Lopen Gembo Dorji (APLP 04-05) promoted to Secretary of the Central Monastic Body in Bhutan

Buthan Broadcasting Service

Source: Bhutan Broadcasting Service

Good news from Bhutan.

On August 7th, 2009 His Holiness the Je Khenpo appointed Lopen Gembo Dorji (APLP 04-05) from Gangtey in Wangduephodrang as the new Secretary General of the Central Monastic Body.The EWCA would like to congratulate Lopen Gembo Dorji in his appointment.

Gembo will play a key role in the administration and management of the Central Monastic Body and the regional monastic centers all over Bhutan. As Secretary General of the Central Monastic Body, Gembo becomes the key decision maker in shaping the future direction and advancement of the 400 year old Monastic Institution.

His promotion includes the conferring of the Totsi Jim Dhar, which now makes him equivalent to the members of the Honorable Secretaries of the Bhutanese Cabinet Ministries. Currently, Gembo is putting together his team of managers and administrators for the Central Monastic Body.

After completing his diploma in Japanese Language and culture from Reitaku University in Japan, Gembo attended the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) at the East-West Center in Hawaii during 2004 and 2005. The vision of the APLP is to create a network of action, focused on building a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community. On completing the program, participants understand key trends which will affect the region in the future, what types of leadership these trends require, and how they fit within these shifting contexts as individuals and community leaders.