Founder and CEO, Worldview Impact
I started my journey in sustainable development back in 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit. That experience left me convinced that working towards helping people build a better life through social, environmental and economic development was what I wanted to do. I was later appointed by the prime minister of India to represent my country at the historic United Nations Millennium Summit. After graduating from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in 2002 with a Master of International Affairs in Environmental Policy Studies, I moved to Washington DC and joined the Environment Department of the World Bank working on linking poverty reduction and environmental management funded by DFID, EU, UNDP and World Bank. I moved to London to complete my MPhil at LSE in 2007 and then completed my PhD on analysing the impacts of climate change on the livelihoods of indigenous peoples in Meghalaya at the Intercultural Open University in the Netherlands in 2009.
My reason for applying to LSE was to conduct further research on the complex issues of forestry and governance in my homeland Meghalaya in North East India and also raise the profile of my part of forgotten and forbidden India. My time at LSE was a great learning experience where I was able to develop strong friendships with both faculty and fellow students from around the world. Thanks to the findings of my research thesis at LSE, I was influenced to put it into practice on the ground by converting it into a business plan and establishing my own LSE incubated Social Enterprise - Worldview Impact. As its Founder and CEO I am now creating a sustainable business for a sustainable future by mitigating climate change at the grassroots level, through the creation of sustainable livelihoods for the poor in order to reduce poverty. I am also the Co-founder of the Global Youth Action Network and sit on the Board of Directors of Media Impact, Humanitad and Forestry for Life.