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Dominic Jala Resie

Most Reverend Dominic Jala

Most Reverend Dominic Jala was ordained a priest on Nov. 19, 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, 200. 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.




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Mr. D.K Manavalan – Retired IAS Officer

Mr.D.K Manavalan is a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. He was Joint Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), In Charge of Youth Affairs, Additional Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Welfare, Principal Secretary, Commerce and Industries, Government of West Bengal and has held several such senior positions under the Government of India.


Mr. Manavalan‘s academic credentials include a course in Public Administration from the National Academy of Administration,Mussorrie.He was also a fellow of the Economic Development Institute, World Bank, Washington DC, USA.Mr. Manavalan is presently heading Action for Food Production (AFPRO), a national development organisation, working on the issues of Natural Resource Management, Watershed and Livelihood Programme for the tribal, scheduled caste and other marginalized population of India.


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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).





Dr Lalrintluangi Resize

Dr. (Mrs.) Lalrintluangi

Dr. (Mrs.) Lalrintluangi, served as a doctor for 35 years in the Government sector. She has vast experience in the field of Public Health and held positions of repute – Chief Medical Officer, Central Government Health Scheme Dispensaries, New Delhi, Assistant Commissioner & Deputy Commissioner, Department of Family Welfare, New Delhi and various other prestigious positions during her tenure. She was also instrumental in promoting Health Education.




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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 Hawaii. 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 an independent law researcher. Her areas of expertise include Gender and Human Rights. She is the Managing Trustee of Women’s Research and Action Group – a non-profit organisation based in Mumbai, she served as a director in the organisation from 2002-2010.


Her 20 years of illustrious career includes working as a writer, researcher, speaker, trainer and activist for policy reform.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 research organisation on women’s issues in the country. Besides, Ms.Saumya is a member of Women’s Regional Network – a network of women working beyond the borders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.


She has written several books and articles on issues pertaining to Gender, Human Rights and Law, some of her books were published by the Oxford University Press.Ms.Saumya was also a consultant with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).










Fr. Ranjit Tigga SJ

Fr.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 Counselling 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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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









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.