Dr. Kinley Tenzin
Dr. Kinley Tenzin served as the Program Director at Renewable Resource Research and Development Center, Yusipang under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests before taking up the new responsibility as the Executive Director of the Royal Society for Protection of Nature. He went to University of the Philippine at Los Banos for B.Sc. in General Forestry and got M.Sc. in Resource Management form the University of Edinburgh in UK. He obtained his PhD in Forest Ecosystem Dynamics from University of Boku, Vienna, Austria in 2008.
He started his career as Forestry Research Program Officer in RNR-RC, Jakar in March 1997. In 2005, he was transferred to RNR-RC, Yusipang as Deputy Chief Research Officer and back to RNR-RC, Jakar in the same capacity in 2009. Considering his capacity and vast experience in research, he was appointed as the Program Director at RNR-RC, Yusipang in 2010. Besides attending numerous national and international conferences, seminars and trainings, he has made several important publications.
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT (PDD)
Ms. Rinchen Wangmo started her career in 1998 as a Communication Assistant in WWF Bhutan Program. Having worked in WWF for about two years she left the organisation to pursue Masters Degree in the United Kingdom through EFN (Education for Nature) scholarship. Having completed the study, she worked for the National Environment Commission, Royal Government of Bhutan office briefly. She then joined RSPN in 2003 as the Conservation and Development Coordinator and continued to serve in the post till 2010. Since then she worked in the capacity of Program Manager and is currently serving as Director for Program and Development Department.
Dr. Lungten Norbu
ADMINISTRATIVE AND HUMAN RESOURCES DIVISION (ADM/HRD)
Sr. Adm/Hr Assistant
Dawa Mith Lepcha
Caretaker, BNCVC, Phobjikha
FINANCE AND INVESTMENT DIVISION (FID)
Mr. Sonam Jamtsho is the Chief of Finance and Investment Division since 2015. He has experience of 17 years working in the profession of Finance, Accounts, Administration and Human Resources.
He spared part-time working in Green Public Procurement Bhutan Program as Finance Coordinator, Finance Manager in EGIS International- Technical Assistant to ADB Project, and Finance Officer in Bhutan Water Partnership. He is the Chairperson of the RSPN Welfare Committee and a Member Secretary of RSPN Investment Management Committee.
He holds MBA from University of Canberra, Australia and received various professional training on leadership, organizational development, project management and financial management.
Sr. Finance Officer
COMMUNICATIONS AND EDUCATION DIVISION (CED)
Jigme serves as RSPN’s CED Chief as well as manage the organization’s Black-necked Crane (BNC) Conservation Program in the country. For the first 7 years of 13 years’ service at RSPN, Jigme was based at Phobjikha Conservation Area, the largest wintering habitat of BNC in Bhutan, researching and working with partners in the implementation of conservation and sustainable livelihood activities related to Black-necked Cranes.
He completed Economics honours for his Bachelor’s degree from Sherubtse college, Trashigang and has a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Charles Darwin University in Darwin, NT, Australia. Jigme is passionate about birds and environment in general and particularly in saving the Black-necked Cranes and their
Sr. Communications Officer
Sr. Communications Officer
Center Manager, BNCVC, Phobjikha
Center Assistant, BNCVC, Phobjikha
SUSTAINABLE AND LIVELIHOOD DIVISION (SLD)
Mr. Tsheten Dorji is the Chief of Sustainable Livelihood Division (SLD), Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) based in Thimphu, Bhutan.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Sikkim Manipal University, India; Advance Certificate in Leadership Management from Eco-Peace Leadership Center, College of Forest and Environmental Studies, Kangwon National University, South Korea and he is currently pursuing Master of Business Administration from University of Canberra, Australia.
Tsheten joined RSPN in May 2005 and held responsibilities in various capacities both in the field and at the headquarter in Thimphu, and has more than 15 years experience in the implementation and management of both regional and national level programs and projects. Tsheten as a SLD Chief is responsible for the development, planning, supervising, and monitoring various programs and projects. Tsheten enjoys volunteering for social causes and is a lifetime member of the Disabled Persons’ Association of Bhutan. During leisure hours, he engages in farming, bird watching, photography, cycling, and hiking.
SPECIES AND HABITAT CONSERVATION DIVISION (SHCD)
Indra Prasad Acharja
Indra P. Acharja is a wildlife researcher by training and a conservationist by profession. Indra’s research focuses on studying the avian ecology, freshwater ecosystems, livelihoods and their interlinkages in the Himalayan region. Currently, his work is largely focused on ecology, biology and conservation of the critically endangered White-bellied Heron (Ardea insignis) in Bhutan. Indra is passionate about using scientific insights to aid efforts to conserve vital services that species in ecosystems provide to humankind. In his spare time, Indra enjoys exploring the wilderness, wildlife photography, photogrammetry and he is a firm believer of the power of digital and visual storytelling.
Indra holds Master of Forest Science (2019) from School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, USA, M. Sc. Forestry (2014) from Forest Research Institute (FRI)University, India and bachelor’s degree in Life Science (2012) from Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan. Indra is also National Geographic Explorer and has received several grants and awards including National Geographic Explorer Grants and Andrew Sabin International Environmental Fellowship.
Indra joined Royal Society for Protection of Nature as project officer for the White-bellied Heron recovery program in 2015. Currently, he serves as chief of Species and Habitat Conservation Division at the organization.
Sr. Research Assistant