Nina Teng

Nina Teng

MPA/ID 2011, Cultural Bridge Fellow
Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC), Bhutan

Nina interned at the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC), the Royal Government of Bhutan’s national policy-making and planning commission, in Thimphu, Bhutan.  At the GNHC, she focused on developing an institutional strategy to mainstream gender equality into Gross National Happiness (GNH) policies and initiatives mandated by the Royal Government of Bhutan’s 10th 5-year Plan (2008-2013).  Nina’s passion for studying the roles of women and men in educational attainment, political leadership, and economic participation fueled her determination to positively affect policies that could increase the well-being of Bhutanese citizens.  In addition to learning first-hand how GNH principles are mandated at the national level, she also conducted field studies in rural Bhutanese villages to evaluate the role of gender in GNH initiatives related to poverty alleviation and rural development.