Mr. Mehta is from Rajasthan, India, and has an MA in Economics from Rajasthan University. He is a NET (National Eligibility Test) qualified lecturer under the UGC and has taught undergraduate courses in Economics, mostly at Sherubtse College, Kanglung. Prior to joining RTC he was the Head of the Economics Department at Sherubtse College. He has been a member of the academic board, and developed the curriculum for BA (Hon) course in Economics. Professor Mehta has also worked as a UNDP lead consultant to develop Economic Development Policy of Bhutan 2010, MDG sub national repot 2013, MAF on youth unemployment in Bhutan and capacity assessment of UN one programme 2014-18. He was also involved in developing textbooks of Economics for class X, XI and XII for the Ministry of Education, Bhutan. He has carried out research on poverty, inequality, local government and FDI and his areas of interest include development economics, macroeconomics, globalization and research. He has also published a book titled “Nature and Structure of Bhutanese Economy”.
Dr. Samir Patel is an Indian-born US national from California, USA. He double-majored in Integrated Sciences & Biology as an undergraduate student at Northwestern University, USA, after completing an undergraduate honors project. He earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University, USA, in Biological Sciences (Cell Biology/Biochemistry). After three additional years of postdoctoral research at the University of California, Santa Cruz and San Francisco, he came to Bhutan in 2008 to serve as a Lecturer, first in Life Sciences at Sherubtse College in Eastern Bhutan, then at Royal Thimphu College in Thimphu, Bhutan since 2012 as an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies. He has been serving as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at RTC since 2013. He currently also advises the IT support department, and serves as the Interim Dean for the Development and External Relations Department.
Dr. Janet Schofield is American and her education includes three degrees from Harvard University: BA in Social Relations (1968), MA in Social Psychology (1970), and PhD in Social Psychology (1972). Her areas of specialization include Social Psychology, intergroup relations, use of computers for instruction, research methods, applied psychology and improving education at pre-college level. Dr. Schofield has served as a Professor of Psychology at University of Pittsburgh in the U.S. Her other roles have included: Visiting scholar in Germany; Policy research positions with U.S. government; Seminar leader for U. S. Senators; Consultant/advisor to U.S. local, state and federal agencies including the White House, U.S. Attorney General, Assistant Secretary of Education, and U.S. Office of Technology Assessment, as well as Singapore’s National Institute of Education; Member of U.S. National Academy of Sciences Boards/committees. She has also been a recipient of awards for both teaching and research with research featured on radio and TV and used by the U.S. Supreme Court. Her personal interests include travel and volunteering service with a group providing educational after-school activities for children from poor urban areas.
Dolma Choden Roder grew up in Thimphu and Bumthang. She earned a PhD and MA in Socio-cultural Anthropology from Arizona State University. She also a BA (honors) in Anthropology from the University of Melbourne. For five years she worked as the museum collections assistant for the Anthropology Collections as Arizona State University where she had the pleasure of training a number of undergraduate student workers and interns in collections management and material culture research. She has also taught sociology and anthropology at Sherubtse College. Her current research and teaching interests are gender, education, qualitative research methods, material culture and youth cultures.
Mr. Jesse Montes is from Victoria, Canada. He holds a Masters Degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Manitoba, Canada and a BA in Environmental Studies from the Kings University College, Canada. He has 10 years of environmental professional experience including working with private consulting companies, NGO’s, and the government of British Columbia, Canada. His work/research has included stints in Honduras, Kenya, Tanzania, and China. His research interest is in the field of community sustainable development, resource management and ecotourism. He enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and photography and brings with him his wife (Sarah) and three children (Elizabeth 9 yrs, Isaac 7 yrs, and Levi 5 yrs).
Mr. Sonam Yeshey is from Trongsa, Bhutan. He did his Master’s in Economics of Development from Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. Before Joining RTC, he taught Economics and Allied Subjects to undergraduate students in Sherubtse College and Gaeddu College of Business Studies for the last 12 years. His academic interest includes Econometric studies and cost-benefit Analysis. He is a nature lover and follower of Grand Prix and Moto GP on TV.
