SNDP Staff

Research and Program

Tashi Choden

Also a member of the Steering Committee, Tashi Choden is the Director of the Secretariat for the New Development Paradigm. She is currently on deputation from the Centre for Bhutan Studies where she was Senior Researcher, working on areas including GNH, civil society, and social issues related to Bhutan since 2002. She has a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University.


Dr. Ronald Tashi Colman
Senior Researcher/Advisor

In addition to being a member of the Steering Committee, Dr. Ronald Tashi Colman is the Senior Researcher and Advisor at the Secretariat for the New Development Paradigm. He is founder and executive director of GPI Atlantic, a non-profit research group that has been working on wellbeing and sustainable development in Nova Scotia, Canada. Trained at Columbia University, he taught for many years in universities and worked with the UN. He has authored numerous studies on measures of population health, social wellbeing, economic security, natural resource health, and environmental quality. Ron has worked with the Royal Government of Bhutan on GNH, and now the NDP, for nearly a decade.


Pem Lama
Research/Program Assistant

Pem Lama graduated with a Bachelors degree in International Relations and Economics from Tufts University in Massachusetts, USA and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University in Denmark. She also studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and is a United World College graduate. She previously worked at the Bhutan Foundation, a non-profit organization, as a Program, Communications and Marketing Officer.


Meg Hart
Research/Program Assistant

Meg Hart is an organizational and coaching psychologist and consultant in cross-cultural collaboration who has provided programs in mindfulness-based leadership and complex change management to many private and public sector organizations throughout Asia and the Pacific region for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor degree in Social Science from Hong Kong University and a Master of Applied Science (Coaching Psychology) from the University of Sydney.


Riikka Suhonen
UN Volunteer/Local Initiative Officer

Riikka Suhonen is a UN Volunteer deputed from the UNDP Bhutan providing support to the Secretariat. Her role is to engage local communities and stakeholders in the discussions on the new development paradigm with linkages to GNH, post-2015 development agenda and volunteerism. She has an MA in African Studies as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Helsinki and is currently finishing her Master in Communication for Development at the Malmö University. She has professional experience from NGOs in Finland and abroad (Senegal, Benin) as well as from international organizations through internships at the UN headquarters in New York and at the European Commission in Brussels.



Tshewang Rinchen
Senior Administrative Officer

Tshewang Rinchen has a Bachelor of Commerce from Delhi University and a Graduate Diploma of Business (Human Resource Management) from Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. He is currently deputed from the National Environment Commission of Bhutan where he has worked since 2002.

Kunzang Dema
Accounts Officer

Kunzang Dema has a Diploma in Accounts and Audit from the Royal Institute of Management, Thimphu, and has served in various government agencies for the past 20 years and is currently deputed from the National Environment Commission.

Jangchu Choden

Office Assistant

Jangchu Choden graduated from Kelki Higher Secondary School in Commerce and has a Diploma in Commercial Accounting from Rigsum Institute of Technology, Thimphu. She previously worked at the Centre for Bhutan Studies.

Lobzang Dorji

Office Messenger

Lobzang Dorji graduated from Tangmachu High School, Lhuentse, and worked in the retail business for more than 11 years before joining SNDP.

Tashi Tobgay


Tashi Tobgay graduated from Mongar High School and worked with Bhutan Tourism and other organisations for 12 years before joining the SNDP.

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