Dechen Pemba, born in UK, graduated from University College London with a BA in English and German Language and Literature. After over three years lobbying and campaigning on Tibetan issues at International Campaign for Tibet Germany in Berlin, Dechen moved to Beijing in September 2006 to learn Chinese at the Central University for Nationalities. Dechen travelled to Tibet several times and lived in Beijing until July 2008.
Dechen completed a Masters in Chinese Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, in September 2009. Dechen is the editor of the website High Peaks Pure Earth that monitors the Tibetan blogosphere and translates Tibetan blogs into English. Dechen contributes to Global Voices, The Comment Factory and keeps a personal blog at http://dechenpemba.wordpress.com/.