The CTA's Five-Fifty Vision calls for maximizing efforts to resolve the Tibet issue in five years based on the Middle Way Approach while sustaining and strengthening the resilience of the Tibetan people, the Tibetan freedom struggle, and Tibetan culture and identity for the next fifty years if need be. “Five” and “Fifty” are mutually reinforcing and complementary. CTA conducted a highly successful Five Fifty Forum: Shaping Tibet's Political Future in October 2017 which provided analysis, advice and recommendations to the CTA on several crucial issues for implementing the political objectives of the Five-Fifty Vision.

Five Fifty Forum: Towards a Resilient Tibetan Community is a follow on to the gathering convened in 2017, but one that focuses on the development and long-term resiliency objectives of the Five-Fifty Vision. The Forum to be held in Dharamsala from September 13-16, 2018 in Dharamsala brings together selected experts, advisors, practitioners, donors, and friends who are deeply familiar with the issues to be addressed at the Forum. It has been organized to explore the critical development and resiliency challenges and opportunities that the Tibetan community faces.

The Forum themes are:

  • Theme One: Sustaining Tibetan Culture
  • Theme Two: Economic Development of Tibetan Community
  • Theme Three: Strengthening Tibetan Education
  • Theme Four: A Healthier Tibetan Community

Under culture, the Forum will address topics related to defining Tibetan culture, Tibetan language, Tibetan Buddhism, the role of museums and cultural institutions, and Tibetan arts. Economic Development will focus on migration and youth-related issues, agriculture, financial services, entrepreneurship and role of Tibetans living overseas. Education will address quality of education issues, school leadership, demographic challenges, Basic Education Policy and nurturing professionals. Health topics are health challenges faced by the Tibetan community, financial stability of the Tibetan health system, capacity building, expansion and integration of Sowa Rigpa, and alternative service delivery modes and preventive care.

The primary purpose of the Forum is to help the Tibetan leadership and community address some core questions related to the Forum themes and investigate innovative ideas and solutions. These core questions have to be addressed against a backdrop of profound changes occurring in Tibet and in the exile community. Tibetan culture and language and the economic and personal wellness of Tibetans in Tibet is suppressed under harsh Chinese occupation. The Tibetan community in exile is undergoing rapid change as the 150,000 plus strong community resides in over thirty countries across the globe.

The Forum is being organized by CTA’s Social and Resource Development (SARD), Department of Finance and is part of the Tibetan Self-Reliance and Resilience (TSRR) program funded by USAID.


02:00 - 05:00 PM Registration at Hotel Fortune Moksha (Lobby)
06:00 PM Lighting of Butter Lamp by President Dr. Lobsang Sangay
06:05 PM Welcome Remarks: ​Kalon Karma Yeshi, Finance Department
06:10 PM Screening of Short Film on Five-Fifty Resilience
06:15 PM Introductory Remarks​: President Dr. Lobsang Sangay
06:30 PM Keynote​ Address: ​USAID and Strengthening the Resilience of Tibetan Community in Exile, Ann Marie Yastishock, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia, USAID
07:00 PM Overview of​ Five-Fifty Forum on Resilience​: Kaydor Aukatsang, CTA Chief Resilience Officer, and Panel of Five-Fifty Forum Moderators
09:00 AM Introductory Remarks by Kalons (Ministers)(8mins each)
  • Kalon Karma Gelek Yuthok, Department of Religion & Culture
  • Kalon Sonam Topgyal Khorlatsang, Department of Home
  • Kalon Karma Yeshi, Department of Finance
  • Kalon Dr. Pema Yangchen, Department of Education
  • Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk, Department of Health
09:40 AM Keynote Address:​ President Dr. Lobsang Sangay
10:35 AM Theme I: Sustaining Tibetan Culture
  • Moderator​: Venerable Geshe Ngawang Samten (5 mins)
Panelists​ (12 mins each):
  1. Venerable Geshe Lhakdor (Defining & Sustaining Tibetan Culture)
  2. Tashi Tsering (Tibetan Language)
  3. Venerable Lobsang Dechen (Tibetan Buddhism)
  4. Emma Martin (Museums and Cultural Institutions)
  5. Mansher Lodoe (Culture through Arts)
Commentators​ (5 mins each):
  1. Shartse Khensur Venerable Jangchup Choeden
  2. Dr. Renuka Singh
11:50 PM Discussion on the Theme
01:30 PM Theme II: Strengthening Tibetan Education
  • Moderator​: Karma Chungdak (5 mins)
Panelists​ (12 mins each):
  1. Jamyang Gyaltsen (Quality of Education)
  2. Duke Tsering (School Leadership)
  3. Tenzin Dhargyal (Social and Demographic)
  4. Tenzin Dorjee (Basic Education Policy)
  5. Youdon Aukatsang (Nurturing Professionals)
Commentator​ (5 mins):
  1. Samphe Lhalungpa
02:40 PM Discussion on the Theme
03:45 PM Theme III: Towards a Healthier Tibetan Community
  • Moderator​: Dr. Kunchok Dorjee (5 mins)
Panelists​ (12 mins each):
  1. Dr. Tseten Sadutsang (Health Challenges)
  2. Dr. Tsewang Tamdin (Tibetan Medicine)
  3. Prachi Maheshwari (Health System Financing)
  4. Vikas Dagur (Capacity Building)
  5. Dr. Lobsang Tsering (Service Delivery Model)
Commentators​ (5 mins each):
  1. Pema Lhaki
  2. Dr. Dorjee Rapten
05:00 PM Discussion on the Theme
07:45 PM Cultural Performance by the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA)
09:00 AM Theme IV: Economic Development of Tibetan Community
  • Moderator​: Richard Weingarten (5 mins)
Panelists​ (12 mins each):
  1. Kishore Rao (Agriculture)
  2. Dr. Kunchok Tsundue (Financial Institution)
  3. Tenzin Keyzom Massally (Encouraging Entrepreneurship)
  4. Tsewang Namgyal (Tibetans Living Overseas)
  5. Vikas Bali (Migration and Youth)
Commentators​ (5 mins each):
  1. Idee Inyangudor
  2. Tenzin Khangsar
10:15 AM Discussion on the Theme
02:00 PM Continue Breakout Sessions
04:20 PM Continue Breakout Sessions
05:15 PM Special Presentations ​(60 mins):
  • Sustainable Cultural Tourism, Manny Fassihi
  • Public Private Partnerships, Gabriel Naranjo
  • Impact Investment, Tenzin Khangsar and Idee Inyangudor
  • Q&A
Theme I: Sustaining Tibetan Culture
  • Panelists: Session Moderator (3 mins) and Theme Representative
09:05 AM Discussion and Q&A
09:30 AM Theme II: Strengthening Tibetan Education
  • Panelists: Session Moderator (3 mins) and Theme Representative
09:50 AM Discussion and Q&A
10:30 AM Theme III: Towards a Healthier Tibetan Community
  • Panelists: Session Moderator (3 mins) and Theme Representative
10:50 AM Discussion and Q&A
11:15 AM Theme IV: Economic Development of Tibetan Community
  • Panelists: Session Moderator (3 mins) Theme Representative
11:35 AM Discussion and Q&A
12:00 PM Wrap-Up Remarks by Moderators (5 mins each)
12:20 PM General Feedback on Forum Facilitated by Kaydor Aukatsang
12:35 PM Concluding Remarks by President Dr. Lobsang Sangay
12:50 PM Thank you Remarks by Trinley Gyatso, Secretary, Department of Finance
02:30 PM Depart from Hotel

Dr. Lobsang Sangay

Dr. Lobsang Sangay was born in a Tibetan refugee settlement in Northern India. He completed his B.A. (Honors) and LLB degrees from Delhi University. As a Fulbright scholar, he was the first Tibetan to receive a doctorate from the Harvard Law School (HLS) in 2004. He worked as a research and then a senior fellow at HLS from 2005 to 2011 during which he organized seven major conferences between the Dalai Lama and Chinese scholars. In 2007, he was selected as one of the 24 Young Leaders of Asia by the Asia Society. An expert on Tibet, international human rights law, democratic constitutionalism and conflict resolution, Dr Sangay has lectured at various universities and think-tanks throughout Europe, Asia and North America. In 2011, he was elected to the post of KalonTripa in an unprecedented competitive democratic election in the Tibetan diaspora. He was re-elected as Sikyong (President) of the Central Tibetan Administration for a second term in 2016. Since taking office as the democratically-elected political leader of the Tibetan people, Dr. Sangay has met with political leaders of various governments including the US, the UK, Japan and the EU.

Ann Marie Yastishock

Ann Marie Yastishock is a career member of the United States Senior Foreign Service and currently serves as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia at the USAID. Prior to joining the Asia Bureau, she served as the Deputy Mission Director from 2012 to 2015 for the regional office of USAID covering Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and Cyprus. From August 2013 until March 2014, she served as the interim Deputy Mission Director for USAID/Burma. From March 2011 until arriving in Kyiv in 2012, she served as the Deputy Director of the USAID Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG). Prior to her assignment as the DRG Deputy Director, she was the Senior Legal Advisor to USAID/Afghanistan, from November 2008 to November 2010. From 2002-2007, she served as the Resident Legal Advisor to Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. While in Georgia, she managed the Rule of Law portfolio for the Mission. She is a graduate of Widener University School of Law with a J.D. and Penn State University with a B.S. in Economics. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.