Dr. Leishipem Khamrang is from Manipur, India. He holds Master Degrees in Geography from the University of Mumbai and Population Studies (MPS) from the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai. He has a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Mumbai. He qualified NET/Lectureship in Geography and NET/JRF in Population Studies, conducted by University Grants Commission (UGC), India. Before joining RTC, he taught Environmental Studies at Chetana College, Bandra East, Mumbai for two years. He also worked at International Institute for population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai as an Assistant Research officer (ARO) for two years. His last position was Research Officer at the Centre for Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. His areas of research interest are regional development, quality of life, urban development, development and regional conflict etc.
Gaki is from Paro, Bhutan. She holds a Masters Degree in Sociology from Lovely Professional University, India and a BA in Economics and Environmental Studies from Sherubtse college, Bhutan.
Mr. Rabi is from Dorokha, Bhutan. He completed his Master’s Degree in South Asian Studies from Pondicherry University, India and a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Enviromental Studies from Sherubtse College, Kanglung, Bhutan. During his post graduation he successfully completed his research thesis on “Monarchy and Democracy in Bhutan, a comparative Study”. He also worked in Rinchen Higher Secondary School as a History Teacher before joining RTC. His interest includes study of contemporary international relations, travelling, sports and music.
Mr Jelle J P Wouters holds an MPhil (Distinction) in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford, and is currently a PhD Candidate at the North-Eastern Hill Universityin Shillong (India). Previously he taught at Sikkim Central University (India) and for a year at the Eberhard Karls University (Germany) on a ‘Teaching for excellence award’ granted by the German Research Foundation. Some of his writings have appeared in Economic and Political Weekly, Asian Anthropology, the European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, and the Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford, as well as in several edited volumes.
Mr. Sarbajeet Mukherjee is from Kolkata, India.He holds an Honours Degree in Political Science from St.Xavier’s College, Calcutta, a Masters degree in Political Science from University of Calcutta, and an M.Phil degree in Political Science from EIILM Sikkim. He is currently working on his PhD thesis from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka on security related issues. He has worked as a Research Assistant under Prof. Dr.Sanjay Seth, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia. He has taught under graduate courses in Political Science under University of Calcutta, India, under Nagaland University in North East India. Prior to joining RTC, he has taught Political Science courses as well as Geopolitics and Sociology at Sherubtse College, Kanglung under the Royal University of Bhutan. There he has also worked as a Programme Leader for the BA Programme in Political Science at Sherubtse College.
Dr. Bidisha Chakraborty is basically from India settled up at Malaysia. She obtained her B.Sc degree (Physics Honours) from Gauhati University and her M.Sc degree with first position (Gold Medallist) from Assam University, Silchar. She holds a B.Ed. degree with first class from Gauhati University and a PhD in Ecology & Environmental Science (Rainwater Quality Analysis in Selected Areas of Eastern and Northeastern India) from Assam University, Silchar. Apart from this she also obtained training on Geographic Information System (GIS) from Dept. of Geology, Cotton College Guwahati, Assam, Government. of India with Grade- A. In addition, she was awarded DST-INSPIRE Research Fellowship for pursuing Ph.D. in Environmental Monitoring & Management from the Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi, Government of India in 2011. She was also a State Topper in CCA course and awarded the Best Student Award in 2005 from Government of Assam, Government of India. She is also having a Bachelor’s degree in Indian Classical Music from Lucknow Bhatkhande University, Govt. of India. Moreover, she is a member of International Association of Engineers (Membership number: 158205). She has three publications in international journals and has also presented papers in certain national and international conferences. Prior to joining RTC she worked as a Lecturer in M.Sc. Environmental Science Department at Bongaigaon College, Assam, Government of India (IGNOU PARTNER INSTITUTION) while pursuing her B.Ed.
