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.
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.
Founder and ex-officio Board Member
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.
Bano 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.
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.
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.
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.
Nandita Hazarika has worked for over 3 decades on natural resources management, wildlife conservation, renewable energy and environment issues, ecotourism, capacity building and environment education. She has worked with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and WWF-India on rural energy and environmental issues. Was instrumental in establishing TERI’s North-east Centre. Between 2005-2018, she was engaged with the Assam Haathi Project (AHP) on human-elephant conflict mitigation. A collaborative community conservation initiative between Chester Zoo, UK and EcoSystems-India, AHP was implemented in over 50 villages in select districts of Assam.