Ven. Karma Gelek Yuthok

Ven. Karma Gelek Yuthok was born in the year 1955 in Tibet. After completing his studies in Buddhist dialectics and Masters in Arts (MA) degree and later joined the Central Tibetan Administration in 1986. Since then, he has served in various capacities including as the Secretary of the Department of Religion and Culture, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at OOT Japan, Secretary of the Department of Education, and finally as Secretary of the Kashag Secretariat from 2012 until he was appointed as a Kalon of Department of Religion and Culture in June 2016.

Khorlatsang Sonam Topgyal

Khorlatsang Sonam Topgyal was born in the year 1954. After completing his studies, he joined the Central Tibetan Administration in 1979. Since then, he has worked in various capacities within the Tibetan administration. He was promoted to the post of Secretary in 2001 and was appointed as the Director of Tibetan Reception Center. He also served as the Secretary of Finance Department, Secretary of Tibetan Homes Foundation, Mussoorie and as the Secretary of the Department of Home from 2011 until he was appointed as a Kalon of Department of Home in June 2016.

Karma Yeshi

Karma Yeshi completed his schooling from CST Puruwala, Poanta Sahib and Dalhousie. After a few months' military training, he earned degrees in B.A. Hons. B.Ed. and Interpretership in language from Punjab University, Chandigarh. He taught at the CST Puruwala for four years from 1990 and later got elected as the Vice-President of Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) in 1995 & 1998. He took part in a 26-day fast-unto-death protest in front of the United Nations office in Geneva during the UN Human Rights Commission meeting in 1999 and also addressed its session. He led many workshops and leadership training for Tibetans, attended many national and international conferences promoting Tibetan cause. He got elected to the 13th ATPD in a July 2004 by-election. From March 2003-May 2011, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Voice of Tibet radio news service. He was also a member of the 14th and 15th house of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile representing U-Tsang province. In June 2016 he was appointed as Kalon of Department of Finance.

Dr. Pema Yangchen

Dr. Pema Yangchen is an alumnus Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamshala she completed her B.A. (Hon.) in English Literature from the University of Delhi and B.Ed. in English from University of Madras. She taught English at TCV, Suja from 1993-1995 and later appointed as the Head of Arts Department from 1996-2001. As a recipient of Tibetan scholarship program in 2003, she completed M.A. in TESOL from the University of Northern Iowa, USA and later pursued Ed. D. from the same university in 2009. After which she served at The Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education in Bangalore in different capacities like English lecturer, Head of Department, School of Education & BA Department (2010- 2012), Co-Chair, Board of Examinations (2013 – 2016). In 2012, she was promoted to the post of Vice Principal of The Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education and served in that post till 2016. DrPema was appointed as the Kalon for the Department of Education in April 2018.

Choekyong Wangchuk

Choekyong Wangchuk is an alumnus of SFF School, Herbertpur. He earned his B.A. degree from Punjab University in 1993, and a PG Diploma in Marketing and Sales Management from BhartiyaVidhyaBhavan in 1994. In 1991 and 1992 he was elected as the President of Overseas Students Association of Govt. College for Men and the President of Regional Tibetan Youth Congress, Chandigarh. From 1995 to 2001, he was elected to the Central Executive Committee of the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC). He served as the Deputy Coordinator and later as the Coordinator of the New Delhi-based India Tibet Coordination Office (ITCO), CTA from 2002-2006. He also worked as the Executive Director of the Tibetan Parliamentary & Policy Research Centre from (2008-2015) based in New Delhi. In 2006, He was elected to the 14th and 15th House of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile from Dotoe province. In June 2016 he was appointed as Kalon of Department of Health.

Mr. Thinley Gyatso

Mr Thinley Gyatso, Executive Secretary, Department of Finance,has worked with Tibetan woolen yarn Center Amritsar Punjab, as an administrator for facilitating the carpet factories in Tibetan settlements in Bhutan and India. He also worked with Songtsen carpet manufacturer & exporter, Nepal as Administrator from 1986-1990. He was later promoted as the Deputy Secretary and appointed as the Welfare Officer of Dickeyling Tibetan settlement, Dehra Dun. He became the Nepal CTC carpet factory administrator under Department of Home and later promoted as Joint Secretary in 1997. In 2001, he was appointed as the settlement officer at Bylakuppe, Lugsam Tibetan Settlement and later served as Chief Representative of Southern Tibetan settlements, Bangalore. He was then promoted to Secretary in 2007 and served the Office Representative of His Holiness, Nepal. In the year 2012, he was appointed as the Executive Secretary at the Department of Finance and is currently serving at the same post.

Kaydor Aukatsang

Kaydor Aukatsang is the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) of the Central Tibetan Administration and the Director of the Social and Resource Development Fund (SARD). In his role as the CRO, Mr. Aukatsang mobilizes financial and human resources for the CTA and is spearheading several strategic initiatives related to the development and execution of the Five-Fifty Vision to ensure the long-term resilience of the CTA and the Tibetan community in exile. Mr. Aukatsang is the primary relationship manager managing relationship with CTA’s major bilateral and institutional donors and his office oversees the designing, coordination and implementation of major CTA developmental projects in India and Nepal. Prior to being appointed as the CRO and SARD Director in October 2016, Mr. Aukatsang served as the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the CTA to North America from 2013-2016 based in Washington, DC. He also, served as a Special Advisor to the Sikyong from 2011-2013. He has a Master's in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and a Bachelor's in English Literature from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi.

