Dasho Kunzang Wangdi Member, Royal Research and Advisory Council and Former first Chief Elections Commissioner of Bhutan
Since October 2015, Dasho Kunzang Wangdi is a Member of the Royal Research and Advisory Council, His Majesty’s Secretariat. Prior to this, Dasho Kunzang was the first Chief Election Commissioner of Bhutan under Royal Decree of the Fourth King His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck in 2005. Under his leadership, Bhutan established the Election Commission of Bhutan to conduct the first ever parliamentary elections in 2008, which heralded the transformation of the Kingdom to a democratic constitutional monarchy. Dasho Kunzang also presided over the country’s first local government elections in 2011 and second parliamentary elections in 2013. In his capacity as Chief Commissioner, Dasho Kunzang spearheaded the drafting of three electoral bills, guidelines and numerous rules and regulations.
Between 2000-2016, Dasho Kunzang served as Auditor General for the Royal Audit Authority in which time he implemented various projects that helped people of Bhutan gain better understanding of audit as vital part of good governance. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Royal Civil Service Commission and Royal Institute of Management that guides the professional growth of civil servants.
Dasho Kunzang Wangdi completed his undergraduate studies in English literature at St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, India in 1977 and Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the Institute of Public Administration, Pennsylvania State University, USA in 1980.
He was conferred the title of Dasho and awarded Red Scarf as rank of Nyikelm on 19th of June 2001 by His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. Dasho Kunzang Wangdi is recipient of Druk Thuksey Medal on 17th of December 2008 (Centenary Celebration) from His Majesty the King as well as Coronation Medal on 6th of November 2008 aside from receiving Life Time Royal Civil Service Award in 2015.