GDF World Civil Society of India

D.R. Kaarthikeyan

Chairperson, Unity in Diversity – World Civil Society India

D. R. Kaarthikeyan is a farmer-turned, lawyer-turned, senior police officer-turned, Human Rights activist-turned, promoter of Inter-faith Harmony and environmentalist. He held very high positions in the Government of India including Director General of the National Human Rights Commission, Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation and Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force.

He has visited over 120 countries participating in and addressing Conferences relating to various subjects of human welfare including fighting violence, crime and terrorism, and promoting Environment, Human Rights and Inter-faith Harmony.

His commendable services have been recognized and honoured by the Government and Non-Governmental Organisations. He was awarded by President of India with Medal for Meritorious Service and Medal for Distinguished Service. 

Other honours include Atma Jyoti (Light of the Soul); Delhi Ratna (Jewel of Delhi); Humanitarian Award; Centenarian Paramacharya Award; Rajiv Gandhi Award for Communal Harmony; FOR THE SAKE of HONOUR from many Rotary and prestigious civil society organizations from India and Abroad.

He is currently associated with several organizations promoting spirituality, value based education, health for all, welfare of the rural people and farmers, environment and clean and Renewable Energy. He has edited and published several books and articles on various subjects.

His popular publications include, “Triumph of Truth-The Rajiv Gandhi Assassination-The Investigation” and “Human Rights-Problems and Solutions”. President of India, in recognition of his distinguished service to the Nation, has awarded the title “Padma Shri”, one of the highest National Awards of India.

He constantly travels participating in many events both in India and outside.

A couple of recent noteworthy events in which he was invited to participate and address are –

International Day of Yoga Celebrations at Lisbon, Portugal again and again

On Invitation, he participated in the International Day of Happiness event at the United National Headquarters at New York on 20th March 2016 and addressed an International gathering committed to create a World of Peace, Harmony, Prosperity and Happiness.

Even last week he delivered the Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Commemoration Lecture at the ISRO (Space) Headquarters at Bangalore.

Maya Shahani
Global Dialogue Foundation
 – Administrative Board of Directors

SAGE Foundation

Vice Chairperson – (

Chairperson of SAGE Foundation (
Chairperson of Centre for Management (
Trustee of Shahani Trust(
Governing Board Member of the HSNC Board (
Founder Trustee of Women’s Movement for Peace and Prosperity ( under the aegis of Times Foundation (
World Wide Wealth Ambassador for XL Nation (
Education Board member of Sadhu Vaswani Mission ( and Priyadarshni Academy (
Patron of Cancer Patients Aid Association (
Governing Board Member of the Bombay Mothers’ and Children Welfare Society (
Chairperson, of the Justice H.K. Chainani Elder’s Home.

Maya fulfills her duties with compassion, love and commitment.

Roshani Shenazz Nadirshah

Director – GDF Unity in Diversity, India
Founder – WHOLEistic Wellbeing Pvt. Ltd.

