ms. Sonam Yangden Tobgyel is Program Manager for the Bhutan Foundation based in Thimphu, Bhutan. She has a degree in Educational Studies from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. At her college she served as the Vice President of the All Ability Equal Opportunity Club, where she participated in raising funds for under-privileged children with disabilities through charity work. She has also volunteered as a support teacher in various schools, both in the United States and in Bhutan.
Mr. Kinga Wangdi Program Manager
Mr. Kinga Wangdi is the Program Manager for the Bhutan Foundation based in Thimphu, Bhutan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Sherubtse College. Kinga worked with the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) in various capacities both in the field and at the headquarters in Thimphu for more than 14 years. He last served as Chief of the Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods Division, where he was mainly responsible for development, planning, supervising, and monitoring various programs and projects. He also served as Country Coordinator of Bhutan Water Partnership (BhWP), an accredited network of Global Water partnership. In his time there, he was responsible for fundraising, coordinating country programs, and reporting to donors. Kinga is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys bicycling, trekking, and traveling.
Ms. Namgyel Dema Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
Ms. Namgyel Dema is the Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer based in Thimphu, Bhutan. She holds an MA in Business Management from the University of Canberra offered through the Royal Institute of Management in Bhutan as well as a BA with Honors in Geography from Sherubtse College. Namgyel worked for more than nine years at Bhutan Insurance Limited in various capacities, including customer care, logistics, marketing, strategy planning, monitoring, and investment management. She also interned with the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development based in Nepal and with Dai Nippon Construction under the Japan International Cooperation Agency. In her personal life, Namgyel enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading books during her leisure time.
Ms. Tshering Choden Finance Officer
Ms. Tshering Choden is Finance Officer for the Bhutan Foundation office based in Thimphu, Bhutan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Gaeddu College of Business Studies. She worked for four years at DHI-Infra Ltd. (now merged with Construction Development Corporation, Ltd.), where she served as a Finance Officer in the Finance and Accounts Department. She was also the Core Team Member of the company’s system SAP ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) for the module FICO (Finance and Controlling) and FM (Funds Management). She interned with Bhutan National Bank Limited, Thimphu, for several months before joining DHI-INFRA Ltd. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and doing volunteer work.
Ms. Liz Garman Operations Officer
Ms. Liz Garman is the Operations Officer for the Bhutan Foundation based in Washington, DC. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in International Relations from Michigan State University and dual master's degrees in International Studies and Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from American University and the University for Peace, respectively. She has a wide scope of experience in nonprofit operations and programmatic roles in the Washington, DC, area. In her spare time, Liz is an avid student of fiber arts, primarily in the subjects of weaving, spinning, and knitting.
Mr. Dorji Gyeltshen Program Officer
Mr. Dorji Gyeltshen is Program Officer for the Bhutan Foundation office based in Thimphu, Bhutan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce with a concentration in finance from Geaddu College of Business Studies. He worked for four years at the Journalists’Association of Bhutan, a mutual benefit organization, as Finance Officer. He was involved in proposal writing, logistics management, bookkeeping, and financial training. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and reading books.
Ms. Emily Pitts Communications Officer
Ms. Emily Pitts is the Communications Officer for the Bhutan Foundation based in Washington, D.C. An avid student of culture and history, she holds a BA with Honors in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and a Post-Graduate Cert. in East Asian Relations from the University of Edinburgh, where she focused on refugees and policy issues in the region. Beyond her education, Emily is a passionate humanitarian with international experience in human rights advocacy, politics, and education with US-Asia organizations like LbE Japan, the SHINE Project, and North Korea Strategy Center U.S.
Ms. Deki Wangmo Program Officer
Ms. Deki Wangmo is the Program Officer at the Bhutan Foundation office based in Thimphu, Bhutan. She holds a bachelor degree in Political Science and Sociology from Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan. During her time in college, she was elected as a Member of Bhutan’s First Children’s Parliament where she raised the voices of the youth. Deki also represented Bhutan in the 62nd Scottish Youth Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland. Before joining the Foundation, she worked in the Civil Society Organizations Authority (CSOA) where she looked after the European Union Project funded by the Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Bhutan. Ms. Wangmo also interned at the Bhutan Foundation as the Communication Associate from 2017 till mid 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, camping, reading books and engaging in social works.
