Dr. Lungten Wangchuk (Class of 2013)
Dr Lungten Z. Wangchuk works with the World Health Organization (WHO), Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. She is a communicable disease expert who is a passionate public health professional with decades of experience in advising and technically supporting many countries in South East Asia and the Western Pacific Regions. She led public health programs including the public health research system in Bhutan, advised positive policy changes, and drove many high impact public health agendas on Communicable diseases, such as TB, HIV, Malaria, and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) as a Scientist and Team Lead for Communicable Diseases in Nepal, and technically supported countries like East Timor, Papua New Guinea, and many more.
She contributed to global public health and research works as a member of many public health and research committees and board chairperson of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) TB and HIV Center. She is a diplomat and a negotiator who helped mobilize funding worth millions of dollars in various countries she has worked in. She is also one of the Asia 21 front-line Leaders who helped countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her technical expertise with decades of ground-level experience in several countries and her dedication as a passionate public health professional had touched many lives globally. She believes that wise investment in the public system led by experienced experts can help save lives, millions at a time.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi and a master’s degree in Public Health with a major in Public Health Epidemiology from Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins, USA.
Her Motto is: “Don’t wait for Change- BE THE CHANGE!”