And Meher Roshani Foundation – Mumbai, India

Roshani Shenazz is an approved Therapist by the IPHM (International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine).
She is a best selling Author of her 1st book Angels Speak and is a Wholeistic Living Spiritual Coach, Mentor and Empowerist, who conducts Spiritual Growth Workshops, Seminars, Book Readings, Meditations, Retreats etc., through self Founded, Spiritual Wholeistic Living ™Centre “Sparkling Angels Wholeistic Living & Holistic Healing.”
In the second innings of her inspirational life, Roshani Shenazz conducts Spiritual Growth/Inner Potential Workshops, Seminars, Retreats, Meditations, and Sessions, in India and across the World. Her Angel Soul Therapy Practitioner and other Integrated Healing and Transformational workshops are deep rooted intensive work done at a core level. 
A dynamic 23 years in media and films, where she worked for some of the biggest names in TV and the Indian Film Industry was interrupted by an unfortunate prolonged illness compounded by sheer medical negligence during 2005-2006, which got her temporarily immobilized waist downwards. Financially broke and living with her then 85 years old Father, she later sold her home to repay medical debts. Many other closures of her life, followed thereafter.
What stayed with her were implicit faith, fortitude, courage and determination to rise above it all. Interactions with two faith healers during her seeming illness and later an Angel book from a friend and the Charles Virtue Angel workshop in 2010, made Roshani more cognizant of the intervention of these powerful beings in human lives. Trusting her intuition despite financial obstacles, she quit a dream job to embark on her spiritual journey to enthuse people unveil their own divine potential and recognize the same in others. Transformation followed and still continues with Roshani inspiring many lives across the Globe to live their fullest potential and be inspired and empowered Universal Citizens. 
Roshani Shenazz is also the Founder of Meher Roshani Foundation, Mumbai. She has served as a Sr. Faculty – Producing, and is affiliated with The Whistling Woods International, the premium world acclaimed Film School in Mumbai, India. She is also affiliated with Institutions like; The Thadomal Shahani Centre for Management, and the Institutions under the HSNC Board, The Rotary Club (City Chapters), The REX Global Fellowship and  and the REX Speakers Bureau. She is the UN ICongo REX Global Fellow and Karmaveer Bronze and Silver Chakra Awardee; a Member at the – Unity in Diversity World Civil Society (UNAOC) – India Chapter and Global Dialogue Foundation and Mentee at – The Cherie Blaire Foundation, besides many other prestigious associations and collaborations.

Intercultural Open University (IOU),Nl
Prof. (Dr.) Subhash Chandra Associate Professor.(Hon.)

GHA Ambassador of Peace and Disarmament from Harmony in India,

Mission: To promote Global Culture of Peace & Harmony through
Peace & Harmonious Education and Transformational Leadership



  • Ph.D. – Doctorate of Philosophy in’ Peace Education & Human Development Management from Inter-cultural Open University (IOU), Opeinde, NL.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Ecology & Environment from I.I.E.E New Delhi, India.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in ‘Industrial Engineering ‘, from NIBM, Sri Lanka

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Kush Kalra is a Law Graduate from Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab, India and have done his under graduate specialization in human rights. He has written many articles which are published in national and international Journals of repute. Currently he is practicing in Delhi High Court. He believes that education can bring big difference to improve our lives. He also believes in Justice Krishna Iyer sayings “Something was dead in all of us, what was dead is hope and positivity”.


  • Regional Finalist (Punjab) of International Climate Champions, 2009 Organised by British Council & Teri.  
  • Finalist Social Work (India), of Global Scholar-Education world 2009, Young Achievers Awards.
  • Winner Green Apple Award for Environment, 2010
  • Winner Karmaveer Puruskar for Human Rights Initiatives, 2010
  • Recipient of Kamla Chowdhry Fellowship from Centre for Science and Environemnt, June, 2011  
  • Regional Finalist, 2011 Youth Volunteer of the Year Awards, an Apeejay Surrendra Group Centenary Initiative 
  • Attained the Gold Standard of the International Award for Young People, The Duke of Edinburgh , Dated 1-11-2011 
  • Awarded Gandhi Fellowship, 2012
  • Member Indian Youth Delegation to China, 2012 
  • Membership Officer International Bar Association, Student Committee.
  • Attended 3rd UNAOC Summer School organized by University of Aveiro and the Euro-Mediterranean University, which was held in Coimbra, Portugal from 5 to 12 August, 2012.    
  • Record Holder for Most Human Rights Awareness Programs (India Book of Records) May, 10, 2012   
  • Record Holder for Most Books on Law Published in a Year (Single Author), 20 September, 2013 (India Book of Records)  
  • Recipient of National Youth Award, 2012-13
  • Record Holder for Most Books on Law Published in a Year (Single Author),

Graduated (B.A.  LL.B (Hons.)  from  Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, Punjab Percentage Secured in Graduation:  67%

Jayam Charitable Trust (JCT)
M.Muthukrishnan Artist

The Blue Ribbon Movement
Abhishek Thakore

Abhishek has been in social change since last 14 years now, starting with The Blue Ribbon Movement which he initiated as an 18 year old. Since then, work has involved engaging with UN processes, creating a South Asian movement of young leaders, doing large scale grass root activism in Mumbai (around both Civic Engagement and Gender) and exploring Leadership for Tomorrow.

