Thinley Namgyel is Chief Environment Officer, Climate Change Division of Bhutan’s National Environment Commission and oversees the coordination of climate change policies and programs in Bhutan. He initiated the preparation of Bhutan’s NAPA and coordinated the implementation of priority NAPA projects. He also led the preparation of the Bhutan’s Second National Communication to the UNFCCC and the National Strategy and Action Plan for Low Carbon Development, and is currently overseeing the development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions and Low Emission Development Strategies in Bhutan.
He chairs the Technical Advisory Panel to the Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation, and is a member of the Executive Committee of Tarayana Foundation, both based in Bhutan. He has been a member of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) of the UNFCCC since 2011.
He has a M.Sc. in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Maryland, and a B.Sc. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin.
As a keen photographer and naturalist, he co-authored “A Photo Guide to the Flowers of Bhutan” published by WWF in 2009.