Julia Lawless


Julia Lawless has been a student of Professor Namkhai Norbu since 1980 and was instrumental in setting up the Shang Shung Institute UK in 2010 at his request. Apart from being actively engaged in directing the Shang Shung programme in the UK, she is also on the Board of the International Shang Shung Foundation which coordinates Tibetan cultural events worldwide. She is the co-author of 'Beyond Words: An Introduction to Dzogchen' and is an accredited meditation instructor.


Dr Fabian Sanders

Academic Director

After studying for more than twenty five years the languages and cultures of Tibet, China and India in both academic and traditional settings, Dr. Sanders taught Tibetan Language and Culture at the Universita` Ca` Foscari in Venice for many years. He has also been teaching language and translation courses for the International Shang Shung Institute for many years. He has in recent years made numerous field trips to Tibet, China and India in pursuit of his research into Tibetan Oracles and related themes. Today he is director of languages at the Atiyoga Foundation.


Anne Bancroft

Arts Director

Anne Bancroft is one of the initial team members for Shang Shung UK. Anne supports the project management of the Shang Shung events programme in the UK. Is a professional Conservator focused on the preservation and conservation of material culture as well as research into the preservation, conservation and display of sacred objects. Anne has been in heritage sector for 18 years. She has a BA in Fine Arts, MA in Conservation and a MA in Buddhist Art History and Conservation.


Richard Steven

Company Secretary / Digital Development

Richard Steven has been engaged with steering and developing the programme and activities of the Shang Shung Institute UK since it's inception in 2010 and is also responsible for co-ordinating our online presence, digital media and communications.


Jamyang Oliphant PhD

Fundraising / Insight Tours Co-ordinator

Dr Jamyang Oliphant has travelled and lived in Asia for much of his life. In Japan as a teenager he studied Aikido before spending two years in Northern Thailand. He then developed his interest in Asiatic religions, languages and cultures in his studies; first at  London University's School of Oriental and African Studies and then at the Oriental Institute at Oxford where he completed his doctoral thesis on rejuvenating Tibetan medical practices in 2016. There he led post-graduate seminars for the Inner and South Asian department and gave talks on Tibetan religious practices and contemporary issues in Tibet. In his work for the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford he has assembled and catalogued an important collection of Bhutanese photography and art. He is a published author and is now working on several publications,including an illustrated travel guide to Bhutan. In recent years he has travelled extensively in India, China and Bhutan and has led tours to Burma, Cambodia, Eastern Tibet, Ladakh and Nepal.



Premila Van Ommen

Events & Media Liaison

Premila van Ommen is one of the founders of the Satsang Collective who organised the Himalayan Film and Cultural Festivals in London. She completed her Masters in Migration and Diaspora Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies and is currently undergoing a PhD in Cultural Studies  at LCF, University of Arts London. She is a TECHNE award recipient for her ongoing research studies on the arts education and activities of young Nepali migrants in the UK, and also founder of the online archival project Nepali Swag, food collective Yak Bites and the Afro-Nepali arts movement MOMOLIFE.


Mike Gilmore

Shop Manager

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