Jigme Yangchen

Jigme Yangchen completed her primary and higher secondary schooling from CST Kollegal and CST Bylakuppe. She received a Bachelor in Business Management (BBM) from the Teresian College and holds Master degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Mysore in 2012. Prior to joining CTA, she worked at Infosys, Bangalore for two years and seven-month in different fields such as Sales and Finance. She joined CTA to the post of Under Secretary in 2015. Currently, Jigme is serving as the project coordinator at SARD.


Ven. Geshe Ngawang Samten

Padma Shri and Vesak Samman recipient Professor Ngawang Samten earned the title of Vishisht-Acharya (M.Phil.) at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath and Geshe Lharampa degree, the Ph.D. equivalent, from Gaden Shartse Monastery in Mundgod, Karnataka. He served as a visiting professor at Hampshire College, Amherst College and Smith College in USA and at University of Tasmania, Australia. He has been on numerous committees of the Ministries of Government of India in various capacities and on the boards of multiple Institutes in USA, Canada, Thailand, France and Austria. He has also served in the Editorial Board of International Association of Tibetan Studies in Harvard. Currently, he serves as the Vice-Chancellor of Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varanasi.


Kunchok Dorjee

MBBS, PhD is a post-doctoral Research Associate at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Dorjee works on global control of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. He is currently leading a Zero TB initiative to eliminate tuberculosis in Tibetan schools and monasteries in India. He has worked as a physician for several years and had directed the Tibetan TB Control Program at the Delek Hospital from 2010 to 2013. Dr. Dorjee was recently awarded Stony Brook University's Alumni Achievement Award and Johns Hopkins University's Mentee-Mentor Fellowship Award for excellence in Clinical Science. He has published several papers in international journals including The Lancet. He received his medical degree from Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla; MPH degree from Stony Brook University, New York; and PhD degree in Epidemiology from University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Dorjee grew up in the Tibetan community and went to Tibetan Children's Village School.


Karma Chungdak

Karma Chungdak is the 15th General Secretary of Tibetan Homes Foundation and an alumnus of Central School for Tibetans, Dalhousie. Karma pursued his higher studies from Punjab University, Chandigarh in the field of professional education (B.A. B.Ed. M.A. M.Ed.). After completing his higher studies, he started his career as a teacher in Central Tibetan School Administration and served for ten years. Following that he was appointed as Education Officer cum Deputy Secretary of Department of Education, CTA former Director of Sambhota Tibetan Schools Society (STSS).


Richard Weingarten

Richard Weingarten graduated from Yale University and the Antioch School of Law. During his career he worked in law, investment banking, and international development, including in a variety of senior executive and advisory roles in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. For more than 25 years he participated in a broad range of international development activities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, including terms as the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Capital Development Fund and the Managing Director of the Norwegian Microfinance Initiative. Mr. Weingarten was also a Founder and initial member of the Board of Directors of the Tibet Fund in New York City and the Director of the Tibetan Economic Development Project in India.

Dr Emma Martin

Dr Emma Martin is Lecturer in Museology at University of Manchester and Senior Curator for National Museums Liverpool (NML). She has worked as a curator for 20 years, specializing in Tibet and the Himalaya. She is currently writing a monograph, Beyond the Collector: Locating Tibetan networks of collecting and connoisseurship in Charles Bell's ‘List of Curios’ (Routledge forthcoming, 2020) and curating the NML exhibition, Tibet: Dreams & Realities (opening 2020). She is also acting as curatorial consultant to the CTA's new Tibet Museum. Additionally, she leads the new international research network, Object Lessons from Tibet & the Himalaya.

Ven. Geshe Lhakdor

Ven. Geshe Lhakdor is the Director of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives. He holds Master's degree in English and in Buddhist philosophy and later received Geshe Degree from DrepungLoseling Monastic University. He was amongst the founding members of Tibetan Journal (Zamatok), LhaksamTsepa and taught Secular Ethics, within India and abroad. He is also a member and trustee in a number of Educational Societies and Trust. Currently, he is in the Governing Body of 12 Sambhota Tibetan Schools and serves as the Chairman for the Council for Tibetan Education under the Department of Education, CTA. Geshe has also translated and co-translated numerous books such as The Way to Freedom, The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace etc.

