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Tashi Dolma – President
Tashi Dolma completed her schooling from Central School for Tibetans Dalhousie. Later under the guidance of Department of Education, she was sent to undergo a Teacher’s Training course at Saint Bede’s College, Shimla and today has 18 years teaching experience to her credit.
She has served as the first President of U-tsang Association and Secretary of Local Assembly at her locality, Hebertpur. Moreover, she was also one of the founding executives of Regional Tibetan Women’s Association, Hebertpur.
She was elected to the 5th and 6th Central Executive Committee of Tibetan Women’s Association as a Cashier and the Vice President respectively for two consecutive tenures.
Later she shifted to Dekyiling settlement and where she was elected as the vice president of the local assembly. While serving her term in the local assembly in 2012, she was unanimously elected as the President of TWA to the 10th Central Executive Committee.
Samten Chodon – Vice President
A graduate with a Bachelors in Commerce from Mysore University, Samten Chodon completed her schooling from Nirmala Convent, Mysore. Samten has had hands-on working experience in the Tibetan community in exile for the last 16 years. Samten is an undisputed and talented accountant and has carved her niche and charted her success in this field. She began her career in this field in 1993 as the assistant accountant and then as the auditor under the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) office of the Auditor general and then as the accountant, assistant manager and finally as the manager of Lugsam Co-operative society workshop for 12 years.
Samten’s tyrst with Tibetan Women’s Association began in 1990 and was an active regional TWA member. She was elected as the executive member of RTWA Bylakuppee for the years 2003 -2006 and was later elected to be the president of RTWA Bylakuppee for the years 2006-2009. Samten was the chief accountant of the ‘March to Tibet’ organized by Tibetan People’s Uprising Movement (TPUM) during the months March -July, 2008.
In April 2009, during the 9th general body meeting of TWA, Samten was elected to be the vice president of Central Tibetan Women’s Association for a period of three years (2009-2012) and re-elected as vice president during 10th general body meeting of TWA (2012-2015). Samten admits that there is nothing more gratifying than working for the cause of Tibetan women in particular and the Tibetan cause in general.
Nyima Lhamo – General Secretary
Nyima studied at TCV School Pathlikhul and later completed her 12th grade from Upper TCV School. She later pursued Bachelors of Laws (LLB-5 years) from SDM law college, Mangalore University. She applied at TWA for the position of ‘Program Coordinator’ and has for the last four months excelling in her job. Nyima’s job requires her to research and analyse on the scores of leadership and empowerment trainings given by TWA and to establish TWA’s ‘empowerment training project’ as a repudiated and credible project that seeks to empower the young Tibetan women, female population of the Tibetan monastic community and strive towards the creation of a gender equal Tibetan society in exile through a series of gender sensitization trainings.
In April 2012, during the 10th general body meeting of TWA, Nyima was elected to be the general secretary of Central Tibetan Women’s Association for a period of three years (2012-2015).According to Nyima “I believe that it really does not matter where you work but what really matters is the ultimate goal.” Nyima firmly believes that “as Tibetans we shoulder a common goal and working at TWA helps me move towards the common goal. I feel I am doing my bit for my land and people by working at TWA. Each day at TWA helps me to grow as person. ”
Tsering Dolma – Joint Secretary
Tsering Dolma completed her schooling from CST Dalhousie, India. She worked as a teacher at Lekshedh-Tsal school in Pokhara, Nepal for more than a decade before joining Central Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) as a Joint Secretary.
She is the founding member and the President of Regional Tibetan Women’s Association, Jampaling. She has also worked with Regional Tibetan Youth Congress as an Executive Member. She is grateful for support from her previous colleagues, settlement officer and the people, enabling her to gain lot of experience.
In April 2012, during the 10th General Body Meeting of TWA, Tsering Dolma was elected to be the Executive Member of Central Tibetan Women’s Association for a period of three years (2012-2015).
Pema Choedon – Research and Media Officer (Tibetan)
Born in Tibet and later escaped to exile in 1998. Finished her secondary education in Tibet from a Chinese medium school. Completed her schooling from TCV, Suja, Himachal Pradesh and she then pursued Bachelor in Buddhist philosophy from Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies (C.I.H.T.S), Varanasi. While she was a student at C.I.H.T.S, she also served as a president of Regional Tibetan Women Association of Varanasi.She is currently pursuing her M.A in English from IGNOU.
In April 2012, during the 10th general body meeting of TWA, Pema was elected as an executive member of Central Tibetan Women’s Association for a period of three years (2012-2015) and she believes in putting all her energy into her work. Prior to TWA; she has worked as freelance editor & translator in Dharamsala.
Tsering Wangmo – Capacity Building Manager
Born in Nepal, Wangmo undertook her primary schooling until class 7 in her home town, and then moved to Kathmandu where she completed her secondary schooling. She gained her Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities, majoring in English, from Nepal’s Tribhuvan University. Further studies included Professional Care in Air Hostessing in New Delhi. In New Delhi she spent one year as a Customer Care Executive where she honed her English language skills, before becoming a home based Research Associate for a US disability program.
