Bhutanese speakers for Mountain Echoes 2015

HMHer Majesty The Royal Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck is the author of Treasures of the Thunder Dragon: A Portrait of Bhutan and Of Rainbows and Clouds: The Life of Yab Ugyen Dorji as told to his Daughter.


Chador Wangmo has authored seven children’s books, including illustrated folktales.

Dasho Karma Ura is the author of The Hero With a Thousand Eyes; Deities, Archers and Planners in the Era of Decentralization, The Bhutanese Development Story.

Dasho Sangay Wangchug serves as the Privy Councillor, Privy Council of Bhutan. He is an expert on Buddhist philosophy.

Dasho Sangye Wangdi was the Registrar General, Urban Land Registration, National Land Commission. He was part of the team that coined new Dzongkha terminologies, including Gross National Happiness.

Dasho Sherub Gyeltshen is the author of Thong-Thoe Deng Nang and has written several articles for Kuensel. He has served as Dzongda for fourteen years.

Deki Choden is a host and entertainment producer with Bhutan Broadcasting Services. She started as a bilingual reporter, covering both human interest stories, and educational short programs.

Dipika Chhetri is a media officer for the Royal Office of Media after a brief stint as a journalist, reporting mostly on climate change. She publishes her poetry on Facebook.

Dorji Wangchuk is the Dean of Royal Thimphu College. He is an active blogger, social media enthusiast, and has produced seventeen documentaries, some of which have won awards abroad.

Dungtsho Karma Ugyen is the Head of the Department of Tshubched (Invasive therapy), National Traditional Medical Hospital, Thimphu.

Jambay Dorji works at Bhutan Power Corporation and has authored Astrologically Auspicious Aspects in Building Construction and The Palace of Good Fortune and Good Luck Vases.

Karma Wangchuk is a fashion enthusiast and blogger. His blog on Facebook, Bhutan Street Fashion features designs and other collaborative work within the creative industry.

Kelly Dorji is an actor, artist and travel facilitator living in Thimphu.

Kuenga Wangmo is an archaeologist who has worked on sites in Bhutan, India, and the United States. Kuenga is a National Geographic Explorer.

Kunga Tenzin Dorji is a self-confessed jack-of-all-trades. He was Consultant Editor at Drukpa magazine, hosted a radio talk show, acted in four films and is the lead singer in a rock band.

Kunzang Choden is the first Bhutanese woman writer to write a novel in English. Her first novel, The Circle of Karma, was published in 2005. She has written and published a number of books for young children in last few years.

Lily Wangchuk is the first woman president of a political party in Bhutan and was the Director of Bhutan Media Foundation. She has served as UNDP Assistant Resident Representative and as a diplomat.

Karma Phuntsho is a teacher of Buddhism and Bhutan Studies. He speaks and writes extensively on Bhutan’s history, religion and culture. His works include The History of Bhutan, and Mipham’s Dialectics and the Debates on Emptiness.

Lyonpo Dorji Choden is the Minister of Works and Human Settlement and has been serving in the Royal Government for over twenty years in different capacities.

Nima Tshering is a former Zimpon Wogma to His Majesty The King. He played a central role in the formation of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa, a Bhutanese political party founded on the principles of freedom, justice and solidarity.

Pawo Choyning Dorji is a photographer and the author of Seeing Sacred: Lights & Shadows along the Journey. He is working on a second book of photo-essays titled, Sacred Paths: The Journey of Master Xuanzang.

Pema Choden Tenzin owns and runs Yeewong, Bhutan’s first and only women’s magazine. She has worked as a reporter and presenter for Centennial Radio.

Pema Gyaltshen has worked as a teacher for children, counselor and language teacher. Her stories feature animals as characters to inculcate in young readers a love, fondness and respect for animals.

Phuntsok Rabten is a filmmaker, and has written and directed two feature films – Songs of the Wind and Chuut Wai. He has also worked as an editor at Bhutan Observer and has directed two short films.

Rinzin Rinzin is the author of The Talisman of Good Fortune and Other Stories from Rural Bhutan, and a number of illustrated story books for children. He has worked as a lecturer, agriculturist, manager, parliamentarian, consultant and writer.

Sadon Lhamo is a flight attendant and worked as a media officer in Bhutan Infocomm and Media Authority for three years. She also part times as a radio jockey and has hosted several events.

Siok Sian Dorji is the Founder-Director of the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy, and has been supporting training for creative non-fiction writing, micro documentaries and multimedia storytelling.

Tandin Wangchuk is the lead vocalist, Front Man, Songwriter and composer of Bhutan-based band, Misty Terrace.

Tshering Tashi is the author of Mysteries of the Raven Crown, Legacy of Gongzim Ugyen Dorji, Myth and Memory: Untold Stories of Bhutan, and 15 Gun Salutes: Confidential British Reports on Bhutan from 1905-45.

Tandin Wangmo is the Executive Director of RENEW, an NGO for victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse. She was also the Spokesperson for the People’s Democratic Party.

Tshewang Dendup is the executive director of the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative, established by His Eminence Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche.

Tshering Tempa is a Chair of the Department of Conservation Biology, Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment, a government research institute.

Yeshey Dorji is a photographer whose portraits of wildlife and people in Bhutan have earned him international renown.

Phub Gyeltshen is a Radio Jockey, Producer, Reporter, and Program Coordinator at Kuzoo FM. He has also worked as a Newsreader with Bhutan Broadcasting Service.
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