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Bhutan Dialogues

Author: Loden Foundation and United Nation in Bhutan

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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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Bhutan Dialogues 17

Bhutan Dialogues 17

2019-06-2701:16:06

Topic: "Being the change, Changes the Being"Speaker: Deki ChodenDeki 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 PhuntshoThe 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.
Bhutan Dialogues 16

Bhutan Dialogues 16

2019-05-1601:13:161

Topic: Law is a Story We Tell Each Other in the DarkThe 16th session of Bhutan Dialogue was held on 9th May 2019 with Mr. Michael Peil as the guest speaker.Michael Peil and his family have lived in Bhutan since the beginning of 2013. He presently serves as the Vice Dean and an Associate Professor of Law at JSW School of Law in Taba, where he also teaches International Law and Tort Law.
Bhutan Dialogues 15

Bhutan Dialogues 15

2019-04-2501:28:59

The 15th session of Bhutan Dialogue was held on 11 April 2019 with Aum Tashi Pem as the guest speaker.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.
Bhutan Dialogues 14

Bhutan Dialogues 14

2019-02-1301:10:21

The 14th session of Bhutan Dialogue was held with host Dr. Karma Phuntsho and Guest Speaker Mr Jurgen Nagler on 17 January 2019 at UN House.Juergen Nagler is 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 10-year career with major international companies in the areas of marketing, business developmenty and Corporate Social Responsibility.He holds Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a Masters in International Development. He is currently pursuing PhD in exploring the roles 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
Bhutan Dialogues 13

Bhutan Dialogues 13

2019-02-1201:15:11

The 13th session of Bhutan Dialogue was held with host Dr. Karma Phuntsho and Guest Speaker Dorji Dhradhul on 13 december at UN House.Dorji Dhradhul, currently the Dzongda (Governer) of Gasa Dzongkhag since April 2015, is a writer, a Desuup (Guardian of Peace) and a social worker among other things in his professional career that spans over 20 years.He completed his Masters of Science (Agriculture Extension) from the University of Reading, United Kingdom and studied at Peridiniya University in Sri Lanka for his undergraduate studies in Baclelor of Science (Agriculture). He has worked at various capacities in areas of agriculture research, policy and development. agriculture marketing and cooperatives before he was appointed as the Gasa Dzongda in 2015.He is also a writer and has published numerous articles in Kuensel and research papers. He also authored 'Escapades Awakenings' - a novel that presents a uniquely different take on life in Bhutan, moving beyond the clichéd descriptions and traditional tales to lift the veil of misty romanticism and offer a glimpse into the stark realities of its society.
Bhutan Dialogues 12

Bhutan Dialogues 12

2019-02-1101:15:24

On 12th session of #BhutanDialogues which was scheduled on 8 November (the second Thursday of the month) from 4:00 pm at UN House, Kawajangsa, Thimphu.On the conversation between our host, Dr Karma Phuntsho, the Founder and President of Loden Foundation and our speaker, Daniel Spitzer, the Chairman/CEO of #MountainHazelnuts, BhutanDaniel Spitzer is the Chairman/CEO, Mountain Hazelnuts Group, Bhutan. Since the early 1990’s, Daniel has founded and led companies in Asia that have successfully combined financial objectives with social and environmental goals, including Mountain Hazelnuts (MH) and Plantation Timber Products Group (PTP).In a unique public-private-community partnership MH is planting 10 million hazelnut trees on degraded mountainsides to rehabilitatr fragile ecosystems and sequester CO2. In the process tens of thousands of mountain farmers have the opportunity to generate income. MH is Bhutan’s first 100% FDI and its shareholders include the IFC (of the World Bank Group) and Asian Development Bank.MH draws on the PTP model, which engaged 700,000 farmer partners growing trees on deforested mountains and vulnerable river regions in Sichuan China that served as raw material for PTP’s sustainable forest products. PTP built state-off-the-art factories, then established 1,000+ retail stores, and well-recognized brands to generate strong cash flow.Earlier in his career, Daniel was Partner in a US$ 10 billion private equity fund that invested in Asian companies. Daniel received a Masters from Stanford University and a BA from University of California, Berkeley. Daniel is been a regular lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business, focusing on entrepreneurship and social impact. He and his wife have a son and daughter, both of whom grew up in Asia and now have international careers.
Bhutan Dialogues 11

Bhutan Dialogues 11

2019-02-1001:25:05

The conversation between our host, Dr Karma Phuntsho, the Founder and President of #LodenFoundation and our speaker, Siok Sian Pek-Dorji, the founder-director of the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy on 11th session of Bhutan Dialogue at UN House on 13 September 2018.Siok Sian Pek-Dorji believes that as a small landlocked country in a global world, Bhutan’s identity lies in its ability to share its own stories. She has been telling Bhutan’s stories through news and magazine articles and documentaries in an effort to record the country’s rich culture, identity and its journey to modernity. Siok Sian is the founder-director of the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy, and supports training for creative non-fiction writing, micro documentaries and multimedia storytelling in Bhutan. She is a co-director of the Mountain Echoes literary festival. Siok Sian Pek-Dorji is also a firm believer in the inherent need of growing civil society for Bhutan's long-term sustainability and sovereignty.For more detail on this session click on the You Tube and audio link given below:
Bhutan Dialogues 10

Bhutan Dialogues 10

2019-02-0901:25:43

The 10th session of Bhutan Dialogue was successfully held on 9 august, 2018 at UN House with host Dr Karma Phuntsho, on conversation with the World Bank's Resident Representative and Senior Country Economist for Bhutan.Yoichiro Ishihara is the World Bank’s Resident Representative and Senior Country Economist for Bhutan. Under the leadership of the Country Director, he leads the World Bank programs in Bhutan. He is a macroeconomist with a broad operational expertise, apt technical skills and rich client experience across various regions of the World Bank. He also worked for the policy department in Washington DC on development effectiveness and results management.Prior to moving to Bhutan, he was the country economist based in Rwanda. Before that, he had held various positions including the economist in Indonesia and the senior country economist in Afghanistan. Yoichiro holds a PhD in Development Economics (Graduate School of International Development of Nagoya University, Japan).
Bhutan dialogies 9

Bhutan dialogies 9

2019-02-0801:15:11

The 9th session of Bhutan Dialogue was held on the conversation between our host, Dr Karma Phuntsho, the Founder and President of Loden Foundation and our speaker, Dr Chencho Dorji, Bhutan’s first modern psychiatrist.Dr Chencho is the Bhutan’s first modern psychiatrist and first prison medical officer. He has devoted all of his time and effort in developing the Bhutanese Mental Health Services with main focus on community based mental health care. Among his many interests, he is an ardent follower of the Gross National Happiness philosophy of development. He is also keen on integrating Buddhist Principles in psychotherapy.
Bhutan Dialogues 8

Bhutan Dialogues 8

2019-02-0701:13:47

The eighth session of Bhutan Dialogue has been held by host Dr Karma Phuntsho, Founder and President of the Loden Foundation and Aum Dorji Ohm, Executive Director of the The Bhutan Youth Development Fund, on the topic –“ Youth Matters in Development?”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.
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Phuntsho Namgay

Great conversation. Thank you!

Feb 13th
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