Mr. Kinley Rabgay Office Secretary
Mr. Kinley Rabgay is the office secretary for the Bhutan Foundation based in Thimphu. Before joining office, he worked as a rehabilitation counselor for three years at a drug addiction support organization called REWA in Thimphu. He also worked part time as an outreach worker for an HIV awareness campaign, under the Ministry of Health, during which he traveled to all 20 Dzongkhags in Bhutan promoting HIV awareness programs. Mr. Kinley is interested in photography and environmental conservation.
Mr. Rudolf Laager
Mr. Rudolf Laager (Ruedi) is Chair of the Advisory Council. Mr. Laager is President of LuKaDa International in Larchmont, NY. He is also Director of Global Development for the GreenTeam, a public relations agency in New York and serves on the board of The Resource Foundation, an organization focused on sustainable development in Latin America. Ruedi and his wife Alix have been particularly involved in the Bhutan Foundation’s special education program.
Hon. Brian Baird
Hon. Brian Baird is the Honorary Consul for Bhutan from Seattle, Washington. He is the former Democratic Party congressman from the state of Washington’s 3rd congressional district. Brian is a licensed clinical psychologist who has practiced in Washington state and Oregon. He also taught at the university level and is a former chairman of the Department of Psychology at Pacific Lutheran University. Brian received his BS from the University of Utah and his MS and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Wyoming. He has published a number of journal articles and has authored two books: The Internship and Practicum Handbook and Are We Having Fun Yet?.
Ambassador Robert O. Blake, Jr.
Ambassador Robert O. Blake, Jr. is Senior Director at McLarty Associates where he leads the firm’s work for clients in South Asia and Indonesia. He served for 31 years in the State Department in a wide range of leadership positions including Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Deputy Chief of Mission in India and U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia. He is Co-Chair of the Board of the U.S.-Indonesia Society. Ambassador Blake holds a BA from Harvard College, and an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. He and his wife Sofia have three daughters.
Dasho Paljor Dorji
Dasho Paljor Dorji (Dasho Benji) has served the government of Bhutan since 1966. He was appointed Chief Justice of Bhutan in 1985 to 1987 and then Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Social Services. In 1991 he was sent to Geneva as Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva and also was accredited to Austria, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, EU (Brussels), IFAD (Rome), and FAO (Rome). From 1994 to 1998 Benji served as Deputy Minister of the National Environment Commission, and currently he is a special advisor to the National Environment Commission. Benji has been a long-time advisor to the Bhutan Foundation, in particular on our environment and conservation programs.
Mr. Yeshey Dorji
Mr. Yeshey Dorji is a professional photographer based in Thimphu, Bhutan. He started his career in the Bank of Bhutan and then worked at the Ministry of Trade and Industries, Royal Government of Bhutan. During his tenure at the Ministry of Trade and Industries, he headed the export section of the export division and, after 17 years of serving the government, he started his own business. Mr. Dorji pioneered the IT business in Bhutan and introduced desktop publishing, amateur radio, and other technologies. He is currently a charter member and the secretary of the Rotary Club of Thimphu.
Dr. Peggy Dulany
Dr. Peggy Dulany is Chair of The Synergos Institute, an independent non-profit organization dedicated to creating effective, sustainable and locally based solutions to poverty. Her career has included heading a Boston-area public high school program for drop- outs for six years and consulting with the United Nations and the Ford Foundation on health care and family planning in Brazil, the United States and Portugal, and with the National Endowment for the Arts on nonprofit management and planning. She was Senior Vice President of the New York City Partnership, where she headed the Youth Employment and Education programs. Dr. Dulany is an honors graduate of Radcliffe College and holds a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University.
