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International Advisory Board
Pacific Bamboo Resources
January 2015 - Present  ♦  9 Years - 6 Months
The International Advisory Board (IAB) of Pacific Bamboo Resources represents a diverse, talented group of professionals, offering valuable context and perspective from around the world. The IAB provides timely information, technical support, and networking introductions in support of advancing PBR programs towards mission fulfillment.
Founder and Executive Director
South Asia Bamboo Foundation
South Asia
July 2011 - Present  ♦  12 Years - 12 Months
Kamesh is a skilled Bamboo Consultant with 25 years experience in the bamboo sector, especially bamboo processing, skill development , capacity building, planning , machinery and development strategies expert with long experience at management level with the community in development work in the bamboo and rattan processing and manufacturing industries and communities. Kamesh is also a skilled Project Manager with deep experience managing and implementing all projects.
Member, FICCI North East Advisory Committtee
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
July 2012 - December 2014  ♦  2 Years - 5 Months
The FICCI- NEAdvisory Committee will include Business leaders,Experts, leading Academicians and thought leaders. The committtee will strive to have represenataion from all 8 north eastern states of India. NE Advisory will guide FICCI on issues of business in the region.Give Policy recomendations, inputs on union budgets etc. Also to guide FICCI's activities in the region.
Expert Member
National Bamboo Mission of India
June 2007 - December 2011  ♦  4 Years - 6 Months
With a view to harness the potential of bamboo crop, Department of Agriculture & Cooperation (DAC), Ministry of Agriculture is implementing a 100% Centrally Sponsored Scheme called Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) in which National Bamboo Mission (NBM) is being implemented as a sub scheme. The Mission envisages promoting holistic growth of bamboo sector by adopting area-based, regionally differentiated strategy and to increase the area under bamboo cultivation and marketing. Under the Mission, steps have been taken to increase the availability of quality planting material by supporting the setting up of new nurseries and strengthening of existing ones. To address forward integration, the Mission is taking steps to strengthen marketing of bamboo products, especially those of handicraft items.
Consultant to Department of Human Resources
Ministry of Labour and Human Resources, MoLHR, Bhutan
April 2015 - December 2017  ♦  2 Years - 8 Months
For Hosting a team from Bhutan to study Bamboo design, production and technology in Nagaland, India
External Consultant (Bamboo Bio Refinery Project)
Price Water Copper House (PWC)
January 2015 - December 2015  ♦  11 Months
Under the MoU, Unido agreed to collaborate closely with the oil refinery on matters of mutual interest in order to achieve the common objectives of sustainable and efficient bamboo feedstock harvesting. Additionally the partners intend to develop a collection and distribution value chain including regeneration of quality bamboo stock, develop capacities of the value chain actors as well as government institutions to effectively participate in the development of the bamboo sector and demonstrate viable technologies for primary processing of bamboo at cluster level. Furthermore, the MoU aims at expanding access of youths to job-oriented and demand-driven skills focusing on industrial skills development within the bamboo value chain.
Consultant ( Skill and Bamboo Management)
Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency, Govt. Of Nagaland
January 2015 - Present  ♦  9 Years - 6 Months
The Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency (NBDA) was established in 2005 with the onus to undertake bamboo development in Nagaland both as a resource and as an enterprise. Ever since its inception, the NBDA has been doing pioneering works in the developing of Bamboo both as "Resource" (plantation and regeneration) and as "Enterprise" (bamboo based products) and its activities are gaining recognition and appreciation. In conjunction with its activities, and with meagre financial resources at its disposal, the NBDA has taken over the premises of a disused Sugar Mill at Dimapur and has established the Nagaland Bamboo Resource Centre (NBRC). The NBRC was initially envisaged to be a Common Facility Centre but soon it has become a location for introduction of new technologies both for propagation and plantation as also new technologies for value addition and processing of Bamboo based products.
Manipur State Bio Diversity Board, Department of Forest and Environment, Government of Manipur
July 2011 - December 2017  ♦  6 Years - 5 Months
Manipur is richly endowed with natural beauty and splendour. Home to Sangai (a rare species of brow-antlered deer) and the Siroi Lily (the only terrestrial lily grown on the hill tops of Siroi hill), Ethel St. Clair Grimwood described Manipur as a Pretty place more beautiful than many show places of the world. The first Prime Minister of India, the Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, described Manipur as a Jewel of India, bewitching beholders with its natural beauty and its cultural paraphernalia.

