Dharamshala: Additional Secretary Tenzin Lekshay has been appointed as the new official spokesperson of the Central Tibetan Administration. The announcement of the appointment was made by Sikyong Penpa Tsering following a brief interaction with the local Tibetan media at DIIR’s Lhakpa Tsering Memorial Hall this morning.
Additional Secretary Tenzin Lekshay will take charge as the official spokesperson of CTA effective today. He will also remain as the Director of Tibet Policy Institute (TPI), the think tank of the Central Tibetan Administration until Mr Dawa Tsering, Representative at the Office of Tibet (OOT) based in Taiwan, takes charge.
Additional Secretary Tenzin Lekshay is a senior Tibetan civil servant who is an alumnus of the Tibetan Scholarship Program (TSP). He graduated with a Master’s degree in International Relations from New York University (NYU) from 2006-08. He also has a Master’s degree in Economics from Madras Christian College in Chennai.
Tenzin Lekshay joined the Central Tibetan Administration as an Under Secretary at the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) in 2003. He served in DIIR till 2008 in various capacities, most notably as the liaison for Tibet Support Groups. From 2008, he served as the Coordinator of India-Tibet Coordination Office (ITCO) based in New Delhi. The next year, he got promoted to the post of Deputy Secretary. In 2011, he was transferred to the Kashag Secretariat in Dharamshala where he worked briefly for almost a year. In 2012, he returned to Delhi to serve as the Media Coordinator at the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He got promoted to the post of Joint Secretary in 2014. In 2017, he was transferred to the Tibet Policy Institute (TPI) where he served as the Deputy Director before being appointed as the Director in 2020. He was promoted to Additional Secretary in May 2021.