Would you like to nominate a candidate? Please do so by posting your nominee’s name, city and a brief bio if possible in the comment box below.

Any current North American Tibetan resident who is over 25 years old and holds a Green Book is eligible to run for the Chitue elections.  However, please keep in mind that the type of candidates being encouraged to run by this site are those that bring a diverse set of skills and people with experience in various sectors in North America – government, business, nonprofit.

While the candidate needn’t be an expert in Tibetan, he or she should have some speaking, reading or writing abilities. This is a requirement since the Parliament sessions are all conducted in Tibetan.

Our representative should be able to promote our community’s interest effectively to a broad section of the society in North America. Simply having experience of working in Dharamsala is (in this site’s opinion) inadequate.


12 Responses to Nominate

  1. kaydor,

    since you’ve noted that another woman nominee would be great, i’d like to nominate doma norbu for the upcoming chitue elections.

    & a great job for putting this up, as i was wondering who would take the step as this is truly important…..and necessary as the kalon tripa elections seems to have put the most crucial thing in the back burner…..with this website, we’ve atleast got something rolling, and hopefully it will bear fruit….let’s keep working…..

    bhod gyalo

    ganzey tshering

    • ganzey tshering says:

      Doma Norbu finished her schooling from Loreto Convent, Darjeeling and completed her graduation from Punjab University with honors in Political Science. During her college days she served in the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress in various capacities as Joint Secretary, Treasurer and Public Relation Officer. She actively participated and organized various political and social activities for the RTYC, Chandigarh.
      In the United States she volunteered for Survivors of Torture Program at NYU Bellevue for many years assisting and devoting many hours of her time to the Tibetans who were part of the program. She also co-founded the Lithang Kyidug and served as its General Secretary, stressing largely on preserving Tibetan culture by setting up the Lithang Doegar, which taught the younger generation the various songs and dances of Lithang. She also served as the President of Chushi Gangdruk, New York and during her tenure she organized the first ever joint rally of Tibetans, Mongolians, East Turkistan, Taiwan and the Chinese Democracy Party outside the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC during the opening ceremony of the Olympics on 7th August 2008.
      She was also responsible for bringing together and mobilizing the Tibetans online to protest against Keds and Zazzle for printing religious Buddhist icons on shoes and in getting an apology and finally the removal of all these shoes from the company store. Despite presently not holding any official post she is active socially and politically- always active in bringing awareness about the Tibetan issue and still devoting her time to help fellow Tibetans in need.

  2. Tashi Wangdu says:

    Lobsang Shastri

    Graduated with Shastri degree (equivalent to BA) from Central University of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varanasi, U.P., India. Joined Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA), Dharamsala, as translator in 1985. Took in charge of chief Librarian of the Tibetan Manuscript Department (LTWA) from 1988-2009.

    Tibetan language instructor at the Department of History of Religion, Oslo University, Norway, September 20 to November 18 , 1994. Lecturer/Visiting scholar at the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA from April-Dec 2006.

    Elected Advisory Board Member of the International Association of Tibetan Studies (IATS) in 2003. Editor in-chief of Tibet Journal, LTWA. Member of the XIIth and XIIIth Tibetan Parliament in Exile from 1995-2005.

    Attended conference of the International Association of Tibetan Studies (IATS) since 1992 and also many other seminars in India and Bhutan. Presented papers on Tibetan history and culture. Research papers have been published in various journals both in Tibetan and English dedicated for the Tibetan studies. Compiled and published three departmental catalouge book of Tibetan Manuscript Library of LTWA.

    Joined Tibetan Buddhist Resource Centre (TBRC) on 24th of August, 2009. Interested in Tibetan history and culture; also preservation of Tibetan cultural heritage.

  3. karma says:

    Mr. Karma Chukdong is an Author, Researcher and Teacher. He is also a Ph.D candidate at University of Toronto. Just finished his second Masters Degree in Educational Administration and Curriculum Studies at the University of Toronto OISE.

    Karma is also a Certified Teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers, Toronto Ontario Canada. He says he would like to serve the Tibetan Childrens’ Village and help create a modern curriculum for the next generation of Tibetan youth. He also says he would like to also serve Machik Organization.

    Karma’s only goal in life is to help His Holiness the Dalai Lama in some meaningful capacity. He has taught on First Nation Reserves in Canada and thrived in his leadership role in this Indigenous Community in Northern Ontario, Canada. His sole purpose of serving this Indigenous community for two years was to learn how the Indigenous of Canada were able to preserve their religion, culture and language in Canada and take what he learned to share with our TGIE and Tibetan communities.

    He has also written a book “The Human Family: A Modern Tibetan Buddhist Perspective” discussing the Tibetan situation and on the importance of Tibetan values and beliefs in today’s modern and precarious world.
    This book has become very popular with Tibet supporters and Tibetans alike. Very recently his book publisher AuthorHouse notified him that his book is now available in Communist China and this is wonderful news. As his goal and his publishing team goals was to get this book to China so that our Tibetan voice would be in Tibet and China proper.

    This book and this Tibetan author has been given much support from the United Nations For A Free Tibet and it is being marketed and advertized with this prestigious organization.