Ven. Lobsang Dechen

She earned BA degree from St. Bedes College, Shimla and following that she completed her B.Ed. degree in Chandigarh. She taught English and Geography at TCV school lower Dharamshala from 1984 - 1991. In 1992, she left teaching to work fulltime for the Tibetan Nuns Project (TNP) in order to advance its efforts to make educational opportunities available for nuns throughout the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. While working in TNP she was elected as the Central Executive Member for three years and has now retired from the nuns’ project after working for the last 26 years.

Mansher Lodoe

Mansher Lodoe is the Principal and Tibetan History Lecturer at The Academy of Tibetan Culture, Norbulingka Institute and the Vice President of PEN Centre. He is also the advisor to Norgyun Journal and Drop of Light Tibetan Newspaper. He has edited and published comprehensive reports on imprisoned Tibetan writers in Tibet, Tibetan Reincarnation, and on Tibetan King SongtsenGampo. He has participated in numerous International Educational Conferences on Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee of PEN and on Tibetan Studies Seminars in Switzerland, Norway, Australia and Kyrgyzstan.

Tashi Tsering Josayma

Tashi Tsering Josayma has been the Academic Director of AmnyeMachen Institute, Tibetan Centre for Advanced Studies, Dharamsala, since 1992. Prior to this he was Research & Cultural Officer of the LTWA, 1981-1998 and Head of the Tibetan Publication Department of LTWA, 1980-1998. Since 2002, he has also been an Advisor to the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok, Sikkim. In 2016, he was re-elected as a member of the Advisory Board to the Association of International Tibetan Studies, a post he previously held from 1989-2003. His recent publications include, ‘The Representation of Women in Tibetan Culture– Strengths and Stereotypes’ and The Tibet Journal Vol. XLII, No. 2 Autumn/Winter etc.

Duke Tsering

Duke Tsering is the Principal of TCV Selakui. He completed his schooling from TCV School and earned his BSc. and B.Ed. from Chandigarh University. As a Fulbright scholar, he studied environmental science and teaching special children in the USA. He taught science for 31 years at different schools and served as the spontaneous translator for Mind and Life Conference for 10 years. He had been the resource person for teaching skills and pedagogies to the CTA teachers and also on sustainable agriculture to the Tibetan candidates for Israel Agriculture Project. He is serving as the principal of TCV Selakui for the last 14 years.

Jamyang Gyaltsen

Jamyang Gyaltsen is the Senior Education Coordinator at the Tibet Fund Office, Dharamsala. He earned his Master's Degree in Education from Columbia University, NY and later went on to pursue M.Phil. in Educational Leadership and School Improvement from University of Cambridge, England. He has more than 12 years of experience working as an educator and education administrator. He is a cofounder of Manjushri Educational Services (MES), an NGO which aims to strengthen the quality of early childhood care and education in the exile Tibetan community. Besides conducting trainings for teachers and parents, he also writes and translates children’s literature. His first STEM storybook Sailing Ships and Sinking Spoons, published by Pratham Books has been translated and printed in more than five regional languages in India.

Tenzin Dhargyal

Tenzin Dhargyal is the Teacher Professional Development Officer at TCV Head Office, Dharamshala. He completed his schooling from Upper TCV School, Dharamsala and later completed his B.A and B.Ed. from Punjab University, Chandigarh. He taught at TCV School, Suja for 24 years after which he got one-year scholarship through Tibetan Scholarship Program to study Special Education at the University of Northern Iowa, USA. After coming back from US, Tenzin worked at The Tibet Fund, Dharamsala for a year in collaboration with the Department of Education,CTA.

Tenzin Dorjee

Tenzin Dorjee is the Joint Secretary and head of Academic Section in Department of Education, CTA. He taught Science and Math at Sambhota Tibetan School, Paonta Sahib from July 1999 - January 2011 before he took administrative roles as headmaster and principal at schools under Sambhota Tibetan Schools. Tenzin Dorjee has served in various committees including National Curriculum Framework Committee (2009 - 10), and Science and Mathematics Curriculum Committee (2009 - 10) and continues to be a part of Mathematics Textbook Editing and Review (since 2005). He is also a resource person for Basic Education Policy Workshops for Teachers and science workshops organized by DoE. Dorjee has B.Sc. B.Ed. from Regional Institute of Education, Ajmer (1995 - 99) and M.A. in Public Administration from Punjab University, Chandigarh (2004 - 05).

Youdon Aukatsang

Youdon Aukatsang is the Founding Director of Empowering the Vision Project, an NGO dedicated to youth empowerment set up in 2007. She is serving her third term as Tibetan Member of Parliament in exile. Her area of interests include education, human rights and women studies. Her other involvement in the community include working with Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy as the Senior Program Officer and Tibetan Women’s Association as Research Associate and later as elected Executive member. She also worked as an independent research consultant for Kreddha International for 3 years. She has a Masters in International Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India and another Masters in International Law and Diplomacy from Fletcher School, Tufts University, MA (USA).

