Statement of Richard Gere, Chairman of the Board of the International Campaign for Tibet

ICT Board member Tempa Tsering

Newest ICT Board member Tempa Tsering with Chairman Richard Gere, Keith Pitts, Pam Cesak and Jim Kane (members) and President Matteo Mecacci. (Photo: ICT)


As Chairman, I am overjoyed to announce that the Board of the International Campaign for Tibet, which met in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2015, has elected Mr. Tempa Tsering as its newest member.

Tempa comes with a great wealth of experience in serving His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people in various capacities for the past more than four decades. Presently, he serves as the Representative of H.H. the Dalai Lama in New Delhi.

Tempa is not only an old and dear friend of mine, but also a friend to all of us in the international Tibetan movement. This is an extraordinary opportunity for our organization to increase our depth and effectiveness as we move into the future.

BIOGRAPHY OF TEMPA TSERING

Tempa Tsering was born on 15 May 1950 in Drumpa, Gyangtse, Tibet.

After the occupation of Tibet in 1959, he and his parents escaped into exile in India. An alumnus of Dr. Grahams Homes, Kalimpong, he graduated with B.Sc. from Madras Christian College in South India.

In 1973, he joined the Tibetan civil service, as an interpreter and office secretary at the Tibetan Settlement in Bylakuppe, South India;

From 1974-80 he was deputy secretary at the Department of Information and International Relations of Central Tibetan Administration;

From 1981-85 as deputy secretary (and later as additional secretary) at the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama;

From 1988-1990 as additional secretary at the Department of Home; as chief coordinator in Bangalore at the Chief Representative’s Office for the five settlements in the state of Karnataka;

From 1991-1999 as the secretary of the Department of Information and International Relations;

In 2000, the Tibetan Parliament in Exile, from a list of nominees proposed by the Dalai Lama, elected him as minister (Tibetan: Kalon). He held the portfolio of Kalon for the Department of Home until the term of the 11th Cabinet (Tibetan: Kashag) expired in 2001.

In 2006, nominated as Kalon by Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche and later approved by the Members of Assembly, he served as the Kalon for the Department of Information and International Relations while also serving as Representative of the Dalai Lama in New Delhi.

Since 2005, he is working as the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi.

 

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