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Honorary Members of the General Body

Dominic Jala Resie

Dr Dominic Jala

Dr Dominic Jala was ordained a priest on 19 Nov, 1977 in the congregation of Salesians of John Bosco (S.D.B.). He was appointed Archbishop of Shillong on Dec. 22, 1999 and was ordained on April 2, 200o. Before becoming a prelate Archbishop Jala was the provincial of the Salesian congregation in Guwahati. He is presently the Chairman of the Liturgy Commission of North eastern Bishops Conference.

GS Sethi

Mr. G S Sethi

Mr. G S Sethi is a Graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology (now Thapar University) Patiala and a Post Graduate from ESSA Paris (France). He started his career in Mining & Allied Machinery Corporation, Durgapur. Mr.GS Sethi joined DGE&T in France and occupied several positions during his tenure of more than three decades. He retired in 2001 as the Deputy Director General from DGE&T. During his five decades of experience, he handled several significant assignments such as implementation of country-wide World Bank assisted Vocational Training Project. He was a guest faculty at German Foundation for International Development, Mannheim, Germany. Since 2001, he took to management consultancy and has carried out assignments for GIZ (in India and in Vietnam), Government of Haryana and Chandigarh, TERI-SIDBI and ILO. In 2008, he was retained by Career Launcher as TVET Consultant and as Editor of monthly magazine SKILLS AHEAD where he worked for over four years. Presently, he is a TVET consultant to IndiaCan (a unit of Pearson).

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Sr. Rose Hainuange Paite

Sr. Rose Hauniang Paite is the General Councilor for Social Apostolate in the Congregation as well as the director of Centre for Development Initiatives, Guwahati. She heads the Social Development department of the congregation and all the social service initiatives of the congregation are conducted under her direct supervision and leadership which includes the 5 provinces in India, the Italian delegation, South Africa (Lesotho, South Sudan, Swaziland, Johannesburg and Ethiopia) and Hawai. She is also ‘A’ Class Board of trustee member of the Alcoholic Anonymous India. Sr. Rose Paite is Psycho therapeutic Counseling. She is the Founder of Ferrando Integrated Women Development Center: Peace Home, in Durtlang, Aizawl, Mizoram. She is serving as the secretary of the Governing Board till date and also held the position of the director for 8 years. Her expertise includes working with women substance abusers and HIV/AIDS, sex workers, alcoholics and their children. She was also the women Commission Secretary of the Diocese of Aizawl, Mizoram for four years and led about 5000 women to dedication and service. Sr. Rose also initiated the Domestic workers Movement in Mizoram and worked with thousands of migrant workers from Myanmar and girl school drop – outs from rural areas. In appreciation and in acknowledgement of her contribution to the State of Mizoram, the Senior Citizens Association of Mizoram accorded her as the Nightingale of Mizoram on the occasion of their Golden Jubilee Celebration in 2010.

Saumya Uma

Ms. Saumya Uma

Ms. Saumya Uma is a law academic, with over 23 years of work experience in advocacy, research, training and law practice in the areas of human rights and gender. She presently teaches at the School of Law, Governance and Citizenship at the Ambedkar University, New Delhi, India.  She has previously taught at the Maharashtra National Law University – Mumbai as well as National Law School of India University, Bengaluru in the capacity of Assistant Professor – Law. Ms. Uma is a former consultant with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).She is an active participant of the women’s movement in India since 1994, and is a life member of the Indian Association for Women’s Studies – a premier registered membership-based organization in the country.  She is also a Core Member of Women’s Regional Network – a network of women working beyond the borders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. She has written 13 books and over 40 articles on issues pertaining to Gender, Human Rights and Law, some of which have been published by renowned publishers such as the Oxford University Press and Sage Publications.



Dr. Ranjit Tigga SJ

Dr. Ranjit Tigga, S.J. was ordained a priest on May 20, 1996. He holds Master’s Degree in English from Mumbai University and Master’s Degree in Journalism and Ph.D. in Communication from Marquette University, USA. In Xavier Institute of Development Action and Studies (XIDAS), Jabalpur, he was the Head of the Department of Development Communication from 2007 to 2008, Assistant Director from 2009 to 2010 and the Director from June 2011 to June 2014. He taught Change Management, Managerial Communication, Industrial Psychology and Counseling Skills in Xavier Institute of Management Jabalpur (XIMJ) since 2006. His areas of interest include communication, journalism, administration, counseling, leadership, culture and change and social work. He was the editor of Vikash Vani Journal (VVJ) from 2011 to 2014. Before joining XIDAS, he worked as a freelance journalist and has contributed to several national and regional news papers and magazines. He was awarded with Dr. Ambedkar National Award (New Delhi) in 1996 and Jessica Powers Award (Milwaukee, USA) in 1999. Now he is transferred to Indian Social Institute,Delhi.

