Brussels: Ms. Genkhang Rigzin Choedon, who has been appointed as the new representative for the Office of Tibet, Brussels, formally took charge from Representative of Office of Tibet, Brussels, Mr Tashi Phuntsok.
A brief ceremony of handing over was held at Office of Tibet in Brussels on 19th May 2022. Mr Chhimey Rigzin, Representative of Office of Tibet, Geneva, attended the ceremony as the official witness. Mr. Namgyal Samdup, Secretary, Bureau du Tibet, Paris was present to hand over the charge of that Office as well.
Guests at the ceremony included the president of the Tibetan Community, representatives from the various Tibetan associations as well as the staff members of the Office of Tibet, Brussels.
The new representative, Ms. Genkhang Rigzin Choedon has previously worked for more than 12 years in the Office of Tibet, Brussels. She formally assumed office on 16 May 2022 following the retirement of Mr. Tashi Phuntsok who had dedicatedly served the Tibetan community for 42 long years since 1977. He has served in various capacities in CTA, notably as the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in South Africa from 1997 – 2001. He then served as the Representative for Office of Tibet in Brussels and Paris from 2001 – 2005, as the Chief Representative of the Southern Tibetan Settlements, Bangalore from 2010- 2012 and as the Secretary of Department of Information and International Relations, Dharamsala on 8 February 2013. From 2016 to 2022 served as representative of the Office of Tibet, Brussels.