Lobsang Sangay la grew up in a Tibetan settlement and attended Central School for Tibetan in Darjeeling. He completed his B.A. (Honors) and LLB from Delhi University. In 1992, he was elected as the youngest executive member of the Tibetan Youth Congress (CENTREX).
In 1996, as a Fulbright Scholar, he obtained Masters degree and in 2004, Doctorate in Law from Harvard Law School, the first Tibetan to receive this degree and his dissertation, Democracy and History of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile from 1959-2004 was awarded the Yong K. Kim’ 95 Prize for Excellence. In 2005, he was granted waiver by the Department of Education to continue his academic work in the US.
Mr. Sangay is an expert on International Law, Democratic Constitutionalism, and Conflict Resolution. He has spoken in hundreds of seminars around the world and debated with renowned Chinese scholars from top universities in China and is well versed in contemporary Chinese politics and legal issues. He organized seven major conferences among Chinese, Tibetan, Indian and Western scholars including two unprecedented meeting between H.H. the Dalai Lama and Chinese scholars in 2003, and in 2009 at Harvard University.
In 2007, he was selected as one of the twenty-four Young Leaders of Asia by the Asia Society and a delegate to the World Justice Forum in Vienna, Austria, where top legal experts and judges from around the world congregate.
In 2008, he testified as an expert before the US Senate Foreign Relations Sub-committee on East Asia and Pacific Affairs, along with the United States Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte.
He regularly visits Dharamsala and interacts with Tibetan government officials at every level. He has given numerous lectures and workshops in and around Dharamsala and visited many of the Tibetan refugee settlements, monasteries and schools in India. He coordinates the Tibetan Nutritional Project aiding dozen schools in India through Sherig Lekhung.
In 2011, he was popularly elected as the 3rd Kalon Tripa of the Central Tibetan Administration. During the swearing-in ceremony of the Kalon Tripa on 08 August 2011, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, “When I was young, an elderly regent Takdrag Rinpoche handed over Sikyong (political leadership) to me, and today I am handing over Sikyong to young Lobsang Sangay… In doing this I have fulfilled my long-cherished goal.” In September 2012, the Tibetan Parliament in exile approved the change in the title of Kalon Tripa to Sikyong.