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Cohort: 13
Designation: Director, Census Operation
Organisation: Government of Nagaland, Dimapur
Region: Nagaland
Biosketch: Hekali Zhimomi has received a Post graduate Degree in Social work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She briefly worked with NGOs as a Counsellor to recovering addicts before joining the Civil Services in 1996. She has held various positions in Government and is currently serving as the Director of the North East Zone Cultural Centre. She also supports the work of several NGOs in the area of her interest - HIV/AIDS, Health and Indigenous Communities. She is also currently working as Director, Census Operation, at State Government of Nagaland.


Cohort: 10
Designation: Managing Director
Organisation: Eleutheros Christian Society, Tuensang
Region: Nagaland
Biosketch: Phutoli Chingmak is currently the Managing Director of Eleutheros Christian Society based at Tuensang. She is also the co-founder of the organization. She has delivered lectures at home and abroad on HIV/AIDS and Drug addiction, Women and Economic development etc. She was also involved in UNDCP ROSA and Ministry of Social Justice India as a 'site-investigator' for research on 'The Availability and Consumption of Drugs' in the borders of India and Myanmar. Phutoli has been instrumental in promoting in developing the 'Self Help Groups' movement in Nagaland. To her credit there are more than 400 SHGs operational in the state of Nagaland. She has facilitated a number of training on micro credit, mother & child health, enabling environment etc. Currently working with FHI/USAID on the project on 'Comprehensive Care of PLHA/OVC in the community.' Phutoli is also a member of the Steering Committee of Nagaland Environment Protection and Economic Development (NEPED) Organisation, which is an autonomous body of the state of Nagaland jointly funded by Govt. of Nagaland and Indian Canadian Environmental facility (ICEF CIDA). She is a social worker from varied fields of education. She has obtained her bachelor of arts degree from NEHU (North Eastern Hill University), bachelor of theology (Senate of Serampore University) and a master's degree (M.Div.) from Asian Theological Association accredited by Mysore University.She was rewarded Gold Medal for her contribution in the field of HIV/AIDS and Development in 2004 by His Execellency Shri Shymal Datta Governor of Nagaland, India.


Cohort: 11
Designation: Chief Functionary
Organisation: Eleutheros Christian Society, Tuensang
Region: Nagaland
Biosketch: Chingmak Kejong is the Chief Functionary and co- founder of the Eleutheros Christian Society, a community based organization stationed in Tuensang located at the eastern most part of Nagaland, India. He is currently engaged in Doctoral study with Senate of Serampore University, West Bengal and doing research in the area of ' Naga traditional system of governance' and aspires to see how this becomes an effective tool for local governance and sustainable development in the state of Nagaland. He was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2002, member of South East Asian Peace Dialogue, member 'State wild Life Protection Board', member of State Level Education Board, Govt. of Nagaland an a nominated member of Planning commission under the Voluntary Action Cell of the ministry, Government of India. Of late, much of his involvement has been with the Faith based Organisation in Nagaland to particularly address and counter the issue of 'stigma and discrimination attached to People living with HIV/AIDS. He advocates and networks with community stakeholders for Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS into the mainstream Decision making bodies. He is the brain behind educational reform projects in the rural villages of Tuensang District which help facilitated in implementation of the Bill passed by the Government of Nagaland on "Communitization of School Education" in 2002. His believes that Tuensang being the most backward region in India, education if modeled for providing knowledge fused with life skills, education on peace and culture can bring tangible change. Chingmak introduced the concept of civil society to the less engaged members of society to promote democratization, civil participation, and governmental accountability.


Cohort: 6
Designation: ex Join Secretary
Organisation: Government of Nagaland
Region: Nagaland
Biosketch: Late Raj Kumar VERMA has been a member of the civil service in the Government of Nagaland since 1983 and is presently Additional Secretary. During his first 10 years of service, he was posted in the most remote areas in Nagaland where, in addition to his administrative responsibilities, he assisted in the implementation of programs at the local level through the UN award winning Village Development Boards and Communitisation Programme. He is working with eternally aided projects, notably the NEPED project (as Deputy Team Leader), besides others . His interests lie in sustainable development in tribal areas and improved methods in agro-forestry, especially pertaining to areas where shifting cultivation (Swidden) is practiced, renewable energy issues, climate change and people-led approaches. He is trained in facilitation and moderation skills which he uses in project management and social mobilisation programmes. He is skilled in Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation methodologies, especially Outcome Mapping, soft skills training and project design. Raj has served with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK government as a LEAD intern in the Environment Policy Department in the rank of First Secretary. He assisted in developing the UK strategy towards WSSD, Johanesburg. In 2001 he has been made a member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and presented a paper on use of Outcome Mapping at the AEA conference at St. Louis, Mo. (USA). He has also been invited on the board of the Moderation Group, a core team in India dedicated to the spread of moderation/ facilitation in decision making, development and other spheres for participatory and sustainable development. He has done several consultancies for international donors like ICIMOD, IFAD, IDRC, World Bank, CIDA, Governments of Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Bangladesh etc. and is associated with The Missing Link, an Environment Education and Communications NGO. He has worked on secondment with the LEAD India Secretariat as Director Programs, and was responsible for the Associate training of Cohort 10 and 11. His other skill lies in Resource Mobilisation that has enabled him to raise funds for several causes. He was also a member of LEAD's Capacity Development Team and has attended Training of Trainers in Cross Cultural Communications, Ethical Decision Making and Negotiating for Sustainable Development. Besides his normal government assignments, he is Principal Mentor for the Climate Change Leaders program in North East India. He is member of numerous boards like the Nagaland E-governance Mission Team, Climate Change Task Force, Electricity Regulatory Commission, South Asian Community of Evaluators and Project Director for the World Bank funded North East Rural Livelihoods Project in Nagaland. He is a former Director on the Board of LEAD India. He, with another LEAD Fellow, has recently initiated formation of the Eastern Nagaland Conservation Areas Network (ENCAN).


Cohort: 8
Designation: Environment Coordinator
Organisation: Government of Nagaland
Region: Nagaland
Biosketch: 1962-2010 Late Shanchothung Odyuo (Sancho) was an employee of the Government of Nagaland, Executive Engineer from Department of Irrigation and Flood control Nagaland. He was a Member POU,(Project operations unit (NEPED) Nagaland Empowerment of People through Economic Development since 1994. NEPED was the first foreign funded project in Nagaland. It was funded by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Sancho trained more than 3000 farmers and staff of the Government of Nagaland. (GON) on Environment protection and Economic development. He was involved in project design and execution of watershed management, Agro-forestry projects in Nagaland. He developed a concept on sustainable water harvesting for the North east India through mini and micro hydro power to empower rural people. He also operated a credit management project on Agro-forestry in the most backward and rural region of the North-east India. The project emphasized high value low volume cash crops besides capacity building. He used participatory appraisal methods with farmers to improve their livelihood and economic conditions while protecting natural resources for sustainable development. Sancho was an Agricultural Engineer from Allahabad Agricultural Institute and had a Master of Technology ( M. Tech) on Alternate Hydro Energy Systems (AHES) from IIT, Roorkee India. He had 18 years work experience on Rural Agricultural development.He was a bio farmer of Passion fruit, Cardamom and Ginger. An Agroforestry Research farm to improve Food security. He was also the Chairman of an NGO called People's Action on Environment & development.