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Mr. Javid Chowdhury  

Mr. Javid Chowdhury is a retired Indian Administrative Officer (IAS) from the Gujarat Cadre. He served as the District Development Officer, the District Magistrate and Collector during his stint with the Rural Development Sector. Besides, he held senior positions in the Minerals Administration Sector, in Ministries of Food, Finance (Dept. of Revenue) and Health and Family Welfare. He represented India on the Executive Board for the World Health Organization (WHO) and during this period he also discharged the responsibilities as the Vice Chairman of the Board.Post retirement he worked as a Consultant with WHO in the field of ‘Public Health Policy’. Later, he became associated with several not for profit organizations like FXB India Suraksha, Partners in Change, Voluntary Health Association of India and the Independent Commission on Development and Health in India.

Roshan P Rai

Mr. Roshan P. Rai  

Roshan P. Rai is a development worker with DLR Prerna, a Darjeeling based NGO. He works on issues of environment and social equity. He partnered with marginal communities; models were created resulting in setting up of Darjeeling’s first small farmer organic and fair-trade collective – Mineral Spring Sanjukta Vikash Sanstha. His intervention revolves around inclusions in fair-trade movements in tea, conservation efforts, small farmer collectives and NGOs. He works on waste with Zero Waste Himalaya. Roshan engages at policy level through his writings and educational institutions.


Mr. Sanjay Patra

Mr.Sanjay Patra holds a Master’s Degree in Commerce and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He has an experience of over 25 years in the Voluntary and Development Sector. At present, he is the Executive Director of the Financial Management Services Foundation (FMSF) and has served with this organization since 1998. FMSF is a nonprofit organization responsible for financial monitoring and capacity building of development organizations in South Asia (India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka & Pakistan). He has also been a resource person in many National as well as International Workshops specializing in the areas of Financial Management, Governance and Legal aspects of the Voluntary Sector. So far he has facilitated more than 200 workshops across India. He is also serving as a faculty in various educational institutions. Over the years, he has been engaged in major research and training and has also authored books on financial audit and wrote several articles. A recognized social activist and writer, Mr. Patra has been a member of a number of committees of the Government of India and several national and international non-profit groups working on civil society issues.

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Ms. Esther Beulah

Ms. Esther Beulah has a Master’s Degree in Social Work with specialization in Urban and Rural Community Development from Stella Maris College, Chennai. Presently, she is serving as the Chief Executive Officer of ECOMWEL, a development support group based in Chennai. The core activities of ECOMWEL includes supporting NGO initiatives, offering individual fellowships, implementing innovative direct projects and building capacities through training, documentation and campaigns.   She has facilitated gender sensitization training for representatives of various government departments and also facilitated intra NGO training on Gender and Development for more than 80 NGOs in Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Ms. Beulah is also associated with various National and Inter National forums concerning Gender issues.


Mr. Madan Prasad Bezbaruah

Mr. Madan Prasad Bezbaruah is a Master degree holder in Economics from Delhi School of Economics and Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University, USA. His illustrious career is adorned with significant assignments in Assam, Meghalaya, the North Eastern Council and he also held positions of repute under Government of India and several International Institutions. The World Tourism Organization appointed him as Honorary Permanent Representative in recognition of the valuable contribution made to the development of tourism. He has authored the report on Indian Outbound Tourism for UN-WTO and was National Consultant of ADB’s SASEC Tourism Development Project, phase I and II, and UN-WTO’s project on Development of Coastal Tourism in West Bengal and Odisha.

Mr. Bezbaruah has written three books- Indian Tourism: Beyond the Millennium, The Guest is God-Reflections on Tourism and Frontiers of New Tourism. He was also the Chief Editor of five volume encyclopedia – “Fairs and Festivals of India”.


Dr. Jacob John

Dr. Jacob John is a Ph.D. in economics and MBA in finance and marketing. He is an institution builder and a development specialist. Presently, he is the President of KDS -Delhi, a socio-economic research organization and Centre for Development of Indian States. Dr. Jacob John has implemented a large number development projects in various parts of India, mostly in partnership with different ministries of Government of India and State Governments and district administrations. These projects pertain to technical support programmes for institutions, research studies and training programmes. Besides, his distinguish career also includes working for UN system in India and abroad and also reputed private institutions in the country.