Dr. Tsetan Dorji Sadutshang

Dr. Tsetan Dorji Sadutshang isthe personal physician to His Holiness The Dalai Lama and the Chief Medical Officer at Delek Hospital. He finished his Undergrad in Medicine from University of Chennai and worked as the Clinical observer at the Department of Thoracic Medicine, Royal Free Hospital London, UK. He has a Diploma in Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases and in ‘Health Care in Refugee Camps’ from the UK. He is certified with Foreign Medical Graduates to qualify for the residency program in the USA. He earned his Master's in International Public Health from Harvard University. He founded the Tibetan Allopathic Physician Network (TAPN) and published number of journals and pocketbooks on improving the healthcare of Tibetan community. He has given a number of presentations both in India and abroad and is affiliated with John Hopkins University, University of Wisconsin, University of Utah and Kaiser Permanente on the elimination of TB and exchange program for medical skill and knowledge transfer.

Prachi Maheshwari

Prachi Maheshwari is the Associate Vice President, Intellecap,she brings over 10 years of experience in the field of strategy consulting and impact investing. At Intellecap, she has led consulting projects for World Bank Group, Rockefeller Foundation and Unilever among others. For CTA, she has extensively worked across four departments to co-create their long term strategy aligned to the five-fifty vision. Before joining Intellecap, Prachi worked with Dasra,x where she consulted leading not-for-profits institutions in India to build and scale their operations sustainably. Prachi has also worked as Digital Transformation Consultant with multinationals like Tata Consulting Services and Nokia. She has done MBA from Asian Institute of Management, Philippines and Mechanical Engineering from Maharashtra Institute of Technology, India.

Vikas Dagur

Vikas Dagur is a development professional with diverse experience in program management, networking with public & private stakeholder, organizational development, Financial management, team building, and resource mobilization in health and community development with NGOs at State and National level.Currently, he works as Health System Specialist on USAID supported Health System Strengthening program for Tibetan Refugee population in South Asia in the capacity of Health System. He manages project activities in coordination with Central Tibetan Administration, partner organisations, and International NGOs for resource planning for maternal and adolescent health with MoHFW, Government of India, Government of Nepal, health and insurance public/private sector and USAID India office.

Dr. Lobsang Tsering

Dr. Lobsang Tsering is the public health specialist and oversees TB, HIS, Hepatitis B and CCOCC Program (Outreach) in the Public Health Division, Department of Health, CTA. He completed his MBBS from Indira Gandhi Medical College in 1986. He received Fulbright scholarship to pursue a Master in Public Health from Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, USA in 1997. He also holds a postgraduate Diploma in Biostatistics and Data Management from Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH), Hyderabad. Since 1987, he has been working as a primary care physician in the Tibetan community and later he was associated with Department of Health, CTA in the capacity of consultant for various projects including reproductive health and Health Information System.

Dr. Tsewang Tamdin

Dr. Tsewang Tamdin is the Chairman of the Academic Council ofTibetan Medicine and Astrology Institute (TMAI). He completed his medical studies in 1978 and later was appointed as a permanent residential doctor at New Delhi in 1984. Since then he has served in many different capacities such as Director of Pharmaceutical Department, Principal of Tibetan medical college, and Principal of Tibetan medical college. He visited various cities in India as well as abroad mainly for conference, medical consultations, lectures and exhibitions on traditional Tibetan Medicine. Dr. Tamdin is a visiting physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama since 2001.

Dr. Kunchok Tsundue

Dr. Kunchok Tsundue, Chief Planning Officer, Planning Council, CTA. Graduated AISSC from the CST Darjeeling, he received his BA (Hon.)/B.Ed. and the MA in Geography from Punjab University, Chandigarh. In the year 1998, his empirical researches in Tibet and findings honoured him with the Ph.D. in Geoscience by the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. Besides, he has been bestowed with numerous meritorious grants and awards from various institutions which includes the coveted UGC research grants for M. Phil studies at JNU, Ph.D. fellowships from the EKD, Germany and is an IATS member. In 2001, he joined the CTA as a professional planning cadre, member of Task force on Sino-Tibetan Dialogue. As CPO, he has undertaken Prospective Development Plan for Tibet, several IDPs and two Tibetan censuses. As the founder director of Gang-Jong Development Finance Pvt. Ltd., he heads Tibetan banking and NBFC institutional development programme.

Tenzin Keyzom Massally

Tenzin Keyzom Massally is a passionate advisor to Central Banks in fragile and emerging markets, focusing on enabling policy and payment system development for digital financial services. She works with the private sector, start-ups and entrepreneurs to invest in the deployment of financial technology (FinTech) for financial inclusion. Tenzin KeyzomMassally is a founding advisor to the Tibetan Entrepreneurship Development (TED). She is currently the Regional Technical Specialist for the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), based in West Africa.