Biodiversity Management Committees are to be established under Section 41 of the Act at local level. The BMCs play a vital role in documenting biodiversity, their sustainable use and in dealing with Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) issues.

State Biodiversity Boards (SBBs) are to be established under Section 22 of the Act, So far 25 States have established the SBBs.
Member, National Afforestation and Eco Development Board, Regional Centre, NEHU, Shillong.
Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India.
April 2011 - April 2013  ♦  1 Year - 12 Months
The National Afforestation and Eco-Development Board (NAEB), set up in August 1992,is responsible for promoting afforestation,tree planting, ecological restoration and eco-development activities in the country, with special attention to the degraded forest areas and lands adjoining the forest areas, national parks, sanctuaries and other protected areas as well as the ecologically fragile areas like the Western Himalayas, Aravallis, Western Ghats, etc.
World Bamboo Organization (WBO)
April 2008 - April 2010  ♦  1 Year - 12 Months
The World Bamboo Organization is a diverse group consisting of individual people, commercial businesses, non-profit associations, institutions, and allied trade corporations that all share a common interest = BAMBOO. The purpose of the WBO is to improve and promote this common interest, as well as the conditions affecting, and the industry surrounding, this common interest. We are dedicated to promoting the use of bamboo and bamboo products for the sake of the environment and economy.
Member of Apex Committee and steering Committee of National Bamboo Mission
Ministry Of Agriculture and Co operation, Government of India
January 2007 - June 2011  ♦  4 Years - 5 Months
Advisory body on National Bamboo Mission headed by the Union Minister and Secretary for Agriculture and Co Operation respectively
Technical Co-ordinator, Bamboo Technology Support Group for National Bamboo Mission for North East India, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal
Ministry Of Agriculture and Co operation, Government of India
January 2007 - June 2011  ♦  4 Years - 5 Months
Advisory body on National Bamboo Mission headed by the Union Minister and Secretary for Agriculture and Co Operation respectively
Director of the Board of Directors
North East Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd. (NEHHDC), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India
June 2000 - August 2006  ♦  6 Years - 2 Months
ndia's northeast is undoubtedly a land of immense potential and possibilities with wonders in every corner of the region. Its people, with rich cultural heritage make the region all the more exceptional. Handlooms and handicrafts form an integral part of the lifestyle of the indigenous people of this region. Crafted goods and magic weaves are not only made for their own use but are also a means of livelihood for numerous artisans scattered all over the region. These invaluable traditional skills need preservation and promotion to stand the tides of changing times.
Project Coordinator, Cane and Bamboo Technological Upgradation and Networking Project (UNDP/UNIDO).
United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)
August 2000 - March 2004  ♦  3 Years - 7 Months
WORKING WITH the tallest grass on earth prepares one to raise the bar. At Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC), we always believe in raising it higher every day ever since our inception in 1999.

The 2007-08 fiscal year would perhaps go down as the most remarkable phase for CBTC. It marked a decade of our existence and the report of the UNIDO evaluation team for the 1 phase of the UNIDO-CBTC project under DST, Govt. of India, recommended the proposal for 2 phase project in the light of CBTC being adjudged as the most successful project under the UNIDO country program for the period. In this connection, the centre was invited to showcase our achievements at the UNIDO conference in Vienna, Austria from December 3 to 7, 2007. The centre has been has been primed to be the Bamboo Technical Support Group (BTSG) under the National Bamboo Mission, and thereby took us closer to the new members of our family – Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal – and helped raise our stock as an independent global model of product specific efficiency.

