Sanjoy Hazarika, a human rights activist, scholar, author, journalist and filmmaker recognised internationally for designing and developing innovative strategies for inclusive health and governance, is the Director of CHRI.
Early in his career as a journalist he reported from South Asia for The New York Times and remains a contributing columnist to The Times of India, The Indian Express, Hindustan Times, The Tribune (Chandigarh) and The Assam Tribune. He was a Consulting Editor with The Statesman and The Sunday Guardian. His essays have been published in a range of journals and magazines including Outlook, Tehelka, Seminar, and the research journal Elsevier. He appears frequently on television programmes to address issues of rights, advocacy and the environment relating to the North East of India on channels such as the BBC, NDTV, India Today TV, CNN, WION and Al-Jazeera.
In 2010 Sanjoy was awarded the Dr Jean Mayer Award for Global Citizenship for his advocacy of issues in India’s Northeast. The award, presented every year to scholars and practitioners who have made significant contributions to improving the lives of people in their areas of work and impacting both research and policy, also recognised Sanjoy’s innovative work and initiatives in health and governance in the area. Previous recipients of the award have included Nobel laureates economist Amartya Sen and South African freedom fighter the Reverend Desmond Tutu.