Dasho Tshering Dorji started as a Trainee Officer under Ministry of Trade in Industry in 1984. After serving the ministry for five years, he joined the Agro-Industry Development Project as a General Manager. In December 1988, he became the General Manager of Bhutan Polythene Company and was promoted to Managing Director in 1990. After serving the office for 9 years, he was appointed as Dzongda of Pemagatshel Dzongkhag in 1997 and Samtse in 2002. In 2003, he became the Managing Director of NHDC and later served as the Chief of Protocol under Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2007, he was appointed as the Ambassador to Bangladesh with concurrent accreditation to Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives & Republic of Korea and Ambassador to Thailand with concurrent accreditation to Australia and Singapore in 2009 before becoming the Secretary of Ministry of Home and Culture Affairs in 2012. He graduated from Arthur D. Little School of Management, Massachusetts, USA with Master of Science in Management and holds Bachelor Degree in B.A (Eng. Hons) from Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi. On 14th July, 2014, DHI appointed him as the Chairman of BPC.
Mr. Gem Tshering was appointed as the Managing Director of Bhutan Power Corporation on July 1st, 2015. He was born on 1st September at Dawakha (Dogar Gewog), Paro in 1959. He has a B.Tech from Madras, India (1988) and Masters in Planning and Policy from AIIT, Thailand (1994). He started his career with the Department of Agriculture from October 1988 till 1991 and then was transferred to erstwhile Department of Power, Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI). He was later deputed to CHPC by RCSC and worked in different capacities from Asst. Engineer (safety) to technical PA to SE (O&M). He was then transferred to Transmission as AEE till he resumed the post of SE (T). With the unbundling of the power sector, he was transferred with Lock, Stock and Barrel from CHPC to Transmission System as the General Manager, Transmission Department, BPC in 2002. He worked as the GM, TD from 2002 till 2006 and then was promoted as Executive Director, DCD and served from 2006 till 2010. In 2010 he was promoted as Director of Transmission Wing till he resumed the position of MD, BPC.
Mr. Sonam Tobjey, the Chief Finance Officer of Finance and Accounts Department comes from Yadi village under Ngatshang Gewog of Mongar District. He was born in 1965. After completing his schooling in Bhutan, he graduated with Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi in the year 1989. He completed his post graduate studies in 1995 from University of Canberra, Australia and received Masters of Commerce degree in Accountancy. He began his career in March 1990 as a trainee officer in the east while Department of National Budget and Accounts, Ministry of Finance after being selected in the Royal Civil Service Examination of March 1990. His services were transferred to Royal Bhutan Army, Head Quarters, Lungtenphu in April 1998, where he worked as the Finance Officer till February 2000. He also worked as the Deputy Chief Finance Officer in the Ministry of Trade and Industry till October 2002. Thereafter, he joined Bhutan Power Corporation on secondment from Ministry of Finance and held the post of the Senior Manager, Finance and Accounts Department until the reversion of his services to Ministry of Finance in June 2006. After working for a brief span of five months in the Ministry of Health as a Deputy Chief Accounts Officer, he rejoined BPC on 1st December 2006 and assumed the post of the General Manager, Finance and Accounts Department before he became the Chief Finance Officer, BPC.
Pradeep Mani Pradhan graduated with a Bachelors of Engineering (Electronics and Power Engineering) from the Visvesvaraya Regional Engineering College, Nagpur, India in the year 1996 and completed his Masters in Business Administration in the year 2004 from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. He joined civil service in erstwhile Department of Power under the then Ministry of Trade and Industry (the current Ministry of Economic Affairs) in November 1996 as an Assistant Engineer in the Operation and Maintenance Wing, Thimphu. In the year 1997, he was transferred to Technical Planning Unit (TPU), Thimphu. At Technical Planning unit he was responsible for the issuance of the technical sanctions for the sub-transmission and distribution works, preparation of annual budget & progress report for the Department of Power, preparation of 8th Five year plan documents, preparation of material specifications and evaluation of bids. During his tenure at TPU, the power distribution infrastructure construction standards and schedule of rates was published for the first time.
Thereafter, in 1998 he was transferred as a Project Manager to implement the Sub-Transmission & Distribution Project in Thimphu and Paro. Under the project, 33 kV ring to supply the power to capital city was established and 66 kV and 33 kV substations at Dechenchholing, Jemina, Diesel Power house, RICB, Motithang, Thimphu Hydel, Shaba and Drugyel was constructed including construction of 66 kV lines at from Semtokha to Dechenchholing and Khasadrapchu to Jemina . Besides, the overhead lines at RBA, RBG, Tshongdue & Bonday town at Paro was replaced by underground network of power cables and indoor substations. In the year 2004, he was entrusted to head the Urban Electrification Division (UED) and during that period, ADSS cable network was completed connecting all the 33 and 66 kV substations for the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition of the substations, whereby the 66 kV and 33 kV substations in Thimphu could be remotely controlled. Besides, UED undertook various improvement & up-gradation works at Thimphu and Paro.
