OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM
WE PUT CULTURE IN THE FOREFRONT
We are an utopian pool of diversity with our team hailing from various fields of expertise, all that help in us understanding you and your needs better.
Kinley Tshering, Executive Director
A man of character and reputation, Kinley Tshering is the senior-most member holding the position of Executive Director at AB Ventures. He was the first Bhutanese to hold a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He studied in the prestigious college of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India. Kinley Tshering had met mother Teresa in 1986 who convinced him to pursue another life. Ever since then, he took on the role of educator both in Bhutan and India and had an illustrious career as the rector of St Joseph’s, Darjeeling, principal of Loyola College of Education, and dean of Sikkim Government College. He has also founded several schools and colleges in India. Kinley Tshering holds another Masters Degree in Education from the University of Manitoba, Canada. With a keen interest in helping youth and the community, Kinley Tshering is the president and board member of many NGOs here in Bhutan and constantly does a lot of charity work.
Rikesh Gurung, Managing Director
Having founded and successfully established the first and only company to re-use plastic waste in road construction in Bhutan, Rikesh Gurung has established himself as a powerful and visionary leader. He takes on the role of Managing director at AB Ventures. He is also the President of the Bhutan Association of Entrepreneurs (BAEyul). Rikesh Gurung’s work has earned him several awards, including the Best National Entrepreneur Award in 2017 and the Low Carbon Lifestyle Challenge Award 2020 by UNEP. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Madras University. As a young and dynamic entrepreneur with strong management and analytical skills, Rikesh has been appointed as the Board member of many Civil Society Organizations and private sectors in Bhutan.
Vijay Gurung, Chief Executive Officer
The Chief Executive Officer is the most significant figure that contributes to a company’s successful operation, and Vijay Gurung’s credibility stands true to his position as the CEO of AB Ventures. Vijay Gurung holds a masters degree in Computer Science from Bhathidasan University Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, India. After finishing his master’s degree, he worked for two years at Rigsum Institute of IT & Management in Thimphu as a principal and corporate trainer. Vijay Gurung has been an entrepreneur since 2010 and has founded iDRUK SOLUTIONS, which provides value-added high quality IT Solutions. He was also the Program Leader and Lecturer for the Department of IT & Mathematics at Royal Thimphu College for the past 8 years. Having played a significant role in building the entrepreneurship ecosystem, he has mentored in many start-up programs in Bhutan.
Ajay Darjee, Financial Executive
With enormous passion and expertise in the field of Finance and Tax, Ajay Darjee acts as the Financial Executive for AB Ventures. Ajay Darjee pursued his advanced degrees from the University of Delhi and the Institute of Chartered Accountant of India (ICAI). After the successful completion of his higher education, he worked with various big multinational professional services network companies like Ernst & Young, PI Advisory Private Limited (Protiviti), BDO India LLP and various Chartered Accountants firms based in India. Ajay Darjee returned to Bhutan in 2017
and founded an Accounting, Auditing, Financial and Tax Consulting Firm based at Thimphu; Bhutan.
Regita Gurung, Program & Communications Officer
As part of the management team, Regita Gurung works as the Communications and Business Development Officer. She holds a liberal arts degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and has specialised in Gender Studies. She graduated with a Summa Cum Laude (highest honor) award. Regita Gurung performs the role of Head of People for an NGO called Reflective Teens in Bangladesh has been awarded the position of Global Ambassador for Women and Children’s right by No Passport Voice. Regita Gurung has interned as the Communications and Program Advocacy Intern in the UN Resident Coordinator’s office in Bhutan and, has also helped many NGOs in organising projects and events. With an interest in fashion and entrepreneurship, Regita Gurung was the youngest and the only Bhutanese to reach the Top 6 position in an international pageant representing Bhutan and, has taken part in the global entrepreneurship competitions of the Hult Prize as an organiser and entrepreneurial participant.
Johnson Monger, Admin Head
Johnson Monger is known for his hardworking, friendly and sincere personality, qualities that add to his experience in making him the perfect fit as an Admin Executive at AB Ventures. He holds a Masters’ degree in Human Resource Management from Srinivasan College of Arts and Science, India and, was one of the only three Bhutanese to be offered the scholarship. He has a diverse set of working experience in different sectors of hotel management, construction and private businesses. Throughout his experience, Johnson Monger has accumulated a great set of communications and management skills. He also provides tuition for subjects like science, math and leadership to school students.