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Tshering Tobgay was born in Bhutan on September 19th, 1965. He is the oldest of six siblings and the current Prime Minister of Bhutan. Tshering attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. This was followed by the completion of his Masters of Public Administration at Harvard University.
After returning to Bhutan, Tshering served as a program officer for two years within the Department of Education before being promoted to the position of officer-in-charge. Afterwards, he went on to become the director of the Department of Human Resources in the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
In 2007, Tshering became a candidate for the People’s Democratic Party in Thimphu. In doing so, he became one of the first civil servants to resign from the government to join politics, and a pioneer in forming the first political party of Bhutan. In 2008, Tshering became the Leader of the Opposition Party in the National Assembly and also the President of the People’s Democratic Party. Finally, after his party won the Bhutan’s parliamentary elections in the summer of 2013, Tshering was elected as the Prime Minister.
Tshering married his wife Tashi Doma in 1998 and has two children. He is very active on his blog (during his time as the Opposition Leader), Twitter and Facebook. He enjoys outdoor activities such as biking and running.