Kohima Educational Society Update – October 2013

The Kohima Educational Society (KES) has embarked on a new stage of its development by appointing an Advisory Council and a full-time Manager. The Chairman of the Council, Dr P Ngully, and the Manager, Mhasisalie Solo, have been invited to the UK to meet the KET Trustees.

Pfelie Kesiezie ______________ Charles Chasie

Dr Phyobemo Ngully ––––––––– Mhasisalie Solo

Pfelie Kesiezie, who has been Chairman of the Society since its inception, has decided to step aside to devote more time to his career as a distinguished educator and to his many community activities. He has been a wonderful host to me and my husband and many others, and has visited England twice during his years of office to help cement the relationship between the Kohima Educational Trust and KES. He will continue to be available to KES as a counsellor.

Charles Chasie, who introduced Pfelie to KET and has worked closely with him, will continue as Honorary President of KES. He was our first contact in Nagaland, and has been generous with his time and wise advice from the outset.

In addition to his business life as Chairman and CEO of M/s Naga Indigenous Foods, Charles is the Chief Functionary for the Centre of Democracy and Tribal Studies, and is well known as an independent journalist and researcher, publisher and writer on environment, conflict resolution, education and human development.

Dr Phyobemo Ngully, the first Chairman of the Advisory Board, is a nationally renowned psychiatrist. He has held many senior medical appointments and is currently the Director of the Regional Resource and Training Centre. He is also Chairman of the Kripa Foundation Nagaland, a branch of India’s largest NGO, which works with people suffering from chemical dependency and HIV Infection.

The growth of KES has generated the need for a full-time Executive Manager, the post to which Mhasisalie Solo was appointed last year. After working as an analyst in the insurance industry, Salie joined the TATA Consultancy in Bangalore where he handled market research for Unilever.

A qualified accountant, Salie is acting as Secretary to the Advisory Council.

Sylvia May, October 2013

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