Each member of the Zizira team has been handpicked from the staff pool of Chillibreeze Solutions Pvt. Ltd. It is not wrong to say that every single employee of Chillibreeze is groomed to radiate their full potentiality. Their training ground, or should we say the ‘the Management School they attended’ was Chillibreeze itself! More than qualifications and expertise, each one’s willingness to learn and implement; overcome challenges; doing whatever they do with passion; the ability to think ‘we’ and not ‘me’ and thinking customer all the time is what made a great Chillibreeze team come together. Some of them have now moved to Zizira, to work towards its vision – to explore and discover the true agricultural potential of Northeast India, reach naturally grown healthy products to the rest of India and to improve the livelihood of farmers.
Team Zizira is coming together organically, as the needs of the new venture arises. Here is the team as of December 2015.
Food Creator & Customer Support
With Chillibreeze from 2011
"I love new challenges and to explore new things and in Zizira I am getting just such an opportunity" says Ibansara with a charming smile.
That is her – fun loving, enjoys dancing and socializing, and a self-declared foodie – but very focused when it comes to work. Moving to Zizira after 4 years of HR & Admin roles with Chillibreeze, Ibansara brings with her people skills and natural curiosity, with creativity to match. Her responsibilities include lining up unique products for sale in Zizira’s eStore and providing customer support. Born and brought up in Shillong, Ibansara did her Masters in Electronics from Univ. of Delhi and is grateful to be back ‘home’ in the city she loves, close to her family.
With Chillibreeze from 2011
Henry was a team leader in Chillibreeze services team, excelling in his work, trying to find a balance between work and as a newly married when he was offered a chance to lead a new initiative of Chillibreeze – Zizira. That was in August 2015. “As it was an unknown area for me I hesitated. But, so glad I said yes” said Henry. He now finds himself in one of the most exciting and diverse roles. “The vision for Zizira and the food products we are creating has got me hooked. There’s no turning back!” he says.
Unassuming and meticulous, Henry, an Electronics Engineer by qualification, finds inspiration from his family - ‘we always stick together no matter what’.
Administration & Farmer Relations
With Chillibreeze from 2013
Khraw, with his radiant smile, has a special way of genuinely connecting with people, which helps him in his current responsibilities. ‘A multi-tasker with GRIT and dedication, at the same time humble and always ready for challenges’ is a good way of describing him.
What excites Khraw about Zizira is the possibility of transforming lives of farmers, having seen some of their struggles first hand. His degree in Hotel Management is helping him in many different ways. If you thought he was all work – think again! He is passionate about dancing and playing football!
Web & Ecommerce Team
With Chillibreeze from 2010.
A web developer and graphic designer, Fanai is a team lead in Chillibreeze. He helps Zizira with its website, graphic related ideation and work and even photography, as he has a keen eye for it. He was one of the first people to come to know about Zizira from Ralph, our CEO, even as it was evolving and was totally taken in by the concept and the opportunity to help farmers and promote healthy products. His father is his inspiration and he has always gone by his father’s advice ‘enjoy what you do and do your best’. Basketball is a sport he loves to play and follow. His unlimited creativity finds expression in the beautiful drawings he makes in his spare time.
With Chillibreeze from 2012
Though one of the youngest, Steward now shoulders most of the responsibilities regarding accounts, under the supervision of a Sr. Manager.
He and his team will now have the additional responsibilities of managing both the internal and external accounting requirements for Zizira - like the mandatory licenses, tax filings, bank related work, inventory management, pricing of products, customer invoicing and so on. His ‘can do’ attitude and maturity makes him a good team member. Listening to rock music helps him unwind and like many of his colleagues, he loves football - both watching and playing the game.
He keeps track of the inventory, packaging, delivery and field trips.
Though a new recruit in the services team, his interest and love for writing was easy to spot. He now writes for Zizira and other Chillibreeze initiatives.
Admin & Office Asst.
His responsibilities include making field visits and processing Zizira products.
Food Lab Asst.
She loves experimenting with recipes and cooking the best Khasi dishes.
He is part of the team that maintains our websites, including that of Zizira.
Zizira newest recruit with a passion for learning.
Other Members of the Support Team
The driving force, motivator, mentor – many ways of describing Ralph. His leadership style is very hands-on, as also the guidance and training he provides. Making a difference by creating opportunities for people where there were none is in his DNA and Chillibreeze is an example. He spotted the lack of openings for the talented work force in the NE India and set up the company right there, way back in 2004 despite many challenges. As someone who loves to work with soil and understand plants (‘love to get dirt under my finger nails’) his dream to make a difference to farmers in NE India has been in the making for a while. Zizira is the platform to action it. Ralph knows that the vision of Zizira is achievable, but not easy. He has total confidence in every member of the company and their ability to work with zeal. The challenge for him is not to lose momentum in Chillibreeze while driving the Zizira coach up the right path! Read Ralph’s thoughts when Zizira was in the making.
Executive Director, Chillibreeze
Having been a part of Chillibreeze from the very first year of its operations, Vilasini has seen the company grow from a one room operation to one which is serving customers across the globe and feels truly grateful to have been part of this journey. From sales and customer coordination, to coordinating operations, she has done it all, but is now back to writing, her first love. The idea of Zizira ignited a zeal in her as it calls her to the opportunity to make a difference to the farming community in the Northeast India. If she believes something is possible she goes all out and gives it her best. Her hobbies include reading and golf.
DGM, HR & Admin, Chillibreeze
With Chillibreeze from 2008
A person who does what he says and is seen as a mentor and friend by all the employees. That is Teddy!
It is not wrong to say that he is the lifeline of Chillibreeze. One may miss noticing his quiet presence in the office, but his supervision and management skills are reflected everywhere – in the way the office runs professionally, the employees are taken care of and the interests of the company safeguarded. “I am very excited about Zizira as we can see it can make a difference to the farmers in Meghalaya and Northeast India” says Teddy. He guides and even participates in the field trips of Zizira. “I am looking forward to applying all that I have learnt in Chillibreeze to Zizira and help it succeed” says Teddy with a twinkle in his eyes. He, his wife and daughter feel blessed to be part of a large extended family. Very keen trekker, Teddy also plays football when he finds the time.