Kunzang Namgyal Tshering
Director, BIMSTEC

Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Secretariat, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Mr. Kunzang N. Tshering joined the Bhutanese Civil Service in 1983. Prior to joining the BIMSTEC, he served as the Chief of Protocol in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan from 2012 to 2016.

1983 to 2002, he served for the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) Secretariat in various capacities. 2002 to 2012, he was with the Local Governance System in Bhutan and held the position of Dzongdag (Commissioner/CEO) in four regions of the country. Bhutan is administratively divided into 2 regions known as Dzongkhags. As a Dzongdag, he was also the Member of the National Assembly of Bhutan, the highest Legislative Body in the Sate for two consecutive terms of 3 years from 2003, until the institution of the Parliamentary Democracy in early 2008. He also served as the Board of Director, Royal Institute of Management (RIM), Thimphu, a premier executive management institute in Bhutan, conducting regular courses for the cream of graduates selected on competitive basis to the join the Royal Civil Service, besides other executive courses, some at Master’s Level.

While heading the Local Government Administrations, he had an opportunity to serve as the Chief Election Coordinator for both the primary and general rounds of the first parliamentary elections in Bhutan in 2007 and 2008, besides coordinating and conducting a number of local government elections in the country. Beyond Bhutan, he worked as an-intern at the United Nation's HQs in New York and Geneva in 1989 and with ILO Turin Center in Italy. Besides, he attended to a number of trainings in the Region, in Europe, Japan and the United States, the last one being the Advanced Security Course at Asia Pacific Center for Security Cooperation (APCSS) in Hawaii, where he is a Member of the Asia Pacific Security Cooperation now.

He has enriching knowledge about local governance and multiple first hand experiences on rural development initiatives. Having worked for over a decade in the local governance, comprising of both appointed and elected public officials, he had a unique exposure in balancing and harmonizing the two in building the rural economy through effective delivery of public services in the name of equity and justice. Having worked for so long at the grass-roots, he gained ample knowhow and skills to build schools, hospitals, agriculture extension centers, farm roads, bridges, irrigation channels, monasteries and to deal with the rural-urban migration, resettlements, rural environment, local culture, elections, heritage preservations, disasters and maintenance of law and order for happiness of the people & more importantly for the political stability of the nation as a whole & building Bhutan as One Nation, One People.

Mr. Tshering has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Punjab, Chandigarh, India and Master's Degree in Human Resources Management from the University of West Minister in London, UK. Beyond the box, he also participated in various National and International Submits, Conferences and high level delegations including the United Nations General Assembly in 2013.

As the Chief of Protocol, he had the privilege to coordinate a number of high level visits both within & outside the country & to accompany His Majesty the King of Bhutan during the Royal Visits abroad.

He is a recipient of the Coronation Silver Medal during the Coronation of His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the Fifth Monarch of the Kingdom of Bhutan in 2008 and received the Bhutan Civil Service Silver and Gold Medals in 2014 and 2015 respectively for 30 years of dedicated service to the nation.

At leisure, he loves to play any out-door games like archery, football and basketball in particular, but with the ageing, he intends to pick up on the all age sport of golfing with the golf lovers in Dhaka.

Mr. Tshering is married with three children.