Bhutan Jamchong Thuendrel Foundation (BJTF) was established on 28th February 2018. BJTF is registered under the Civil Society Act of Bhutan as a Public Benefit Organization with the registration number CSOA-PBO-31 and it also functions as the Bhutanese chapter to the South Asia Foundation (SAF)
Upon concurring approval from the Civil Society Organization Authority (CSOA), the name has been changed to Organization for Youth Empowerment (OYE) effect from 1st March 2021. OYE shall pursue with the same objectives as BJTF whereby organization was set up to support the Bhutanese youth in finding meaningful employment. OYE as a local initiative has grown out of concern for the high and increasing youth unemployment. So, its principle aim is to curb and reverse this trend. Furthermore, Our primary focus are youth that are school-going, enrolled in Technical Training Institutes, or those that have entered the labor market and experience difficulty in finding meaningful employment.
The Board of Directors consists of seven member team representing different aspects of society including a youth representative member. The Board of Directors acts as BJTF’s governing body by setting the strategic direction, providing oversight and guidance on performance and ensuring availability of funding. The Board meets at least 4 times a year, with the first meeting held on 3 March 2018.
Board members serve for a period of five years with possibility of renewal on a case-by-case basis. Board members do not receive any financial compensation or sitting fee.
Dasho is the chairperson of Bhutan Jamchong Thuendrel Foundation, succeeding his brother Lyonpo Sangye Ngedup.
Dasho has served and continues to serve in various high-level public posts. Dasho serves as the chairman of the Singye Groups of Companies and Zimdra Pvt. Ltd, President of Bhutan Football Federation, Honorary Consul General of Thailand and served as the president of Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industries. Dasho has contributed immensely to the private sector development of the country.
Father Kinley Tshering SJ was the first Bhutanese MBA graduate from IIM Bangalore (1983). He worked for Her Royal Highness Ashi Deki Yangzom as a general manager for three years. In 1986, a chance encounter with Mother Teresa convinced him to pursue another life.
He has been an educator and has had an illustrious career as the Rector of St Joseph’s, Darjeeling, Principal of Loyola College of Education, and Dean of Sikkim Government College. He has also founded several schools and colleges, the most recent being St Xavier’s College, Mizoram.
Ms. Karma Choden is the Manager for Cluster & Craft Bazaar Development Division, Agency for Promotion of Indigenous Crafts. She was actively involved in the establishment of first authentic Bhutanese Craft Bazaar, craft clusters (23 craft clusters across the country today), and craft raw materials banks at the doorstep of rural artisans in Bhutan.
Currently Ms. Karma Choden is also the Chairperson of National Technical Committee for Textiles, National Standard Bureau.
Vijay Gurung is the founder and CTO of iDRUK SOLUTIONS. iDRUK SOLUTIONS was founded with a vision to providing value-added high quality IT Solutions to clients by combining technology, domain expertise, process focus and a commitment to long-term client relationships. As a young and successful entrepreneur himself, Mr. Vijay has played a crucial role in building the start-up eco system in Bhutan, and served as the Senior Mentor for the start-up programs in the country.
Mr. Vijay Gurung is also the Program Leader and Lecturer of Bachelors of Computer Application at Royal Thimphu College.
Ms. Karma Choden Tenzin is the Youth Representative to Bhtuan Jamchong Thuendrel Foundation. She graduated with distinction from Royal Thimphu College in Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology. She is currently the Gallery Manager /Curator at VAST Bhutan Art Gallery. Apart from engaging in activities at VAST, she is also an active volunteer of Jangsa Animal Saving Trust, Feeding Love Sunday Programme and Happy Club Bhutan.
She was a recipient of His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo’s Personal Card for ranking first in her undergraduate program while at Royal Thimphu College.
Mr. Rikesh Gurung is the founder and Managing director of the Green Road project. The Green Road is a certified social enterprise established in 2014. They have built eco-friendly roads using waste plastic collected from landfills in the country. The roads are better, stronger, and environment friendly. Their main project is the solution to the growing number of plastics that are causing environmental problems in our country. Through this initiative, a decrease in the use of bitumen and import of fossil has been seen.
Rikesh Gurung also serves as the president of the Bhutan Association of Entrepreneurs (Baeyul)
Mr. Ugyen Choeda is the Founder of ‘I Am An Entrepreneur’. This event has given massive media platform for various entrepreneurs to share inspire and motivate the people through their story telling and documentation. Mr, Ugyen also hosted the first national event bringing together all the entrepreneur from Bhutan together to share their experiences and show case their works.