In 2006, BPC undertook the project to refurbish the entire distribution system at Phuentsholing, which was constructed in 1960s. The whole distribution system for the Phuentsholing town was revamped with the modern state of the art distribution system including the introduction of SCADA and DMS (Distribution Management System) at the distribution level. After completing the improvement and up-gradation works at Phuentsholing, the switching station at Chenary was completed in 2008 which integrated power from Rangjung power house (2 x 1.1 MW), Kurichu power house (4 x 15 MW) and Chenary power house (3 x 750 kW) thereby enhancing the reliability of Trashigang, Rangjung and Kanglung areas. Besides in 2009, UED undertook various 33 kV substation works to improve the power supply reliability at Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Phobjikha, Wamrong, Gelephu and Bumthang, which has been successfully completed. He was also involved with the urban distribution system master plan up-to 2020 and detail engineering to electrify 800 houses at Phobjikha, which is a place of protected black neck cranes. Considering Phobjikha valley as a bio diversity hot spots and place of protected black neck cranes, special designs such as substations looking as cow sheds, fully underground network in the core valley, painting all the electrical hardware with forest green colour were incorporated in-order to blend the electrification works with the nature. From UED, he was then promoted and transferred on 1st January 2010 as a General Manager of Procurement Services Department.
Nim Dorji is the Associate Director of Human Resource and Administration Services in Bhutan Power Corporation Limited (BPC), Thimphu. He completed his Bachelor Degree (Arts) from Sherubtse College, Kanglung, Trashigang in 1992 and Joined the erstwhile Chhukha Hydro Power Corporation Limited (CHPC) on deputation from the erstwhile Department of Power, MTI, RGoB in January 1993 and served in various Divisions. He pursued Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Pune, India and completed in the year 1998.
He joined BPC in the year 2002 and appointed as Manager, Stores Division, BPC, Phuentsholing. He was transferred to Corporate Head Office, BPC, Thimphu as the Officiating General Manager, PSD, BPC from June 30, 2005. From December 1, 2007 he was deputed on deputation to Dagachhu Hydro Power Corporation Limited (DHPC) and served as Head, AFD and subsequently entrusted with the responsibilities of Chief Administration Officer, Chief Environment and safety Officer.
Upon repatriation from DHPC to BPC in May 2012, he was promoted as General Manager, HRAD and has been recently promoted as Associate Director, HRAS in 2016.
Born in 24th October 1974, Mr. Shamsher Pradhan, General Manager of Transmission Construction Department is from Gairigaon Village under Samtse Dzongkhag. He completed his Bachelor in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, Bihar during the year 1995 to 1999 and Master in Electrical Engineering from University of New Brunswick, Canada during the year 2007 to 2009. Started his service career in 1st January 2000 and served under Project & Investigation Wing for Department of Power as an Assistant Engineer till June 2002.
Till August 2007, he served Served under Development & Construction Department for Bhutan Power Corporation Ltd. as a Engineer. From August 2009 to March 2011, served as Project Manager, 400 kV Punatsangchhu Transmission Line Project at Kamichu, Wangdue and worked for award of the transmission line works and thereafter the smooth execution of the survey and foundation works. As a additional responsibility, completed the LILO works to reach construction power to PHPA I substation.Then from April 2011 till date served as Head of Department for Transmission Construction Department. Managed the activities and successfully awarded several contracts. Striving for smooth execution of Projects. He has been recently promoted to Associate Director in 2016.
Born in year 1969, Mr. Drukchu Dorji is from Beytshamang village under Bumdeling Gewog of Trashi Yangtshe Dzongkhag. He graduated with Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Royal Bhutan Polytechnic from Deothang in 1991, Postgraduate Diploma from NTNU, Norway in 2000 and Masters in Engineering from AIT, Bangkok, Thailand in 2008. He started his career with the erstwhile Department of Power till 2002. When the Bhutan Power Corporation Limited was launched as a public utility on the 1st of July 2002, his service was delinked from Royal Civil Service Commission and joined BPC as a Manager in the Electricity Supply Division (ESD) under Customer Services Department (CSD), BPC at Pemagatshel and Punakha Dzongkhags from 2002 to 2005. From year 2005 to 2007, he served as a Senior Engineer in Planning unit at the Head Quarter under the same department where he was involved in supervising, monitoring and according the Technical Sanction for 19 Dzongkhags’ ESD from the headquarter. He was the Project Manager of the Asian Development Bank, Rural Electrification Projects from year 2009 to 2012 and shouldered dual position of Project Manager and Offtg. General Manager of Rural Electrification Department from January 2012 to June 2012. He was promoted to the post of General Manger on 1st July 2012, coinciding with the 10th BPC Day.
