The Steering Committee for NDP

Appointed by His Majesty the King, the Steering Committee provides close guidance and direction to the Secretariat and the International Expert Working Group.


Chairman of the Steering Committee and former Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley was the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Bhutan and founding President of the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa party. He has served as Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Home and Cultural Affairs, and twice as Prime Minister when the post was held on an annual rotational basis by the Cabinet Ministers. He is a strong advocate of the philosophy of Gross National Happiness, is the chair or on the leadership of numerous boards and international organizations and has been conferred, among many awards, the Druk Wangyel Medal, which is the highest civilian decoration, by His Majesty the Fifth King of Bhutan in 2009.

Foreign Secretary Yeshey Dorji (Ex-officio Member) was appointed as Bhutan’s Foreign Secretary for the second time in July 2012. He was previously Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the United Nations, and other international organizations, and remains active with many. He has held various posts at home and abroad in the course of his over 30 years career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has an MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Boston

Dasho Kinley Dorji is the Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communications. He was a journalist for twenty-nine years prior to joining government service in 2009. He was Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of Kuensel, Bhutan’s national newspaper. He is the author of “Within the Realm of Happiness”, a collection short stories, memoirs, and essays that provide insights into the changing landscape of Bhutanese society.

Dasho Karma Ura worked with Bhutan’s Planning Commission before becoming the Director at the Center for Bhutan Studies.  Now serving as CBS President, he has been at the forefront in promoting and deepening a national and global understanding of Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness development philosophy and in measuring the nine domains of GNH in two national surveys in 2008 and 2010. Dasho Karma Ura was a member of the Drafting Committee of Bhutan’s first Constitution and is a renowned scholar, historian, writer, and painter. In 2010, he was bestowed the honour of Druk Khorlo (Wheel of Dragon Kingdom) by the King of Bhutan for his contributions to literature and fine arts.

Karma Tshiteem is the Secretary of the Gross National Happiness Commission. Besides holding leadership positions on a myriad of government, corporate, and private boards, he has worked for the People’s Project Research 1. Prior to that he was the Director for the Department of Public Accounts under the Ministry of Finance. He obtained his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Canberra.

Tashi Choden is Director of the recently established Secretariat for the New Development Paradigm. She was previously senior researcher at the Centre for Bhutan Studies, 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.

Prof. Mark Mancall is an expert on the history, religions, and cultures of central and southeast Asia. He trained at Harvard and has taught at Stanford University since 1965. For more than 15 years now, Mark’s primary focus has been in the Himalayan regions of Asia, including India, Bhutan and Tibet. Appointed Director of the Royal Education Council of Bhutan, Mark is a Bhutanese citizen and resides much of the year in Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu.

Dr. Ronald Tashi Colman is founder and executive director of GPI Atlantic, a non-profit research group that, over 15 years, constructed a comprehensive index of wellbeing and sustainable development in Nova Scotia, Canada, called the Genuine Progress Index. 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.

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