IMI is currently led by a team that includes Sushil Ramola, Alemtemshi Jamir, Fantry Mein Jaiswal, Prem Das Rai, Gopal Rawat, Rajendra Dobhal, Vincent Darlong, Ramesh Negi, Lalbiak Mawia Ngente, John Paulraj and Namrata Rawat.
Sushil Ramola is the president of IMI. He is Co-founder and currently Chairman of B-ABLE which was set up in 2009 in partnership with BASIX, the pioneering microfinance and livelihood promotion company in India. He is a former President and CEO of SRF Limited. He has over 34 years’ experience in leading innovation and performance driven business organizations in India, USA and the Middle East in both industry and service sectors.
He also has experience of engaging with civil society and is an active member of the board of several well-known NGOs such as Central Himalayan Environment Association (CHEA), SRF Foundation and the Blind Relief Association. For the last 16 years, he has also been mentoring and guiding some of the most respected schools in India.
He is a chemical engineer and an IIM Ahmedabad alumnus.
Member, Governing Council
Alemtemshi Jamir is the former president of IMI. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1977 and retired in January 2014 as Chief Secretary of Nagaland. He was involved in sustainable development issues throughout his service. He was Team Leader of NEPED and a strong proponent of Jhum or Shifting cultivation. He initiated the Bamboo Mission, Honey & Beekeeping Mission, Bio-Resource Mission, Dikhu Green Zone and Pico Hydropower generation in Nagaland and is currently advisor to the SDFN (Sustainable Development Forum of Nagaland) that hosted SMDS-III.
PD Rai is member of the 16th Lok Sabha from Sikkim and belongs to the Sikkim Democratic Front Party. This is his second consecutive term as a Member of Parliament. He is a former Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Commission, Govt. of Sikkim, and has also chaired the Sikkim Industrial Development and Investment Corporation.
He has the distinction of being the first Member of Parliament with the dual and prestigious IIT and IIM degrees from Kanpur and Ahmedabad respectively. He is also a former Eisenhower Fellow (2000) from India. He was awarded the prestigious and selective Eisenhower Fellowship for his contribution to Sikkim’s economic and industrial growth.
He is the convener of the Integrated Mountain Initiative. He also initiated the first GLOBE (Global Legislators’ Organisation for Balanced Environment) State Chapter of India in Sikkim which provides legislators and parliamentarians of the state a platform to deliberate on major global environmental challenges.
Fantry Mein Jaswal
Hailing from the beautiful State of Arunachal Pradesh, Fantry Mein Jaswal joined the Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Central Excise) in 1976. In her career spanning 35 years, she held several challenging assignments. She considers herself fortunate to have lived and served in all parts of India including Bangalore, New Delhi, Chandigarh, Nashik etc. and gained enriching experiences in every city her job took her to. She superannuated in July 2011 as Chief Commissioner.
In August 2012, she was appointed as Chairperson of the Arunachal Pradesh State Finance Commission. Since completion of her report in June 2014, she has been committed to the movement for mountains and spearheading it as the Secretary for IMI. she also leads the Sustainable Development Forum Arunachal Pradesh as its Chairperson.
An IAS officer of 1984 Batch, Ramesh Negi is the Vice President of IMI. In his long and illustrious career as an administrator, he has served in many roles including Chief Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh, Administrator of Daman & Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Chief Executive Officer, Delhi Jal Board. Currently, he is Chairperson, Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
Lalbiak Mawia Ngente
Dr Lalbiak Mawia Ngente is an architect and community leader. He has been the General Secretary of Central Young Mizo Association, Secretary of Mizoram People Forum, President YHAI Mizoram State Branch, and present Chairman of the Mizoram Sustainable Development Foundation. He has previously been associated with the Government of Mizoram.
He is the Vice President, IMI.
A botanist by profession, Dr Gopal Rawat is the Dean of Wildlife Institute of India. Working on issues relevant to the Indian Himalaya, he has been teaching for twenty eight years now and has held many important posts and roles in his career. He is a member of IUCN (Species Survival Commission’s, Orchid and Medicinal Plant Specialist Groups) and Commission on Ecosystem Management. He has served as a member of Uttarakhand State Wildlife Advisory Board and of Task Force on Mountain Ecosystems and Grassland Ecosystems set up by the Planning Commission of India under the 11th Five-year Plan. He has worked with ICIMOD, Garhwal University and Kumaon University.
Dr Vincent Darlong has been an eminent contributor to the issues of natural resource management and livelihoods, community based biodiversity conservation and community forestry, environment and social impact assessments, research and development, among others. Apart from his engagement with the communities in the Northeast, he has worked with the Government of India as a member of various task forces, working groups and committees.
He was the Country Programme Officer for International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Currently, he is the Vice Chancellor of Martin Luther Christian University, Shillong.
John Paulraj is the Programme Coordinator. He is a development professional with experience and grassroots associations on issues of climate change, disaster risk reduction and wildlife conservation. He previously worked with the Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development (TCSRD),Gujarat before joining IMI. He completed his master’s degree in Disaster Management from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Priyadarshinee Shrestha has been working on issues of sustainable development, ecological and environment conservation, waste management in Sikkim and Darjeeling Himalaya for the last fifteen years. She has worked with ATREE, SDC and WWF. Currently, she is the Team Leader of WWF India’s Khangchendzonga Landscape Programme in Sikkim and Joint Secretary, IMI
Dr Rajendra Dobhal is the Director General of Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology. He has had the distinct privilege to occupy the positions like Chairman and Managing Director, National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), Govt. of India; Director, Uttarakhand Science Education and Research Centre (USERC); Director, Uttarakhand Space Application Centre (USAC); Senior Scientific Advisor/Project Director, Uttarakhand State Biotechnology Board; Scientist/Tech. Advisor to DG and Science Advisor, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal, in the past. He is also the Chairperson of the Sustainable Development Forum, Uttaranchal.
Namrata Rawat is Project Coordinator working on climate change, skill development, policy issues concerning mountain states and youth participation. She is a graduate of University of Delhi and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai where she specialized in working on child rights and family welfare. She has previously worked as an editorial assistant with Taylor and Francis and Tata Steel Corporate Social Responsibility division.