Ujjwal Deep Dahal is the Director of the InnoTech Department at DHI. With an EMBA from the Quantic School of Business and Technology, and Technology Policy Management from MIT, Ujjwal is passionate about innovative ideas and turning them into full-fledged projects. Having worked with the Bhutan Power Corporation in the past as both an engineer and a manager, he brings to the department, both an understanding of system processes and the management behind it. His areas of expertise include Strategic Technology Planning, Project & Contract Management, Hydro Power System Operation, Power System Automation (SCADA), Power System Planning and Design (Transmission and Distribution), System Integration, and Planning & Business Development. His professional interests lie in efficient energy programs, smart and green cities, technology policy and planning, and system automation.
Phuntsho Namgay currently works as a Senior Analyst under the Strategic Technology Planning (STP) Division within the InnoTech Department. Under this role, he leads the division’s efforts in developing a Corporate Innovation Policy Framework, and a Digital Transformation Strategy. With an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, and as the Country Advisor for Ennovent, his experience ranges from Entrepreneurship Program Development, Financial Management, Risk Management, and Business Development. He is a generalist among people of his age with a holistic view. He hopes to use his experiences to help develop an Innovation Ecosystem in Bhutan by leveraging the digital revolution.
Sangay is a policy specialist with a master’s degree in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has five years of experience in both qualitative and quantitative data analysis, policy design, stakeholder mapping and community engagement. She currently works as an Analyst with DHI’s InnoTech Department where she is sharpening her familiarity with technology and finding ways to align education with and enhance learning through the opportunities made possible by technological advancements. In the past, Sangay has worked as a Policy Consultant for the Ministry of Education and Training in Eswatini, focusing on strengthening their distance education program. She also worked as a Researcher at The Royal Academy in Bhutan where she focused on developing assessment strategies and pedagogical approaches.
Jigdrel is an analyst at the InnoTech Department at DHI, responsible for creating, scaling, and optimizing project portfolios with a key focus on impact and results, contributing within amazing teams and quickly experimenting through iterative building-measure-learning cycles. Jigdrel is passionate about the role of innovation and technologies in creating pathways for socio-economic development and nation-building. This role demands the pertinent skills comprising of project management, business development, system thinking, strategy planning, partnership structuring, technology sourcing, and contract management. Ultimately, Jigdrel believes in the principles of creativity, collaborative spirit, growth initiatives, and lifelong learning. Jigdrel is a Chevening Scholar and graduated with 1st class honors from the University of Manchester, U.K., with a Master's degree in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship.
Namgyal joined the Department of Innovation and Technology in 2020 as an Associate Analyst under the Strategy Technology Planning division. She graduated with a double degree in Economics and Environmental Studies from Brown University in 2018. Her passion for development studies is complimented by a wide range of skills attributed to the diverse portfolio of work she has engaged in. These include, but are not limited to analytical and strategic research, planning for development of technological tools, and also cover more creative aspects of project implementation, including website design, graphic design and marketing strategy. In the past, Namgyal has worked with non-profits in the United States, focused particularly on environmental education, workforce development and facilitating the design of technological solutions by youth to combat climate related issues in their communities.
Kinley Rigzin is an Associate Analyst with the Strategic Technology Planning (STP) Division within the InnoTech Department. With a Bachelor’s degree in Data Analytics and Economics from Denison University, his work with the department focuses largely on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and its applications within the department projects. He brings to the department, a range of skills and experiences, including a Data Analytics internship with the Cambridge Institute of Criminology.
Chirag is an Analyst at the DRIVE Center. He holds a Master’s degree in Green Energy Technologies and a Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering. Chirag is in charge of conducting research and development in applied science and state-of-the-art technologies. Currently, he is involved in implementing the “Smart City” project, blockchain enabled carbon trading platform and drone technology to inspect power infrastructure. Prior to joining DHI, Chirag worked with General Electric as a consultant for the implementation of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system and Energy Management System (EMS) in Bhutan. His professional interests lie in automation, electronics circuit design, drone technology, machine learning, data analytics, blockchain technology and wireless communication technologies.
