A natural resource manager, Sonam Wangyel Wang (PhD), will contest as Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) for the second time from Lingmukha-Toedwang constituency of Punakha.
He lost to People’s Democratic Party’s Chimi Dorji in 2013.
Before resigning from the civil service in 2013, Sonam Wangyel Wang worked as the Director of the Royal Education Council. He also worked as the Joint Director of Nature Conservation Division and as Park Manager for Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park.
He has a masters degree in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, USA and PhD in Natural Resources Policy and Management from University of Oxford, London, UK.
He worked as a research professor in Korea University, Seoul, from April 2016 to June this year.
He was born in Tsachuphu village of Toedwang gewog.
“As a Member of Parliament, Dr Wangyel will continue his work to make Limbu-Toedwang a model constituency in the country and Bhutan the best country it can be,” according to the party press release.
Sonam Wangyel Wang said: “I want to nurture a democratic government that is acutely sensitive to the fundamental needs of the people and the environment and make Bhutan a model of democracy in the region.”
He said that as a politician, he could use his skills, leadership experience and international network, to affect policy changes to bring much needed focus on addressing critical issues related to renewable natural resources sector, education, teachers, rural poverty, youth unemployment, foreign policy, and other governance quartets. He said he denied senior positions at various international agencies, including the UN, due to his interest in politics.
Sonam Wangyel Wang said that he had worked on a very comprehensive development plan for my constituency.
“However, I need the big opportunity to give back big time and being a politician will allow me to just do what I love doing, that is serve my people and give back. I plead with the people of my constituency to kindly give me this one chance to prove my worth and implement these life changing plans that will turn Punakha into one of the most prosperous 21st centuary dzongkhags,” he said.
He said that DPT’s goals and missions of humility, justice and equity not only was in sync with his personal motivation for the country but also excites him. “In addition, DPT’s outstanding leadership, experience as ruling and opposition topped with diverse set of candidates presents me with room to hold strong hands to move forward as a politician.”