Staff and board

Board of Directors

In 2015, and after 15 years of work in India through the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Science for Monk incorporated as a nonprofit public benefit corporation in the state of California.

Bobby Sager

CCC_BobbySagerBobby Sager is a businessman who made his fortune by seeing opportunity where others did not. Bobby was a driving force behind the spectacular growth of Gordon Brothers Group, a preeminent global financial services business conducting over ten billion dollars of transactions annually. Bobby currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Polaroid. In 2000, Bobby and his wife and children founded The Sager Family Traveling Foundation and Road Show. Three-dozen trips later, the Sagers have established their own special brand of hands-on, eyeball-to-eyeball philanthropy that fosters entrepreneurship, trains teachers, and develops leaders. Bobby has also been a pioneer in catalyzing the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) as a platform to make a difference. YPO is a nonprofit initiative that mobilizes a global network of 20,000 business leaders in 120 countries, whose companies’ sales are equivalent to the world’s third largest economy, to make an impact on issues such as regional conflict, poverty, education, and the environment.

Geshe Lhakdor
Vice Chairman 

Geshe Lhakdor is the director of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala India. A distinguished Buddhist scholar, he was the English translator for His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, from 1989 to 2005. He has co-translated and co-produced several books by the Dalai Lama. From 1976 to 1986, Lhakdor studied specialized Buddhist philosophy in the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Dharamsala and received the Master of Prajnaparamita in 1982. He also received the Master of Madhyamika in 1989 and the Master of Philosophy from the University of Delhi. Since 2002, Geshe Lhakdor has been an Honorary Professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. In 2008, he was also conferred an Honorary Professorship by the University of Delhi, Department of Psychology.

Bryce Johnson
President / CEO 

Bryce Johnson is a scientist-teacher with a love of inquiry and hands-on learning and a background in environmental science. Bryce lived in Dharamsala, India, for two years from 1999-2001, and worked at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives to launch the Science for Monks program. Bryce has over 15 years of experience directing and implementing programming that has grown to include: teacher trainings, institutes, exhibitions, and conferences for Tibetan monastics that are now emerging as leaders of science education within the community. From 2010 to 2016, Bryce was a staff scientist at the Exploratorium were he works with teachers, artists, and exhibit developers to create professional development workshops for middle- and high-school teachers, and exhibits at the Exploratorium and public spaces beyond, including Tibetan monks and nuns in India. Bryce holds a BS and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ken Tsunoda 
Secretary, Treasurer

Ken Tsunoda directs the NGO source team that creates a global resource for grantmakers to obtain equivalency determinations. Ken previously served as executive director of the Sager Family Foundation, where he incubated startup social ventures in conflict areas, including Rwanda, the West Bank, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. He worked as executive director of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Peace Action Network. Other roles have included managing director at California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (a nonprofit economic development program) and international business positions in the United States and Japan. Ken holds a bachelor’s in physics from Harvard University and a master’s in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He serves as co-chair of the San Francisco Social Enterprise Leadership Forum.

Staff at the Library of Tibetan Works & Archives

Science Translation Officers


Karma Thupten


Paldon Tenzin


Karma Tsundu


Tenzin Tamden