    With Respect.

  4. Pema Tseyang says:

    I support Doma Norbu for North America Chitue.
    She is educated, experienced, strong willed and always there to help any Tibetan in need.

  5. Lobsang says:

    I believe Jigme Ugen from Minnesota surpasses or exceeds the basic minimum requirements of being a candidate. His accomplishment(s) can only inspire and aspire the young Tibetans to do something constructive for both Tibet and their host country wherever it may be.

    When I think of Ugen Jigme: Dedication, perseverance, passion, innovation, genuineness and integrity are few things that come to mind. He is a heavy weight champion who has many wins under his wing: He is the first Tibetan refugee to be elected as a labor leader in North America and now holds a prestigious position as an Executive Vice-President of SEIU-HCMN (Service Employees International Union, Healthcare Minnesota), which has over 17,000 members.

    Currently He also serves as the President of RTYC-MN. His vision helped launch GTPN (Global Tibetan Professional Network Minnesota) in Minnesota. Be it lobbying for a cause i.e.: having state of Minnesota recognizing March 10 as “Tibet Day”, or running successful campaigns for the labor union. The guy has the surely made his mark in the mind and hearts of the local Tibetans in MN.

    If the man can do so much for his host country just think what he can do or bring to the plate if he was actually a substantial position holder in his own government?

  6. chitue2010 says:

    please state the current city and country where your nominee is residing. also helpful would be a link to his or her picture.

  7. Kaydor la,

    Found his credentials on the Ontario College of Teachers Website.


  8. Nyima Yangzom says:

    Thinly Woser, Minnesota

    Mr. Thinly Woser, age 55, was born in Tibet in 1955. He escaped with his parents at the age of eleven to live in exile in India.

    Following the completion of his education in India, Mr. Woser has been a faithful servant of the Tibetan government in exile for 23 years holding various senior positions. These include, for instance, working at the Office of Tibet in Nepal (1973 – 1977), the Department of Health (1981 – 1983), as the Secretary of Tibetan Corporate Society, Mundgod (1983 – 1988) and the Tibetan Medical and Astrology Institute of His Holiness in Dharamsala (1993 – 1994). Mr. Woser’s previous roles in government also include being the Former Representative of the Tibetan Community of Sikkim, Gangtok (1988 – 1993) as well as the Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement, South India (1994 – 1996). Mr. Woser has also spent three years as the Secretary General of the Tibetan Youth Congress Centrex (1977 – 1980).

    Since settling in the United States in 1996, Mr. Woser has been an executive board member of Tibetan Association of Minnesota (TAM) for ten years having served as the President, the Vice President, and the Secretary of TAM. Mr. Woser currently teaches Tibetan language at the Tibetan Cultural School, Minnesota.

    Thank you,

  9. Youdon Aukatsang says:

    Dear Kelsang,

    I am not sure if I can nominate NA Chithue since I reside in India. In fact, you can take it as merely info forwarding.


    September 27, 2010

    Dear friends,

    After much thinking, I have recently decided put forward my candidacy for the position of North American Chithue. For those of you who have known me for several years, this may not come as a surprise. As there are only a few more days left before preliminary elections, I am personally informing my circle of friends and acquaintances of my interest in the position of Chithue. With His Holiness ageing, the issue of leadership transition and sustainable governance is becoming a growing reality. Bearing this in mind along with many other important challenges our community will be facing in the near future, I wish to become more active in our community’s formal governance structure and contribute to the best of my ability. I would be grateful for your support by forwarding this message to your friends and family along with my biographical notes before this Sunday’s preliminary elections, on October 3, 2010.


    Yours sincerely,

    Dicki Chhoyang



    Dicki Chhoyang was born in India and grew up in Montreal, Canada where she also currently resides. Over the past decades, she has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe and North America. She is fluent in Tibetan, English, French and has a working knowledge of Mandarin.


    As the Community Liaison Officer for the construction project of the University of Montreal-affiliated mega-hospital, Dicki Chhoyang oversees the successful urban integration of the project through its social and economic benefits for the local community. From 1999 to 2003, she worked on community development projects in Tibet and has a thorough understanding of livelihood issues affecting rural Tibetan communities. Her other professional experience include working in corporate public relations for Pepperidge Farm and as Program Officer for Canada World Youth, a Canada-based organization promoting youth community engagement and experiential learning through volunteer projects.


    From an early age, Dicki Chhoyang was actively involved in Quebec’s local
    Tibetan community through its cultural association. In the early 90s, she
    served as resettlement coordinator in Connecticut for the Tibetan-U.S
    resettlement project. More recently, she is co-coordinating the web site to raise public awareness about the upcoming Kalon Tripa election and promote Tibetan civil society engagement in the democratic process.


    Dicki Chhoyang completed her undergraduate degree in international business and marketing at McGill University. She holds an M.A. in Central Eurasian studies from the Indiana University and an M.Sc. in planning and international development from the University of Guelph. Her graduate field research focused on Tibetan-medium higher education in Eastern Tibet. She has pursued independent language studies namely in Beijing for Mandarin and Eastern Tibet for Amdo dialect.

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