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Sonam Choki







Ms. Sonam Choki is originally from Trashiyangtse and is now resettled at Samtse. She has a BSc.(Hons). in Nursing and Midwifery from R.A.K. College of Nursing, Delhi and Master's Degree in International Public Health from the University of Sydney. Ms. Sonam has 18 years of working experience in clinical nursing, management, and nursing education. She was with JDWNRH for 16 years; 10 years as a clinical nurse and 6 years as a head nurse in a psychiatric ward. Under her supervision as the head nurse, her unit was awarded as the best performing unit by the management of the hospital. During this tenure, she also served as a reviewer with the Research Ethics Board of Health in the Ministry of Health. Her interest in teaching led her to FNPH and taught both nursing and public health students for one year. Following this, she was in Haiti working with the United Nations for 2 years. She is also a certified ACLS and BLS provider and a certified addiction counselor. She likes being proactive and staying relevant.  


Hari Sharma







Mr. Puspalal Sharma is from Bhutan and holds a Masters's Degree in Physical Education and Sports Coaching from Lovely Professional University. India. He also holds a specialization in Early Childhood Care and Development specific to ‘Play and School Readiness’ from BRAK University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. His practical immersion in Physical Education and Sports includes study visits to Nanyang Technological University & Republic Poly in Singapore besides KU Leuven, Belgium & Swiss Federal Institute of Sports, Magglingen (SFISM). 

Prior to joining RTC, he worked as a lecturer at the Paro College of Education from 2009-2018. He was a core member in developing the Diploma in Physical Education and Sports Coaching. In addition, he also developed two specialization modules (Health & Nutrition/Movement & Safety) for the Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Development. In sports, he has specialization in Football (Asian Football Confederation A Diploma) & Basketball (M.Ped  Sports Specialization) and has recently completed the Coach Developers Course from the Nippon Sport Science University (NSSU).


Hari Sharma







Ms. Tandin Pemo’s work experience spans over 39 years of which, she spent 10 years in Clinical, 4 years in teaching nursing students, and 2 years in MOH as a Chief Program Officer in HCCD under the Department of Medical Services and the rest of the years as Nursing Superintendent of JDWNRH till the end of October 2022. She was responsible for looking after Nursing Services in the country and she brought many changes in nursing services during her tenure. Besides her role as Nursing Superintendent, she also worked as an adjunct faculty for FONPH.

She holds a Master’s degree in Nursing Administration from Burapa University, Thailand, a Bachelor's in Nursing from Latrobe University, Melbourne, Australia, a Diploma in Nursing Education and Administration from Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur College of Nursing, New Delhi, a Certificate holder in Midwifery from Chiang Mai University, Thailand and a Diploma in General Nurse Midwife from Lady Hardinge Medical College & Associated Hospital, New Delhi in 1984.

She was awarded a silver medal for all Round Best Nurse in 1984 from the Chief Minister of New Delhi, India, and also received a Certificate on Academic Scholastic Achievement in 2000 from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. She is a recipient of the Order of Merit from His Majesty the King of Bhutan on 17th December 2017. She also represented Bhutan with other team members from the Ministry of Health at the World Health Assembly twice in Geneva. She had been an active member in developing Strategic Nursing Directions, Guidelines, and manuals for nursing services.


Hari Sharma







Mr. Hari initially started his career in the healthcare profession as a General Nurse and Midwife in January 1986 from the then Health School, Thimphu, now, the Faculty of Nursing & Public Health. He has a certificate in critical Care from Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, TN, India. He holds an International MBA in Healthcare and Hospital Management from United Business Institutes, Brussels, Belgium. He also holds a diploma in International Travel Medicine from LSHTM, London, UK, and additional certificates in Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). He has recently completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) from the Samtse College of Education. He has worked in various capacities at JDWNRH, Thimphu Bhutan from 1986 till 2003. He has also worked under the auspices of the United Nations and African Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) w.e.f. August 2007 till June 2015, as the Head Nurse and as the Nursing Activity Manager (NAM) with the Medicines Sans Frontiers, MSF (Doctors Without Borders) from January 2017 till April 2018. His clinical and professional experiences, skills, and knowledge with regards to patients care, management, leadership and teaching are diverse, rich, and noteworthy. His interests include sports, games, gardening, and cooking.









Ms. Pema Dolma has 23 years of work experience of which almost sixteen years are clinical experiences and five years into full-time teaching. Since she was a trained Pediatric Nurse and Maternal and Child Health Nurse, the whole sixteen years of her clinical experience were spent working with mothers, babies, and children. Ms. Pema has an undergraduate degree in BSc Nursing from Latrobe University, Melbourne, Australia, and a Master's Degree in Public Health (majoring in Health Promotion) from Curtin University, Perth, WA. Apart from that, she has various other training such as in Malnutrition, Lactation Management, and Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses. She is also a certified UNICEF ToT counselor for the Infant and Young Child Feeding Programme here in the country for which she has participated in and hosted various TV and Radio programmes to create awareness on Infant and young child feeding practices in the country.








Mrs. Porjia Jansi Rani R is from India. She has a Master's degree in Nursing from Dr.MGR Medical University. She has worked as a Lecturer at Global College of Nursing, Bangalore for four years and worked as a Clinical Nurse in JDWNRH Bhutan for two years. She has been teaching modules in Nursing at Royal Thimphu College since August 2019.



