Ms. Aditi Banerjee is a practicing attorney at a Fortune 500 financial services company. She specializes in corporate tax law and worked in the New York and London offices of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. She co-edited the book, Invading the Sacred: An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America. She has published several essays on Hinduism and the Hindu-American experience in publications such as Outlook India and Swarajya, including “Hindu-Americans: An Emerging Identity in an Increasingly Hyphenated World”, which was included in The Columbia Documentary History of Religion in America since 1945 and “Hindu Pride”, which was included in Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs in America: A Short History (Religion in American Life). She earned her Juris Doctor from Yale Law School and received B.A. in International Relations, magna cum laude, from Tufts University.
Mr. Anand Gaikwad, is a Corporate Director and a Farmer combined into one. Qualified as a Post Graduate in Commerce and a Member of The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, New Delhi (ACS), he rose to the level of Executive Director & Company Secretary of a Listed Company in Corporate Sector. Although he has spent about 40 years in Corporate Sector, he has nursed his love for Agriculture all along. He has done panoramic studies in Homa farming, Bio-dynamic farming etc. He and his wife Dr. Snehalata Gaikwad (M.Sc. Ph.D.), who was a Professor at Ramnarayan Ruia College, Mumbai; developed a fully Integrated Organic Farm from a barren land. In recognition of his contribution to organic farming, the Maharashtra State Govt. Agriculture Dept. (M. S.) honoured him with a prestigious award of, “Krishi Bhushan Sendriya Sheti ( Organic Farming) 2013”. Presently he is focusing on research in Vedic Sciences related to “Yajna and its relationship with Agriculture, Environment and Ecology.”
Dr. Aparna Dhir is an Assistant Professor, Institute of Advanced Sciences, Dartmouth, MA, USA. She is an alumnus of University of Delhi. Her research interests are Vedas and Indology. She authored a book “Yajurvediye Brahamano mein Jyotish ke Tattva” and has presented several research papers in various national & international conferences out of which her few papers are awarded. Some of her papers & articles have published in journals and magazines. She is associated with WAVES for more than ten years. She is also an advisory board member of Vedic journal “Vaidika Vag Jyotih”-Biannual Journal published from Haridwar, Uttrakhand, India.
Dr. Athavale is a world-renowned clinical hypnotherapist. His transition to fully devoting his life to spirituality took place when some of his patients were cured by spiritual healing methods. This led him to explore the field of spirituality, and learned its ubiquitous effect on human life. He pioneered the Personality Defect Removal process (PDR), which became the first step in an 8-step method for faster spiritual progress. Over the past three decades, He has conducted hundreds of spiritual research projects and written over 300 Holy texts on various subjects related to spirituality. He founded the Maharshi University of Spirituality to teach 14 vidyas (sciences) and 64 kalas (art-forms) from a spiritual perspective and to help humanity gain access to spiritual practice methods for faster spiritual progress.
Prof. Bal Ram Singh is President of the Institute of Advanced Sciences, Dartmouth, MA, USA. He has been Professor (1990-2014) of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, and the Founding Director (2000-2014) of Center for Indic Studies at UMass Dartmouth, Director of Botulinum Research Center, and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar. He writes on value of ancient Indian traditions for the modern times. He is also the Executive Mentor of the School of Indic Studies, Institute of Advanced Sciences where his research includes Ayurvedic science and technology, Yoga and Consciousness, Vedic education pedagogy, and Vedic social and political traditions.
Prof. C. L. Prabhakar obtained Ph.D. in Vedic Studies (thesis on’ Sukla Yajurveda’) from Poona University, Poona in 1968. He is former Professor of Sanskrit and has published many books and articles. Honored with the award ‘Veda Vaaridhi’, currently he is director of the Nada Veda Adhyayana Kendra, Bangalore. He is active to spread Vedic heritage and culture. He is President, WAVES, Bangalore Chapter.
Mr. Jeffrey Armstrong (Kavindra Rishi) is founder of VASA – Vedic Academy of Sciences & Arts, Canada, USA and a relationship expert, philosopher, practitioner and teacher of the Vedas for over 40 years. He is an International Speaker, Award-winning poet and best-selling author of numerous books. He is a sought after guest expert on TV and radio talk. For 15 years, he was a corporate executive in Silicon Valley. He is Media and Communications Director for both the Vedic Friends Association (VFA) and the Hindu Collective Initiative for North America (HCI-NA).
