Designation: Executive Director, Sustainable Development Forum Nagaland (SDFN) & Freelance Policy Analyst
Organisation: Sustainable Development Forum Nagaland, Guwahati
Biosketch: Amba Jamir is a development consultant and Director, The Missing Link (TML India) - Society for Environment and Communication, that works in the Eastern Himalayan region, particularly Northeast India. His responsibilities, amongst others include developing capacity building programmes, participatory action research, and networking and policy advocacy. As a trainer/consultant he has undertaken assignments on rural development, development communication and policy advocacy and networking in numerous Asia-Pacific countries including Japan, Cambodia, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Philippines, Mongolia. A. Jamir is a 4th term member of the IUCN's Commission on Education and Communication (CEC); Member, Task Force on Mountain Ecosystems (Environment), Planning Commission, Government of India; and Member, National Steering Committee (UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme) Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India. Amba has twice been elected as Fellow Director to the Board of Directors, LEAD India. A. Jamir is a trained environment educator and communicator with a degree in law and specialised on environmental law. Besides being a Communications trainer, he also trains/facilitates organisations in Outcome Mapping, Systematization and other Participatory Methodologies of planning, monitoring, evaluation and documentation.
Designation: Assistant Professor
Organisation: Tezpur University, Tezpur
Biosketch: Dr. Sudip Mitra is an assistant professor at the Tezpur Unviersity, Tezpur prior this he was with School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. He earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi and carried out his Ph.D. thesis research at International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines with a specialization in greenhouse gases studies from agriculture ecosystems and rice paddy in particular. For more than a decade Dr. Mitra has been working in the field of climate change (Vulnerability & Adaptation), soil carbon dynamics and natural resources management. He has worked in various National and International Organisations viz. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and TERI University; National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), Government of India, New Delhi; Division of Ecology and Natural Resources at the Centre for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany etc. Before joining his present position at JNU, he was the Project Director at MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Chennai, India. Dr. Mitra also worked as a team member in one special international project coordinated by the Inter Academy Council-Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This project studied the Science and Technology Strategies for Improving Agricultural Productivity, Food Security and Environment in Africa and was carried out on request of then UN Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan. Dr. Mitra has many years of experience working with farmers and village communities and plays a significant role in connecting science with society. Currently Dr. Mitra, along with his Ph.D. students, address the issues related to GHGs emission from agriculture sector, soil C and N dynamics and conservation of endangered plant species. As a Fulbright Scholar he carried out a short study on greenhouse gas modeling for Californian rice ecosystem at University of California, Davis from March-July 2012. He is a LEAD India Fellow (C-13).