Tenzin Choephel, born and raised in Tibet left Tibet at a young age. On arriving in India he enrolled in Drepung Monastery and is a graduate of both Sara College and Oxford University. Throughout his adulthood, he has taught the Tibetan language in India and the UK, including Thosamling Nunnery, Dharamsala; SOAS, The University of London; and Oxford. Inspired by his own experience of teaching, he developed and published the Tibetan language textbook The Manual of Authentic Tibetan in 2018. Tenzin is both a translator and cultural ambassador of Tib Shelf. His knowledge of Tibetan culture and all the nuances that is only known to a Tibetan native is critical in ensuring high quality translations. In his free time, Tenzin can often be found playing basketball and pool with his friends.