Mr. Ugyen Dorji 





Ms. Pema Eden completed her Bachelor's degree in Dental Surgery from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she had an opportunity to work as a temporary lecturer and demonstrator at the same university in the Department of Oral and Maxillo Facial Surgery. She was with the Department for almost two years during which time she also carried out research on ‘clinicopathological study of oncocytoma of salivary origin’ and was able to enhance her teaching skills.


Mr. Ugyen Dorji 




Born and educated in eastern Bhutan, Ms. Zangmo embarked on her career at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Thimphu, the Kingdoms premier medical facility. She completed her General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) course at the esteemed Royal Institute of Health Science in 1999, marking the beginning of her healthcare journey. Throughout her career, Ms. Zangmo has pursued higher education to broaden her knowledge and skills. She successfully obtained a Bachelor of Nursing degree from La Trobe University in Australia, followed by a Master of Science in Nursing from the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi University of Medical Sciences in Bangalore, India. In 2013, she achieved an outstanding feat by clearing the Bhutan Civil Service Selection Examinations (BCSE), a competitive and highly regarded accomplishment in the Kingdom.

Ms. Zangmo has rendered her services as Chief Nurse/Clinical Nurse in several hospitals across different districts of the Kingdom, contributing significantly to the advancement of healthcare delivery. Additionally, from 2015 to 2019, she served as an esteemed Editorial Board member for the Bhutan Health Journal, showcasing her dedication to scholarly pursuits and knowledge dissemination.

Driven by curiosity and an adventurous spirit, Ms. Zangmo ventured beyond national borders to gain diverse experiences. She served as a Nurse Manager for a Home Care Company in Kuwait for approximately two years, where she demonstrated her leadership abilities and commitment to patient care. Furthermore, her journey led her to the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa, where she worked as a UNV Nurse with MONUSCO, a peacekeeping mission. In this role, she fearlessly responded to emergencies in three remote locations, demonstrating her resilience and compassion in providing healthcare services under challenging circumstances.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Ms. Zangmo actively engages in social and voluntary activities, further showcasing her commitment to making a positive impact in her community. Moreover, she utilizes her spare time to learn new languages, highlighting her continuous pursuit of personal growth and cultural understanding.


Mr. Ugyen Dorji 




With a remarkable career spanning two decades of clinical practice and an additional four years of teaching experience, Ms. Muna Rai brings a wealth of expertise to her role. Hailing from Dunglagang, Tsirang, she completed her General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) course at the prestigious Royal Institute of Health Science in 1999. Subsequently, in 2016, she successfully obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Midwifery from the esteemed Faculty of Nursing and Public Health, which operates under the Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Science of Bhutan.

Throughout her career, Ms. Rai has held significant positions such as Chief Nurse and Clinical Nurse, serving diligently in various hospitals across the Kingdom. Her commitment to professional development is evident through her active participation in numerous training sessions and workshops. Notably, she has been a trainer in the domains of infection control, healthcare waste management, Essential Newborn Care Nursing, and Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EMNOC). Through these roles, Ms. Rai has imparted her knowledge and expertise to numerous nurses and supporting staff, contributing to the enhancement of healthcare practices within the institutions she has served.

Renowned for her unwavering dedication to learning, Ms. Rai prioritizes staying abreast of the latest advancements in her field. She wholeheartedly enjoys the process of teaching and is deeply committed to nurturing young nurses, who will become the providers of quality nursing care in the future. Despite her demanding teaching schedule, she actively engages in voluntary community work. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she actively participated in providing care services for the elderly at the Health Help Center, operating under the auspices of the Ministry of Health. Furthermore, Ms. Rai possesses a remarkable aptitude for languages, fluently speaking Dzongkha, Sharchop, Hindi, English, and her mother tongue, Lhotsamkha.







Ms. Dechen Tshomo holds a Master and Fellowship degree in Public Health with research background from James P Grant school of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh. Before joining RTC, she has worked as a lecturer at Apollo Bhutan Institute of Nursing, Bhutan. In addition, she also has working experience as a Biostatistician at Institute of Health Partners. Apart from academics, her interest lies in reading, sketching and painting.







Yadap Prasad Timsina brings his expertise to the role of lecturer, backed by comprehensive academic journey and practical experience. He holds a masters degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Lovely Professional University, Punjab, India, and a Bachelor's degree in nutrition and dietetics from Chandigarh University, Punjab, India. A General Nursing and Midwifery Diploma from the Global College of Nursing, (2012-2015) in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, further enriches his qualifications.

Yadap’s professional trajectory includes a tenure as a staff nurse at JDWNRH (cabin) from 2016 to 2018. He has also worked as a dietitian intern at JDWNRH in 2021 He is passionate about creating a positive learning environment and making a meaningful impact in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

Tashi Choden






Mr. Nalin Dinesh, an Indian national holding an MSc degree in Sports Sciences (Specializing in Badminton) from National Sports University, Manipur, India. A Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from Sardar Patel University, Gujarat.. He has in-depth exposure to Sports Coaching, Sports Technology, and management and worked with elite athletes in India and Denmark before coming to Bhutan. He served as a volunteer teaching assistant for 2 years in sports universities and as an assistant coach with sports academies in India for 7 years. As a professional shuttler, he holds a career high achievement of National School Games silver medalist and trained junior elite athletes for National Championships. His personal interests include singing, traveling and participating actively in other endurance sports.

Mr. Ugyen Dorji







Mr. Ugyen Dorji is from Dagana and holds an undergraduate degree in Commerce from North Bengal University, Darjeeling, India. He has worked 16 years as a football coach under the Bhutan Football Federation and holds an A license in football. He has also undergone the Coach educator course by FIFA.