Bhutan: A Kingdom of Happiness

DC Environmental Film Festival Screening

by on Mar.12, 2010, under News

Please join us on March 28th at 4:30 pm for a special in-progress screening of Bhutan: A Kingdom of Happiness, as part of the DC Environmental Film Festival.

After the screening, discuss many of the concepts raised in the film with a distinguished panel to include the filmmakers as well as Sonam Tobgay of the United Nations, Mark LaPrarie of the World Bank, Bruce Bunting and Pem Lama of the Bhutan Foundation and Erich E. Veitenheimer, Partner at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP.

Admission is free.

Thank you for your continued support and generosity.

4:30 PM, Sunday, March 28, 2010
Carnegie Institution for Science – Elihu Root Auditorium
1530 P St., NW (Map)

For more information visit our EFF profile.

Panelist Profiles

Ms. Dara Padwo-Audick is an award-winning writer, producer and director with over twenty years of experience with cable and network broadcast programs and series. Dara served as an Executive Producer for Discovery Channel and Discovery HD Theater National Park related programming from 2005-2007. Her repertoire includes both one-offs and series for Animal Planet, CBS, Discovery Channel, Discovery Kids, Discovery Health, Discovery Science Channel, ESPN and ESPN 2, HGTV, Lifetime Television, NBC, National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Television, Outdoor Life Network, and PBS. Dara’s work encompasses a variety of history, medicine, military, natural history, sports and adventure topics and includes such titles as Grand Teton National Park: Life on the Edge, The Discovery Young Scientists Challenge, National Geographic: Crittercam for Fox, National Geographic Explorer and Women Behind the Wheel with host, Geena Davis. In addition to being a film and television professional, Dara is an adjunct professor at the School of Communications at American University in Washington, D.C., where she teaches courses in Film and Journalism.

Carol Graham is Senior Fellow and Charles Robinson Chair at the Brookings Institution. She is also College Park Professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany.

She is the author of Happiness around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires (Oxford University Press, forthcoming); Happiness and Hardship: Opportunity and Insecurity in New Market Economies (with Stefano Pettinato, Brookings, 2002); Private Markets for Public Goods: Raising the Stakes in Economic Reform (Brookings, 1998); Safety Nets, Politics and the Poor: Transitions to Market Economies (Brookings, 1994); Peru’s APRA (Lynne Rienner, 1992); Improving the Odds: Political Strategies for Institutional Reform in Latin America, with Merilee Grindle, Eduardo Lora, and Jessica Seddon (IDB, 1999); and A Half Penny on the Dollar: The Future of Development Aid, with Michael O’Hanlon (Brookings, 1997). She is the editor, with Eduardo Lora, of Paradox and Perceptions: Quality of Life in Latin America (Brookings, 2009); with Susan Collins, of the Brookings Trade Forum 2004: Globalization, Poverty, and Inequality (Brookings, 2005); and, with Nancy Birdsall, of New Markets, New Opportunities? Economic and Social Mobility in a Changing World (Brookings/Carnegie, 1999), and Beyond Trade-Offs: Market Reforms and Equitable Growth in Latin America (Brookings/IDB, 1988). She is also the author of articles in journals including the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, the World Bank Research Observer, Health Affairs, the Journal of Socio-Economics, World Economics, Foreign Affairs, the Journal of Development Studies, the Journal of Latin American Studies, World Development, the Journal of Happiness Studies, and of numerous chapters in edited volumes, including, most recently, in the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. She also serves an associate editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and on the editorial board of several other academic journals.

Graham served as Vice President and Director of Governance Studies at Brookings from 2002-2004. She has also served as a Special Advisor to the Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. She has also been a consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, United Nations Development Program, and the Harvard Institute for International Development, helping to design safety net programs in Latin America, Africa, and Eastern Europe. She has testified in Congress several times on the economic situation in Latin America, and has discussed related topics on NBC News, National Public Radio, the Newshour with Jim Lehrer, and CNN among others. Graham has also written in the Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, the Financial Times and the Washington Post.

