International Advisory Council

The Bhutan Youth Development Fund (YDF) International Advisory Council members are leading advocates of Bhutan’s youth globally and supporters of the YDF’s important programs for youth.

The International Advisory Council focuses primarily on (1) advising the YDF on programs and fundraising as well as (2) building an international network to strengthen the YDF’s positive impact throughout Bhutan.

Promsuk Sinchareonkul 

Promsuk Sinchareonkul

Former Director, Sri Trang Agro-Industry Public Company Limited (Retired)

Thailand

“”Throughout my many privileged visits to Bhutan, I have been so touched by those at the YDF: their attitude of “let us sacrifice our today so that our youth can have a better tomorrow.”

Sabine Habersatter

Sabine Habersatter
Managing Partner of H&K Krisenwerkstatt GmbH

Germany

“After meeting HM QM Ashi Tshering Pem Wangchuck personally in 2013, she has become my role model and inspiration. While learning from her, I am supporting her work for the youth of Bhutan on every level possible. Becoming a member of the International Advisory Board is a big opportunity to contribute to YDF.”

 

Sunil Goyal

Sunil Goyal

CEO, Ganga Roller Flour Mills Pvt. Ltd.

India

“Having understood the core purpose of YDF, it made me feel that steps taken by YDF to mentor and support the youth are the essence of a strong society. To be part of this is a great platform to contribute and learn.”

 

Sabine Liebherr

Sabine Liebherr

Retired Pharmacist

Switzerland

“I was most impressed by the YDF support to recovering drug addicts providing vocational training as hairdressers, tailors and carpenters. The young people’s sharing their experience and gratitude for getting a new chance in life was very moving. It was one example of the deep impact of YDF projects motivating me to become part of it.”

Lisa Kristine

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GM and Photographer, Lisa Kristine Inc.

USA

“YDF’s focus on empowering Bhutan’s disadvantaged youth is moving and vital. There is a power in encouraging young people to reach their full potential.”

Maria Lucia Uribe Torres

Maria Lucia Uribe Torres

Director, Arigatou International Geneva

Secretary General, International Council on Ethics Education for Children

Switzerland

“I decided to join the International Advisory Council of YDF due to their outstanding work empowering young people, providing education services to the most vulnerable and creating spaces and opportunities to transform themselves and contribute to their communities.  YDF’s work is much needed today for the Bhutanese youth.”

 

William Richard Tacon

William Richard Tacon

Retired Chartered Accountant

Consultant, FTI Consulting (BVI) Limited

United Kingdom

“I first visited Bhutan about 20 years ago and have remained connected since then. Social entrepreneurship development in Bhutan is really important and my experience and skill sets will complement the activities of YDF as it expands its programme.”

 

Amita Sathe Bambawale

Amita Sathe Bambawale

Independent Education Consultant

India

“I am able to see that Bhutan and YDF are deeply committed to several causes such as environmental protection, health and happiness, education (especially building reading skills), development with responsibility, all of which I hold close to my heart.”

 

Anna Francisca Josepha Maria van de Kerkhof

Anna Francisca Josepha Maria van de Kerkhof

Owner, Angeli Travel and Angeli Tours Holland

The Netherlands

“A few years ago I was in Bhutan, I saw what the YDF had organized and I was very impressed, I’m interested in working with and for them.”

 

Vinay Goyal

Vinay Goyal

CEO, Ganges International Pvt. Ltd.

India

“We want to support YDF with our practical experience on Youth Skills Development and also will help in raising funds.”

Rebecca Tseng-Pereira

Rebecca Tseng-Pereira

Company Director, Bhutan Nature (Asia) Ltd.

Hong Kong

“I have been to the YDF Complex in Thimphu and seen the children full of hope and enthusiasm. It is a sustained program of training youth. It has competent leadership and clear purpose. I am happy to participate in meaningful work.”

Reverend Dennis Neil McLain

Reverend Dennis Neil McLain

 CEO, Goodwill Community Foundation

President, Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina

USA

 

Sebastian Beckwith

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President, In Pursuit of Tea

USA

“Since visiting Bhutan first in the late 1980s I’ve returned many times to reconnect with the people and explore more. YDF is doing valuable work for the youth at a critical time. I will happily assist them to fulfill their mission.”

Irmela Harz

Passfoto Irmela Harz

Board Member, German Bhutan Himalaya Society

Germany

“I can never forget the day when I met Her Majesty Ashi Tshering Pem Wangchuck years ago at the office of the YDF. As a contribution to the YDF, we have started a partnership between a Bhutanese enterprise “Bio Bhutan” and a reputed firm in Germany called Primavera Life. Little soap bars “made in Bhutan” are sold in Germany and the surplus money goes back to YDF. That way we can contribute somehow to the projects of YDF and thus ensure a better future for under privileged youth. I shall continue supporting the work of YDF.”

Nitin Goyal

Nitin Goyal

Managing Director, Ganges International Pvt. Ltd.

India