Pem Lama has several years of experience in development research and project management and coordination in Bhutan. She has worked at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Secretariat for the New Development Paradigm (SNDP) and the Bhutan Foundation in areas of economic development, sustainable consumption and production, societal wellbeing and Gross National Happiness (GNH). 
Pem is passionate about building a more sustainable and inclusive world and enjoys exploring the inner dimensions (individual mind-sets and behaviour) and outer dimensions (systems and institutions) that affect and shape the world we live in.

She graduated with an MBA from Aarhus Business School in Denmark and a BA in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University in the United States.