Home Town: McLean, Virginia
Education: B.A. in Leadership & Public Policy (University of Virginia)
Specific Field Interests: Entrepreneurship, Education, Sustainable Development
Placement: Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh
Area of Focus: Livelihoods
Fellowship Project: Set up an incubation center to increase entrepreneurship and small enterprise growth among Tibetan refugee settlements to foster thriving local economies.
Highlights: Chenam is serving as an American India Foundation (AIF) Clinton Fellow with the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. For his Fellowship project, he is setting up an incubation center to increase entrepreneurship and small enterprise growth among Tibetan refugee settlements to foster thriving local economies. Chenam is a first generation Tibetan-American from the Washington DC area. He is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy where he co-founded a lifestyle snack company (Tsampa Snacks) aimed at introducing mindfulness into daily life. During his time there, he was also a researcher at the Darden Institute of Business in Society and served in the Tibet Corps conducting policy analysis on nomadic resettlement efforts in China. Since graduating, he has worked at a market research consulting company in New York City and on the weekends, enjoys volunteering at Yindayin, an educational non-profit that provides a holistic approach to education for immigrant and refugee children in the greater Queens area. Through the AIF Clinton Fellowship, Chenam will be working with the CTA's Social and Resilience Development Fund to help build entrepreneurial capacities in Tibetan communities and helping scale existing farmers and enterprises in exile settlements around India.