Abhishek has engaged with UNAoC at the Summer School in Portugal, and then in the consultations in Shanghai. He has also supported the development of VOICE Magazine.

Global Citizens for Sustainable Development
Mr. John Anugraha – Executive Director

Mr. John Anugraha is an Education and Development Practitioner. John, as a youth leader and peace activist, was awarded during the UN International Year of Youth in 2010, the Honorary title of Millennium Development Ambassador with due recognition of his services towards achieving Millennium Development Goals and Youth Development by the Sri Lanka United Nations Friendship Organization.

John is an avid traveler and has been sowing the seeds of ‘global citizenship’ during his travel all across the globe. John is the Founder and Executive Director of Global Citizens for Sustainable Development (GCSD), a not-for-profit organization based in Bangalore, India which focuses on youth leadership and youth empowerment, peace and culture, environment and other social development issues. John also runs the Vedike Eco-Residential School and Global Citizens’ Learning Centre  that focuses on education for migrant workers’ children and rural to urban migrant communities.

He is the Coordinator of the Asian Citizens Assembly and Founder of inter-generational forums such as China-India Forum, Japan-India Forum, Korea-India Forum and Sri-Lanka India Forum that are actively engaging and empowering young leaders to work towards peace and achieving sustainable development goals.

As the Asia-Pacific representative at the UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board from 2008 – 2015, John was actively involved in youth mainstreaming and empowerment strategies, including drafting and lobbying governments to adopt Youth Resolutions. John has also played an important role in planning and implementation of the UN-HABITAT Urban Youth Fund.

John enjoys his work in social activism and cultural youth exchanges. He teaches children at VEDIKE Eco-residential School, facilitates thematic sessions on issues around leadership, rural and sustainable development for young people. He heads various short-term Study Abroad Programs in India for International universities and experiential learning programs for schools and colleges in Bangalore. He has facilitated programs for universities such as J.F.Oberlin (Japan) and University at Albany (USA) for more than seven years in India. 

Auto Functional Green Movement
Prof. Jyoti Goswami

Thomson Reuters
Mr. Jaideep Kewalramani – VP Operations

Shibani Belwalkar
Ms. Shibani Belwalkar

Mr. Gobind Gurbani – National President

Gobind Gurbani is Senior Economist

1. Our Organisation has been granted “Special Consultative status with Economic and Social Council UNITED NATIONS”
2. Sr. Vice President of “Rajasthan Swasthya Yog Parisad”
3. Executive Member  “Eye Bank Society of Rajathan ”
4. Member American Economic Association
5. Member Pinkcity Press Club. Jaipur

1. Masters in Economics from Rajasthan University
2.  Certificate course on  “Corporate Social Responsibility “from CBI (Centre for Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries) 
3.Manager Training Programme from Federal Ministry of Economics & Technology – Germany 

Dr. N.S.Ravishankar

Dr. N.S.Ravishankar holds 30yrs of versatile and all round experience in Banking, finance and administration. A deeply committed social worker, Dr. Ravishankar has been rendering selfless meritorious service in the field of rural development, youth welfare programmes and tribal development. He is known both nationally and internationally for his battle against the alarming onslaughts of Environment pollution and problems of tribal people. He has also played a leading role in social, cultural and educational fields and is actively associated with numerous social-cultural organisations in our country. A prolific writer, Dr. Ravishankar has written thought provoking articles in various prestigious news papers, magazines and periodicals on diverse subjects of topical interests. He has participated in numerous conferences and seminars, both national and international, where the papers presented by him promoted intellectual refinement and spiritual enlightenment, there by contributing to world peace.

