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Glenn Christo Kharkongor is a graduate of Christian Medical College, Vellore. After completing his residency in paediatrics at the Loma Linda University Medical Center, USA, he joined Kasturba Medical College as a lecturer in 1986. He worked in various academic and administrative roles in the Manipal group for eighteen years. In 2006, he returned to Shillong, his home town, and to his Khasi tribal roots, taking his mother’s clan name in their matrilineal society. He was the founder vice-chancellor of Martin Luther Christian University, the first private university in Meghalaya. Glenn was named a Times of India fellow in 1995, and a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, in 1996.