Gita Rani Bhattacharya

Gita Rani Bhattacharya has been working in the field of gender and development. She has been heading the programme Mahila Samakhya meant for rural women empowerment in the state of Assam since 1996. She has also successfully completed research projects during her service tenure. Presently, she is holding the position of honorary member in many non-government organizations working in the development sector.

Monisha Behal
Vice Chairperson

Dr. Monisha Behal is a founder member of North East Network. Travelling widely in rural areas of India, Monisha conducted research, gave talks and produced several papers to highlight issues of the North East. She initiated several projects on women’s development within the region, one of which has grown into a significant community based initiative in Nagaland.

Kevin Phillips

Mr Kevin Phillips is based out of Shillong, he began his career as a teacher in mid 70s .In 1988, he was appointed as the Principal of the Army Public School, Shillong. In 1995, he was associated with Assam Valley School in Tezpur. From 2010 onwards and post retirement, Mr Phillips has taken up challenges in reviving schools that had gone into decline, like the Donyi Polo Public School in Itanagar, All Saints Diocesan School in Tezpur, and more. Currently he is on the Education Committee of All Saints Pastorate as Advisor.

Ella Mary

Ella Mary is one of the founding members of an organization called Youth Action for Resource Development (YARD), based in Kohima, and currently heading the organization as its Director. She is a social and environmental activist from Kohima Town. She has been actively involved in social development and community healthcare since 2004 in Nagaland and NE region with specific involvement in HIV and AIDS Intervention. The programmes are supported by National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) and Bill and Melinda Gates' Foundation AVAHAN. Ella Mary’s professional area of intervention is as Master Trainer in programmes related to Health, Environment, Education, Gender and Livelihood issues. Besides her affiliation with YARD, she is a member in many networks such as SDFN, MAKAAM Nagaland etc. She has done her higher studies from Miranda House and Delhi School of Economics, DU.


Meenal Tula

Dr. Meenal Tula is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow working on a research project on food sovereignty in the Eastern Himalayas. She has been based at North Eastern Social Research Centre (NESRC), Guwahati, since 2016, as a Senior Research Associate. She is primarily a social researcher working on issues of gender, women and land, work, migration, customary laws and communities in Northeast India

Neiteo Koza

Neiteo is an Advocate & Human Rights Lawyer based out of Kohima. She is committed towards empowering women from socially and economically disadvantaged communities. Over the years, she assisted survivors of sexual violence and also obtained compensations and reliefs for women affected by different crimes by filing PILs in the court. Reproductive health rights, access to quality healthcare, quality education, equal job opportunities for the youth in public, mental health, child rights, disability issues, food security among others, are her subjects of interest.

Supriya Khound

Supriya is an independent sustainable development consultant and systems change facilitator working on nurturing individuals and organisations’ intent towards systemic change at policy level. She focuses on environment and gender andits intersectionality. In the past, she has worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), North East Network, Bloom Microventures, UNESCO and governments to accelerate achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.She is currently working in a community led space in Dibrugarh.

Joshomayee Devi

Joshomayee Devi has been an Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Bank Management , Guwahati. She has been involved in research and training, particularly in the areas of Tribal & Hill Areas Development, Planning, and Micro-finance. She has a number of research projects, a book and a number of published/ unpublished research articles to her credit. She was also the member of the first women’s commission in Assam.

Khrienuo Metha

Khrienuo Metha, retired from service in 2017 as the Commissioner and Secretary to the Government of Nagaland. A pioneer among her peers, she was the first Angami woman to join the Nagaland Civil Services and also reach the rank of a Deputy Commissioner. 

In her 30 and more years of active service , she has worked toward the upliftment  of women,especially in the rural area, where her work took her. She was also instrumental in the setting up of Women Self Help Groups during her work at The Nagaland Bamboo Mission Agency, NBDA, Dimapur. 


She continues to actively work in communities and to support women collectives and is currently part of the tribal and clan women bodies.