Dr. Sonam Choiden, PhD.

Designation: President

  • PhD (QUT Business School, Queensland University of Technology, Australia


    ) (2011-2016)
  • MMS (Economics): University of Waikato, New Zealand (2003-2005)

  • PGCE (Economics & Mathematics): Samtse College of Education (1996-97)

  • B.A Economics (hons): Sherubtse College (1991-1995)



Sonam Choiden is the President of Gedu College of Business Studies (GCBS) under the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB). Her area of specialization in teaching and research are Economics, Economics of Happiness and Gross National Happiness (GNH), Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Development Economics, Statistics, Data Analysis and Quantitative/Qualitative Research Methods.

She also serves as an independent Board Director for Financial Institute’s Training Institute; an external Examiner for Economics program at Royal Thimphu College (RTC); the quality assessment expert for Research Performance at South East Asian Universities (REPESEA).

Sonam attained her BA Economics (honours) from Sherubtse College, Delhi; PGCE from Samtse College of Education. She later received her MA in Economics from University of Waikato, New Zealand and her PhD from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Business School, Australia.   

She began her career as a teacher in Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School (YHSS) and taught in Sherubtse College and the Royal Institute of Management. Sonam was also the chief Planning officer, heading the Policy and Planning Division, RIM.

Sonam has represented Bhutan in several regional and international meetings, workshops and seminars and presented papers. She has several publications in the national journals. Her recent research was on “Economics of Happiness: an insight into the Gross National Happiness in Bhutan”. She is also trained for Intellectual Property Rights for LDCs, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)/ Education for international understanding (EIU) and using mathematical tools and techniques for environmental economics.


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