Ms. Caroline Gabel
Ms. Caroline Gabel is President and CEO of the Shared Earth Foundation, an adventure traveler, and major fan of Bhutan, which she has visited twice. As chair of the Snow Leopard Conservancy, a partner of the Bhutan Foundation, she especially admires Bhutan’s dedication to conserving wildlife including their iconic snow leopards, and their forests which provide habitat for the country’s rich wildlife. She supports the Bhutan Foundation, especially its dedication to environmental values.
Eloise Goelet Hackett
Ms. Eloise Goelet Hackett is a wine industry professional currently working in administration and vineyard management at Clos Du Val Winery in Napa Valley. Eloise is a graduate from Middlebury College with a BA in International Studies. In 2009, Eloise volunteered in Bhutan for 5 months, working with both the Bhutan Foundation and the Tarayana Foundation. Through the Bhutan Foundation, Eloise taught English to primary students in Thimphu. Eloise also spent time travelling throughout Bhutan performing site visits for the Tarayana Foundation, focusing on assessing childhood nutrition as part of a larger study. Upon returning to the US, Eloise worked at World Education, a nonprofit focused on developing education health and infrastructure around the globe. Since 2011, Eloise has worked in both Australia and the US, pursuing her interest in sustainable agriculture and business administration.
Ms. Jane Hancock
Ms. Jane Hancock is President of the Music of Bhutan Research Center (MBRC), USA. She is a credentialed educator and photographer (B.A.). Since co-founding MBRC in 2008 with Kheng Sonam Dorji and Dr. Janet Herman, ethnomusicologist, she has lived part-time in Bhutan assisting MBRC in Thimphu with many creative projects and fundraising. Ms. Hancock has served as lead photographer on several expeditions and is a consultant and voice-over specialist on MBRC films. In 2011, she helped MBRC establish the Annual Bhutanese Folk Music Festival. Ms. Hancock is also involved in music education in the schools in Thimphu and introduced a vision-screening program for young school aged children.
Mr. Eric Hoffman
Mr. Eric Hoffman is a creative director with a solid reputation designing projects for both boutique agencies and corporate advertising firms at home and abroad. His work branding, re-launching and strategically positioning fashion, beauty and retail clients has to date amassed a roster of professional affiliations that includes AR Media, Arnell Group, EuroRSCG Worldwide, Drill (Japan), Select Communications, and Young & Rubicam. He has also worked for Vogue and W Magazine and numerous advertising campaigns including Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and Versace. Other clients include Johnson & Johnson, David Yurman, Elie Tahari, Judith Leiber, AERO Studios, Marui (Japan), Nars Cosmetics, Target Corporation, Williams-Sonoma and Hachette Book Group. Eric graduated from Bard College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and the School of Visual Arts with a degree in Digital Design. He then served as a Peace Corp volunteer in 1996, and as an International Honors Program participant in 1991, studying global ecology worldwide in seven different countries (England, Colombia, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, and the USA).
Ms. Linda Leaming
Ms. Linda Leaming moved to Bhutan in 1997. She has worked with UNDP Bhutan, the Centre for Bhutan Studies, the Institute for Language and Cultural Studies, the Zorig Chusum, and numerous other agencies of the Royal Government. Her Dzongkha is weak but her love for Bhutan and all things Bhutanese is strong. Linda’s writing has appeared in the Guardian, Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping India, and Mandala Magazine, among other publications. Her memoirs, Married to Bhutan (Hay House 2011, Malik National Geographic 2012 and 2016) and A Field Guide to Happiness(Hay House 2014), have been translated into numerous languages including Korean, French, and German. She also wrote the text for the photography book, Vanishing Faces of Bhutan: The Study of a Timeless culture, by Joseph N. Barker, published in April 2016 by the Bhutan Foundation. Originally from Nashville, she has an MFA in fiction from the University of Arizona. She regularly speaks about Bhutan at colleges, churches, seminars, and book groups, as well as podcasts and radio programs. She lives just past Tashichhodzong in Thimphu and is married to Bhutanese artist, Phurba Namgay.
