Profiles of Incumbent Kalons of Fourteenth Kashag
Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay
(He also holds portfolio of Department of Education)
Dr. Lobsang Sangay was born and grew up in a Tibetan settlement near Darjeeling, where he attended the Central School for Tibetans. He completed his B.A. (Honors) and LLB degrees from Delhi University. In 1992, he was elected as the youngest executive member of the Tibetan Youth Congress (CENTREX).
In 1996, as a Fulbright Scholar, he obtained Masters degree and in 2004, S.J.D, the first Tibetan ever to receive such a degree from Harvard Law School and his dissertation, Democracy in Distress: Is Exile Polity a Remedy? A Case Study of Tibet’s Government-in-exile was awarded the Yong K. Kim’ 95 Prize. In 2005, he was appointed as a research fellow and promoted to senior fellow till early 2011.
Dr. Sangay is an expert on International Human Rights Law, Democratic Constitutionalism, and Conflict Resolution. He has spoken in hundreds of seminars around the world. He organized seven major conferences among Chinese, Tibetan, Indian and Western scholars including two unprecedented meeting between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Chinese scholars in 2003 and 2009 at Harvard University.
In 2007, he was selected as one of the twenty-four Young Leaders of Asia by the Asia Society and a delegate to the World Justice Forum in Vienna, Austria, where top legal experts and judges from around the world congregated.
In 2011, he was elected to the post of Kalon Tripa in an unprecedented competitive democratic election in the Tibetan diaspora.On August 8, 2011, during the swearing–in ceremony of the Kalon Tripa, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, “When I was young, an elderly regent Takdrag Rinpoche handed over Sikyong (political leadership) to me, and today I am handing over Sikyong to young Lobsang Sangay… In doing this I have fulfilled my long-cherished goal.”
Kalon Pema Chinnjor
(Kalon for Department of Religion and Culture)
Mr Pema Chinnjor was born in Karze in eastern Tibet’s Kham province in 1945. He attended school in Gaden Monastery. In 1958, he joined Chushi Gangdruk to fight against the Chinese communist invasion and followed His Holiness the Dalai Lama to exile in India in 1959. After arriving in India, he taught Tibetan language and history in the Department of Asian Studies, Punjab University at Chandigarh from 1964-1984. In 1968, he wrote and published published the book ”New Plan Tibetan Grammar and Translation”. The book was revised in 1993 and has been one of the best sellers at Paljor Publications. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in political from DAV College, Chandigarh in 1975. In 1972, he founded Tibetan Regional Youth Congress in Chandigarh and served four consecutive terms as it’s President. Subsequently, he was elected member of the Central Executive Committee of Tibetan Youth Congress. In 1983, he participated in the World’s Buddhist conference in Sri Lanka along with Dhobum Tulku and Khamdrul Khamdrul Rinpoche as the Tibetan Delegation. He also appointed as Vice President of Indo Tibetan Friendship Society in Bangalore, India, in 1984. In 1992, he was elected as a member of Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputy for two terms. From 1997-2001, he was elected as Kalon of the Department of Security. In 2004, he was elected steering committee member of ARDA (Alliance for Reform and Democracy in Asia) and attended meeting held in Taipei, Taiwan. He attended the first Biennial Conference of WFDA (World Forum for Democratization in Asia) in Taiwan in 2005. In 2007, he received Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition upon receiving United States Citizenship. He was appointed Tibet Fund Board Member in 2009.
Kalon Dolma Gyari
(Kalon for Department of Home)
After completion of her studies Mrs Gyari joined the women section of the Tibetan Youth Congress. In the following years 1986 and 1989 she was elected as culture officer and joint secretary of the Central Executive Committee of Tibetan Youth Congress. From 1991 to 2006 she was elected as member of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile for four consecutive term during which she was elected as Deputy Speaker of the House three times.
