HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen WANGCHUCK

Born 16 July 1984

HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen WANGCHUCK

BHU

Education

Early education in Thimphu (Bhutan); High school from Choate Rosemary Hall, Connecticut (United States of America) (2003); Graduated with distinction, with Bachelors and Honorary Masters degrees, in Modern History and Political Science at St. Peter’s College, Oxford University (2007); attended two intensive courses at INSEAD, Transition to General Management and Leading for Results, at its Singapore and Fontainebleau campuses (2012)

 

Career

Intensive training with the Royal Body Guards, then commissioned into the Royal Bhutan Army (2003); Trustee of the Tarayana Foundation (local charitable organisation involved in a grassroot-level poverty reduction initiatives) (2003-); assists HM the King of Bhutan in implementing social welfare initiatives amongst the needy (2007-)

 

Sports practised

Archery, basketball, football, cycling and shooting

 

Sports career

Played for an A-League basketball team in Bhutan

 

Sports administration

President of the Bhutan Olympic Committee (2009-); Initiated and organised the first Tour of the Dragon in Bhutan, a mountain bike race covering 268 kms, from central to western Bhutan (2010); Member of the Olympic Council of Asia’s Peace Through Sports Committee (2012-); Facilitated the development of The King’s Challenge, an epic 14-day journey across the most challenging and less explored terrains of Bhutan (2013); Chair of the Olympic Council of Asia’s International Relations Committee (2015)

 

IOC History

Member of the Sustainability and Legacy Commission (2020-)

 

Membership of other associations

Honorary Director of the Explorers Club in New York (2014); appointed Chairman of the International Relations Committee of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) during its 34th General Assembly (2015) and member of the Executive Board of the OCA

 

Other activities

Led a delegation of 145 Bhutanese artisans, farmers, Buddhist monks, and officials, to the 42nd Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC. and a cultural delegation to the University of Texas at EI Paso and spoke at The Asia Society in New York City (2008); Founded the Bhutan Philanthropy Ventures, the first ever-social enterprise in Bhutan to provide financial sustainability to the Tarayana Foundation and to provide leadership in the field of philanthropic initiatives in Bhutan (2015)

 

Awards and distinctions

Royal scarf and sword awarded by HM King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (2007)