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 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.
Tamara is an Environmentalist with work experience spanning over 21 years. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Annadana, a farmers’ welfare and seed conservation organisation. In 2012-13, she was a member of The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI) team, working with the Prime Minister’s Council, GoI on defining Nationality Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) for India, towards development under a climate sensitive regime. She was also project consultant for the world’s first ever Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project to sell Gold Standard Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs). She currently freelances, focusing on education in issues of conservation, environment and sustainability in Northeast India, including writing and narration of scripts for wildlife and conservation documentaries and mentoring students and professionals of interrelated streams.
Banu Haralu is a pioneering television journalist from Northeast India. She has been involved with conservation issues in Nagaland since she returned to her home state in 2010. She pioneered a bird and wildlife survey for the government that led to the publishing of the ‘Birds of Nagaland’. Bano formed the Nagaland Wildlife Biodiversity Conservation Trust (NWBCT) in 2013 and serves as its managing trustee.
She has dedicated over a decade of her life, working on gender issues as a trainer, gender sensitizing institutions as well as advocating for gender mainstreaming in policies and programs. Since the beginning of the journey of NEN, she has been a strength to the organisation.
An M.Phil scholar in Sociology and a lecturer at St.Edmund’s College, Shillong, Iamon has been involved in various academic bodies of schools and Colleges in Meghalaya. She is a member of various churches and of organisations such as the Meghalaya Women’s Alliance, Committee member of the State Commission for Women and of the Human Rights Committee, constituted by Guwahati High Court, 2003 for Statutory Safeguards. Iamon has published articles on two edited books on Matriliny and poems with the Sahitya Academy.
Amiya Kr. Sharma is a development worker, presently holding the post of Executive Director of RGVN, a well known development support institution. He has an M.A. degree from the Delhi School of Economics and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, U.S.A. having taught in Delhi University, Rutgers University and Tezpur University, he switched career to join NEDFi. Attracted by the grassroot work, he joined RGVN. He is a member of the National Committee on Social & Economic Development, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India and has been the Chairperson of Sa-Dhan from 2011 – 13.