Kishore Rao

Kishore Rao, Founder Partner, Ingenus Strategy has 25 years’ specialist experience in agribusiness marketing research and strategic consulting for some of the most prestigious agribusiness companies in India. As Senior Associate, Context Network, USA works on multinational strategy projects on the global stage. He has worked on diverse sectors like biotech, seeds, crop protection, advertising, automobile, FMCG, organic food, government and NGO protects. He co- authored with Yes Bank, The government of India’s 2025 Vision document for Organic Foods as well as the Export Strategy for Sikkim Govt. He was also FAO (United Nations) consultant for Organic foods for India. He also has to his credit many of India’s first studies in seeds and organic foods.

Tsewang Namgyal

Tsewang Namgyal is the Vice President within the investment banking division of a financial institution based in New York City. He has performed various functions spanning the full spectrum of originating, executing, monitoring, and/or restructuring non-recourse financings, focusing on power, pipelines, LNG terminals, mining, container terminals, and parking etc. Tsewang is a recipient of employer’s Culture of Excellence award; a firm wide initiative to help improve productivity, collaboration and wellness. His Tibet related initiatives includes serving as a founding board member of Students for a Free Tibet, The Tibet Fund board member and Advisory Chair of Reimagining Doeguling Tibetan Settlement (RDTS). RDTS is taking a leadership role in helping to revitalize the largest Tibetan refugee settlement in the world. Tsewang holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Dickinson College and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He completed his high school from Upper Tibetan Children’s Village.

Vikas Bali

Vikas Bali is the CEO, Intellecap and has close to 25 years of experience spread across management consulting and industry roles. He is passionate about scaling businesses, job creation and economic empowerment of the youth across the developing world. He has worked closely with organizations such as Hans Foundation, CTA and USAID to help build ecosystems, channelize capital and contribute towards building a more equitable and sustainable society. Prior to joining Intellecap, Vikas was working with Accenture Strategy as Managing Director - Head of the Products industry group. He has also worked with DEN Networks, Tata Sky and A.T. Kearney. Vikas has completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM – Calcutta with Strategy as major subject of his study. He has completed his Bachelor in Engineering from Vivekanand’s institute for Technology.


Ven. Shartse Khensur Jangchup Choeden

Ven. Shartse Khensur Jangchup Choeden: was born in the north Indian State of Himachal Pradesh. In late seventies, he joined the GadenShartse Monastic University in Mundgod, Karnataka, and studied all five major fields of Buddhist studies. In 1997, he topped the GesheLharam Examination and was awarded the prestigious degree of GesheLharampa. Later he joined the Gyuto Tantric University and received intensive training in the field of esoteric Buddhist studies. For many years he travelled extensively to USA, Canada, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Macao to teach Dharma. In the year 2009, His Holiness Dalai Lama appointed him the Abbot of GadenShartse Monastery and he administered the prestigious Monastic University till 2017. Immediately after relinquishing his duties as the abbot he was appointed the Secretary of GadenTrithogKhang and Executive Director of Geluk International Foundation, posts he is holding at present.

Prof Dr. Renuka Singh

Prof Dr. Renuka Singh: is a sociologist from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is the Director of Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre, New Delhi and Chairperson of Punjabi SahitSabha and Centre for Social Research, New Delhi. She has also been a Research Fellow at Oxford University, UK and UGC Senior Research Scientist. She has lectured in many foreign universities and authored and edited over fifteen books in the area of Gender Studies, Diaspora and Buddhist Studies. Most of these books have been translated into several languages of the world.


Pema Lhaki

Pema Lhaki is the Executive Director at NFCC, a Non-Government Organization in Nepal that works on reproductive health. As a menstrual activist and an “instinctive” feminist working largely on sexual and reproductive health and rights in Nepal, she actively engages in research, ground level implementation and policy level advocacy. Pema has worked closely with government of Nepal to introduce HPV vaccination and led National Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention Implementation Plan. She has also worked with Tibetan refugee schools and communities in Nepal to develop a response mechanism to sexual and gender based violence. Her work on menstrual health, hygiene and rights have been published and presented in many conferences globally. The work that Pema and NFCC does has been covered in the award winning Al Jazeera documentary: 'Banished-Nepal's Menstrual Exiles’ and partly in the BBC article: 'Banished for Bleeding'.

Dr. Dorjee Rapten Neshar

Dr. Dorjee Rapten Neshar is a senior physician with over 28 years of practice in Tibetan Medicine. He graduated from the Tibetan Medical College, Dharamsala in 1987 and later served as a residential Tibetan doctor in various Tibetan settlements. He is also actively involved in the Men-Tsee-Khang’s Clinical research studies where his team has carried out clinical efficacy of Tibetan herbs against the diabetes Mellitus and cancer cases in collaboration with the teams from All India Medical Institute of Science, New Delhi. His treatment results against cancer cases were also being studied by the CAM under NCI, Washington DC. DrDorjee has served as a chairman of the Central Council of Tibetan Medicine, Dharamsala from 1997 to 1999 and awarded Shiromani Gold Medal and Gem of Alternative Medicine award in 1995 and 1996 respectively from Indian Board of Alternative Medicine, Kolkata. He also received International award of Excellence from American Organization of Intellectuals Inc. New York, USA for the outstanding services.


