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Institute for Excellence and Development

Institute for Excellence and Development (i-ED) is a premier 21st Century training institute in Bhutan built on a social enterprise business model of creating social value, not just commercial value. It is based on honest thinking that good for business has to go hand-in-hand with good for society. In other words, good for society can be good for business too if we do it right and it is more sustainable in the long run. Therefore, profit is not a deciding factor in our business decisions – sometimes we have to conduct training even when it is at business loss because it is still good for society, and we did that many times so far. Our Institute also believes that all our training programs must do three things: touch your heart, stimulate your thought, and make you feel good. We understand theories are same everywhere whether in USA, India, Bhutan, or anywhere. But contexts are different, and it is the context that makes real difference. In other words, contents are important but contexts are more important. Therefore, all our trainings are globally competent but locally rooted. While we research our contents from global think tanks and cutting edge technological and skills advancements of the 21stCentury, we train our participants through Bhutanese and International Perspectives. Doing this, we believe, will ultimately not only training participants but Bhutan as a whole.


World Happiness Fest (March 23 – 25) at Florida International University, Biscayne Campus, Miami, USA

Dr Sonam Tobgye, a visiting faculty at our institute will be participating at the World Happiness Fest (March 23 – 25) at Florida International University, Biscayne Campus, Miami, USA ((https://worldhappinessfest2023miami.sched.com-). He will be speaking on, “ What can we learn from the world’s happiest country? And GNH? – Public Policy, Economy, Governance” (World Happiness Fest 2023 - Miami: What can we learn from the world's happi... (sched.com) along-side Alex de Carvalho, Honorary Consul of Finland, South Florida, Visual Storeytelling Institute  and Nicolas Boyon, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, IPSOS, New York, USA.  

Dr Tobgye was also invited in 2022 to speak on, “Happiness in Bhutan” at the Gross Global Happiness Conference, hosted by the University for Peace (UPEACE), a university created by UN General Assembly Resolution 35/55.

Currently, Dr Tobgye is a member of the Institute of World Happiness Projects, UK and occasionally speaks on, “Happiness in Bhutan -GNH” (https://www.world-happiness-project.com/who-we-are/). He also serves as a Director (Projects) for Bhutanese Association of Women Entrepreneurs(https://www.baowe.org/about/team-baowe/). He is also an associate editor for “International Journal of Contemporary Research In Multidisciplinary” (https://multiarticlesjournal.com/editorial).

While in Australia, he worked as an adjunct fellow with the Institute for Australia India Engagements (Dr. Sonam Tobgye – Institute for Australia India Engagement (IAIE)

We wish him the best and look forward to the outcomes of his participation in the said conference.

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