Thinley Jamtsho is the Associate Analyst at DHI. He graduated from College of Science and Technology in July, 2018 with bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering. He joined DHI in April 2020 and now he serves in the DRIVE unit under InnoTech department. He is responsible for conducting fundamental and applied research in the field of science and technology and provide an avenue for economic diversification by incubating and prototyping ideas for commercialization. In line with his role, he is working on Smart City flagship project and now he is leading the Energy Management System.
Nirpa Raj Dangal is an Associate Analyst with DRIVE Center. With a Bachelor’s degree in Power Engineering from Jigme Namgyal Engineering College, his work focuses largely on carrying out fundamental research in the field of science and technology in shaping a better future. His interests lie in energy efficient systems, smart city initiatives, autonomous system development and carrying out research in the field of emerging technologies and STEM.
Yam is the Senior Manager, Product Marketing at National Digital Identity under the InnoTech Department. With over 11 years of experience in business development, marketing, finance, and accounts, Yam joined DHI in August 2020. Yam is responsible for the marketing of NDI products for the domestic market. Yam holds a Master of Business Administration (Executive)/Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Swinburne University of Technology from Melbourne in Australia. Prior to DHI, Yam held managerial roles in marketing and business development in Bhutan Telecom and DHI-INFRA, DHI-owned companies in Bhutan.
Sonam Choki is an Associate Manager in NDI. She manages and oversees the administration related policies, programs and practices for the project. She also maintains accounts payable, receivables and monthly billing. Sonam graduated from Gedu College of Business Studies with Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce (Finance).
Kelzang Lhendup works for the NDI Project as Manager, Communications at DHI. He is responsible for planning, editing and writing content for a variety of internal and external communications mediums, such as product websites, a staff intranet, a monthly magazine or a regular e-mail bulletin. Kelzang is the recipient of Prestigious Gold Medal for ‘Special Recognition’ of Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan. He received the Gold Medal for Academic Achievement from Sherubtse College, RUB and several Certificates of Academic Excellence from His Majesty the Fifth King. He received prestigious Nehru Wangchuk Scholarship and pursued his Post Graduate (MBA) at a premier University in India. Having been exposed to the corporate world for over seven years, he brings with him a garnered industrial experience and academic zeal. Education has always been his lifelong pursuit.
Pallavi is the Manager of Communications at NDI, Innotech. Prior to joining DHI, she had taken on varying roles as content strategist, researcher, and consultant at international firms like Deloitte and People Matters. Pallavi holds a Master's Degree in International Relations from South Asian University, and Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and English from Delhi University. Her interest areas include marketing, design thinking, emerging technologies, and organizational psychology.
Suprit Pradhan is the Project Manager of the NDI Project under the InnoTech Department. He is responsible for Activity and resource planning, Organizing and motivating the team, Controlling time management, Cost estimating and developing the budget, Analyzing and managing project risk, Monitoring progress, Managing reports, and Communicating with team members and key stakeholders. Suprit holds a Master's Degree in Power Engineering from Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.
Tshering Dhendup is the Associate Director under InnoTech Department. He heads the Special & Strategic Projects Division. He started his career in 2008 as a System Engineer at Tashi InfoComm Limited. During his tenure at Tashi InfoComm, he was responsible for the configuration of Intelligent Network (IN) charging matrix and the administration of Systems and Servers. Tshering has also worked as an IT engineer, Manager and Sr. Manager in various organizationsand therefore has vast experiences in managing and executing projects. He also took the role of Project Manager during the migration of Druk Green Power Corporation Limited SAP from Hyderabad, India to Bhutan Telecom Limited Data Center in Phuentsholing, Bhutan, involving numerous stakeholders. Tshering has Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Canberra, Australia and earned the Royal Bhutan Government scholarship in the year 2004 to pursue undergraduate program in Bangalore, India.
Kumar Gajmer currently works for the NDI project with a focus on Compliance. He has been with DHI for about a decade, working as an IT Manager under Corporate Services. He started his career in IT in 2008 from a private IT firm, where he served as Software Engineer. After completion of his high school in Bhutan, he did his bachelor's in Information Technology from Anna University, India. He is an ANU (Australia) graduate in Master of Computing with specialization in Software Engineering and Professional Computing.