Karma is the head of an environmental consultancy firm in Bhutan where he also works as an environmental specialist. He studied life sciences at Bhutan’s only college before beginning his career as a technical assistant at the National Environment Commission (NEC) of Bhutan. He went on to complete a master’s degree in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation in the Netherlands.
He then supported the work of numerous consulting firms and ultimately the Asian Development Bank beginning in 2008. Among his ADB assignments were the Bhutan Road Network Projects and South Asian Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) transport projects. Under SASEC, he served as a national consultant on environmental impact and biodiversity assessments for a proposed road through one of Bhutan’s premiere wildlife sanctuaries.