Mary Therese Kurkalang has worked in the art, culture, publishing and social sector since 1995. She has worked for Bethany Society, Action for Ability Development and Inclusion, Full Circle Publishing, Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Random House Publishers, ProHelvetia Swiss Arts Council and the German Book Office/Frankfurt Book Fair. In 2012, she set up an independent consultancy, Khublei, which has managed, curated and produced over 40 projects. She is on the advisory boards of several initiatives, including Brahmaputra Literature Festival Assam, Majha House Amritsar, Salt Arts Karachi, NESFAS International Terra Madre Festival Shillong and Wheels for Life New Delhi. She was the Festival Director of Cultures of Peace: Festival of the North East from 2012 to 2015.