With a Bachelors and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, USA, Chhewang Rinzin currently heads Druk Green Power Corporation Limited, the public sector generation utility of Bhutan, as its first Managing Director since the incorporation of the Company in 2008. Before that, he headed Bhutan Power Corporation Limited, the public sector transmission and distribution utility of Bhutan as its Managing Director. Over the last 31 years of service, Chhewang Rinzin has served in various capacities in Bhutan’s electricity sector, during which period the sector has seen and continues to see phenomenal growth. The electricity sector is today the cornerstone of Bhutan’s ambitious socio-economic development plans and aspirations.
For exemplary services to the country, His Majesty The King of Bhutan awarded Chhewang Rinzin the Red Scarf with the title of Dasho in 2009 and also the Order of Druk Khorlo medal in 2014. He was also recognised by the Council of Indian Power Utilities in 2012 with the India Power Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to the Power Sector in Bhutan.
Amongst many portfolios held, Chhewang Rinzin was the Chairperson of Bhutan’s Second Pay Commission (November 2013 – March 2014). He was also a Member of the First Interim Government (April – July 2013) and the Second Interim Government (August – October 2018).