Mrs. Kamlesh Kapur has a Masters in Economics, and in Education. She has written several books, papers, short stories, and poems. She has conducted several workshops for parents and teachers on how to learn to coexist in a diverse world with myriad faiths and multiethnic demography. As a guest speaker in high schools, colleges, interfaith panel discussions etc she highlights key beliefs of Hindu dharma and significant aspects of Indian culture. Her book, ‘Hindu Dharma- A Teaching Guide’ guides teachers and parents to teach Hindu dharma as a science, highlighting the elements of physics, philosophy and psychology. Her earlier book, Portraits of a Nation – History of Ancient India has been hailed as path breaking work on evidence-based historiography.
Mr. Kanuj Bishnoi is General Secretary, Advanced Research Organisation of Micro Astrology (AROMA). He did Vedic Acharya as Guru-Shishya Parampara in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. He worked towards expanding his knowledge in divine science of Vedic Astrology, formulated a five-rule theory of Vedic Astrology, conducted workshops on understanding the various important aspects in life through Vedic astrology and also on ancient Bhrigu-Nandi Nadi Samhita. Honored by many organizations as a Vedic healer & Vedic Vaastu expert. He is visiting professor of many Astrological institutions in major Indian cities and has published several articles in Jyotish magazines & journals.
Dr. Koenraad Elst, born in 1959 in Leuven, Belgium, studied Sinology, Indology and Philosophy and did his Ph.D. on the ideological development of Hindu Revivalism. He worked as a political journalist and as a foreign-policy assistant in the Belgian Senate, but mainly as a independent writer. He became fairly well-known in India with his argumentation in favour of the Ayodhya temple, now vindicated, and with his work on the Aryan homeland question, still controversial.
Mr. M.S. Srinivasan is Senior Research Associate, Sri Aurobindo Institute of Research in Social Sciences, Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry, India. The main theme of his studies and research is to evolve an integral-spiritual approach to human development and its application to various fields of knowledge and activities of life with a dominant interest and focus on Management, Psychology, Social Sciences and Indian Culture. He is the editor of e-magazine in management published by SAFIM: Fourth Dimension Inc. towards Integral Management.
Prof. (Retd.) Mala Rani Guru is born to a freedom fighter father Brahm Dev Shastri. She did UG (1969) from Daulat Ram Collage and PG (1971) in Sanskrit with specialization in Philosophy from University of Delhi. Later she joined R K Mahila Collage, Vinoba Bhave University Hazaribag as lecturer of Sanskrit literature and remained engaged in teaching and research in Sanskrit literature of Kalidas for the next 35 years. She has faint childhood memories of painting with her father from where she inherited her own painting skills.
Mr. Michael Sternfeld has over 300 productions in theatre, dance, audio and video to his credit. He earned his MA in Vedic Science from Maharishi University of Management, during which he became fascinated with the Ramayana. He has spent the last 25 years creating numerous productions of the great epic, including two major theatrical productions, an outdoor theme park, and the first complete audio production of the unabridged Ramayana of Valmiki. At 75 hours long, this dramatic production is the world’s longest audio book and was awarded the 2004 Outstanding Project of the Year by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Humanities Iowa. He has also published numerous scholarly papers, and has been exploring the application of the teaching of the Ramayana in executive leadership settings. He is also working with the Sagar family of Ramayana fame on a film version of the Ramayana. His mission has been to bring out the knowledge and wisdom of the Ramayana by making its essential themes more accessible to Western audiences.
Mr. Nilesh Nilkanth Oak is an author and writes extensively on ancient Indian history at www.nileshoak.wordpress.com. He is currently working on 4 books and has written two books in the past which are critically acclaimed. When did the Mahabharata War Happen? The Mystery of Arundhati was written in 2011 and was nominated for the Lakatos award given annually by the LSE. His second book The Historic Rama was written in 2014. Nilesh holds an MBA and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering and is also Adjunct Assistant Professor at School of Indic Studies, Institute of Advanced Sciences, Dartmouth, MA, USA. He resides in Atlanta, GA, USA.
