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Ravina Aggarwal is one of the two founders of LAMO. She has been teaching in the Department of Anthropology at Smith College, Massachusetts, since 1994 after receiving her doctoral degree from Indiana University. Her research on Ladakh, which began in 1989, has kept her deeply engaged with the region for the last two decades. Dr. Aggarwal is the author of several articles and the book Beyond Lines of Control: Performing the Border in Ladakh, India (Duke University Press, 2004), the editor of Into the High Ranges: The Penguin Book of Mountain Writing, editor and translator of Forsaking Paradise: Stories From Ladakh by Abdul Ghani Sheikh (Katha Press, 2001), and co-founder of the journal Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism. She is currently the Program Officer for Higher Education, Media, Arts and Culture at the Ford Foundation in New Delhi.

Monisha Ahmed is a co-founder of LAMO. She is an independent researcher who has been visiting and writing about material culture, mainly the textile arts, in Ladakh since 1987. She received her doctoral degree in Social Anthropology from Oxford University in 1997. Her dissertation developed into the book Living fabric - weaving among the nomads of Ladakh Himalaya (Orchid Press, 2002), which received the Textile Society of America’s R L Shep award in 2003 for best book in the field of ethnic textile studies. Since then she has authored several articles on the textile arts of Ladakh, co-edited with Clare Harris Ladakh – Culture at the Crossroads (Marg Publications, 2005) and with Janet Rizvi authored Pashmina – The Kashmir Shawl and Beyond (Marg Publications, 2009). From 1997 to 2000 Dr Ahmed was the Projects Director at INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage), Greater Mumbai Chapter. She also taught the module “Economy, Society, and Culture” on the Leh Sustainable Development Course conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and contributed towards the preparation, designing and developing of the World Bank project “Biodiversity Conservation and Rural Livelihood Improvement Project” for the Changthang. She is currently Associate Editor for Marg Publications, a subsidiary of Marg Foundations, in Mumbai.

Phunchok Stobdan was the former Indian Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan. After completing his M.Phil from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, he went on to be a senior fellow at the Institute of Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA).Between 1999 and 2002 he served as Director of the Indian Cultural Centre at the Embassy of India in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He has also worked as Joint Director, National Security Council and as Director, Centre for Strategic and Regional Studies, University of Jammu. Prof Stobdan is an expert on issues concerning national and international affairs, particularly Central Asia and the Himalayan region. He has published extensively on the subject and is the author of several articles and books: India and Kazakhstan: Civilizational Explorations(Heritage Publication, 2003), and The Last Colony: Muzaffarabad-Gilgit-Baltistan(India Research Press, 2008).

Ghulam Mohammad Sheikh has worked with the ngo sector in Ladakh for over two decades. He graduated from Kashmir University in 1981 and in 1995 obtained a Diploma in Development Policy and Planning from University College Swanzea, Wales. From 1983-1988 he worked with Leh Nutrition Project, first as a member of their IEC team developing and introducing IEC strategies and materials for awareness and education on key development themes. Later as a Project Coordinator he led a multi-disciplinary team working on integrated development of remote villages of Ladakh. From 1989-94 he was the Zonal Director of Save the Children (UK) India for ‘North Central India’ and from 1996-2000 for ‘North West India’. In 2000 he founded the ngo Ladakh Development Organisation. LDO initiates work on local self-governance, gender and participatory development through implementation of Watershed Development Program, promotion of women Self-Help Groups and capacity building of Panchayat leaders.

Skalzang Youdon has wide experience in Programme Planning, monitoring and evaluation of NGOs, as well as administration and budgeting. She is a Graduate in English from Delhi University. From 1993 to 2000 she worked as Project Administrator with Save the Children (UK) at their Country Office in Delhi and later as the Field Officer based in Leh. From 2000 to 2009 she was Programme Officer with the Care Today Fund, an initiative of the India Today Group as a response to natural disasters in the country. Skalzang Youdon is currently Project Administrator with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation India, and is based in Delhi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
 
 

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