Shyamkanu Mahanta


Mr. Shyamkanu Mahanta is a renowned entrepreneur in the field of infrastructure advisory and promoter of some of the most popular cultural initiatives focusing Northeast India in rest of the country and outside. His initiatives such as North East Festival Delhi, Colours of North East Mumbai, North East India Festival Bangkok and Rongali in Assam have helped northeast to create a brand for itself and to promote the region as a tourism and trade hub.  He is also one of the most prominent thought leaders of the Northeast India.

Oken Tayeng

Mr Oken Tayeng founded Aborcountry Travels & Expeditions in 2002, one of the leading tour operators in North East India out of his strong fascination for the culture and heritage of Siang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh. Apart from his passion of promoting Arunachal as a favourite tourists destination, Tayeng is a sport enthusiast and can speak in ten languages, including Hindi, English, Bengali, Assamese, Nepali, French, Spanish and Japanese. A recommended travel agent in Lonely Planet for Arunachal Pradesh, Tayeng is also the Joint Secretary Flat and White Water Federation on India and organises expeditions, trekking, white water rafting, angling ,cultural and festival tours, research trips in North East India.

Jambey Dondu

Mr Dondu is the President of Environmental Protection Society, a Tawang based NGO working for last many years towards protection of environment.

Koj Rinya, IFS

Ms Koj Rinya, IFS, MS, APSPCB and Director, State Forest Research Institute joining from Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. As the first woman IFS officer from Arunachal Pradesh Ms Koj Rinya is an icon for young women in her State. She has wide experience of working in diverse forest types of Arunachal Pradesh and a number of research publications to her credit. Ms Rinya is a state awardee for her meritorious services in the field of conservation.