Mr. Michael Mars
Mr. Michael Mars served on the board of the Bhutan Foundation from 2006-2019. Michael is the founding principal of mTerraVentures, LLC, an early-stage venture capital practice focused on catalyzing the development of technologies for a sustainable economy. Before founding mTerra Ventures in 2007, he managed various business units for Mars Incorporated in Asia and North America. Michael currently serves on the board of Echogen Power Systems, Natel Energy, and Mars, Incorporated. He is also involved in a variety of philanthropic interests primarily in the area of conservation of nature, education, and healthcare. He is currently vice-chair of the School for Field Studies and serves on the Board of Visitors for the MIT School of Earth, Atmosphere, and Planetary Sciences and the Duke Nicholas School of the Environment. Michael is a graduate of Duke University.
Mr. Zack McKown
Mr. Zack McKown is a Principal in TsAO & McKOWN Architects, PC. He has been widely recognized for his innovations in the fields of urban design and architecture, interiors, furniture and product design. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Design Trust for Public Space, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. In 2001 Mr. McKown was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame, along with his partner Calvin Tsao. He has lectured widely, and has been honored by retrospective exhibits at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and The New School University. TsAO & McKOWN is providing technical support on the Bhutan Foundation project to restore Wangduechhoeling Palace.
Elisabeth Meeker (Lis) was formerly the first vice president of financial portfolio management at Smith Barney. Prior to her tenure at Smith Barney, she worked in the Field Museum’s Invertebrate Zoology Department. received a B.A. in biology and zoology from DePauw University. Lis has and continues to serve on many boards including the DePauw University Alumnae Association, Women’s Board of the Field Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the University Club of Chicago, and the Council of Foreign Affairs. Lis first traveled to Bhutan in 2007. She subsequently volunteered for WWF Bhutan and has been an advisor to the Bhutan Foundation.
Dr. L. Scott Mills
Dr. Scott Mills is Associate Vice President of Research for Global Change and Sustainability and professor of wildlife biology at the University of Montana. He was formerly a Professor at North Carolina State University. Early in his career at the University of Montana, Dr. Mills played a key role in advising the Bhutan Foundation on our conservation research programs. Dr. Mills was also awarded one of the most prestigious awards given by the National Science Foundation to junior faculty: a Faculty Early Career Development award. Since then he has published over 130 scientific articles and has given over 100 professional presentations, including testimony to the US Congress on the role of ethics in conservation science. Dr. Mills was a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. He has also served on committees for the National Science Foundation, National Park Service, National Forest Service, International Whaling Commission, and National Marine Fisheries Service. He was a member of the Board of Governors for the Society of Conservation Biology, served on the Western Governor’s Association Policy working group on Climate Change Effects on Wildlife, and was a contributing author to the North America section of the Nobel-Prize–winning report from the 2007 International Panel on Climate Change.
Dr. Katharine Morley
Dr. Katharine Morley is an internal medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. She and her husband, Dr. Michael Morley, who is an ophthalmologist, have been involved with Bhutan for many years. Kathy and Michael are also graduates of Harvard School of Public Health and support international healthcare programs in Cambodia, Thailand, and Bhutan. Kathy is currently on the Bhutan Foundation’s Health Advisory Committee, and is interested in advancing health and health related research initiatives in Bhutan.
Hon. Kunzang C. Namgyel
Hon. Kunzang C. Namgyel is the Zhung Dronyer (Chief of Protocol) Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bhutan since August 2017. Prior to this appointment, she served a Bhutan's Ambassador & Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the United Nations in New York from February 2014-July, 2017 and Deputy Permanent Representative with Ambassadorial rank from September, 2011. During her career spanning over three decades in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she has served in various posts at the Ministry as well as Bhutan’s diplomatic Embassies and Missions abroad. Among others, she has served as the Director General of the Multilateral Department, Chief of Protocol, Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Bhutan in Geneva, and as Director for Bhutan at the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Lady Keane College under the North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India.