Samphe Lhalungpa

Samphe Lhalungpa attended Rishi Valley School and United World College of the Atlantic. He secured BA honors in Politics and Government from City University, London, Master’s in Public Administration from Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario and has done Journalism program from Carlton University, Ottawa. He also has taken multiple courses from UNICEF in Public Finance Management, Social Policy for UNICEF managers and on Child labor. He has a numerous publication on renewable energy, effective communication, quality Education Resource package and Zone of Peace initiative in schools of Nepal. He is a member of Canada Tibet Committee, International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement, Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada and Green Party of Canada. Samphe is a highly proactive and innovative retired United Nations international development professional and leader with more than 23 years of program and policy management experience in different countries and he also worked as communication adviser to the Public Service of Canada.



Idee was the Director of Policy and Stakeholder Relations for the office of the Minister of International Development, where he championed multi-sectoral partnerships and innovative financing for development initiatives. He was instrumental in creation of Convergence; the first and the only platform to connect public and private investors looking to co-invest in blended finance deals in emerging and frontier markets. He also developed the Financing Innovation in Global Health (FIGH) Initiative; a global marketplace to explore few models for resource mobilization, new tools and channels for global health investment. He is the co-founder of Global Development Solutions (GDS) Canada that works tirelessly to activate client portfolios for maximum impact in emerging markets, gain access to key interlocutors to advance public policy goals and shape global development. He draws from his expertise in international development, blended finance, public policy, and strategic communications to serve global corporations governments, non-governmental and institutional clientele.

Tenzin Khangsar

Tenzin Khangsar has spent a decade in the television and telecommunications sector. He co-founded a technology company that raised more than $10 million of venture capital and spearheaded sales and strategic partnership throughout Asia. He also served as the Chief of Staff/senior-most political advisor to Minister of industry, President of Treasury Board, and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration in the office of the Prime Minister of Canada. He was responsible for developing and implementing strategic policyand communications plans for the government’s engagement of multicultural communities and ethnic media. Later he was the Managing Director and Executive Vice President of a boutique investment bank dedicated to bridging Canada and Asia in the energy and resources sectors. He has a successful Executive advisory practice that has helped global leaders in health, technology, energy and resource, finance, real estate and travel industries.

Manny Fassihi

Manny Fassihi currently serves as the Chief Innovations Officer at Druksell where he is starting up the first online marketplace for Bhutanese artisans. He specializes inresearch synthesis, storytelling, visual communications and strategic design. He has worked with a diverse range of organisations in Asia, in both the public and private sectors and past clients have included PwC, the National Parliament of Bhutan, the Chaudhary Group, and the Ministry of Information and Communications in Singapore. He served as a sustainable tourism consultant in 2015 on the Reimagining Doeguling Project based in Mundgod, one of the largest Tibetan refugee settlements in India and led a year-long design project to support the community in crafting its vision for tourism in the area. Manny received his Bachelor's degree from Stanford University and his Master's from Georgetown University in Global Human Development.

Gabriel Naranjo

Gabriel Naranjo is the Field Investment Officer for USAID/India leading the Mission’s engagement with private capital. Mr Naranjo works closely with technical teams to originate financial transactions that directly support development objectives. Eric joined USAID in 2010 with a tour in the Democratic Republic of Congo and subsequently Peru. Prior to USAID, Eric was an investment banking associate at Reynolds Advisory Partners focusing on middle market investment advisory in the technology, retail, and energy sectors. Mr Naranjo is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and holds a BA in Corporate Finance from St. Mary's University and an MA in Global Finance from the University of Denver.
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Five-Fifty Forum Planning Team:

Planning Chair:
Karma Yeshi, Kalon, Department of Finance

Planning Co-Chair:
ThinlayGyatso, Secretary, Department of Finance

Chief Coordinator:
Kaydor Aukatsang, Chief Resilience Officer and SARD Director

Core Team Members:
Dr. Kunchok Tsundue, Chief Planning Officer
Dolma Lhadon
Pema Dechen
Tenzin Choenyi
Tenzin Dechen
Tenzin LhadonTeykhang
Yangchen Dolkar

MC: Jigme Yangchen

Background Paper Development:
Richard Weingarten
Dr. Kunchok Dorjee
Jamyang Gyaltsen
Ven. Geshe Ngawang Samten
Karma Chungdak
Kaydor Aukatsang

Interpretation Services:
Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA)

Translation Services:
Buddha Kyab
Tenzin Wangdue

Pixel Miracle

Norbu Graphics