Tsewang Namgyal

Vice President, Bank of Tokyo

A Tibetan refugee who graduated from a SOS Children’s Village in India (“SOS”), Tsewang is now based in New York as a Vice President in the Structured Finance Group of the Investment Banking & Markets Division for the Americas of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (“MUFG”). He is chiefly involved in monitoring the bank’s multibillion dollar energy and infrastructure project finance portfolio.

In 1992, Tsewang immigrated to the United States under the U.S. Tibetan Resettlement Project. Shortly thereafter he enlisted in the U.S. military to pay for college and see more of the country. After his basic training, Tsewang attended Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, graduating magna cum laude in 1997. After working for three years in banking, he went on to obtain an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, graduating as a Beta Gamma Sigma Scholar in 2002.

Tsewang believes that integrating his Buddhist upbringing and career in finance is a source of strength to “do good, do well and develop inner peace.” Having a father who was a former monk and raised in a community that placed a strong value on compassion and loving kindness, Tsewang’s initial view of business was highly skeptical. During college he was involved in disinvestment campaigns and played a leadership role in the founding of a student human rights organization that has now grown to more than 600 chapters globally. His views gradually changed in college, after being exposed to modern economics and the prosperity of developed countries.

Tsewang is a strong advocate for integrating compassion and modern economics. He has been featured on Forbes, appeared a number of times on Voice of America and has had a number of articles published on both Phayul.com, a leading Tibetan exile online news portal, and China Digital Times, a bilingual news website covering China. Tsewang serves on the Board of The Tibet Fund. In addition, he is involved in working to develop a global relationship between SOS and MUFG.