Dr. Raj Kumar has developed a broad multidisciplinary background in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, spectroscopy, biophysical studies, cell culture, cell and animal assays. He is an alumni of Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi where he completed his bachelor and master in science. He completed his Ph.D. from University of Massachusetts, USA, in the field related to Botulinum Neurotoxin. Before joining to the institute, he worked as a lecturer in UMASS, Dartmouth. Apart from his own field, he has also developed the interest in studying the various aspects of Vedas. He already published an article about Ayurveda. As a rational thinker, he emphasized more on scientific aspects of Vedas. He is Assistant Professor, Institute of Advanced Sciences, Dartmouth, MA.
Dr. Sampadananda Mishra is passionate about Sanskrit. He has spoken at various conferences both nationally and internationally, conducts workshops, teacher training programmes and authored many books. Dr. Mishra has launched the first ever 24 hours Sanskrit Radio called Divyavani. The Govt. of India has conferred the President’s award (Maharshi Badarayna Vyasa Samman 2011) on Dr. Mishra for his outstanding contribution to Sanskrit.
Mr. Sashi Kejriwal is President, World Association for Vedic Studies.
Dr. Shakuntala did M.A. and Ph.D. from North-Easter-Hill-University, Shillong, Meghalaya. She has authored the following books – Enquiry into Nature of Self (2009), Essays on Philosophy of JidduKrishnamurti (2010), ‘What Ought I to Do?’ The Gita’s Perspective (2014), Rethinking Philosophy of JidduKrishnamurti (2015), and Revisiting the Upanisads (2016). She is Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Gauhati, Guwahati, Assam.
Prof. Shashi Tiwari is an eminent Vedic and Sanskrit scholar. She has served University of Delhi for 38 years as Professor of Sanskrit at Maitreyi College. Authored 30 books and over 150 research papers. Apart from these she wrote many articles for various magazines and has broadcast about 150 talks for All India Radio based on Sanskrit studies. She is honoured with 22 academic awards including the most prestigious ‘Rastrapati Samman, 2015’.
Dr. Shyam Deo Mishra is Assistant Professor and National Coordinator of Jyotish at Mukta-Swadhyaya-Peetham (Institute of Distance Education), Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi
Dr. Soma Basu has worked for various research projects in Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata; The Asiatic Society, Kolkata and Somaiya Centre for Indological and Buddhist Studies, Mumbai, and as a lecturer for the project of Vedas & Vedic Sciences. Apart from her proficiency in Sanskrit, she has knowledge of German language. Her research papers have been published from various institutions of Calcutta, Bombay, Sarnath, New Delhi, etc. She has participated in national and international conferences & workshops and presented papers relating to Buddhistic studies, Vedic studies, ancient Indian history, rites & rituals etc. She has three monographs and a number of international and national level publications to her credit. She is a life member/member of the various prestigious academic bodies.
Mr. Subodh Kumar started his career with Engineering, worked with industries for over 45 years. For the last more than 15 years he is devoting full time to issues relating to Indian Cows-Nutrition-Organic-Agriculture and study of Vedas. Maharshi Dayanand Gosamwardhan Kendra, Delhi is non-profit organization where Mr. Kumar giving voluntary free service & dedicating in developing and maintaining Indian breeds of cows.
Mrs. Sushma Sharma is a Principal, New Vision Intermediate College, Kanpur, UP, India. She is M.A., B.ed. and has 35 years of teaching and administrative experience. Also, this year she has started a new CBSE board school “Vision Vedanta Public School” in Kanpur.
Mrs. Suvrata Vinod is a scholar working for Anandavan Bhakta Samudaya, an Institute of Advanced Studies in Veda and Science. It is a charitable society formed by Scientists mostly from DRDO and Vedics. She has been practicing Vedic Rituals of Shrout and Grihya since last 20 years. She also practices Spiritual Counselling for Ramakrishna Mission, Varanasi. Previously, she was a Management Consultant and a Professional Member of Indian Society of Applied Behavioural Sciences.