Designation: Founder Executive Secretary & Freelance Policy Analyst
Organisation: Sustainable Development Forum Nagaland, Guwahati
Biosketch: A development consulting expert with over 25 years of multidisciplinary experience from policy formulation to project development and community empowerment, Amba is professionally trained as an environmental lawyer and development communicator. He is a grassroots trainer, facilitator and community convenor with experience in the Eastern Himalayas and the Asia Pacific region in the areas of education, development, livelihood, and policy advocacy. Amba works directly with policy makers, NGOs, community leaders, farmers and the poorest of the poor. He has extensive experience working in local, national and international NGOs, the government, and with advanced regional policy and research think tanks such as the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan. His more recent work was organising the Sustainable Mountain Development Summit (SMDS), a meeting of the 12 Indian mountain states on India in Kohima, Nagaland to discuss mountain specific issues related to mountain states. 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: Associate Professor
Organisation: Indian Institute of Technology
Biosketch: Dr. Sudip Mitra is an Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, Assam. Prior to this, he has served as regular faculty at various institutes/universities viz. Tezpur (Central) University, Assam; Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi; National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), New Delhi. He has earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. 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. More than 15 years, Dr. Mitra has been working in the field of natural resources management, livelihood, climate change (Vulnerability & Adaptation) and greenhouse gases management. He has worked in various National and International Organisations viz. M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Chennai; The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and TERI University; Division of Ecology and Natural Resources at the Centre for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany etc. 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 in working with farmers and village communities and plays a significant role in connecting science with society. As a Fulbright Scholar (2012), he carried out a short study on greenhouse gas modeling for Californian rice ecosystem at University of California, Davis, USA, under the mentorship of Prof. Johan Six. Dr. Mitra also served as the Task Force Member of MNREGA convergence of schemes under Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.