He took the charges of Procurement Services Department (PSD) on 7th December, 2015 after achieving Rural Electrification coverage of 99% across the Country. Under his leadership, Rural Electrification Department effectively implemented the Rural Electrification Projects across the Country funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Austrian Development Agency (ADA). He has wide range of experience in Operation & Maintenance, Construction of Electrical Distribution Systems Networks and Rural Electrification Projects management.
Born in the year 1975 at Sinchulla village under Darla Gewog, Chhukha Dzongkhag went to Sinchulla Primary School and Phuentsholing Junior High School. He completed middle secondary schooling from Punakha High School in 1994 and attended pre-university at Sherubtse College and graduated with Bachelors of Engineering (Electrical and Electronics Engineering) from PSG College of Technology, Tamil Nadu, South India in 2000. He then joined the erstwhile Department of Power (DoP) under the Ministry of Trade and Industry on January 1, 2001 as an Assistant Engineer in Program Implementation Division (PID). During his time there he worked with the external ADB consultants for finalizing the various RE programmes. He was then transferred to the Technical Assistance Coordination Unit (TACU) under PID which was created at that time to look after the corporatization of the Department of Power through engaging ADB consultants. As an engineer counterpart to the consultants he was closely associated with the asset valuation of the transmission and distribution assets of the Department of Power through the use of GPS system. He was also involved in the development of the commercial accounting modules (system development) especially in the billing and collection. At the time of Corporatization of DoP to BPC, he was transferred to Customer Services Department in the O&M cell at the Head Office. He worked on developing strategies and guidelines for operation and maintenance of distribution system.
In 2003 he was transferred to Electricity Services Division, Thimphu as a Deputy Manager to head the Planning and Construction Unit. As a head he studied the Thimphu system and planned for integration of the existing 11kV and 33kV system to the 33kV ring system developed by UED at that time. He was instrumental in introducing the GPS system as a pilot project in Thimphu ESD for mapping the distribution system infrastructures and today it is replicated to all ESDs. Apart from that he also planned and completed various lines and substations in rural areas under Thimphu Dzongkhag through contractors. In 2006 he was selected under NoRAD funding through BPC for a two year Master Degree course in Engineering (Power Systems) at the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. On completion of the course he was transferred to the then Engineering Design Division, BPC. He took over the charges of the Engineering Design and Contracts Department as the officiating head in May 2011. He brought about critical changes in the setup of the department organogram towards enabling specialized skill developments and bringing about efficiency in the department. To that effect all the substation and transmission line projects in BPC has been completed successfully in terms of giving technical solutions and expertise. He became the General Manager in December 2012.
|2010||Masters in Electrical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden|
|2002||Bachelors in Electical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (Erswhile University of Roorkee), India|
|1995||Diploma in Electrical Engineering, Royal Bhutan Polytechnic, Dewathang, Bhutan|
|Professional experience and positions|
|2012-onwards||General Manager, Transmission Department, BPC, Thimphu.|
|2011-2012||Served as Officiating General Manager of Transmission Department, BPC, Thimphu|
|2010-2011||Served in Transmission Department, BPC, Thimphu as engineer responsible for Control and Protection system of transmission network of BPC.|
|2005-2008||Manager, Substation Maintenance Division, Transmission Department, Bhutan Power Corporation, Semtokha, Thimphu.|
|2002-2005||Served in Transmission Department, BPC as Protection Engineer responsible for testing/commissioning and maintenance of protection system and equipment.|
|1995-1998||Served in Operation Division, Chukha Hydropower Plant(RGOB), Chukha|
Namgay Wangchuk, born in 1976, at Namselling, under Thimphu Dzongkhag is the General Manager for Information & Communication Department. He went to Drukgyal High School and finished his Pre University studies from Sherubtse College, Kanglung, Bhutan. He graduated with Bachelors in Electrical & Electronics Engineering BE (EEE) from PSG College of Technology in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India in the year 2002. He joined Bhutan Power Corporation Limited after completion of his Bachelors in Engineering. He did his M.Engg in Electrical Power System Management, from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand in the year 2009. In BPC, he started his career as an Engineer in the Transmission Department, responsible for HV energy billing, power export/import to India, wheeling charges and overall energy accounting amongst all power stakeholders in Bhutan and India. In 2005, he was transferred to Western Transnsmission Division-I, where he assisted the Sr. Manager in overseeing the O&M of the transmission lines in Thimphu, Paro, Haa and Wangdue. In 2007, he was appointed as the Head of the System Coordinator Office, the office which later became the National Load Dispatch Centre of Bhutan. In 2009, he was competitively selected as the Project Manager, for implementation of the National Broadband Master Plan Projects. As a Project Manager, Namgay was responsible for optical fiber extension to 20 Dzongkhag, 200 Gewogs, 185 community centers, IT Tech Park, Royal Academy, all hydro power plants including all the BPC divisional offices spread across the country. In 2011 he took over the InfoComm Services Division of the BPC as a Sr. Manager and was given an additional charge of O&M of the National Optical Fiber Network.
