His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Our Leadership

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

Elizabeth Napper, Ph.D., U.S. Founder and Board Chair, is a scholar of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism, 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.

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.

US Board of Directors

  • Elizabeth Napper, President/Board Chair
  • Tseten Phanucharas, Vice-President
  • Elizabeth Goldblatt, Treasurer
  • Steve Wilhelm, Secretary
  • Robin Groth, Member
  • Dechen Tsering, Member
  • Vicki Robinson, Member

India Board of Directors (Buddhist Women’s Educational Society)

  • 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