Her research has received support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Tinker and Hewlett Foundations. She was awarded a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship for 1997-98, during which time she served as Special Adviser to the Executive Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank. Graham, born in Lima, Peru, has an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a Ph.D. from Oxford University. She is the mother of three children.

Mr. Darin Olien was contacted in 2007, by the Government of Bhutan’s Trade Ministry and the World Bank to explore Bhutan’s medicinal plants and other products. Darin is a western ‘herbal hunter’ who ventured to this ecologically diverse medicinal kingdom in the Himalayas. He began to actually import authentic Cordyceps mushroom (C. sinensis) to the US from this region in 2008. He continues his efforts with the Institute of Traditional Medicine. Upon traveling to this Himalayan medicinal fortress in 2007, Darin brought a film crew and filmed the entire adventure. That footage is part of a mini-documentary on the country of Bhutan winning numerous awards in film festivals around the globe.

Dr. Bruce W. Bunting is President of the Bhutan Foundation in Washington, DC. Dr. Bunting was the managing director and vice president of World Wildlife Fund’s Special Programs and Strategic Partnerships .He first visited Bhutan in 1986 and has been a long time advisor to the Bhutanese government on a variety of issues including the establishment of Bhutan national park system, the Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation, the world’s first such trust fund, and the Bhutan Health Trust Fund. He has authored several articles, including Bhutan, Kingdom in the Clouds for National Geographic Magazine. He received a B.S. in zoology and a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Michigan State University.

Ms. Pem Lama is a Program Associate at the Bhutan Foundation in Washington, DC. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in International Relations and Economics from Tufts University in May 2009. While at Tufts, she was chosen as one of the Tisch Active Citizenship Summer Scholars to intern at Tarayana Foundation in Bhutan. During her internship with Tarayana, Ms. Lama was involved in setting up a small candle-manufacturing unit in Endochholing village in Trongsa, Bhutan. She also studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London for a year. Before attending Tufts University, she got her high school diploma from the United World College-USA. She received the scholarship to attend UWC-USA through Bhutan Youth Development Fund. Ms. Lama is interested in health and economics, particularly in developing countries and hopes to pursue a Masters degree in a related field.

Mr. Mark LaPrairie, World Bank Representative to Bhutan, first went to Bhutan in 1988 under a Canadian volunteer program for a three-year assignment as a teacher in rural primary schools. He returned to Bhutan in 1997 as Education Officer for UNICEF. He joined the Bank in 1999 as an Education Specialist in South Asia. His prior work experience also includes field positions with CARE (Canada) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Africa. For the past eight years, he has served as Task Team Leader for Bank-financed education projects in Bhutan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Prior to his appointment as Representative to Bhutan, Mark served as Country Operations Officer for Bhutan and head-of-office in Maldives. Mark is currently pursuing a doctorate of education degree at the University of London, examining the use of children’s stories in primary schools and hip-hop in high schools for Buddhism-based values education in Bhutan.

Mr. Sonam Tobgay currently serves as the Minister-Counselor at the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the United Nations in New York. Prior to arrival in New York, he was the Chief, Policy Planning Division; and Chief, International Organizations Division, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thimphu. He has also served as Charge d’Affaires a.i. at the Royal Bhutanese Embassy in Kuwait and as Second Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Bhutan in Geneva from 1998 – 2002. He received his MA in Diplomacy and MA in Public Policy (International Policy) from the Australian National University in Canberra, and his BA (Economics and History) from the University of Delhi.

Dr. Erich E. Veitenheimer, III is a Partner in the Patent Counseling & Prosecution practice group and a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. He joined the firm in 2005 and is a resident in the Washington DC office. Dr. Veitenheimer specializes in developing and implementing strategies to enable life science and biotech companies, universities and non-profit research organizations to procure worldwide protection for their inventions and/or to provide them with the necessary freedom to operate.

In addition to integrated and focused patent portfolio management, Dr. Veitenheimer provides counseling to national and international clients for a wide variety of intellectual property matters. He speaks frequently at international forums on a wide variety of intellectual property rights issues ranging from evaluating the various forms of protections available for novel non-human organisms to understanding the relevant rights of indigenous populations.


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