Hemant has over ten years of experience with HD, working on a number of confidential mediation projects from 2002 to 2010, and as the Myanmar Country Representative from mid-2018 to early 2021. In one of his roles, he worked with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in the mediation of the Kenya conflict in 2008. Besides HD, he has completed assignments with the UN’s World Food Programme in Timor-Leste and the International Committee of the Red Cross in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In recent years Hemant was based in Manipur in North East India, along the India-Myanmar border, in an effort to research and promote the Second World War experience and heritage of this conflict-affected region. He set up a WWII battlefield tourism venture and circuit focused on the Burma Campaign that took in locations on both sides of the India-Myanmar frontier. He has since published two books on the topic: ‘The Battlefields of Imphal: The Second World War and North East India’ (Routledge, 2016) and ‘Imphal 1944: The Japanese Invasion of India’ (Bloomsbury/Osprey, 2018).
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