Title: Board Member
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.
Since that first posting he has dedicated his life to serving in the Tibetan administration. 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. And then 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 His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi. He continued in the post of Representative in New Delhi until his retirement in 2016.