Lhadon Tethong

Lhadon Tethong is the director of the Tibet Action Institute, where she leads a team of technologists and human rights advocates in developing and advancing open-source communication technologies, nonviolent strategies and innovative training programs for Tibetans and other groups facing heavy repression and human rights abuses. Current priorities include increasing online and mobile safety in the Tibetan community, developing and deploying community-specific apps, carrying out digital security training, and implementing broad-based public education campaigns. One of the most influential leaders and prominent spokespeople in the Tibet movement, Lhadon was the executive director of Students for a Free Tibet where she worked from 1999-2009. She received the first annual James Lawson Award for Nonviolent Achievement from the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict at the Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict in 2011.

Twitter: @lhadon