The Tertön Sogyal Foundation Board A Board comprised of members of each Tertön Sogyal Foundation, as well as the Rigpa International Executive Board Chair and Finance Director, is responsible for governance of the Endowment Fund.

Current board members

  • Rigpa International Executive Board | Philip Philippou (Chair) Rigpa International Finance Director | Michele Phamtan
  • Fonds Terton Sogyal, France | Dominique Hilly
  • Terton Sogyal Stiftung, Germany | Heinz Siepmann
  • Terton Sogyal Trust, UK | Tim Synge
  • Terton Sogyal Foundation, USA | Pedro Beroy

The Investment Committee comprises representatives drawn from the Tertön Sogyal Foundations as well as investment experts. Current members are: Pedro Beroy, Heinz Siepmann, Sebastien Feiss.

All members of the Investment Committee are contributing their time and expertise on a voluntary basis. Advisors to the Committee Specialist advisors are invited to contribute their expertise to the Investment Committee, in particular in relation to the Investment Policy and macro-economic trends. Current advisors are: Marianne Gizycki  | Macro-economist and financial institution specialist

Members of the Tertön Sogyal Foundations Board

Pedro Beroy has been a student of Sogyal Rinpoche for the last ten years. He is currently a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking Division, based in New York. He heads the Bank's global fixed income activities in Life Finance. Prior to his current role, he was responsible for the Latin America Structuring and Coverage Group. Pedro has more than 16 years of experience in Investment Banking with diverse responsibilities in trading, structuring and sales. Pedro holds a Master in Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona. He serves in the board of EMPower, a NGO involved with Emerging Markets communities, and is a member of the Innovative Financing Advisory Group for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Michèle Phamtan is a Rigpa student since 1991. She graduated from the leading French business school, H.E.C., in 1990, followed by a post graduate degree in macroeconomics. She worked as a consultant for various international organisations, including the World Bank and the European Commission, on poverty reduction, public finance reforms and third world debt reduction. She became Lerab Ling’s finance director in 2006 and was appointed as Rigpa International Finance Director in July 2007.

Dominique Hilly has been a student of Sogyal Rinpoche for 25 years. Graduating in Law at Paris Sorbonne in 1981, he then managed the back office for futures and options at a Paris broker belonging to the ABN AMRO Group. He has been working as a compliance officer, in charge of the ethical and financial transparency of the same company, from 1987 to 1994. In 1994, he became Lerab Ling’s financial and administrative director, responsible for legal and fiscal management. In addition, Dominique was appointed financial director of Zam. He is currently responsible for the development of the Rigpa Legacy Programme in France. 

Philip Philippou has been a student of Sogyal Rinpoche for over 25 years, serving the work of the Rigpa organization in several different capacities.  He graduated from the London School of Economics, earning a BSc degree in Geography. Soon after university, he met Sogyal Rinpoche and started to work for the Rigpa centre in London. He then served as Sogyal Rinpoche’s secretary and assistant for many years, before establishing and directing Rigpa International, in France, in 1994. He has directed several major development projects for Rigpa, including the Lerab Ling Temple, and organized numerous programmes with visiting Tibetan Lamas. He is currently a member of Rigpa International’s Executive Board, and serves as a Board member of several other Rigpa organizations.

Heinz Siepmann. After two decades as businessman who not only successfully ran his family business for sixteen years, but also worked in a German bank and in an American wholesale company, Heinz met Sogyal Rinpoche in 2001 and quickly became his student. With his solid business and management background, Heinz’s first significant offering to the Rigpa Sangha was to become part of the team of students who established the Rigpa Centre in Berlin. He has since devoted a considerable amount of time to serving on three Rigpa boards in Germany: Rigpa Germany, the Berlin Rigpa Centre Trust and the Tertön Sogyal Foundation. Heinz also develops real estate projects and manages his investment portfolio.

Tim Synge has been a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (UK) for 22 years.  He graduated from the University of the West of England in Business Studies before becoming an associate within a medium-sized accountancy practice in London, specializing in audit and taxation.  Later, he joined a blue-chip hospitality company and worked as chief accountant of its supplies division.  He met Sogyal Rinpoche in 1994 and began his role as Rigpa UK Finance Director before moving to France to undertake his post as Rigpa International Finance Director.  In 2005, he entered one-year retreat and now acts as trustee and treasurer to the Tertön Sogyal Trust in the UK.

Permanent Advisor

Sebastien Feiss works in Société Générale, one of the biggest European banks, as a portofolio manager for private clients. He has been working on financial issues since 2001, first in the bank office of ABN-AMRO, then as assistant fund manager with the same bank. He graduated from a Master in Business Intelligence in Paris and a European master of financial analysis. Sebastien is a Rigpa student since 2003.