Ugen Choden has served as the Program Director of the Bhutan Foundation, based in Thimphu, Bhutan, for over eight years. Ms. Choden managed and fundraised for the programs of the foundation that conserve wildlife and the environment in innovative ways; advance equitable and sustainable development with a focus on special education, emergency medical services and rural livelihoods; promote good governance by building capacity to enhance democracy; and preserve culture through restoration of important sites and improving the quality of life for nuns.
Prior to joining the Bhutan Foundation she worked as a consultant for over ten years for various national and international organizations including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and other UN agencies, as well as the Royal Government of Bhutan, specializing in social issues such as primary education, HIV/AIDS, and gender studies. Most of her research work entailed work with rural communities in remote parts of Bhutan. She attended the University of Delhi in India, Sherubtse College in Bhutan, the National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi and briefly the University of Arkansas in the United States.