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Ms. Pema Yangzom

I am currently working as the Chief Underwriter at the Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan (RICB) and I look after the overall underwriting function of the department. I completed my B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Durgapur in India in 2009. Although I could have joined a company where my technical skills would have been practically applied, I chose to join a company which was not related to my field of studies. In the last 7 years of service in RICB, I have worked as a motor claims loss assessor, as a strategist in the Corporate Strategy and Planning Division and as an underwriter in the General Insurance Department. I was the project manager for revising and drafting the claims manual 2011 and played key role in formulating the underwriting manual 2013 for my company.

Joining RICB made me realized that my engineering background gave me strong analytical capability which is highly valued in the business world but I felt it was imperative that I also understand the other, more qualitative aspects. These qualitative skills are what engineers stereo typically lack; we are used to black and white answers, but I found that in the business world, it’s not typically that simple. So my desire to pursue MBA degree stemmed from here. Accordingly, I have graduated with MBA from the Murdoch university in Perth (Western Australia) in 2015 under the auspice of the Australia Awards Scholarship. I feel that an MBA degree have broadened my perspective by introducing me to non-engineering concepts such as those in marketing, strategy, finance, operations, business ethics, entrepreneurship and many more. Therefore with these newly acquired skills I am confident to think and talk business with key decision makers like the management team and the board and have more of a strategic input into the way our company runs. Finally, I am very privileged to be elected as Executive Member and I look forward to taking BAAA to newer heights.