Our Founders

Hekani Jakhalu

Hekani Jakhalu

Chair & Founder - YouthNet

Hekani Jakhalu, is a lawyer by profession, She has an LLM, degree from University of San Francisco, and trained extensively at Harvard University, American University in Washington D.C., Amnesty International- San Francisco and the United Nations Head Quarters in New York.

An alumnus of Lady Shri Ram College and Law Faculty in Delhi University, Hekani worked both at the Supreme Court of India and Delhi High Court. After quitting as a Partner of a New Delhi law firm in 2005, she returned home to Nagaland to start YouthNet with group of friends of young professionals, believing in the power of ordinary people to make extraordinary change.

Theja Meru

Theja Meru

Founding Member - YouthNet

Theja Meru is a musician and an entrepreneur. He was part of a band called Blood and Fire, a Chennai based band in the 90s. Today he heads the Rattle & Hum Music Society (www.rattlenhum.com) which aims to network musicians at national and international level. He launched a popular and famous hangout for the youth of Kohima called Dream Cafe. He also runs Kohima’s Heritage guest house, a bungalow built by the Britsh around 1947. He is also now the present Adviser to Task Force for Music and Arts (TaFMA) Nagaland. A government body in Nagaland dedicated to the upliftment and promotion of music and arts in Nagaland.

Kuchi Rangkau Zeliang

Kuchi Rangkau Zeliang

Founding Member - YouthNet

Kuchi Rangkau Zeliang studied International Management at the University of Westminster, London, and has a Diploma in Film Directing, Production and TV Journalism from the Asian Academy of Films and Television, Australia. He has business ventures in the telecom sectors as well as in construction.

Anato Zhimomi

Anato Zhimomi

Founding Member - YouthNet

Anato Zhimomi is the Managing Director of the Zhimomi Group of Companies. He has a Masters degree in Finance and Account from London School of Economics, MBA from Regent Business School, London and a BBA degree from University of California Berkeley. His companies consist of telecom, constructions, aerated drinks, transports, automobiles, timbers and food processing.

Limaakum Jamir

Limaakum Jamir

Founding Member - YouthNet

Limaakum Jamir graduated from St.Stephens College, N.Delhi and Masters degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is presently serving as an officer in the Nagaland Police.

Kechangulie (Chabuo) Rio

Kechangulie (Chabuo) Rio

Founding Member - YouthNet

Kechangulie (Chabuo) Rio is the Managing Director of M/S Chabou & Co. He has a BBA degree from University of Canberra (Australia), and MBA degree from the University of Canberra (Australia). He did his schooling from St. Johns white hall (Shillong), and Laxman Public School (New-Delhi).

Pretso Therie

Pretso Therie

Founding Member - YouthNet

Pretso Therie is the Director of the CWIIL Group (NE & NCR). He has an MBA degree from Australia. Pretso was instrumental in strategizing the Organization’s structure and programme during its initial years.

Naro Imchen

Naro Imchen

Founding Member - YouthNet

Naro Imchen is an entrepreneur. She is a culinary specialist with trainings from Bangkok and New.Delhi. She also dabbles in clothing and retail. Naro has a Bachelors degree from Shillong.

Angelica M.Chishi

Angelica M.Chishi

Founding Member - YouthNet

Angelica M.Chishi went to Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi and has a master’s degree in Clinical Applied Psychology.

Alen Phom

Alen Phom

Founding Member - YouthNet

Alen Phom after her Master’s degree from Delhi University joined the YouthNet team in building the organization. She joined the crew of Kingfishers Airlines in 2007. She is an alumni of Christ College, Bangalore.