Dr. Sonam Choiden Ph.D

Qualification:

  • Ph.D. (QUT Business School, Queensland University of Technology, Australia ) (2011-2016)
  • MMS (Economics): The University of Waikato, New Zealand (2003-2005)
  • PGCE (Economics & Mathematics): Samtse College of Education (1996-97)
  • B.A Economics (Hons): Sherubtse College (1991-1995)

Email: president.gcbs@rub.edu.bt

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onam Choiden is the President of Gedu College of Business Studies (GCBS), Royal University of Bhutan (RUB). She is the first and only female president in the Royal University of Bhutan. Sonam is the member of the University Council as well as the University Academic Board.

She also serves as an Executive Board Director for Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA); Board Director for Construction Development Corporation Limited (CDCL) under Druk Holding Investment (DHI); Chairperson for a subject committee (Accountancy Commerce) for Royal Education Council; Board Audit Committee member for CDCL.

Sonam attained her BA Economics (honours) from Sherubtse College, then affiliated to Delhi University (1995) and PGCE from Samtse College of Education (1997). She later received her MMS in Economics from University of Waikato, New Zealand (2005) and her PhD from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Business School, Brisbane, Australia (2016). Her thesis was on “Economics of Happiness: an insight into the Gross National Happiness in Bhutan”. She is also the recipient of Australian Leadership Award (2011) and Australian Endeavour Post Graduate Award (2011)

She began her career as a teacher in Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School (YHSS) and taught in Sherubtse College and the Royal Institute of Management (RIM). As the Chief Planning Officer at the RIM, she spearheaded its Policy and Planning Division.

She began her career as a teacher in Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School (YHSS) and later became a lecturer in Sherubtse College (2005-2008) and the Royal Institute of Management (RIM) (2008-2017). While at RIM, Sonam was also the chief planning officer, heading the Policy and Planning Division. Sonam served as an external Examiner for Economics program at Royal Thimphu College (RTC) (2016-18); the Quality Assessment Expert for Research Performance in South East Asian Universities (REPESEA) (2017-18).