The Tertön Sogyal Foundation's Board of Directors  is responsible for the governance of the foundation. It operates the Foundation including fundraising, accounting and complying with all the regulatory requirements of being a 501(c)(3). The assets of the foundation are managed by the Investment Committee under the Rigpa Endowment.

Current board members

  •  President – Pedro Beroy
  •  Treasurer – Dan Schuessler
  •  Secretary – Michele Phamtan
  •  Board member – Philip Philippou


Pedro Beroy has been a Rigpa student for the last seventeen years. He is currently a partner of Greenfrontiers SA a financial company based in Argentina. Prior to his current role, Pedro spent sixteen years at Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking Division with diverse responsibilities in trading, structuring and sales. He was a Managing Director based in New York and a member of the Fixed Income Operating Committee. Pedro headed Credit Suisse's global fixed income activities in the Longevity Markets Group. Prior to that role, Pedro was responsible for the Latin America Structuring and Coverage Group. 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 is the president of the Tertön Sogyal Foundation a member of the Rigpa International Investment Board and a member of the Rigpa Endowment Investment Committee.

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. Michèle became Lerab Ling’s finance director in 2006 and was appointed as Rigpa Finance Director and Rigpa Executive Board member in July 2007.

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

Dan Schuessler was a founding partner of Bayswater Asset Management, a San Francisco based Alternative Asset Management firm. Prior to co-founding Bayswater, Mr Schuessler was Director of Hedge Funds at Mellon Capital Management (MCM). From 1998 to 2002, he served as MCM's Global Strategist. From 1996 to 1997, he was a Global Asset Allocation portfolio manager. Earlier in his investment career, from 1991 to 1995, Mr Schuessler worked for Smith Breeden Associates as a Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) & Derivatives trader and portfolio manager, where he also served as Chief Investment Officer for a closely held financial institution. Mr Schuessler received an A.B. in Mathematics from Brown University in 1987 and an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 1991.