Ms Marlene Oliver is from New Zealand. She holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Queensland, Australia, and a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Geography from Massey University, New Zealand. Ms Oliver has served as a full-time Judicial Officer (Environment Commissioner) on the specialist Environment Court of New Zealand for the last 12 years. Prior to that she had more than 25 years’ experience working as an environmental management professional, including as a Director of her own private consulting companies and as a Senior Manager in Local Government. Ms Oliver is also a qualified mediator and has practised extensively in environmental mediation/facilitation. Over the last 10 years Ms Oliver has been an active contributor to international agency capacity-development programmes in the Asia Pacific Region, particularly in relation to environmental decision-making, governance and the Rule of Law.
Mr. Saurav Chaliha is from the northeastern state of Assam in India and spent his school years at The Assam Valley School in Tezpur. A large part of his childhood was spent in various tea gardens across Assam, which turned him into a nature lover. He attained his bachelor’s degree in History from St. Stephen’s College under Delhi University. He also holds an MA degree in International Relations from Webster University where he studied at the Thailand campus. He has been involved in various teaching assignments in Thailand, Mongolia and, most recently, in Honduras (Central America). The love for travel, research and the desire to usher in progress through education has inspired him to relocate and work in countries that are still largely unexplored. Mr. Chaliha is joined by his fiancée, Lindsay Kamakahi, who is also working at RTC. His interests include travelling, cooking and watching football.
Ms. Leslie Backus is from Bend, Oregon USA. She has 25 years of experience conducting ArcGIS training courses, managing large GIS and database projects, and developing/managing complex research analyses. She graduated with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biology at the University of Central Florida with a focus on spatially explicit mathematical models. Leslie has taught GIS/GPS in various international and domestic locations including multiple Universities and organizations in Sri Lanka, various projects in Kenya, Humboldt State overseas in Guatemala and for the Society for Conservation GIS at UC Davis/Berkeley/Riverside. Her expertise lies with building spatially explicit and predictive models for the development and analysis of various types of research projects.
Ms. Kalinca Susin holds a double degree in Business Administration & International Trade as an undergraduate student at University of Caxias do Sul, Brazil and Middlesex University, UK. After working for 5 years in private and public-private international trade industry and 4 years in container terminal & global logistics in South Brazil, she obtained a Masters Degree from the Global Studies Programme (MA Social Sciences awarded by both Freiburg University, Germany and FLACSO, Argentina). Her research interest in Globalisation and Sustainable Development lead her to intern at the Gross National Happiness Commission in 2011 and develop a strategic plan for the Product Innovation and Design Unit of the Agency for the Promotion of Indigenous Crafts, both in Bhutan. She has also worked for the Global Studies Programme consortium of universities, initiated the Talking Happiness project to foster the dialogue about interdependence of global-local development and social-individual happiness, and taught yoga to senior practitioners in South Brazil (she is an accredited yoga instructor by Satyananda Yoga Academy in Australia and Colombia). She believes that her most ambitious project is a daily attempt to become a better human being. For now, she is a Brazilian specimen, breed of Italian and Polish immigrant families.
Kuenzang Tshering has joined Royal Thimphu College in April 2016. He teaches undergraduate courses in sustainable development, natural resource management and aquatic ecosystems focused on biogeochemistry and ecosystem processes. His research activities are focused on understanding the role of aquatic and wetland ecosystems in maintaining Carbon balance in the context of land use and climate change. He has also field experience of working with researchers in countries like Tanzania, Kenya and Nepal. He earned his B.Sc. degree (2006) from Delhi University (India) in Biology and Chemistry.
Jason Hopper is a PhD candidate in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States. With the help of a Fulbright-Hays dissertation fellowship, he is currently finishing research on how contemporary art in Thimphu provides a space for playfully reimagining what it means to be Bhutanese. Previously Jason has worked at the Hammer Museum at University of California Los Angeles, as a teaching assistant at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and twice had the privilege of teaching Sociology and Political Science at RTC. He grew up in California and, when not in Bhutan, currently lives in Portland, Oregon.