Graduate from Wharton School of Business and Imperial College, University of London, Conrad Sangma’s tryst in active politics began at the age of 28. At the age of 30, he contested from Selsella constituency for the Meghalaya legislative assembly and won the election. In his stint as finance minister of Meghalaya (2008 – 2009), he earned a lot of appreciation. As leader of opposition from 2009 -2013, he made a mark within and outside the assembly with his incisive, daring challenges, fact-laden arguments and ability to connect with both the young and old. In 2015, he ensured victory of his party in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council Election. In the untimely demise of his father in March 2016, the onus to lead the party was bestowed in his shoulder as the National President of the party.
He was elected as the National President of the National People's Party (NPP) in March 2016, following his father's demise earlier that year. He represented the prestigious Tura Lok Sabha constituency from 2016-2018 as Member of Parliament.
Conrad represents the National People’s Party, the only recognised National Party from Northeast, India founded by (L) Purno Agitok Sangma.
Born on 27th January, 1978, he is the 12th Chief Minister of Meghalaya. Conrad’s vision for Meghalaya was shaped extensively by the ideals of his late father in national and state politics. A leader with vision and farsightedness, Conrad embarked on a mission to take Meghalaya forward soon after assuming the office of the Chief Minister in March 2018.
To ensure accelerated growth and development and to take the State on a fast-track mode, he formulated a structured policy of governance with emphasis on education, health, sports, entrepreneurship and environment.
Starting out his career as a young, aspiring entrepreneur of the region, it is no surprise that entrepreneurship is close to Conrad’s heart. Conrad believes entrepreneurship will not only foster economic growth but also uplift young people and strengthen a sustainable model of employment in Meghalaya without the dependency of government jobs.
His government introduced several interventions to help entrepreneurs and young people of the State particularly to handhold and support them through mentorship and market linkages to promote and boost their business.
With a vision to transform Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma has initiated innovative programs in the sector of Health, Education, Agriculture, Sports and Tourism. He has envisaged a short and long term development programme for the overall growth and development of the State.
Dubbed as the “People’s Chief Minister”, Conrad Sangma believes in understanding the concerns and issues of the people. In the last three years, the Chief Minister has demonstrated the vision of the State by formulating policies that accommodates the aspirations of the people.
Under his dynamic leadership, the State has embarked on various flagship interventions that would take Meghalaya on the path of progress and prosperity.
In an endeavor to create an equitable environment and an ecosystem for growth, Conrad Sangma has envisioned a society that provides equal opportunities for different sections of the society.
Recently, Conrad K. Sangma approved the reservation of seats for women in grassroot governance through the Village Employment Council (VEC), wherein 50 per cent of the leadership role is reserved. Indeed, this is historic as this will go a long way in demonstrating empowerment of our women folks.
Conrad Sangma has envisioned holistic development of the State with particular focus on the rural areas. He has also envisioned an ambitious mission to take Jowai and Tura, two important towns of the State on the growth trajectory by accelerating development projects through the “Smart Town” initiative of the Government.
He personifies a leader, who is committed to the cause and is ever willing to champion and be the voice of the people.