Tenzin Namdul holds a doctorate degree in Tibetan medicine from the Men-Tsee-Khang (MTK), the Tibetan Medical & Astrological Institute of H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. Tenzin has earned his B.A. degree and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health Core Concepts from the University of Minnesota. After graduating from the MTK in 1997, Tenzin has been actively engaged in teaching Tibetan medicine, medical consultations, and attending medical conferences around the world. He is one of the core members of the Clinical Research Department at the MTK and has served as director until he took a study leave in January 2009. Tenzin has published numerous scientific papers and has translated and edited a book—Tibetan Medical Dietary Book - I. The Indian Board of Alternative Medicine awarded him a gold medal in 2001 in recognition of his work in the field of research and promotion of Tibetan medicine. Tenzin is a co-founder and board member of the Tibetan Children’s Fund based in the Netherlands.
Phuntsok Chomphel has been in thick-of-action since his school days. Phuntsok is known for his activism and hard working. He was the president of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and Tibetan Student’s Association at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in 2005, and is currently one of the active members of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress in Dharamshala, India. After finishing his MA in Modern History, he pursued his interests by attending numerous workshops and training in leadership, human rights and democracy, gender equality and development, HIV/AIDS, and other social issues. Since April 2007, Phuntsok has dedicated himself to the work of CHAI in combating HIV in the Tibetan community and cementing a care and support program for Tibetan people living with HIV/AIDS. Apart from CHAI, Chomphel is a India coordinator of the Tibetan Children’s Fund based in the Netherlands and the Lung-ta Scholarship Project.
Mr. Dawa Tsering is a Member of Tibetan Parliament in Exile. He was one of the three MPs directly appointed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the 13th Tibetan Parliament. He was then elected from the Utsang constituency for the 14th Parliament. His parents brought him into exile when he was only five. His dedication and contribution in social welfare was recognized with Unsung Hero Award in San-Francisco, USA in 2001 and Best Social Service Activist award by Tibetan Youth Congress in 1999.
He joined the Tibetan Youth Congress in 1971; served as peon initially and then as secretary from 1977 to 83; group leader of McLeod Ganj Youth Congress, 1979-82; executive member of Regional Tibetan Youth Congress from 1983-1986; and cashier-cum-accountant in Tibetan Medical & Astrological Institute from 1983-1992.
Mr. Dawa Tsering founded Youngling Creche and Kindergarten school in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala on 1984. He was also founder of Tibetan Jewish Youth Exchange Program and Rokyor Gyalshen Lhenzom. He was also member-cum-advisor of Indo Tibetan Friendship Association and Bharat Tibbat Sahyog Manch, Dharamshala 1995. In 2005 Mr. Tsering initiated Buddhist Introductory Teaching for public on Sundays. Besides he also started Tibetan Unemployment Co-operative Society in 2003 which still functions by giving job opportunity to newly arrived Tibetan refugees from Tibet.
Ms. Tsering Paldon is one of the founding members of CHOICE—HIV/AIDS Initiative. Ms. Paldon has a Registered Nursing degree and an Advance Nursing Degree from George Mason University, Virginia, USA in 1994 through a Tibetan Scholarship Program. During 1983 to 1998, she took charge as Chief Matron at Tibetan Delek Hospital. Ms. Paldon also served as General Secretary/nurse at Special Need Children in Dheradun for five years. Since 2005, she has been appointed as Public Health Manger in Tibetan Delek Hospital. In recognition of her devotion to the health sector for more than 25 years, Ms. Paldon received the prestigious Service Award from the Central Tibetan Administration in 2008.
Mr. Karma Yeshi did his Bachelor of Arts Honors, and Bachelor of Education and Interpreter-ship in language from Panjab University, Chandigarh. He served as a full-time teacher at the Central School for Tibetans, Puruwala from 1990 to 1994. In 1995, he got elected as Vice President of the Tibetan Youth Congress in its ninth General Body Meeting. He again got re-elected as Vice President of TYC in 1998 for second term. In July 2004 he was elected as Member of Parliament of the 13th house of Tibetan Parliament in Exile in its by-election and again got re-elected as Member of Parliament to the 14th house of Tibetan Parliament in Exile in May 2006 and got re-elected again in 15th house of Tibetan Parliament in 2011. Besides, he served Voice of Tibet a shortwave radio news service as its Editor-in-Chief from 2003 to 2010. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy, and Tibetan Center for Conflict Resolution, both based in Dharamshala. Besides, he had attended and led many national and international workshops, seminars leadership trainings and conferences on the issue of Tibet.
Dr. Yangzom Dolkar is a former medical officer at Tibetan Delek Hospital—the only Tibetan-run hospital in India from 2006-2012. Dr. Yangzom completed her secondary education from Tibetan Children Village School (TCV), upper Dharamshala, H.P., India. Since childhood it was Dr. Yangzom’s dream to become a doctor, and she finally did her degree from the Lady Hardinge Medical College in New Delhi. She received special training at Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital, in New Delhi where she specialized in childcare and adolescents. Currently Dr. Yangzom Dolkar is residing in United States.
Mr. Lobsang Yeshi is a Member of the 15th Tibetan Parliament in Exile. An alumnus of SFF School, Herbertpur, Mr. Yeshi graduated from Punjab University, Chandigarh with a degree in Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed). While in college, Mr. Yeshi served as the Vice President of Foreign Students Association of Punjab University, President of Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and General Secretary of Regional Tibetan Freedom Movement. Later he served as a Teacher in CST Paonta Sahib and Sera Je School in Bylakuppe for over eight years. He also worked as Researcher and Translator in Tibetan Affairs Monitor and Research Unit in Delhi for Six years. From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Yeshi served as the Organizational Secretary and the Vice-President of Tibetan Youth Congress (Centrex) in Dharamsala. Meanwhile, Mr. Yeshi sought training on ‘Trainer on Gender Sensitization’ from CTA Planning Commission and ‘HIV Trainer/Counselor’ from the London based St Stephen Aids Trust and SAHARA from Delhi. And as a CHOICE Trainer, he has provided over 55 Gender and HIV Awareness Workshops in Tibetan Community so far. Currently Mr. Lobsang Yeshi works as an Independent Researcher and also volunteers as CHOICE Coordinator for Care and Support Programmes in Tibetan settlements in South India.
Akemi Takahashi: one of the founding members of CHOICE. Akemi has a MA in Sustainable International Development with a concentration in Gender and Economic from Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts and has a BA in Indian Philosophy and Tibetan Buddhism from Waseda University, Tokyo. In 2007, she conducted a needs assessment for determining needs of HIV prevention initiatives in Tibetan Community. The results of the assessment led her to organize the first HIV training in Delhi for Tibetan medical practitioners and social workers, who later became the core founding members of CHOICE. She conducted a survey analysis to design a project framework for CHOICE as well as to plan and implement initial activities.