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.


Upcoming Dialogues


Youth Matters in Development


 

Topic: Youth Matters in Development

Host: Dr. Karma Phuntsho is 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: Aum Dorji Ohm is the Executive Director of Bhutan Youth Development Fund. She is also the chair of the National Action & Coordination Group of the South Asia Initiative to end Violence Against Children. Aum is also an instructor in Alternative Healing (pranic healing). She has a post graduate certificate in English Language and Literature from the Thames Valley University, London. During her spare time, Aum likes to practice yoga and meditation, read, write, trek and indulge herself in social work and designing (fashion and interior). She also enjoys volunteering for animal shelters and care.

Date:                   June 14, 2018

Venue:               UN House, Kawajangsa, Thimphu

Time:                  4:00 pm to 5:15 pm

The June session of Bhutan Dialogues will be followed by a short training on how to write a good Curriculum Vitae (CV). This is a special innovation to ‘Bhutan Dialogues’ so as to provide an additional learning experience for those who are interested.

As usual, please register on Eventbrite for the June 14th event!

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Is education responsible for imparting culture?


Mindful of the upcoming National Council elections, we wish to announce that there will be no session of Bhutan Dialogues for the month of April. The next session of Bhutan Dialogues will as usual take place on the 2nd Thursday of May.

 

Topic: Is education responsible for imparting culture?

Host: Dr. Karma Phuntsho is 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: Dr. Francoise Pommaret (Aum Tashi Wangmo) is the recipient of National Order of Merit- Gold from His Majesty during the 2017 National day celebrations. She is a cultural anthropologist, Director of Research at the National Centre for Scientific Research, France and Associate Professor at the College of Language and Culture (ILCS), Royal University of Bhutan. She has been associated with Bhutan in different capacities since 1981 and has published numerous scholarly articles and books on different aspects of Bhutanese culture. She is currently involved in the documentation of the Bhutan cultural atlas www.bhutanculturalatlas.org and is working on the interface between deities, local powers and migrations in Bhutan. In 2015, she was honored with the highest French award La Legion d’Honneur for her lifelong contribution to the relations between Bhutan and France.

Date:               May 10, 2018

Venue:            UN House, Kawajangsa, Thimphu

Time:               4 pm to 5:15 pm

 

The May session of Bhutan Dialogues will be followed by a short training on Power Point Presentation. This is a special innovation to ‘Bhutan Dialogues’ so as to provide an additional learning experience for those who are interested.

As usual, please register on Eventbrite for the May 10th event!

 

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Finance and Economy: Money Matters


Kanokpan Lao-Araya: Mrs. Lao-Araya has an extensive experience in the international development industry with a strong focus on economic development, fiscal policy, and strategic planning, just to name a few. As of this year, Mrs. Lao-Araya is serving as the Country Director of the Asian Development Bank in Bhutan. Mrs. Lao-Araya and Dr. Phuntso will be speaking about “Finance and Economy: Money Matters” on December 14th.

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Past Dialogues

Bhutan Dialogues: Bhutan Climate Action


Bhutan Climate Action

Host: Dr. Karma Phuntsho (first Bhutanese to receive a D.Phil from Oxford and the first Bhutanese to become an Oxbridge Fellow.He is also the founder of Loden Foundation, a charity to promote education and entrepreneurship in Bhutan as well as the Shejun Agency for Bhutan’s Cultural Documentation and Research.)

Guest Speaker: Mr. Hendrick Visser (has an MSc. In Sustainable Development, Rural Development Management from the Imperial College / University of London, London, UK and an MSc. In Civil Engineering; Management & Organisation, Water Management from the Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands.)

Date: March 8, 2018

Time: 4 pm to 5:15 pm

Venue: UN, House, Kawajangsa, Thimphu

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 conversation with thought leaders and changemakers 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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Why discuss Media and Development?


Dasho Kinley Dorji (Why discuss Media and Development?)

Dasho Kinley Dorji is the Editor of the Druk Journal. He has worked in the Bhutanese media for more than three decades, served as Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communication seven years, and retired in June 2016. As a young pensioner, he plans to write about life around him. Dasho Kinley will be Bhutan Dialogue’s first guest on October 12th, 2017. Dasho Kinley Dorji and Dr. Karma Phuntso will be discussing the topic “Why discuss Media and Development?”

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What is Good Governance?


Aum Pema Lhamo is the Executive Director of Bhutan Transparency Initiative (CSO). Mrs. Lhamo has served as a Member of the National Council of Bhutan representing Zhemgang dzongkhag in the 1st Parliament as well as served in the capacity of both member and Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee and the Good Governance Committee (2008-2013). Mrs. Lhamo also has a long career in public service (1986- 2007) as a teacher (English and Economics) and lecturer (Communication) within the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Agriculture (NRTI) respectively and Program Director for the RNR- Information and Communication Services under MoAF. She has also served in various capacities as a member to government multi-sectoral committees like GG+ (2005), Finance committee for centenary celebrations, RCSC position classification, National Career Counselling task force member etc. Additionally, Mrs. Lhamo has served on the Board of the BBS, SAARC agriculture Information Centre, Dhaka and film Review Board. Mrs. Lhamo will be joining Bhutan Dialogues on November 9th to discuss “Why Governance?”, hosted by Dr. Karma Phuntso.

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