All the factors combined to make 2007-08 a fiscal of immense responsibility – and satisfaction of having met expectations. Of giving shape to the objectives of NBM implemented by Union Agriculture Ministry's Horticulture Division, promoting growth of the bamboo sector and impacting lives through generation of employment opportunities.

Dealing with a versatile grass entails resourcefulness. Team CBTC, brims with this trait, almost like the bamboo, growing abundantly across India's eastern and northeastern region. Resourcefulness to face challenges, come up with new ideas, acquire and impart new skills, industrialize the bamboo sector and make lives better for the stakeholders.

We have made rapid strides working with the wonder grass. But then, we believe in going a step further, or in other words, raising the bar. This report is a small attempt to highlight our activities and achievements in the most comprehensive way
Director, Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC), Guwahati, Assam
Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC), Guwahati, Assam.
April 2004 - June 2011  ♦  7 Years - 2 Months
Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre has facilitated the emergence of a new scenario in the North Eastern India. Five years of its existence in this part of India has struck the imaginations of the population here and led them on to dream about the possibility of a healthy future. Inevitably a future replete with expanded livelihood opportunities stemming unendingly from the right and rich harvest of Bamboos. This is the vision of CBTC. We strongly believe in the thrust which will be felt globally following our role as the matchmaker of the human resource, bamboo and technology.

CBTC was incorporated with the objective of organizing the hitherto untapped bamboo sector of NE India which is a significant occupant of its topography, culture and customary practices since time immemorial. Its formal existence came into being as a coordinated effort headed by North Eastern development Finance Corporation (NEDFi) along with the Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India, UNIDO and UNDP. CBTC is the field implementation agency and forms a part of the Technology Management Program (TMP) which is a joint effort of Govt of India and UNDP. CBTC has embarked on a new phase of programmes and projects in the bamboo sector with renewed vigor under the aegis of North Eastern Council (NEC). It can be said that CBTC is one of core outreach programme of NEC for giving a shift to the economy of NE in the positive direction. The progress of these two organizations has been acknowledged by the greater community as the change agent whose need was continually felt in the region.

CBTC involves its creativity and resource in talent scouting, training, technology sourcing, market linkage for giving a new age thrust to the age old bamboo sector. Keeping in mind the fast track changes in the global marketplace, contemporizing the traditional presentational aesthetics of bamboo end products receives our priority. In this never ending endeavor of CBTC to unleash a new dimension to bamboo of North East, we have set a benchmark to measure our impact. Unfailingly the apex index of our benchmark is: how many more homes did we add today to the bamboo grove of happiness and prosperity!
Mission Director
NERBaM, North East Council, Government of India
June 2004 - June 2007  ♦  2 Years - 12 Months
The North Eastern Council is the nodal agency for the economic and social development of the North Eastern Region which consists of the eight States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.
Member of Bamboo Development Committee
Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India
January 1999 - January 2000  ♦  12 Months
With a view to minimizing fire hazards and controlling forest fires a project was launched during the 9th Plan period in two States with the assistance of United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Later on, this project was first extended to ten Sates and then to the whole country. To consolidate its gains, the project was formalized during the 10th Plan into a Centrally Sponsored Scheme called “Integrated Forest protection Scheme (IFPS)”. The IFPS has been allowed to continue during 11th Plan period with the new name Intensification of Forest Management Scheme (IFMS) by adding 4 new components.
Consultant Bamboo Management Expert (India, Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Timor Leste, Thailand, Myanmar)
United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)
South East Asia
January 1999 - January 2013  ♦  13 Years - 12 Months
UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability.

As of January 2017, 168 States are Members of UNIDO. They regularly discuss and decide UNIDO’s guiding principles and policies in the sessions of the Policymaking Organs.

The mission of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States.

The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development in the next fifteen years. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs.
Chief Functionary/President
Crafts Society of Manipur (NGO)
Manipur, India
January 1992 - January 1999  ♦  6 Years - 12 Months


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