Sushil Ramola is the President of IMI. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of B-ABLE (www.b-able.in), he co-founded in 2009 in partnership with BASIX, and is working on the skills and employability of less educated youth. Around this time he also set up a community-led rural tourism initiative DueNorth (www.duenorth.in) in his native village Saur in Uttarakhand.
After a stint of 34 years of intrapreneurship, board membership and leading businesses in India, Middle East and USA, last as President and CEO of SRF, he now devotes his remaining time as mentor to schools and development entrepreneurship and serves on the boards of several known NGOs such as Blind Relief Association, SRIJAN, Venu Eye Hospital and Research Centre. He has also been a co-founder of the non-profits such as Alliance of Skill Training Partners (www.astp.in) and Domestic Workers Sector skill Council (www.dwsscindia.in). He is a chemical engineer and an IIM Ahmedabad alumnus
An IAS officer of 1984 Batch, Ramesh Negi is the Vice President of IMI. In his long and illustrious career as an administrator, he has served in many roles including Chief Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh, Administrator of Daman & Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Chief Executive Officer, Delhi Jal Board. Currently, he is Chairperson, Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
Dr Lalbiak Mawia Ngente is an architect and community leader in Aizawl, Mizoram. He has been running his own consultancy firm on architecture and construction since 1988.
Known for his meritorious achievements, dynamic outlook and service to society, he has been involved in different NGOs, student unions, educational institutions and government bodies in different capacities. He has been the General Secretary of Central Young Mizo Association, Secretary of Mizoram People Forum, President, YHAI Mizoram State Branch, and present Chairman of the Mizoram Sustainable Development Foundation. He is the Vice President, IMI.
Hailing from the beautiful State of Arunachal Pradesh, Fantry Mein Jaswal joined the Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Central Excise) in 1976. In her career spanning 35 years, she held several challenging assignments. She considers herself fortunate to have lived and served in all parts of India including Bangalore, New Delhi, Chandigarh, Nashik etc. and gained enriching experiences in every city her job took her to.
She is recipient of the President’s award for “Meritorious Record of Service”, 2006. She superannuated in July 2011 as Chief Commissioner.
In August 2012, she was appointed as Chairperson of the Arunachal Pradesh State Finance Commission. Since completion of her report in June 2014, she has been committed to the movement for mountains and spearheading it as the Secretary for IMI. She also leads the Sustainable Development Forum Arunachal Pradesh as its Chairperson.
PD Rai is member of the 16th Lok Sabha from Sikkim and belongs to the Sikkim Democratic Front Party. This is his second consecutive term as a Member of Parliament. He is a former Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Commission, Govt. of Sikkim, and has also chaired the Sikkim Industrial Development and Investment Corporation.
He has the distinction of being the first Member of Parliament with the dual and prestigious IIT and IIM degrees from Kanpur and Ahmedabad respectively. He is also a former Eisenhower Fellow (2000) from India. He was awarded the prestigious and selective Eisenhower Fellowship for his contribution to Sikkim’s economic and industrial growth.
He is the convener of the Integrated Mountain Initiative. He also initiated the first GLOBE (Global Legislators’ Organisation for Balanced Environment) State Chapter of India in Sikkim which provides legislators and parliamentarians of the state a platform to deliberate on major global environmental challenges.
Priyadarshinee Shrestha has been working on issues of sustainable development, nature conservation, and waste management in Sikkim- Darjeeling Himalaya for the last twenty years with various organisations. She is a core member of the Zero Waste Himalaya, a platform advocating for sustainable waste policies and practices. Currently, she is the Team Leader of WWF - India’s Khangchendzonga Landscape Programme in Sikkim, and Joint Secretary, IMI.
A botanist by profession, Dr Gopal Rawat is the Dean of Wildlife Institute of India. Working on issues relevant to the Indian Himalaya, he has been teaching for twenty eight years now and has held many important posts and roles in his career. He is a member of IUCN (Species Survival Commission’s, Orchid and Medicinal Plant Specialist Groups) and Commission on Ecosystem Management. He has served as a member of Uttarakhand State Wildlife Advisory Board and of Task Force on Mountain Ecosystems and Grassland Ecosystems set up by the Planning Commission of India under the 11th Five-year Plan. He has worked with ICIMOD, Garhwal University and Kumaon
Alemtemshi Jamir is the president of IMI. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1977 and retired in January 2014 as Chief Secretary of Nagaland. He was involved in sustainable development issues throughout his service. He was Team Leader of NEPED and a strong proponent of Jhum or Shifting cultivation. He initiated the Bamboo Mission, Honey & Beekeeping Mission, Bio-Resource Mission, Dikhu Green Zone and Pico Hydropower generation in Nagaland and is currently advisor to the SDFN (Sustainable Development Forum of Nagaland) that hosted SMDS-III.
Dr Rajendra Dobhal is the Director General of Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology. He has had the distinct privilege to occupy the positions like Chairman and Managing Director, National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), Govt. of India; Director, Uttarakhand Science Education and Research Centre (USERC); Director, Uttarakhand Space Application Centre (USAC); Senior Scientific Advisor/Project Director, Uttarakhand State Biotechnology Board; Scientist/Tech. Advisor to DG and Science Advisor, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal, in the past. He is also the Chairperson of the Sustainable Development Forum, Uttaranchal.
Dr Vincent Darlong has been an eminent contributor to the issues of natural resource management and livelihoods, community based biodiversity conservation and community forestry, environment and social impact assessments, research and development, among others. Apart from his engagement with the communities in the Northeast, he has worked with the Government of India as a member of various task forces, working groups and committees. He was the Country Programme Officer for International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Currently, he is the Vice Chancellor of Martin Luther Christian University, Shillong./p>
Golan Suanzamung Naulak is a development professional and policy researcher with an interest in the interface between politics, policy and development. A graduate from University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) where he was a Chevening Scholar, he has previously worked with Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and earlier taught Political Science at St Joseph’s College, Bengaluru. He is also a former student leader and is engaged in several youth-led initiatives on community development in the north-east region. He has written Op-Ed pieces for The Hindu, Deccan Herald, The Wire and DNA amongst others.
Chhaya Vani Namchu is the programme coordinator and has a master’s degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). She has worked as a development practioner at the grassroots on microfinance with women under the WBSRLM. She has also worked with indigenous women farmers in a participatory action research project “Smallholder Innovation for Resilience (SIFOR): Strengthening innovation systems for food security in the face of climate change’. She has further worked as a gender, water and equity analyst at International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) for Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience (HIAWARE).
Prerananandita Baisnab works as a Programme Coordinator at the Integrated Mountain Initiative. She is currently working on a project capturing the narratives of people to build a strong evidence base to critically assess the interlinkages between climate change, poverty and human development in the Indian Himalayan Region. Prior to joining IMI, she has worked extensively on the public finance issues of social sector schemes and local governments. She holds a Masters degree in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a graduate degree in Sociology from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi. She has previously worked as a Research Associate with the Accountability Initiative at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.
Mohd. Ajruddeen is the accounts and admin officer. He has an MBA in Finance and has over 3 years of experience of working in different organizations primarily handling accounts and finance. He is also pursuing his Company Secretary (CS) Intermediate. He was previously associated with S. Daryani & Associates (a CA/CS firm) based in New Delhi.