Thinley Choden

Founding Curator and Curator, Thimphu Hub,

I use my unique growth mindset coupled with action and getting things done to foster integrity in the holistic sense - being true to myself and to the community around me and further to make an impact, to create change and solution building to get that done.

I am a social entrepreneur and consultant possessing an ecosystem portfolio of careers in climate change and sustainability issues encompassing entrepreneurial leadership/solution building, impact investing, green economy, climate governance, and youth. I am a Climate Reality Leader.

In addition to my role as the CEO of Center for Sustainability Studies Bhutan, I am the founding Curator for Global Shapers Thimphu Hub, Bhutan Country Advisor for Give2Asia . I also founded and serve as CEO of Bhutan Tours and Travels, a knowledge travel company. My latest project is working on starting Impact Bhutan - an impact investment fund. In 2008, I founded a successful non-profit, READ Bhutan. My first job was with WFP Bhutan. I enjoy volunteering my time mentoring and working young people.

I have been lucky to part of numerous globally prestigious and competitive programs like Vital Voices GROW Women Entrepreneur (2020), Acumen Global Fellow (2016/2017), Delegate Entrepreneur at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit hosted by President Obama (2016), SOCAP Fellow, Social Capital Market (2017), Cordes Fellow (2017), Asian Feminist Fellow at Ewha University, Seoul (2016), Draper Hills Fellow at Stanford University (2015), ADB Youth Forum on Sustainable Development (2007), Asia Pacific Leadership Fellow and Degree Fellow at East-West Center (2002/2003 and 2005/2007).  

I have an Executive Certificate in Strategic Decision Making from Wharton Business School, a MPA and a certificate on Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance from University of Hawaii, Manoa, and a BA in Economics from Beloit College, Wisconsin.

I am most humbled and alive when surrounded by nature’s beauty – especially mountains. On a daily basis, I enjoy running, working out/yoga. I love traveling and find writing poems therapeutic.