DHARAMSHALA: Mr Sonam Norbu Dagpo formally took charge as the Secretary for International Relations at the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR), Central Tibetan Administration on 30 July. He earlier served as the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Australia from 2009- 2014, and Secretary for DIIR from 2004 -2009.
DIIR Kalon Dicki Chhoyang and Information Secretary Tashi Phuntsok congratulated and wished him success in his new role as a secretary of the department at a welcome ceremony.
Secretary Sonam Norbu Dagpo has undertaken various prominent roles in the Central Tibetan Administration during his long and accomplished career, including as former Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and as member of the Tibetan delegation that met Chinese representatives to resolve the issue of Tibet.
He joined the Central Tibetan Administration as a Tibetan civil servant on 20 September 1988 as a senior clerk at the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi. In 1990, he was transferred to the Cabinet Secretariat in Dharamshala and promoted to Deputy Secretary in 1992.
From 1993-1994, he was granted one year official leave to pursue further studies at Harvard University in the United States.
Upon his return from his further studies in 1994, he was appointed as the chief co-ordinator of the Chinese outreach program at DIIR. In 1998, he was appointed as the Secretary of the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi.
One year later, he was promoted to Additional Secretary and transferred to the DIIR on 9 February 1999. He was appointed as the Secretary for DIIR in 2004.
In 2009, he was transferred to Australia as the new Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Office of Tibet in Canberra.