Dr. Diana Natalicio
Diana Natalicio was named president of UTEP in 1988. During her long and distinguished career with the University, Dr. Natalicio has also served as vice president for academic affairs, dean of liberal arts, chair of the modern languages department and professor of linguistics. Her sustained commitment to provide all residents of the Paso del Norte region access to outstanding higher education opportunities has helped make UTEP a national success story. During Dr. Natalicio’s tenure as president, UTEP’s enrollment has grown from 15,000 to over 25,000 students, who reflect the demographics of the Paso del Norte region from which nearly 90% of them come. More than 80% are Mexican-American, and approximately 5% commute to the campus from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Since 1988, UTEP’s annual budget has increased from $65 million to more than $500 million. UTEP is designated as a research/doctoral university, recognized nationally for both the excellence and breadth of its academic and research programs. UTEP’s annual research expenditures have grown from $6 million to nearly $95 million per year, and doctoral programs from one to 22 during this same period. To accommodate steady growth in enrollment, academic programs and research, the university has recently committed nearly $400 million in new and renovated facilities expansion in science, engineering, health sciences, and other student quality-of-life related infrastructure. Dr. Natalicio has served on numerous boards including the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), Rockefeller Foundation, Trinity Industries, Sandia Corporation, U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC), American Council on Education, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and Internet2. She was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to membership on the Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans and by President Bill Clinton to the National Science Board, where she served two six-year terms, including three two-year terms as NSB vice-chair. In 2017, Dr. Natalicio was named one of Fortune magazine’s Top 50 World Leaders. In 2016, she was honored with the Hispanic Heritage Award in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, and she was included on the 2016 TIME 100 list of most influential people in the world. In 2015, The Carnegie Corporation of New York honored Dr. Natalicio with its prestigious Academic Leadership Award. In 2011, the President of Mexico presented her the Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca, the highest recognition bestowed on foreign nationals. She was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame, honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award at The University of Texas at Austin, and awarded honorary doctoral degrees by St. Louis University, Northeastern University, Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia), Georgetown University, Smith College and the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon (Mexico). A graduate of St. Louis University, Dr. Natalicio earned a master’s degree in Portuguese and a doctorate in linguistics from The University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. Brent Olson
Mr. Brent Olson has been traveling to Bhutan for the past 34 years and is deeply passionate about the culture, environment and people of the Kingdom. Brent was formerly the Managing Director of Business Development at GeoEx, a San Francisco based travel company that he worked with from 1987 to 2020. His personal connection with Bhutan and decades of living and traveling there have won him the hearts of the locals, as well as a spot on Condé Nast Traveler's Top Travel Specialist list as one of the United States' ranking experts on the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Brent is one of the few lucky Americans to have lived in Bhutan, having worked with its government in the creation of a photographic archive of the country's rich artistic heritage. A veteran of 50 (and counting) trips to the remote Himalayan kingdom he has assisted a variety of local organizations and non-profit groups in Bhutan. From small projects like helping to restore an old manor house to organizing fundraising trips for WWF and RSPN, he has done his best to help the people of Bhutan. One of his greatest accomplishments has been to work closely with H.H. Gangteng Tulku Rinpoche and the nuns at the Pemacholing Nunnery in Tang as they work to build an institution that will benefit women and further their studies of Buddhism. Since 1986, Brent has created and led treks and tours all over the kingdom, and forged close friendships with Bhutanese from many walks of life. His devotion to Bhutan has been mirrored in the unique quality of his itineraries, which are designed to highlight and support the country's determination to maintain its proud culture. He has planned and operated trips to Bhutan for such prestigious organizations as The Asia Society, The Textile Museum of Washington, DC, Dr. Robert Thurman and Tibet House, The California Academy of Sciences, The Society for Asian Art, The Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, The World Wildlife Fund, The Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard, The National and Pacific Crest Outward Bound organizations and the American Museum of Natural History to name a few. Since leaving GeoEx, Brent looks forward to devoting more time to the goals of The Bhutan Foundation.
