APRC Council
  • His Excellency Jigme Yoser Thinley

    Former Prime Minister of Bhutan

    A Bhutanese national, Mr. Thinley was born on 9th September 1952. Aside from his native languages, he speaks English, Hindi and Nepali.


    Academic Qualification: BA (hons), Delhi University, India; MPA, the Pennsylvania State University,USA; Hon PhD, Kalinga Institute of Technology, India; Docteur Honoris Causa, Universite` Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.


    Member : Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council (APRC), Bangkok; Asia Society Global Council,
    New York; Club de Madrid, Madrid;
    Advisor : Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), the Hague;
    Patron : Save the Asian Elephants (STAE), London; School for Wellbeing Studies and Research,
    Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.


    POSITIONS HELD
    1. Prime Minister, Kingdom of Bhutan, 2008-2013
    2. Prime Minister, Kingdom of Bhutan, 1998-1999, 2003-2004
    3. Chairman, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), 2009-2011
    4. Chairman, Mahabodhi Society of India, 20011-20013
    5. Founding President, Druk Phuesum Tshogpa Party; Member of Parliament
    6. Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan, 2003-2008
    7. Minister for Foreign Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan, 1998-2003
    8. Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Bhutan to the UN, Geneva; Ambassador to the EU and 7
    European countries, 1994-1998
    9. Secretary, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, 1992-1993
    10. Governor, Eastern Bhutan, 1990-1993
    11. Permanent Representative of Bhutan to the UN, New York, 1987-1989
    12. Head of Department of Education, Royal Government of Bhutan, 1986-1987
    13. Secretary, Royal Civil Service Commission, 1982-1986

    OTHER POSITIONS HELD IN RECENT YEARS
    1. Chairman, National Environment Commission
    2. Founding President, Ugyen Wangchuck Institute of Conservation and Environment
    3. Founding President, Center for Bhutan Studies
    4. Chairman, Gross National Happiness Commission
    5. Chairman, National Language Development Commission
    6. Founding Chairman, Bhutan Tourism Development Council
    7. Chairman, Druk Air Corporation (National Airline)
    8. Secretary General, Bhutan India Friendship Association

    PUBLICATIONS
    1. Decentralization for Effective Dzongkhag Administration and Development, Royal Bhutan Press,
    Thimphu, 1979
    2. A Kingdom Besieged (Bhutan: Perspectives on Conflict and Dissent; Hutt), Kiscadale Ltd, UK, 1994
    3. Gross National Happiness and Human Development, CBS, July, 1999
    4. Globalization as seen by Developing Countries (Globalization: the Argument of our Time), CBS,
    Thimphu, June, 2002
    5. Happiness: A Shared Global Vision, BuddhAll Pub, Taipei, 2012
    6. What is Gross National Happiness? The Centre for Bhutan Studies, Thimphu, Bhutan 2012
    Many of his articles have been published in leading international journals in several languages.

    AWARDS
    1. Several national awards including Druk Wangyal, the highest honour given to a Bhutanese citizen for
    public service
    2. The titles of Dasho and Lyonpo from His Majesty the King of Bhutan
    3. Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Kingdom of Tonga
    4. Distinguished Alumnus Award (2003) and Alumni Fellow Award (2010), Pennsylvania State University,
    USA
    5. JRD Tata Exemplary Leader Award, Mumbai, India, 2007
    6. Humanitarian Award, Kalinga University, India, 2011

    Jigmi Y Thinley is married to Rinsy Dem and has three children who are all married and live
    in Bhutan. He is a well-known speaker on various topics at major international fora and universities
    worldwide. He is an advocate of ‘Gross National Happiness’ (GNH) development philosophy and chaired
    the UN High Level Meeting at the UN HQs in New York on Wellbeing and Happiness: Defining a New Economic
    Paradigm in April 2012.