Header image: Board ROKPA INTERNATIONAL with General Manager Corinna Biasiutti (2nd from the left).

Board ROKPA INTERNATIONAL

Lea Wyler (President & Co-Founder)

Learn more about Lea Wyler in her Biography.

Peter Fanconi (Vice President)

As a lawyer and the CEO of a wealth management company, which has specialized on microloans in developing and emerging countries, Peter Fanconi is extremely familiar with sustainable development cooperation. Peter also serves as Chairman of the Graubündner Kantonalbank (GKB) and as board member of academic and charitable institutions worldwide.

Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche

The Venerable Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche is the brother of Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche, and is Abbot and Retreat Master of Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery, Executive Director of the Holy Isle Project and Chairman of Rokpa Trust, UK.  Having completed twelve years of solitary meditation retreat, Lama Yeshe became a guiding force behind the development of Kagyu Samye Ling, which was the first and is the largest Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Europe.  Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche's charitable projects meant that he needed to spend increasing amounts of time away from the UK, so Lama Yeshe Rinpoche was appointed as Abbot of Samye Ling in 1995, and is presently responsible for the spiritual development of resident monks and nuns as well as the lay community of Samye Ling and its associated centres around the world.

Lama Yeshe Rinpoche travels widely, at the invitation of groups from many denominations. He is also closely involved in meetings between the Religious Leaders of Scotland.

His commitment to inter-faith dialogue and harmony also inspires his work on Holy Isle.  It is his vision of Holy Isle, as a sacred place for people of all faiths to cultivate "world peace through inner peace", that is the guiding principle of its development.  With this in mind Lama Yeshe initiated the building of the Holy Island Centre for World Peace and Health, a multi-million pound project which was opened to the public in 2003.

In 2014, Lama Yeshe Rinpoche was elected as a board member of ROKPA INTERNATIONAL. 

Gelong Thubten

Gelong Thubten studied English Literature at Oxford University. In 1993 he became a monk at Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland. Since 1997 he lectures internationally on meditation and Buddhist philosophy. He has worked extensively with companies and organisations, teaching stress-management techniques. Thubten is currently the Director of Kagyu Samye Dzong Scarborough – establishing a centre there for the prevention and treatment of stress, which will have charitable activities for the homeless and the poor, e.g. stress-management services for drug and alcohol addicts.

Andreas Vollenweider

Andreas Vollenweider has achieved international cult status with the unique and unmistakeable sound of his harp. His 15 albums have made gold and platinum sales in over 45 countries. In addition to numerous other honours, he has received a Grammy Award (1987), two Grammy nominations (2000 and 2007) and a World Music Award. Andreas Vollenweider gives concerts regularly in the most important venues in the world – for example in New York (Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall), London (Palladium), Los Angeles (Universal Amphitheatre), Sydney (Opera) and Tokyo (NHK). He has been involved in joint projects with personalities such as Luciano Pavarotti, Bobby McFerrin, Carly Simon, Zucchero, Angelo Branduardi and Hans Zimmer.  His music expresses a great, primeval longing for peace. His songs were sung for example at the legendary freedom marches during the struggle for freedom from apartheid in South Africa.