Ms Nengcha joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1980 and retired in May 2017. In a career spanning 37 years, she had served as India’s Ambassador to Indonesia, Serbia and Lebanon. She also served in various capacities at other Indian Missions in New York City (Dy. Consul General), Havana, Dhaka and Mexico City and at the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.
She is a recipient of the Prime Minister of India’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration, 2007-08.
Ms. Nengcha hails from Manipur and was educated in Imphal and Shillong. Since her retirement, she is devoting half her time in her home state working on a grassroots level project to revive traditional Kuki architecture, and promoting low carbon housing and additional income generating activities for the villagers such as multiple cropping, poultry, mushroom farming, bee keeping, upgrading skills in traditional crafts, etc.
She is married to Gautam Mukhopadhaya and they have two children.