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.
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.