Sushil Ramola is the President of Integrated Mountain Initiative (www.mountaininitiative.in), which has been working for over 9 years in the 11 Indian Himalayan Region States and 2 Union Territories, as a platform connecting diverse stakeholders from researchers, policy makers, and communities around the complex issues such as climate change, livelihoods, disasters and sustainable cities and enabling integrated solutions - with the vision of ‘making India proud of our Mountains’. It works through a volunteer network of State Chapters, institutional and individual members.
He is also a social entrepreneur. He hails from Uttarakhand and founded an integrated rural tourism initiative DueNorth Ecoventures(www.duenorth.in) in his native village Saur which has become a role model in village rejuvenation through tourism, arts and crafts. He also founded B-ABLE (www.b-able.in) in 2009 which became the first ever partner of National Skills Development Corporation and has so far provided skills and meaningful livelihoods to about 2.5 lakh youth in 26 states of India. He has been involved in co-founding and guiding some new initiatives such as Association of Skill Training Partners, an apex body of skill providers in India, and Domestic Workers Sector Skills Council.
He has over 30 years’ previous experience in leading innovation and system driven business organizations in India, USA and the Middle East in both industry and service sectors. A former President and CEO of SRF Limited, a Deming Prize winning company, he initiated many green field projects and led them as CEO. He was also a board member of Essilor India, part of the largest global company engaged in vision correction and is currently on the governing councils of institutions such as Blind Relief Association and Venu Eye Hospital and Research Centre, to name a few.
Sushil Ramola is a chemical engineer with PGDM from IIM Ahmedabad.
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.
Dr Lalbiak Mawia Ngente is an architect and community leader in Aizawl, Mizoram. He has been running his own consultancy firm on architecture and construction since 1988.
Known for his meritorious achievements, dynamic outlook and service to society, he has been involved in different NGOs, student unions, educational institutions and government bodies in different capacities. 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 is the Vice President, IMI.
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 is recipient of the President’s award for “Meritorious Record of Service”, 2006. 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.
Prem Das Rai is a former Member of Parliament, two terms – 2009 – 2019, from Sikkim and belongs to the Sikkim Democratic Front Party.
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 was a member of the Standing Committee on Finance and the Subordinate Legislation Committee of Lok Sabha. He was the Chairman of the Library Committee of the Parliament of India.
He is also an Eisenhower Fellow (2000) from India. He was awarded the prestigious and selective Eisenhower Fellowship for his contribution to Sikkim’s economic and industrial growth.
One of the founding members, he is currently a Councillor of the Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI) that works across all mountain states of Indian Himalayan Region.
Nita Kapoor has worked for 30+ years in varying leadership roles in the Corporate Sector. A well-known name in Advertising and Communications, she was the CEO at NewsCorp VCCircle, COO at Godfrey Phillips India Ltd and VP at DDB Mudra Communications Ltd. She is currently engaged as the Founder of Rcube Ventures, a social initiative with the mission of bringing Indian Art to the forefront by designing modern recycled packaging, lifestyle and gift products. Apart from her many milestones in the Corporate world, she is actively involved with women’s empowerment through livelihood opportunities.
She is an alumnus of IIM A and Harvard Business School and speaks at key leadership forums and business schools across India on management topics, the importance of gender diversity and the role of women in building the economy of our country .
Nita Kapoor is the Honorary Advisor for Social Media at IMI. She guides the IMI team on social media strategy for media platforms, content curation, development and execution ensuring IMI brings its news and views to its stakeholders and audience.
Vikram Kumar Jha works as an Accounts & Administrative Officer at Integrated Mountain Initiative. Previously he worked as an Accounts & Admin Executive in an Institutional Organisation. He is a Bachelor of commerce graduate from University of Delhi. He looks after accounting and administration for the smooth functi0oning of office activities.