Dr. Lobsang Sangay was born and grew up in a Tibetan settlement near Darjeeling. He was a Fullbright Scholar, obtaining a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D) from Harvard Law School - the first Tibetan to ever do so. A scholar of conflict resolution, he's organised seven major conferences among Chinese, Tibetan, Indian and Western scholars including two unprecedented meetings between the Dalai Lama and Chinese scholars in 2003 and 2009 at Harvard University. Chief executive of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile since 2011, Dr Sangay became Tibet's highest leader (Sikyong) at the request of the Dalai Lama - and was re-elected as Sikyong for a second term in 2016. Dr Sangay has been in New Zealand to give public talks about the state of relations between China and Tibet to audiences in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin.