Staff – Students for a Free Tibet
Transforming our world
through nonviolent action

Dorjee Tseten

Executive Director

Dorjee Tseten is a keen strategist and organizer, leading global campaigns and nonviolent actions for Tibet. Traveling to more than ten countries in four continents to facilitate training, deliver talks, and wage campaigns, he has trained hundreds of students and youth to take nonviolent action for Tibet. Dorjee served as the President of the Tibetan Youth Congress Baroda chapter during his university studies and developed his skills as a trainer at the Tibetan Center for Conflict Resolution before joining the staff of Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) India in 2009. He served as SFT India’s National Director for four years and joined the SFT International team as Asia Director in 2013. In 2016, Dorjee was elected as a Member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile. Dorjee graduated from MS University in Gujarat with a Bachelors in Economics and Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights Studies.

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Campaigns & Communications Director

Sonamtso has been a lifelong activist, organizer, and leader with the Tibetan freedom movement. She has been deeply involved with SFT since high school and in 2013, she helped revitalize youth activism for Tibet in California as Regional Coordinator. In 2015, Sonamtso joined SFT International in New York as the USA Grassroots Director and has since taken on the role of Communications Director. Sonamtso has also led grassroots trainings around the world on various topics. In addition to the Tibet cause, Sonamtso has been engaged in solidarity work with other Bay Area communities similarly working to end state violence and discrimination and secure human rights and democracy. Along with having a passion for social justice, Sonamtso enjoys playing soccer and other outdoor activities.

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Tenzin Sonam

Operations Manager

Tenzin Sonam was born and raised in India and attended Tibetan Children’s Village School. After completing his studies, he worked at the Tibetan Chamber of Commerce in his position as Executive Director. In 2009, Tenzin joined Students for a Free Tibet India as the Development Director. During his time with SFT India, he helped start their merchandise project. He has also participated in SFT Free Tibet! Action Camp and Tibetan Action Institute’s Lhakar Academy: The Tibetan School for Leadership and Change. Tenzin Sonam received his Bachelor of Commerce from Pune University and Master of Business Administration from The Indian Institute of Planning & Management.

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Pema Doma

International Grassroots Director

Pema began her social justice journey in 2010 as a youth community organizer with Boston Mobilization working in solidarity for racial, economic and environmental justice campaigns. In 2014, Pema spent 7 months teaching English at the Tibetan Children’s Village Vocational Training Center in Selaqui, India, where she enjoyed getting to know her students and watching cricket. Pema’s first official role within the Tibetan Freedom Movement was in 2016 as a Campaigns Intern for SFT International in New York. After her internship, Pema co-founded an SFT chapter at her university and served as the chapter’s first President. As an undergraduate student, Pema also interned with US Congressman Jim McGovern and US Senator Elizabeth Warren. In 2019, Pema officially rejoined the SFT International team as the USA Grassroots Coordinator! Pema is currently a Master’s candidate at American University studying Economics. In addition to her work with SFT, Pema also spends her time advocating for a Tibetan flag emoji #inserttibetanflag and has an appreciation for burritos and the Boston Celtics.

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Tenzing Gaychey

Web Developer & Creative Director

Gaychey graduated from Humber College in Toronto, Canada, with an advanced diploma in Graphic Design. He has been an active member of SFT since 2007. Gaychey helped create the first ever design style guide for SFT. His contribution to SFT’s overall visual aesthetics has been enormous. Along with creative direction, because Gaychey is the only designer on the team, he also creates most of the graphics and promotional material for SFT’s international campaigns and events. Apart from design, Gaychey also has an immense interest in web development and in the Tibetan language for which he maintains a blog. Gaychey is a self-taught Wordpress developer and has knowledge in various other technologies such as HTML, CSS, Javascript, React JS, etc. He created many of the websites that SFT maintains, such as the one that you are currently on. On his free time he loves to go hiking and exploring nature.

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National Network Staff

Sonam Chokey

Sonam Chokey

SFT Canada National Director

Sonam is a strong, passionate and dynamic Tibetan activist who believes in the power of youth and strategic nonviolence. She is finishing her studies in International Development at York University in Toronto, with a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours. Sonam’s love and involvement with SFT started early on at the York University SFT chapter in 2010 during her first year of undergraduate studies. As a former student of the Tibetan performing arts, nowadays, every Sunday, she instructs young students in both traditional and contemporary Tibetan Performing Arts at the Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre. Sonam is also passionate about education, social innovation, and gender equality in Tibet and one day hopes to play a role to tackle these issues in a free and independent Tibet.

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Rinzin Choedon

SFT India National Director

Rinzin has always been very active and dedicated when it comes to serving the community and helping others. She’s a passionate and dynamic Tibetan activist who believes in the power of youth and strategic nonviolence. Rinzin is also passionate about animal rights, environment, social justice and gender equality. She did her schooling from Tibetan Children's Village School. She has Bachelors and Masters degree in English Literature from Miranda House College, Delhi University. She joined Students for a Free Tibet ­India as the Grassroots Director in 2015, before becoming the National Director in 2019, and has traveled extensively across India visiting our chapters, holding numerous trainings, and inspiring youth.

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