Kamesh served as the President of the World Bamboo Organization from 2007 through 2010. Shortly thereafter, he founded the South Asia Bamboo Foundation, SABF. Formerly, he served as the Director of the Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC), Guwahati, Assam, India, where he oversaw the functioning of more than 20 employees and led the team in carrying out various activities in protecting the environment and promoting the awareness of Bamboo. As a Coordinator of the Bamboo Technical Support Group (BTSG) of the National Bamboo Mission , Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation, Government of India for NE States and States of Orissa, Jharkhand and West Bengal , Kamesh oversees, monitors and coordinates the functioning of the NBM in the region .
As Project Coordinator of Cane and Bamboo Technological Upgradation and Networking Project (a UNDP funded and UNIDO implemented project) from August 2000, he nurtured its activities from inception to its successful culmination in March, 2004. As the Project Leader of a team which was sponsored by INBAR, Beijing, a study was made on the role of Bamboo in Sericulture in North East India. He has had the privilege of working as a Consultant for UNIDO for the Bamboo Handicraft Sector under the Bamboo Development Plan of Ministry of Environment & Forest, Government of India in August 1999. As the Chief Functionary of the Crafts Society of Manipur, Kamesh led a team of artisans and entrepreneurs in the development and marketing of innovative Handicraft products thereby promoting use of environment friendly material. As a member of the All India Handicraft Board from 1997 to 1999 under the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, he has played a leading role in formulating and developing strategies, particularly for the NE Region of India .
Perhaps the most major achievement of his career was been the appointment as the President of the World Bamboo Organization. Prior to this role, Kamesh was WBO’s Regional Representative for South Asia, in recognition of his contribution to the development of bamboo crafts and industries in this region. Another recent highlight for Kamesh was his being inducted as a Member of the “Apex Committee of National Bamboo Mission” launched by the ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation, Government of India. Another major achievement was his involvement with the formulation of the National Bamboo Mission of India; as the head of CBTC, he prepared the report for this ambitious mission. It can be proudly said that this is North India’s contribution to the national mainstream.
Under his leadership, the VIII World Bamboo Congress was in held in Thailand from 16-18 September 2009 and was a huge success. It was Kamesh’s iniative to request the government of Thailand to declare the 18th of September World Bamboo Day. Subsequently he spear-headed a wonderful World Bamboo Day event in Mizoram. See the World Bamboo Day website for archival photographs of this fine event.
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