Bhutan Dialogues


Bhutan Dialogues aims to invigorate development thinking in Bhutan and challenge experts and practitioners to deliberate on serious issues of development. This is an open space for critical and dynamic conversations with thought leaders and change-makers drawing upon their expertise, achievements and inspiration. Its objective is to refine our ideas and the pursuit of progress, and to align national goals with the global agenda.

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Social Media: Emerging Patterns & Discourses

Speaker: Dorji Wangchuk

Dorji Wangchuk is currently a researcher, PhD candidate and teaching associate at the University of Macau –

with research focus in social media, sociolinguistics and discourse studies.
He worked in the Bhutan Broadcasting Service from 1986 to 2006 and then from 2009 to 2013 he served as

the Director of Royal Office of the Media under His Majesty the King’s Secretariat.

Host: Gerald Daly

Gerald Daly  is the Resident Coordinator of the UN in Bhutan . Prior to his appointment as RC for Bhutan,

he served as Policy Adviser and Team Leader of Programme, Joint Funding and Business Operations in the

UN Development Group. His focus areas included ensuring cross-UN ownership and development of Delivering

as One at both strategic and operational levels along with

funding/implementation of integrated policy work.

Date: Wednesday 10, 2019

Venue: UN House, Kawajangsa, Thimphu

Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

ADD ON SESSION by Pema Euden, a Mathematician, and an author

Topic: How to Succeed Academically 

Pema Euden is the author of Coming Home(2008) and Lomba(2016). She was the youngest author of Bhutan

in 2008. Pema graduated with Highest Honors from The University of Texas at El Paso(UTEP)in 2018.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Mathematics.  She was awarded the Academic and Research Excellence

Undergraduate student in Mathematics by the College of Science, UTEP.

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Being the Change, Changes the Being



Speaker: Deki Choden

Deki Choden is the founder of Early Learning Centre Primary School and Educating for Lifelong Citizenship High School. She was one of the first women lecturers at Sherubtse College and has served as a teacher and principal for over 30 years. She is a proponent of “EduCARING for Universal Happiness” – the belief that educating the heart is as important as educating the mind to realize the vision of Gross National Happiness in education.

Host: Dr Karma Phuntsho

The Founder and President of Loden Foundation, a development organization that promotes education, social entrepreneurship and Bhutan’s culture and tradition as well as the Shejun Agency for Bhutan’s Cultural Documentation and Research.

Date: Thursday 13 June 2019

Venue: UN House, Kawajangsa, Thimphu

Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

ADD ON SESSION by Tshering Cigay Dorji, CEO of Thimphu TechPark

Topic: How to Improve Productivity & Prevent Distraction/ Addiction with Your Smart Phone

Tshering Cigay Dorji is the Chief Executive Officer of Thimphu TechPark, Bhutan first IT Park. With his deep passion for technology and youth entrepreneurship, he has been instrumented in making the IT Park a vibrant place where hundreds of youths work. He has Masters and Ph.D in computer engineering (NLP and text mining) from the University of Tokushima, Japan, and Master of Management from the University of Canberra, Australia.

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“Law is a Story We Tell Each Other in the Dark”

Speaker : Michael Peil

Michael Peil  presently serves as the Vice Dean and an Associate Professor of Law at Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law, where he  teaches International Law and Tort Law. He and

his family have lived in Bhutan since 2013.

Host: Dr. Karma Phuntsho

Lopen (Dr) Karma Phuntsho is the President of Loden Foundation.He has a M.St and D.Phil

in Oriental Studies at Balliol College, Oxford. He was a researcher at CNRS, Paris and the

Spalding Fellow for Comparative Religion at Clare Hall, Cambridge University.

Date: 9 May

Venue: UN House, Kawajangsa

Time: 4:00 to 5:30 pm

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“Local Governance: What is the role of CSOs?”

Speaker: Aum Tashi Pem

Aum Tashi Pem has more than 19 years work experience in development work in Bhutan with focus on local government,

decentralization, and civil society engagement. Currently, she is the Country Director of HELVETAS. Aum Tashi holds a

Masters Degree in Policy, Management and

Government from the University of York, United Kingdom.

Host: Mr. Gerald Daly

Gerald Daly is the Resident Coordinator of the UN in Bhutan since March 2017. Prior to his appointment as RC for Bhutan,

Gerald served as Policy Adviser and Team Leader of Programme, Joint Funding and Business Operations in the

UN Development Group (2011-2017). His focus areas included ensuring cross-UN ownership and development of

Delivering as One at both strategic and operational levels along with

funding/implementation of integrated policy work.

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 4:00 pm t0 5:30 pm

Venue: UN House, Kawajangsa, Thimphu

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“Shifting Development Mindsets; Accelerating GNH and SDGs”


Host: Dr. Karma Phuntsho


The founder of Loden Foundation, a development organization that promotes education and entrepreneurship in Bhutan as well as the Shejun Agency for Bhutan’s Cultural Documentation and Research.


Speaker: Jurgen Nagler


The Resident Representative a.i of UNDP Bhutan is an international development practitioner with over 20 years’ experience in successfully delivering global, regional and field projects with UNDP, UN Global Compact, the private sector and international NGOs. He joined the UN after a 10-year career with major international companies in the areas of marketing, business development and Corporate Social Responsibility. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a Masters in International Development. He is currently pursuing a PhD in exploring the role of mindsets for human development and the SDGs. He is passionate about transformative and holistic human development approaches, therefore, he also co-founded a grass-roots development NGO and the global UN Transformation Network.


Date: 17 January 2019


Venue: UN House, Kawajangsa


Time: 4 pm to 5:30 pm

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