Dr. Françoise Pommaret
Dr. Françoise Pommaret is Director of Research at the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research, France) and Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Language and Culture (ILCS), Royal University of Bhutan. She has been associated with Bhutan in different capacities since 1979 and has published numerous scholarly articles and books on different aspects of Bhutanese culture, including the definitive guidebook, Bhutan: A Cultural Guidebook. She is currently involved in the documentation of the Bhutan cultural atlas www.bhutanculturalatlas.org and is researching the interface between deities, local powers, and migrations in Bhutan. Dr. Pommaret has lectured intensively in numerous academic institutions around the world and has been guest curator for several exhibitions. She has been advising the Bhutan Foundation on our cultural heritage projects, including the restoration of Wangduechhoeling Palace.
Mr. Vince Pérez
Mr. Vincent S. Pérez is CEO of Alternergy, a renewable power company in Asia. He is also Chairman of Merritt Partners, an energy advisory firm and was Board trustee of WWF International and Chairman of WWF-Philippines. Vince has over 30 years’ experience in finance working first with Mellon Bank and later as a Partner of Lazard Frères in London, New York and Singapore. He later founded Next Century Partners, a private equity firm based in Singapore, and the Asian Conservation Company in the Philippines. Vince served as Philippine Minister of Energy and later as Vice Chairman of the National Renewable Energy Board. He has invested in various sustainable energy and eco-tourism ventures, and is a member of the advisory boards of Banco de Oro, Coca Cola Philippines, Pictet Clean Energy Fund, Singapore Telemedia, WWF-US, and the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale University. He has traveled to Bhutan on numerous occasions and remain engaged in several programs of the Bhutan Foundation.
Mr. Michael Reynolds
Mr. Michael Reynolds is a creative director, editor, set designer, stylist, curator and collector. He was raised in Manhattan's East Village, where he studied art history and anthropology at New York University before his seven-year turn as an editor at American Vogue. In 1996, Michael left Vogue to work on the relaunch of House & Garden Magazine, as well as the launch of Wallpaper* magazine, where he still serves as US Editor. He is a regular contributor to Architectural Digest, Conde Nast Traveler, T Magazine, CULTURED and has edited two titles for Rizzoli International Publications. In its Spring 2009 issue, The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ Magazine published High Road to Bhutan, a profile of the spiritual and philanthropic adventures of Reynolds’ and his partner Eric Hoffman.
Dr. Sonam Tshering Rosberger
Dr. Sonam Tshering Rosberger is a member of the Radiology faculty at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and an Attending Radiologist at Elmhurst Medical Center. Dr. Rosberger was born in Bhutan and attended St. Joseph's Convent School in Kalimpong. She moved to New York City at age twelve with her family when her father, Angkoo Tshering, was posted as First Secretary to the Bhutan mission to the United Nations. She is the niece of Lympho Dawa Tsering, the former Foreign Minister of Bhutan. Dr. Rosberger received her undergraduate degree from Fordham University and her degree in Medicine from the Sackler School of Medicine of Tel Aviv University in Israel. She completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at The State University of New York, where she was Chief Resident and a Fellowship in Body Imaging from Mount Sinai University. Dr. Rosberger is the author of numerous scholarly publications. Several years ago, with her husband, also a physician, Dr. Rosberger established the Sonam and Daniel Rosberger International Fellowship at The Weill-Cornell University College of Medicine to support Cornell medical students travel and study to Bhutan.
Mr. Gérard Tardy
Mr. Gérard Tardy is a well-known European Venture Capitalist with over 30 years of experience. He was the founder and manager in Paris of two major private equity firms, Citicorp Venture Capital and Schroder Ventures. In 1999, he founded his own company, Sitka Limited, in London that invested in young companies in healthcare services and industries. Gérard is Venture Partner of Mérieux Développement and on the board of several companies in Europe and in Singapore. He founded the Loden Entrepreneurship Program in Bhutan in 2008 within the Loden Foundation one of the Bhutan Foundation’s principal partners in Bhutan.