In April 2012, during the 10th general body meeting of TWA, Wangmo was elected to be the executive member of Central Tibetan Women’s Association for a period of three years (2012-2015). Wangmo was attracted to TWA by their focus on helping women to fulfil their ambitions and become more empowered, recognising this as important for the overall Tibetan cause. If describing herself in 5 words she would choose: hard-working, calm, sincere, friendly and open to others’ suggestions and comments.
Tenzin Dickey – National P.R.O.
Studied at Upper T.C.V and completed her 12th grade from T.C.V Gopalpur. She later pursued Secretarial Course at the TCV Vocational Training Center (VTC) Dehradun and did a further six month secretarial training at T.C.V Head Office, Dharamsala. She then joined Tibetan Women’s Association worked as a Sponsorship Officer and the Admin Asstt.
In April 2012, during the 10th general body meeting of TWA, Dickey was elected to be the executive member of Central Tibetan Women’s Association for a period of three years (2012-2015).
Dickey confesses that ” within these few months I gained lots of experience and I consider myself as a fortunate one to have got an opportunity to serve in such a wonderful Organization. “Dickey further elaborates that ” T.W.A is such a platform that one can gain lot of knowledge and at same time one can lead the rest of the Tibetans into a new positive direction of the Tibetan struggle. ”
Tenzin Tselha – Administration Assistant
Born in Tibet, Tenzin Tselha is a nun from Gaden Choeling nunnery in Dharamsala. She worked as a secretary for 7 years at the nunnery.
Her experience working with Central Tibetan Women’s Association dates back to 1997 when she was appointed as the Joint Secretary during the 5th General Body Meeting. She was also oversaw “Stitches of Tibet” during that tenure. Later during the 6th General Body Meeting, she was re-elected as an Additional Secretary. She has experience serving as a member of Election Commission and Local Assembly, Dharamsala.
In April 2012, during the 10th General Body Meeting of TWA, Tenzin Tselha was elected to be the Executive Member of Central Tibetan Women’s Association for a period of three years (2012-2015). She feels fortunate to have been elected again to serve at TWA and would like to thank all the members of Tibetan Women’s Association.
Tenzin Dekyi – Research & Media Officer (English)
Tenzin Dekyi was born in Tibet and came into exile in the year 1994. She was enrolled in TCV Suja for her schooling and then completed her 12th standard from TCV Gopalpur. As she received TCV scholarship to pursue further studies, she joined Ethiraj College for Women – Chennai, from where she finished her Under Graduate in English Literature and later went to Loyola College for her Post Graduate studies.
With a keen interest to work for NGOs, Dekyi did her internship from National Democratic Party of Tibet and had volunteered at Lha Charitable Trust. Prior to joining Tibetan Women’s Association, she has worked at Esukhia as a Language instructor. She is happy being a part of Tibetan Women’s Association where she can contribute her work to the masses by doing research and publishing reports and films on socio political situation of Tibetan women both inside and outside of Tibet.
Tsering Yangzom – Operation Officer
Tsering Yangzom was born in Kham, eastern Tibet and came into exile in 1999. She was enrolled in T.C.V Gopalpur for her schooling and then completed her 12th Standard from T.C.V Bylakuppe. Later she pursued Secretarial course from T.C.V Vocational Training Center (VTC), Dehradun.
To further polish her secretarial course, she completed seven month training at Tibetan Women’s Association, Central. It was her hard work and excelled in team work contribution that she received one year contact work at the central office of TWA.
Currently she is working in Tibetan Women’s Association as Operation Officer. Yangzom is happy to be a part of Tibetan Women’s Association where she can serve her community in best possible way.
Dorji Kyi – Women Environment and Development Officer
Dorji Kyi finished her schooling from TCV Gopalpur and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Madras Christian College. After that she pursued Masters in Communication from M.O.P Vaishnav College for Woman- Chennai. During her Under Graduate, she did one month internship in reporting and sub editing, at Deccan Chronicle’s Chennai edition newspaper and four of her stories got published. For her Post Graduate she did another one-month internship in one of the best multinational advertising and public relations company, Ogilvy N Mather, in the creative department, Chennai (May 2010). Apart from her college internships, to gain more experiences, she did four months internship at Landmark, under the book section. (August-December 2009)
During her college years, she was one of the active members of Tibetan Students’ Association, Madras (TSAM) and in year 2008, she was appointed as the Public Relations officer.
For her master degree, she conducted a dissertation on ‘Media Consumption by an Exile Population’ a survey done on Tibetan students in Chennai city (2011)
Prior to joining Tibetan Women’s Association, she was working in amazon.com, the giant international online retail company as English Catalog assistance.
Dorji Kyi is now TWA’s Women Environment and Development officer, she says she is very fortunate to get this job opportunity to serve our community and especially to contribute her service on environmental issues.
Tenzin Dolkar – Office Accountant
Tenzin Dolkar did her schooling from Upper T.C.V School and completed her 12th standard from S.O.S T.C.V Bylakuppe. She did her Bachelor degree of commerce from Teresian College under Mysore University and then pursued her Master degree from Symbiosis college of Arts and Commerce under Pune University.
Currently she is working at Tibetan Women’s Association as office Accountant. She feels fortunate to work in TWA as she can serve Tibetan community in best possible way.