The International Association for Human Values (IAHV) was registered as a 501(c)(3) in the United States in 1998. IAHV offers programs to reduce stress and develop leaders so that human values can flourish in people and communities. We foster the daily practice of human values – a sense of connectedness and respect for all people and the natural environment, an attitude of non-violence, and an ethic of social service. Our programs enhance clarity of mind, shift attitudes and behaviors, and develop leaders and communities that are resilient, responsible, and inspired.

IAHV contributes to the 17 SDGs of the UN, to programs of governments and communities; IAHV has developed own programs and projects for special regions or communities – wherever help and change is needed. Through its country organizations and partners, IAHV conducts service projects for humanitarian and disaster relief initiatives throughout the world. IAHV is registered in the following countries: France, Germany, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Russia, Slovenia, USA, Canada, South Africa, Kenya, India, United Arab Emirates, Australia, and St. Lucia. 

Read more about IAHV’s other programs and impact: http://us.iahv.org


Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Humanitarian Leader, Spiritual Teacher
and Ambassador of Peace

IAHV was created in 1997 by global humanitarian leader, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as a global platform for humanitarian initiatives that solve problems by uplifting human values. Recognized by world leaders, as a voice of peace and nonviolence, Sri Sri was instrumental in enabling peace through dialogue in Colombia, Iraq and several other locations worldwide eg Ivory Coast, Venezuela, Kashmir, etc. 

Sri Sri has consistently emphasized the need for reinforcing human values and encourages multi-cultural education as the remedy for fanaticism and terrorism to achieve sustainable peace on our planet. Sri Sri has touched the lives of millions around the world, going beyond the barriers of race, nationality and religion with the message of a one-world family free from stress and violence that can be created through the reawakening of human values and service.

Read more about Sri Sri’s peace initiative efforts. 


Mandar Apte

Director, Cities4Peace

International Association for Human Values

Mandar is a Visiting Scholar in the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George Mason University and a Board Member of the Charter for Compassion, an international non-profit organization that promotes compassion in the world. 

In 2016, Mandar started the From India With Love initiative to reinvigorate the ancient message of nonviolence (or Ahimsa) in the world. Aligned with this mission, in Oct 2018, Mandar hosted the  inaugural World Summit for Countering Violence & Extremism that brought together peace activists and law enforcement executives to promote peace and compassion in the world. Until 2016, Mandar worked at Shell for 17 years at Shell International. In his last role, he managed Shell’s prestigious GameChanger social innovation program investing in ideas that create shared value – business value and social impact. 

For over a decade, Mandar has taught leadership programs using meditation practices volunteering for the International Association for Human Values and the Art of Living Foundation.

Deepak Sridhar

Deepak Sridhar,

Director, Strategy & Operations

International Association for Human Values

Deepak Sridhar is a Breathwork and Meditation Instructor with the IAHV Prison Program as well as the Art of Living Foundation, a global non-profit organization. He was the Director of Operations for the World Summit for Countering Violence & Extremism and has served as Director, Strategic Partnerships for the From India With Love initiative.  He also works in Silicon Management at Apple Inc. He has been working on community peace programs since 2012 and has pioneered new workshops and ways of engaging with the community.

A meditator since the age of 11, he has travelled through a diverse spiritual and an intense personal journey before finding his calling with the Art of Living Foundation’s work. He is the brains behind the Foundation’s extremely successful and innovate YogaFEST and is very passionate about taking the true knowledge of Yoga and Meditation to communities all over the world.

Marcel Queiroz

Program Director

A Biologist and Environmental Consultant by profession, Marcel works in the strategic planning at Government Sector in Brazil. He is a member of the Brazilian Public Security Forum Associated and is also an Art of Living and International Association for Human Values instructor.

Marcel coordinates Strategic Projects for both organizations and has managed Police Programs since 2016, working with public and private institutions, focusing on stress management, leadership, productivity and personal management of the individual as a tool for institutional change.


Jelena Popovic


Jelena is a school psychologist by training, a wanderer by choice and peacebuilder by heart. As a mom and Teaching Peace in Schools leadership council lead for The Peace Alliance , Jelena aspires to educate, advocate and mobilize others in co-creating a culture of peace. Her passion is facilitating dialogs that are grounded in mindful awareness and empathy. 