Mr. Jigme Thinley
Mr. Jigme Thinley is the Director of Programs and Social Enterprise at the Bhutan Youth Development Fund, a civil society organization in Bhutan addressing the needs of youth today through various programs. He has worked at YDF for 16 years and supports YDF in visualizing, facilitating, and coordinating their strategy and various program initiatives in close consultation with their Executive Director and President. He also oversees operations of the programs in terms of monitoring and evaluation, outreach, fundraising, and finance. In terms of programs, he mainly oversees their scholarship program, social enterprise, and community empowerment programs. He has a masters degree in Business Administration from Prince Songkhla University in Thailand, and an undergraduate degree from Sherubtse College in Eastern Bhutan.
Mr. Sonam Tobgay
Mr. Sonam Tobgay was a former board member of the Bhutan Foundation. He served for the past several years as Consul General and the Minister-Counselor at the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the United Nations in New York. Prior to arrival in New York, he was the Chief, Policy Planning Division; and Chief, International Organizations Division, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thimphu. He has also served as Charge d’Affaires at the Royal Bhutanese Embassy in Kuwait and as Second Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Bhutan in Geneva. He received his MA in Diplomacy and MA in Public Policy (International Policy) from the Australian National University in Canberra, and his BA (Economics and History) from the University of Delhi. He also received an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. He has just graduated as a fellow with the McCain Institute for International Leadership after being placed at the Office of Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, Missouri. Currently, he returned to Bhutan to serve in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ms. Katherine Van Hengel
Ms. Katherine van Hengel is a narrative and documentary producer focusing on impact filmmaking. Previously, Katherine worked in start-up, government and corporate development for a variety of organizations including: J.P. Morgan, HeroX and the Government of Bhutan. Since working in Bhutan in 2011, she has been involved with the Bhutan Foundation on their agricultural initiatives, specifically focused on rice cultivation. Katherine is an honors graduate from Cornell University where she studied International Agriculture and Rural Development.
H.E. Lyonpo Dechen Wangmo
Her Excellency Lyonpo Dechen Wangmo is the Minister of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan, and a member of the National Assembly of Bhutan. She received her BS from Northwestern University and MPH from Yale University. Her Excellency is also the Chairperson and a founding Board member of Lhak-Sam, a CSO that focuses on positive approaches to addressing critical issues in Bhutan with a current focus on HIV/AIDS. She is also working to establish the Bhutan Cancer Society to complement and bridge the gap in cancer prevention, treatment, and care in the country. She has been advising the Bhutan Foundation in the areas of public health.
Ms. Nancy Hamill Winter
Nancy Hamill Winter has supported the Bhutan Foundation since traveling with Bruce Bunting and Daphne Cunningham in 2007 on a WWF journey through Bhutan honoring the work of the late Mingma Sherpa. Her interest in the Himalaya stems back to 1964 on the first of many treks in Nepal. She is a naturalist specializing in habitat restoration and consummate advocate for land conservation having served in leadership roles with The Nature Conservancy, Field Museum of Natural History, JoDaviess Conservation Foundation, Teton Regional Land Trust, Prairie States Conservation Coalition and Morton Arboretum. She is also a lifelong equestrian - graduate A of the United States Pony Club, short listed member of the 1984 Olympic Three Day Event Team, former Vice President of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association and former President of the Equine Land Conservation Resource. Nancy recently relocated to Vermont after a life rooted in the Illinois prairie and has become involved in regional conservation issues of the Northeast. She holds a BA from George Washington University in International Relations, an MA in East Asian History from University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, and a Naturalist Certification Degree from The Morton Arboretum.
Ms. Elise Zoli
Ms. Elise Zoli is a partner at Goodwin Procter and chairs the firm's Energy Practice. She is a leader in its Cleantech and Climate Change initiatives, and focuses on clean energy, water, technology and agriculture (“Cleantech”) considerations. Her work includes substantial depth in energy storage (batteries and beyond), ground source and geothermal, innovative nuclear, biofuels, clean water and water treatment, industrial processes, carbon conversion, wind and solar, automotive, ocean wave technologies and wireless electricity, as well as carbon markets. She is also a lecturer on Cleantech and Climate Change at MIT’s Sloan School, and regularly speaks on Cleantech issues nationwide.