Lincoln alumni medals to be awarded

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A financial leader and a former government minister from Bhutan will be recognised in this year’s Lincoln University’s alumni awards.

Founder of nationwide financial company Craigs Investment Partners, Neil Craig, and former Bhutan Minister for Agriculture, Forests and Environment, Dr Pema Gyamtsho, will be named as outstanding alumni at the Lincoln University Graduation ceremony in April. Mr Craig will be awarded the Bledisloe Medal, while Dr Gyamtsho will receive the Lincoln Alumni International Medal. 

Mr Craig has a Bachelor of Agriculture (Commerce) from Lincoln and founded Craig & Co. Ltd (now Craigs Investment Partners) in 1984.

The company has sponsored Lincoln University alumni events for the last two years, and Craig was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2016 for services to business and philanthropy.

Dr Gyamtsho is currently the opposition leader in Bhutan’s National Assembly and is also the Second Party President of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party). 

When in government, he was Chairman of the Bhutan Trust Fund for Environment and Conservation (BTFEC), and he spearheaded the country’s successful rural poverty alleviation programme and through his initiative, Bhutan initiated its largest national park, the Wangchuck Centennial Park. 

Dr Gyamtsho completed a master of agricultural science degree in the Plant Science Department at Lincoln University, followed by a PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland. Lincoln University Honorary Doctorates, which will also be awarded at the graduation ceremony, will be announced at a later date.