Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is made up of scholars, administrators, and respected community leaders actively engaged in promoting excellence in higher education and development, and developing collaborative partnerships with universities, civil society organisations and other public and private sector institutions. The board is responsible for shaping the goals and strategies of the Kohima Institute; providing counsel to the senior leadership; and governance over institute activities, and assets. The Board meets at least once-a-year, and its various committees represent the interdisciplinary character of the Institute's programs.

Dr Michael Heneise |

Michael Heneise is co-founder and director of the Kohima Institute. He has conducted research in the Andes of South America, and in the Himalayas of Northeast India, and is generally interested is the intersection between indigenous knowledge, sacred ecology, and modernity. His doctoral research at Edinburgh University explored the relationship between dreams, sacred landscapes, and personhood among the Nagas in India. He is editor-in-chief of The South Asianist and co-editor of The Highlander, both open access journals published by Edinburgh University. He is also on the editorial board of Gitanjali and Beyond which promotes creative writing, artistic expression and research on Rabindranath Tagore’s work and life. Prior to Edinburgh he studied anthropology in Ecuador at the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO).

Kekhrie Yhome |

Kekhrie Yhome is co-founder and a trustee of the Kohima Institute. Born and brought up in Kohima, he is a PhD candidate in contemporary continental European thought on language ontology and temporality at Jawaharlal Nehru University, where he also obtained an MA in English and Linguistics, and an MPhil in Semiotics. He served as a Junior Teacher (1996-98) at the community-sponsored Khedi Baptist School, Kohima Village, and subsequently as Headmaster (2003-05). In between he also taught at Baptist College, and been a lecturer in the English Department at Nagaland University. A human rights activist focusing on issues related to genetic recourse and environmental concerns, he ran a weekly column for the Morung Express, and was Assistant Professor in English at University of Delhi. His forthcoming book Writing the North-East (of India): Three Essays (2017), is a seminal study on regionalised and territorialised geoscapes and poetics.

Dr Achan Mungleng |

Achan Mungleng is a versatile scholar with a background in peace activism, institution building, and research. She conducted extensive research on women's issues as an affiliate of the United National Historical Research and the Institute of Social Sciences (2003); engaged in sustainable development research in 2006 as an affiliate of RCSD, Chiang Mai University, Thailand; and has a long association with contemporary Burma on issues of diaspora, working from both Delhi (India) and Chiang Mai (Thailand). Between 2007-2012, she set up the Euro Burma Office, New Delhi, and served as its South Asia Coordinator. She is an ANFREL International observer and has participated in Nepal elections (2008 & 2013) and the 2009 Afghanistan Presidential election. Since 2006, she has been Advisor, Peace Education Resource Centre (PERC), New Delhi. She holds a Ph.D in Social Anthropology from the University of Delhi, which she achieved having done post-graduate work in Anthropology at Miranda House, New Delhi. She was previously a Junior and Senior Research Fellow, University Grants Commission and is a Life Member of Indian Anthropological Association. Dr. Achan was born in Shirui Village, Ukhrul District, Manipur.

Dr Sanjay Barbora |

Sanjay (Xonzoi) Barbora teaches at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati Campus. He obtained a PhD in sociology from North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) in 2007, following a four-year research project on "Settler-Indigenous Conflicts in Frontier Regions" hosted at the Department of Ethnology, University of Zurich (Switzerland) by the National Centre for Competence and Research, North-South. Prior to that, he had completed his MPhil and MA in sociology from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University. Barbora has been involved in setting up social research institutes and with the human rights movement in the North-East. Along with Dr. Walter Fernandes, he helped establish the North Eastern Social Research Centre (NESRC) in Guwahati in 2000. He has also been the regional manager for "Media and Conflict" for Panos South Asia, a media support initiative that offered platform, scholarships and exchanges for media professionals, activists and researchers in the constituent countries of South Asia. When possible, Barbora spends his time scheming and plotting different ways to encourage local communities in the North-East to apply for community radio licenses and set up low-cost, community-run radio stations. He lives in Guwahati.

Theyie Keditsu |

Dr Viketoulie Pienyü |

Viketoulie Pienyü, MD, is a psychotherapist and Senior Medical Officer at Nagaland State Mental Health Institute in Kohima, Nagaland state. In addition to his clinical practice, he is a passionate advocate for higher education, a prominent community leader and promoter of mental health awareness state-wide. He joined the Kohima Institute in 2015, and has been instrumental in procuring the institute's first permanent campus facilities.