Aküm Longchari is an indigenous Naga person from Nagaland. Aküm is the co-founder and publisher of The Morung Express, an independent daily English language newspaper in Dimapur in the state, and a consultant for peace education.
Aküm has been involved in people’s movements in the areas of human rights, self-determination, JustPeace, and reconciliation since 1994. He has been a member of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) since its formation in 2008.
Aküm, a graduate from St. Stephens College in New Delhi, did his LLB from Campus Law Centre of Delhi University. He did his Masters in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA where he later became a visiting scholar. He completed his PhD from the University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia and he was also a Caux Scholar at the Caux Scholars Program, Geneva, Switzerland.
Aküm is a published author and his first book, Self-Determination – A Resource for JustPeace, was published in 2016 by Heritage Publishing House, Dimapur, Nagaland. He currently lives with his family in Dimapur, Nagaland.