Kalon Tsering Dhondup
(Kalon for Department of Finance)
Mr Tsering Dhondup was appointed as senior clerk in the Office of the Auditor General in 1984. He was promoted to deputy secretary in 1991, and in 1993, he was promoted to joint secretary. After completing one-year further studies in United States in 1993, he served as joint secretary in the office of Auditor General from June 1994. In April 1998, he was promoted to additional secretary of the Office of Auditor General. From March 2000, on the same post, he served as secretary in the Department of Education and was promoted to secretary in July 2000. From April 2002, he served as secretary in the Department of Home. He served as Kalon for the Department of Finance in the 13th Kashag from September 2006 – August 2011. He was reelected as Kalon in the incumbent 14th Kashag and holds the portfolio of Finance department.
Kalon Ngodup Tsering
(Kalon for Department of Education)
Mr. Ngodup Tsering was born on 1 July 1953. He is an alumnus of Punjab University, Chandigarh with a degree in Bachelor of Arts. He was also a former member of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile from 1979-1982, formerly known as the Tibetan People’s Deputies.
He joined the Central Tibetan Administration in 1983, on the post of Deputy Secretary. He was initially posted at the Department of Education. In 1987, he was transferred to the Department of Home on the same post. From 1991-1995, he served as the Director of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA).
He was the recipient of the Best Staff among gazetted officers in 1995, awarded by a Swiss based Tibetan Association.
In 1996, he was promoted to the post of Secretary and appointed as the new Secretary of the Department of Education. In 1999, he was transferred to the Department of Home of the Central Tibetan Administration as the home secretary. From 2001-2008, he served as the President and the Director of various Tibetan associations in the United States.
He was appointed as the secretary of the Department of Education in 2012, under the 14th Kashag led by Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay. He was appointed as the Kalon for Education after the 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile unanimously approved his nomination proposed by Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay during its eighth session.
Kalon Dongchung Ngodup
(Kalon for Department of Security)
Mr Ngodup Dongchung joined the civil service of Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) on 15 June 1977 and he was appointed as senior clerk in the Department of Security on 1 September 1978. He was promoted to deputy secretary in 1987. On 1 July 1991, he was promoted to additional secretary. From 1993 – 2006, he served as the Secretary of Department of Security. He served as Kalon for the Department of Security in the 13th Kashag from September 2006 – August 2011. He was reelected as Kalon in the incumbent 14th Kashag and holds the portfolio of Security department.
Kalon Dicki Chhoyang
(Kalon for Department of Information & International Relations)
Ms Dicki Chhoyang was born in Mussoorie, India, in 1966. She emigrated to Canada along with her family at the age of four. She grew up in Montreal in Quebec, Canada and began serving the Tibetan community at a very young age. Around the age of 14, she began working on translation and serving as interpretor for community events from Tibetan to French. In her twenties, she worked in two key projects. One was her participation in the first Canadian documentary on Tibet titled “ A Song for Tibet” produced by the Canadian National Film Board. The second project was Tibetan-US resettlement project under which she served as the cluster site coordinator and helped 21 Tibetan resettled in Connecticut. After completing these two projects when she was 27, she studied, researched and worked in Tibet and China in pursuit of becoming a stronger advocate for Tibet. She completed her graduate degree in Central Eurasian Studies and conducted her field research in eastern Tibet in Amdo.
Kalon Tsering Wangchuk
(Kalon for Department of Health)
After completion of High School in 1993 Mr Wangchuk received scholarship for further studies in Warsaw, Poland from the Department of Education where he did his Doctor in Medicine followed by two years of internship at Hospital of Warsaw Medical University. In 2003 he returned to India and joined as Resident Medical Officer at Menlha Hospital, Phuntsokling for five years from 2003 and 2008. From 2008 to 2009 he worked as Medical Officer cum In-charge of TRSHC Clinic and Hospital of Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center in Darjeeling. Since 2009 he has been working as Senior Medical Officer at Tsojhe Khangsar Charity Hospital, Bylakuppe.