Tibetan Youth Congress (1988-1995)
Following college, Nyandak assumed leadership positions in Tibetan human rights organizations. He served as General Secretary of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress (RTYC) in Chandigarh, India (1988-89) and as president of the Tibetan Freedom Movement and General Secretary/Spokesperson of the Tibetan Peace March Committee. Nyandak became Executive Secretary and Joint Secretary of the Central Executive Committee (Centrex) of the Tibetan Youth Congress (1990-92) and later took over as General Secretary of TYC (1992-1995). As General Secretary, he attended a United Nations Conference in Egypt and conducted a lecture tour in Sweden.
Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy (1996-2001)
Nyandak was the founding Executive Director of the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) and led the organization in conducting comprehensive monitoring of human rights abuses in Tibet. Nyandak represented Tibetans at various international conferences, including the UN Human Rights Commission, World Conference Against Racism, South Africa, and International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt. Following his Parliament appointment, he served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the TCHRD from 2001 until 2004.
CTA Parliament (1996-2001)
In 1996, Nyandak was elected to the Tibetan Parliament, the highest elected legislative organ of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), to represent the province of Kham in Eastern Tibet. As a parliamentarian, he was known as a non-sectarian member committed to promoting unity in the Tibetan community.
During this period, Nyandak also served as Vice President and Secretary of the Executive Committee of the National Democratic Party of Tibet.
CTA Cabinet (2001-2006)
In 2001, at age 35, Nyandak was appointed as a Kalon (minister) during the tenure of Samdhong Rinpoche (Lobsang Tenzin), the first directly elected Prime Minister (Kalon Tripa) of the Central Tibetan Administration. As a Kalon, Nyandak was in charge of three departments: the Department of Information and International Relations (2005-2006), the Department of Finance (2001-2006), and the Department of Health (2001-2005).
As Minister of International Relations, Nyandak’s responsibilities included garnering international support for Tibet and disseminating information about Tibet to the international community. He served as a member of the Task Force of the Sino-Tibetan Dialogue from 2005 to 2006 and again from 2012 to present, during which time he organized seminars between Tibetan and Chinese scholars to promote Sino-Tibetan Dialogue and held meetings with Chinese officials in an effort to find an amicable solution to the Tibetan issue.
As Minister of Finance. Nyandak oversaw the overall financial health of the CTA, networked with various international funding organizations and governments, and established Tibetan business bodies in exile to promote trade and commerce, including the Tibetan Chamber of Commerce. During this time period, Nyandak also served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CTA’s Social and Resource Development Fund (SARD) and Managing Trustee of the Dalai Lama's Charitable Trust.
As Minister of Health, Nyandak supervised various public health initiatives to improve the overall health of the Tibetans in exile, including disease prevention campaigns and providing free medication to poor Tibetans.
Nyandak moved to the United States with his family in 2007 and joined the Tibet Fund as its Development Director in 2008 until he was appointed as the Representative of the 14th Dalai Lama to the Americas from September 2008 to 2013.
He was responsible for organizing 13 visits of the Dalai Lama to North America, including arranging meetings with leaders of the two countries.
In 2013, Nyandak was appointed as the Executive Director of the Tibet Fund, and in 2018, he was promoted to President of the organization.
The Tibet Fund’s mission is to preserve the distinct cultural and national identity of the Tibetan people and to promote self-reliance and help sustain the cohesiveness of the exile Tibetan community.
The Tibet Fund works closely with the CTA in advancing education, refugee rehabilitation, religious and cultural preservation, and community development for more than 140,000 Tibetan refugees living in India, Nepal and Bhutan.
In Tibet, the Fund supports orphanages, eye care and other health programs and educational projects that aid impoverished and marginalized Tibetans.
Nyandak was born in Kalimpong, India in 1965 to a refugee family. He completed his elementary and high school education at SFF School in Herbertpur, India. Nyandak graduated from Panjab University in Chandigarh, India, with a B.A. and a B.Ed. in 1986.
Nyandak has been married for 30 years to Tenzin Palmo. They have three children.
Saturday, November 21 at 11am EST, 2021
2-6PM, Saturday: November 14, 2020
If elected Sikyong, Lobsang will launch an online platform that will serve as a vital tool to support families and communities in their efforts to preserve and teach Tibetan culture and language.
Today, we Tibetans are at a significant crossroad in our history. While tremendous
opportunities lie ahead to rebuild on the momentum of our achievements thus far, it is
also time for us to collectively review and overcome some real challenges that can prove
detrimental to our cause...
Kasur Lobsang Nyandak confirms his readiness to lead the Tibet movement at this critical time of our history - Tsering Passang.
Kasur Mr Lobsang Nyandak, President of New York-based Tibet Fund, has on Mar 2 offered his candidature for election as the Sikyong (President) of the Central Tibetan Administration for the upcoming, 2021 election, becoming the second person to do so thus far. Earlier, on Jan 17, Kasur Ms Dolma Gyari made clear her intention to stand for election for the post.
ཨ་རིའི་བོད་ཀྱི་ཐེབས་རྩ་ཁང་གི་འགན་འཛིན་བཀའ་ཟུར་བློ་བཟང་སྙན་གྲགས་ལགས་ཕྱི་ལོ་ ༢༠༢༡ ལོའི་སྲིད་སྐྱོང་འོས་མིར་བཞེངས་ཏེ་བདེན་པ་དང་འཆམ་མཐུན། མཉམ་ཁྲིད་བཅས་ཀྱི་ལྟ་གྲུབ་གསུམ་ནི་བོད་མིའི་རྩ་དོན་གྱི་ཀ་བ་གསུམ་ལ་ངོས་འཛིན་བྱེད་ཀྱི་ཡོད་ཅེས་གསུངས་བྱུང་།
Music video "A Tribute Song for Lobsang Nyandak" created by his supporters in the hopes of finding the best leader for Tibetans - 2021 Sikyong.
Singers - Tsering Phuntsok, Tenzin Kunsang, Gyalmo Ngogue Tsal
Lyrics - Zomlha Karma Dakpa
Song Composed and Produced by Ngodup Phuntsok
Concept and Directed by Tsering Phuntsok
Vocal Recordist - Tenor (Ex-TIPA)
Cameramen - Thinley and Ron
Music - Alfa Studio Nepal
Special Thanks to Sonam Wangdue and all Supporters