Phuntsho “Fin” Norbu studied and worked in the U.S. for almost seven years. He has a Bachelors degree in Economics and Environmental Studies. Most recently, Fin worked as a Development and Restoration Associate at Restore America's Estuaries, an environmental organization committed to preserving the network of North America's estuaries, in Seattle, Washington. He has also worked with several other environmental organizations such as EarthCorps, People for Puget Sound, and Lopez Community Land Trust in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to his U.S. experience, Fin had worked as a part-time tour guide in Bhutan for two years. His interests include the outdoors, social change, and the environment. He has climbed the majestic Mt. Rainier (the first Bhutanese to do so). Fin's strong personal commitment and professional background have helped him to build upon the immense potential of tourism industry to steer Bhutan towards sustainable development. He applies his diverse experience in guiding B I I B to effectively set a course for sustainable tourism practices in Bhutan.
Lotay Rinchen (Sustainability Advisor)
In his previous life, Lotay Rinchen worked as a budget officer in the Ministry of Finance of the Royal Government of Bhutan. Tired of big numbers and following his calling, he chose a different path; marrying work and passion. He holds a MA Degree in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University in Massachusetts, USA. As the Lead Volunteer, he was actively involved in the Bhutan Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. from 25th June to 6th July 2008. A licensed travel guide since 1999, he has designed many trips for the discerning travellers. He has special interests in community development projects, particularly those linked to the environment, culture, health, renewable energy, and youth empowerment. Lotay takes pleasure in travelling and discovering new ideas, and of course make friends. More recently, he was invited to speak at the 2nd World Ecotourism Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His strong personal passion and professional background have led him to work with his brother to launch a sustainable travel venture that is Bridge | To | Bhutan (B I I B).