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Ulrike Čokl (Ph.D.)

Founder, Bhutan programme & project manager Ulli has been living and researching in Bhutan on and off since the year 2000. She loves spending time in remote communities but also in the capital Thimphu. Over the years this has deepened her insights into rural livelihoods and community related issues. Ulli has worked with local communities and government institutions alike, and … Read More

Kristel Josel

Founder Kristel is based in Austria and is the owner of artsprojects, an international consulting and management company. She has traveled to Bhutan many times since 2006. In recent years she mainly lends assistance in capacity building for the management of family-owned businesses in Central and Eastern Bhutan. E-mail:

Christine Zandl

President Christine Zandl is a teacher at the Agricultural School Bruck, our main partner for the Organic Farmers Exchange Programme (OFEP) in Salzburg county. Soon into our farmers exchange programme her interest for Bhutan has increased. In 2015 Christine visited the Himalayan kingdom together with two colleagues in order to learn more about the situation in our project region. This … Read More

Roswitha Huber

Vice President Roswitha lives in the beautiful Rauris valley in Salzburg county. She studied law and works in Zell am See. When not spending her time with her daughter, Roswitha has a passion for traveling. She also was in Bhutan, a country which she thinks is without doubt one of the most beautiful on this earth.

Karin Altmann

Secretary Karin is an Austrian artist, art mediator and academic, and works as a senior lecturer at the department of Textile Arts at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Her research interests are the practical and theoretical exploration and development of the textile element as a specific mediality, with regard to its appearance and significance in art and culture. Theory … Read More

Ulrike Lukas


Karma Lhazom

Our local Representative / liaison in Bhutan Karma Lhazom has a M.A. in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management from the UCL Institute of Education in London, an M.A. in Public Policy from the KDI School of Public Policy and Management in Seoul, South Korea. Karma is committed to promoting learning beyond traditional schooling, learning that is flexible, diverse and available … Read More

Sonam Wangmo

Local Representative Sonam, a business woman and social worker, is our local representative in Bhutan. Sonam has worked in the tourism industry for decades and she is also involved in various social enterprises and charity projects in Bhutan. Sonam is deeply dedicated to supporting rural communities and supports our local operations with her vast experience and large network.

Marina Beck

Liaison in Switzerland Marina holds a master degree in Environmental Sciences from ETH, Zurich. Between 2008 and 2009 Marina worked in the Himalayan kingdom as an intern for Helvetas for nine months. In 2010, for the completion of her master thesis, she conducted a four-months field research in community forestry in collaboration with the forestry department of the Ministry of … Read More