 Jelena spends most of her time in circle with educators and students, facilitates virtual cross-cultural exchange dialogs through Soliya, serves on the Community Advisory and Action Team for Mindful Schools, leads mindfulness retreats for educators and international At Home In the World family retreats and is co-founder of Design to Connect LLC, an educational consulting organization, that assists schools on their efforts in skillful, integrated and sustainable whole school implementation of mindfulness and peace education practices. She believes in the power of storytelling, playfulness and the importance of starting conversations that create genuine connections, mutual acceptance, and help us foster nonviolence.

Marilyn Turkovich

Director, Charter for Compassion

Marilyn Turkovich started with the Charter for Compassion in 2013 as the education director and since that time has moved into a number of different roles with CFC. Marilyn’s background has been primarily in higher education and most specifically in directing teacher training programs for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, and chairing Columbia College-Chicago’s master’s program in multicultural and global education.  She has done a considerable amount of curriculum writing through the years, much of it related to international and cultural topics.

She worked with Independent Broadcasting Associates on a series for airing on National Public Radio, BBC and the Australian Broadcasting organizations.  There was a period of time in the 1990s when she worked in organizational development and specialized in instructional design work, strategic planning and leadership development.  She also wrote and developed training on race and social justice initiatives

Frank Straub

Director of Strategic Studies & Center for Mass

Violence Response Studies

Police Foundation

Frank G. Straub, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for Mass Violence Response Studies at the Police Foundation, a non-profit organization that studies ways to improve policing in the United States. Dr. Straub has directed in-depth studies of the San Bernardino terrorist attack, the Kalamazoo mass shooting, and the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. He is currently leading a review of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. 

He is a 30-year veteran of federal and local law enforcement, having served as the police chief in Spokane, Washington; the Public Safety Director in Indianapolis; the Public Safety Commissioner in White Plains, New York; and the New York City Police Department’s Deputy Commissioner of Training and Assistant Commissioner for Counterterrorism. Dr. Straub holds a B.A. in Psychology, a M.A. in Forensic Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice.

He has co-authored a book on performance-based police management; published articles on averting school violence, community policing, youth violence and gang prevention. He has testified before Congress, participated in White House convenings, and spoken at national conferences regarding these and other subject areas.

Dot Maver

Educator and Peacebuilder 

Dorothy J. Maver, Ph.D. is an educator and peacebuilder whose keynote is inspiring cooperation on behalf of the common good. Dot was founding President and is a Board member and Trustee of the National Peace Academy USA is a co-founding board member of the Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures of Peace and was the founding executive director of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding. Her work in education, politics and grassroots community organizing is focused on applied peacebuilding utilizing a shared responsibility and shared leadership model.

From 2005–2007 Dot served as Executive Director of The Peace Alliance and Campaign for a US Department of Peace, and prior to that, she was the National Campaign Manager for Kucinich for President 2004. In the world of fast-pitch softball Dr. Dot is known for her revolutionary fast-pitch hitting technique, The Maver Method: Secrets of Hitting Success; she is co-author of the book Conscious Education: The Bridge to Freedom; is a Fellow with the World Business Academy, and serves on the boards of Lifebridge Foundation, River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding and Garden of Light. Dot also serves on the United Nations International Day of Peace NGO Education Peace Team, the International Cities of Peace Advisory Council, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence Advisory Board, the Shift Network Summer of Peace Wisdom Council, and is an advisor to the Compassion Games.

Dennis Kato

Former deputy chief LAPD

In Sep 2019, Dennis Kato retired from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) after serving for 32 years. In his last role as the Deputy Chief of South Bureau (OSB) – one of the busiest stations in the LAPD. During his career, Dennis has worked in a variety of assignments such as patrol, gangs, vice, narcotics, burglaries, major assault crimes and Asian Crimes homicides. Dennis received his Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Studies from California State University at Long Beach and is a resident of Torrance, California, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Our Partners

Cities4Peace is an Initiative of the International Association for Human Values [ IAHV.ORG]