Our Leadership

Director Rinchen Khando Choegyal, is a former Minister of Education in the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, founding President of the Women’s Tibetan Association, and sister-in-law of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She resides in Dharamsala.

Co-Director Elizabeth Napper, PhD., a scholar of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism, is author of Dependent-Arising and Emptiness, translator and editor of Mind in Tibetan Buddhism, and co-editor of Kindness, Clarity and Insight, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She divides her time between Dharamsala and the U.S.

Co-Director Venerable Lobsang Dechen, received her B.A. from St. Bedes in Shimla and her B. of Ed. from Punjab University in Chandigarh, and previously taught at the Tibetan Children’s Village School in Lower Dharamsala. She resides in Dharamsala.

Board of Directors

The Tibetan Nuns Project is comprised of two sister organizations. All of our program work takes place in northern India, where our office is located within the Dolma Ling complex. Our program work is governed by our Board of Directors in India. In the U.S., the Tibetan Nuns Project is a registered non-profit with 501(c) tax status that conducts fundraising and outreach work in North America and operates under the governance of its own Board of Directors.


  • Elizabeth Napper, President
  • Elizabeth Goldblatt, Treasurer
  • Steve Wilhelm, Secretary
  • Ven. Lobsang Dechen, Honorary Member
  • Tseten Phanucharas, Member
  • Vicki Robinson, Member


  • Mrs. Rinchen Khando Choegyal, President
  • Geshe Lhakdor, Vice-President
  • Ven. Lobsang Dechen, Secretary
  • Mrs. Youdon Aukatsang, Treasurer
  • Geshe Tashi Namgual, Member
  • Mr. Naresh Mathur, Member
  • Mr. Dorjee Wangdi Dewatshang, Member