Dechen Choling joined BPC in 2002. He did Bachelors of Engineering (Electrical & Electronics) from TKM College of Engineering, Kerala in 2002 and Masters of Science in Engineering (Electrical) from University of New Brunswick, Canada in 2008.
He started his career in BPC as Deputy Manager in the Distribution Construction Section-East, Trashigang. The office oversaw the rural electrification projects of six eastern Dzongkhags. And he looked after the implementation of rural electrification works of six eastern Dzongkhags in the capacity of Deputy Manager.
In 2006 and under Customer Services Department (CSD), BPC, Thimphu, he was engaged with the consultant who carried out the studies on the up gradation of urban electrical systems and investment plans till 2020 for all the districts of Bhutan. The study reports were distributed to the respective electricity supply divisions.
In 2009, he worked in National Load Dispatch Centre (NLDC) project under Transmission Department in the capacity of Senior Engineer. In the project, he was involved in reviewing the design and engineering of the SCADA and EMS documents and the implementation of the project. The project was successfully commissioned.
In 2012, he worked as project manager for the pilot wind power generation project in the country. The project was successfully commissioned. He was appointed as General Manager of Renewable Energy Department, on April 1, 2016. He is from Radi, Trashigang.
Ujjwal Deep Dahal is the General Manager of Bhutan Power System Operator (BPSO) Office in Bhutan Power Corporation Limited (BPC), Thimphu Bhutan. He completed his engineering degree form PSG College of Technology in 2002 and his MScE Degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in the year 2008. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI).
He joined BPC in the year 2002 and his recent contribution has been in establishment of Bhutan’s first National Load Dispatch Center (NLDC) as a Project Manager with a team of engineers. Bhutan NLDC with its control center in Thimphu and with 2 regional control centers has real time visibility of Bhutan’s power generation and transmission systems through centralized data, control functions and voice connectivity. His initiative and contribution was also instrumental in institutionalizing the Power system Operator of Bhutan (BPSO) in BPC, licensed by Bhutan Electricity Authority.
His main areas of professional experience in the last 14 years has been in Rural Electrification study, power system operation and load dispatch, power transmission and distribution system design, SCADA, Smart Grid, project management, cross border energy exchange, rural electrification, energy and power regulatory and policies issues, and related areas. Some of his research interests are in the areas of energy markets, system and process integration, sustainable energy systems, Smart Grid/Cities technical & policies issues and IOT.
Mr. Sandeep Rai, born in 1979 hails from Pagli ‘B’, Phuntshopelri Gewog under Samtse Dzongkhag. He completed his Bachelors in Engineering (Electrical & Electronics) from TKM College of Engineering, University of Kerala in the year 2002 and has Masters in Science (IT Management) from Murdoch University, Western Australia in the year 2012.
He joined Bhutan Power Corporation Limited (BPC) in 2002 in the capacity of Deputy Manager, Electricity Services Division (ESD), Trashigang and his job responsibilities entailed the functions of unit head for Operation & Maintenance, Planning & Construction and Metering, Billing & Collection. He was responsible for overseeing the distribution of electricity and billing under the region, formulation of technical standards, issuance of technical sanctions, including strategies for the expansion and construction of new distribution infrastructure, plan and budget for the Electricity Services Division (ESD) office.
In 2007, he was transferred to ESD, Phuentsholing as the unit head for Metering, Billing & Collection to oversee the billing and collection functions of the customers, which includes consumption to large industrial customers.
After completing his Masters Degree in 2012, he was transferred to Thimphu and took over the charges of Energy Management & Customer Care Division, DCSD, Thimphu. He was appointed as the Offtg. General Manager in October 2015 and his service as the full fledged General Manager was regularized with effect from 01 June 2016.