ABOUT IAHV

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

IAHV FOUNDER

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. 

Team

Mandar Apte

Executive Director, Cities4Peace

Mandar has worked at Shell for 17 years and managed Shell’s prestigious GameChanger social innovation program investing in ideas that create shared value – business value and social impact. In 2016, Mandar produced the From India With Love documentary film to reinvigorate the 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 from across the world in the spirit of promoting promote peace and compassion in the world. 

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

Deepak Sridhar

Director, Strategy & Operations

Deepak 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.

Dr. Brinda Sivaramakrishnan

Program Director

Brinda Sivaramakrishnan is a Community Health Professor and Program chair at Tacoma Community College. In the last 10 years she has worked in research capacities at City University of New York’s World Trade Center Asthma Study, the Urban Indian Health Institute. Currently she is working as a consultant with the University of Washington’s Food and Economic Security study related to COVID-19. Brinda has taught meditation based leadership programs to students in high schools and universities since 2011 as a volunteer for IAHV.

Gabriella Savelli

National Director, IAHV Prison Program

Ms Savelli became Director of the IAHV Prison Program (Stress Management & Rehabilitation Training) in 2009. She is a prison silence course pioneer, and has taught IAHV courses to thousands nationwide, as well as internationally. In 2016, she won the Washington DC DOC “Making a Difference” George Strawn Award, and in 2018 Gabriella became the International Coordinator. She served on the Board of SELA Red Cross, and is a graduate of the Office of Victim’s Assistance Leadership Program. Prior to working with IAHV, Gabriella graduated Magna Cum Laude from Edinboro University, and served as a Public Welfare caseworker for 10 years.

Associates

Naomi Andrews

I am a senior studying Sociology at the University of Southern California with a double minor in Human Rights and The Dynamics of Childhood Education. My interests lie in improving the support systems available to local communities by increasing access to mental health resources and developing social-emotional curriculum for young learners in our schools. Currently, I support Cities4Peace with video editing and collaborating with peers in content creation. The mission of Cities4Peace aligns greatly with what I hope for the world and its people: inner and outer peace!

Sinead O’Hara

Sinead is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Global Development Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She is passionate about peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and women’s empowerment. She believes strongly in prioritizing mental health in the pursuit of peace and is very excited to be involved with Cities4Peace.

Advisors

Dr. Carson

Dr. Carson, serves as the founding Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University. Selected in 1985 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King to edit and publish the papers of her late husband, Stanford University historian Clayborne Carson has devoted most of his professional life to the study of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the movements that Dr. King inspired. Under Dr. Carson’s direction, the King Papers Project has produced seven volumes of a definitive, comprehensive edition of King’s speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications, and unpublished writings. Dr. Carson has also edited numerous other books based on King’s papers, including The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Andrew Russell

Andrew Russell is a specialist in peacebuilding and organizational change with three decades of experience in the United Nations. Andrew has worked in Central America, Cyprus and, most recently, in Kosovo, where he served as UN Development Coordinator and UN Development Programme Resident Representative. He holds specialized expertise in crisis prevention and recovery and his field experiences have primarily been within the context of managing programmes in support of the transition from conflict to peace and development and the promotion of multi-stakeholder dialogue in ethnically or politically divided contexts.

Andrew holds a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University and has taught development and peacebuilding studies at the undergraduate and graduate level, including at Queen’s University in Canada where he currently is an adjunct professor.

Dr. Laura Burgis

Dr. Burgis is President of the Human Values Center, a B corporation that exists to provide values-based workplace leadership development, training, assessment and evaluation for organizations and communities committed to bringing about the best humanity can be. Dr. Burgis spent more than 25 years in higher education. She held a 19 year tenure at Arizona State University, including an associate deanship with the W. P. Carey School of Business where she designed and was appointed the founding Program Director for the Pat Tillman Leadership Program. Additionally, Burgis was named a Lincoln Ethics Fellow for the Education Leadership & Policy Program. More recently, Dr. Burgis served as the founding Executive Vice President of Claremont Lincoln University. Her research and publications have focused on contemplative education and community building. Dr. Burgis serves as a trustee for Saybrook University. Additionally, she is an advisor for Mulmangcho School for N. Korean refugees in South Korea; and board member of Balthazar &Rose, a LA based international company which creates jobs for Syrian refugees seeking asylum in Tunisia, Europe and the United States. Laura is a newly appointed director of the Charter for Compassion, a global organization as well as movement, that is changing the world – for good.

AdeSola Winley

AdeSola (Sola), is considered by many to be a trusted advisor, thought partner, spiritual guide and friend. His professional path has been rewardingly unconventional and personally transformational. Taking him from a young marketing professional traveling the globe for the National Football League, to serving children and families in NYC’s foster care system, to founding a leadership and organizational development consulting firm, to serving as a private practice psychotherapist and Executive Coach, to C-Suite media executive, to yoga and meditation practitioner and teacher.

He completed his 200 Hour Dharma Yoga Teacher Training, is Certified by the International Association for Human Values as an Ambassador of Peace and is a graduate of the Martin Luther King Center’s Non Violence 360 training. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has an undergraduate degree in communications and advanced degrees in education, social work and business. He is a loving father and husband born of bi-racial descent to a white Jewish mother and Black Pentecostal father.

John Kobara

For nearly forty years, John has led and managed diverse and complex nonprofit and for-profit organizations. John was engaged in three pioneering start-ups traversing education and entertainment. He regards himself as a social entrepreneur who specializes in building successful and growing organizations through change management, innovation and a focus on social outcomes. After serving 5 years on the Board of Directors, John served as Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer for the California Community Foundation ( CCF ) for 12 years. He has also served as President/CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, and Vice Chancellor of External Affairs at UCLA. More than anything, John considers himself a facilitator of change. John currently serves on the boards of the MLK Community Hospital Foundation, Japanese American National Museum, SCGA Foundation and Walden University.

Seth Weiner

I am a restorative justice enthusiast and advocate, originally from Los Angeles, I now live in Weehawken, New Jersey with my wife, Ngoc, and two young boys, Shem and Sol. I came of age around incredible peacemakers and healers from the Shadetree Multicultural Foundation, Homeboy Industries Watts, Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural, the Western Gate Roots and Wings Foundation, the Community Self-Determination Institute and others. I earned a degree in Community Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz and later a JD from Loyola Law School, where I helped run the Center for Restorative Justice. I am also a graduate of the Consciousness Studies program at the Rudolf Steiner College and the Grantmaking and Foundations program at NYU. I have been working for more than a decade with private foundations, Universities and non-profits on initiatives pursuing restorative justice, criminal justice reform, immigration reform, homelessness and wellness in indigenous communities around the US and abroad. Throughout my life I have been holding questions about justice and healing and the ways in which they connect. What I have learned so far is that I am only at the beginning.

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