Our Founder

His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa is a world-renowned humanitarian, author, environmentalist, and champion of gender equality.

Recipient of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Award for his cross-border humanitarian work and India’s Green Hero Award for his work in sustainable development, the Gyalwang Drukpa is recognized as the preeminent voice for modern issues now facing the Himalayas.

The Gyalwang Drukpa is head of the Buddhist Drukpa Lineage, originating from the scholar-saint Naropa who founded Indian Buddhism over a thousand years ago. Drukpa Buddhism is steeped in celebrating diversity and active community service and has over 30 million followers worldwide. 

The Gyalwang Drukpa initiated the Live to Love movement, a secular philosophy that encourages communities to use kindness and wisdom to heal the modern world’s challenges, and to celebrate diversity of faiths, cultures, and sexual orientation. Live to Love International is the resulting global network of non-profit organizations focused on those goals, pioneering multiple local and cross-border projects throughout the Himalayas and beyond.

Our Team

Live to Love USA: Trevor Stockinger
Live to Love UK: Annie Smith
Live to Love Germany: Gianna Wabner
Live to Love France: Sayfonh Kham
Live to Love Malaysia: Tai Lee
Live to Love Singapore: Tracey Woon
Live to Love Taiwan: Michelle Liao
Live to Love Hong Kong: Vanessa Pong
Live to Love Vietnam: Phuong Ngyugen
Live to Love Mexico: Juan Rochin
Live to Love Brazil: Sandro Sergio Rolim Camara
Live to Love Peru: Ana Gabriela Bazo
Live to Love India: Arjun Pandey

President: Carrie Lee
Financial Controller, Treasurer: Di Cook
Financial Controller, Treasurer: Tai Lee  
Communications: Celia Kwok
Communications: Ingrid Ngan
Project Manager: Cindy Chan
Chief Creative Officer: Judy Hsu
Executive Director: Pem Deki
Head of Development: James Potter
Advisor: Diana Blanchard

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Our Ambassadors

Aamir Khan – Global Ambassador
Aamir Khan is a leading Indian film actor, director and producer. He is the recipient of four National Film Awards, seven Filmfare Awards and was honored by the Government of India with the Padma Shri in 2003 and Padma Bhushan in  2010. Khan starred in 3 Idiots, the highest grossing Bollywood film of all times, which featured Live to Love’s Druk Pema Karpo School in Ladakh.

After Ladakh was struck by a destructive cloudburst, he immediately visited Ladakh to help raise awareness of the disaster, to help revive Ladakh’s tourism industry and provide hope to the children of the Druk Pema Karpo School.

Susan Sarandon – Messenger of Light
Susan Saradon is an Academy Award and BAFTA Award winner best known for her humanitarian work.  Sarandon received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Stockholm International Film Festival, was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, received the Outstanding Artistic Life Award for her Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema at the Shanghai International Film Festival, the Goldene Kamera international lifetime achievement award and was invited to inaugurate the 44th International Film Festival of India.

After the historic earthquakes of Nepal, Susan Sarandon worked with Live to Love and its on-ground partners, the Kung Fu Nuns, to provide relief aid to isolated regions. Sarandon also inaugurated the first of two-hundred “Live to Love Homes” being built across Ramkot.

Michelle Yeoh – Global Ambassador
Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh is a Malaysian actress best known for performing her own stunts. Yeoh was named by People Magazine as one of the Most Beautiful People in the World. She is best known for her roles in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, and the multiple Academy Award winning movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for which she was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress.

Michelle Yeoh also produced Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey that highlights the work of Live to Love in the Himalayas. Yeoh was in Nepal during the devastating earthquakes and she was so moved by the kindness of Nepalis during the aftermath that she joined Live to Love’s relief effort visited the hardest hit villages providing aid and inspiration. Yeoh spent much of her effort lifting heavy sacks of supplies as well as inspiring survivors to stay strong and courageous.

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Our Partners

Animal Husbandry Department, Leh
Arup
DGK Nunnery
Drukpa USA
Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Nepal
Everest Times
Federation of Indigenous Peoples of Nepal in America
GLAAD
GMIN (Grassroots Movement in Nepal)
Gurung (Tamu) Society USA
Gyalsumdo Sewa Sanstha USA
Heartbeat Nepal
Hemis Welfare Society
Himalayan Glacier Waterkeeper
Hyolmo Society of America
Hyolmo Youth Club
Kirat Rai Society of America
Kirat Manghim Mangkhim Community Center
Kirat Yakthung Chumlung USA
Kung Fu Nuns
Long Island Nepalese Society
Magar Association of USA
Manang Samaj USA
Mustang Kyidug USA
Nepalese American Nurses Association
Network of Sherpa Students and Professionals

New York Newa Guthi USA
Newah Nakha New York
NRN NCC of USA
NRN New York Chapter
Nubri Association of USA
Nyangmi Foundation
Panchakanya
Photohera
Presschautari
Ridgewood Nepalese Society
Sindhu USA Welfare Society
Sunuwar Organization of America
Tamang Society of America
Thakali Sewa Samiti
Tilanga Institute
United Bhutanese Association
United Kirat Rai Organization of America
United Mugum Organization
United Sherpa Association USA
US Nepal Climbers Association
US Nepal Online
Walung Community of North America
Waterkeeper Alliance
Young Drukpa Association (Nepal)
Young Drukpa Association (Ladakh)