Uzma Naheed

Founder & Director, IQRA Education Foundation

Uzma started her work in early 1980 when she produced her first audio cassette on stories from Quran giving authentic knowledge to Muslim children about various prophets in story form. The cassettes were developed with professional voices and sound effects to make them impressive.

The first cassette titled “Moosa (A.S.) aur Firaun# was a great success and shortly thereafter, she came out with four more cassettes titled Moosa & Firaun and Moosa and Bani Israel.

A Social Activist: Following the 1992-93 riots in Bombay, Uzma joined Bombay Aman Committee, a social organization working on rehabilitation. She established its women’s wing and worked tirelessly for many years.

Responding to the great need to provide Islamic education on modern scientific lines, IQRA Education Foundation Chicago (USA) was established. With a view to introduce this well-tested, comprehensive and systematic curriculum in India for the benefit of Muslim children, Uzma has in the year 2000 discussed with concerned Muslims of Bombay city and established Iqra Education Foundation, as a non-profit responding to the growing needs of Islamic Education for children, youths and adults. The goal of the program is to develop and Islamic personality through inculcation of Islamic values and nurturing of Islamic behavior. IQRA Program consists of books on various levels of education on varied subjects like; Qur’an, Hadith, Seerah, Fiqh, Aqaid, Akhlaq. The program is being taught in more than 40 countries all over the world. The vocabulary in the program is scientifically controlled for each level of study. IQRA curriculum has been translated into Urdu languages like Urdu, which is introduced in hundreds of schools all over the country. In the year 2006, the Hindi version of the curriculum was published, which was released in IQRA’s inter-faith program.

Uzma has helped in rehabilitation of poor families, particularly widows and orphans of those who lost their lives in civil disturbances, providing homes, arranging scholarships for children, making rations available for such families. It was during this period she learned that the poorest of the poor could not be fed on alms alone and they themselves should start economic activity to earn their livelihood decently. 

Uzma established an NGO named Assalah International during this period. While doing all her existing social work under the umbrella of this new organization, she started free technical courses for ladies in Mumbra near Mumbai.

Technical Institute for Girls: Uzma established Ladies Wing at M.H. Saboo Siddik Polytechnics managed and run by Anjuman-I-Islam. Twenty short time courses specially designed for Muslim girls were started including Fasion Designing, fabric, painting, screen printing and journalism both in Urdu and English. More than 3500 girls received diploma/certificates through these courses.  With a view to establish these girls in business, Uzma participated in various exhibitions and also organized a special exhibition to display and sell the products manufactured by these girls. 

In March 2017, Uzma was honoured with an International Award by World Trade Centre.

Uzma is an active member of Times Foundation of Times of India with whom IQRA has alos co-sponsored many inter-faith meetings. Uzma has been awarded by Times Foundation for her exemplary work. 

Through IQRA Education Foundation, Uzma has arranged 22 Teachers Training Programs, held in more than 15 cities across India and 2 cities in Bangladesh.

Uzma has addressed various fora over many years, including at the United Nations, various NGO conferences and also in the US by invitation of the US Government. She is also the Jt. Secretary-General of All India Education Movement, member Alliance of The United World – a Philippines based international NGO.

Raminder Kaur – R.K. Gardens


Entrepreneur course under Goldman Sachs Women 10000

Sukhadia University, Udaipur

Sukhadia University, Udaipur
B.A Honors Philosophy

I am a landscaper and horticulturist based at Mohali,

I have a vast experience of 20 years in landscaping and
horticulture work.

My clients are corporates, privative/public sector
companies & government agencies


Chairperson of women entrepreneurs committee, Mohali

Industrial Association

Chairperson ISB Women entrepreneur alumni group,


Member FICCI FLO, Ludhiana chapter

Mohali Golf Range

In collaboration with: United Nations Alliance of Civilizations “Unity in Diversity – World Civil Society”
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
“…the regional forums in Australia and India, organized by the Global Dialogue Foundation and local partners under the auspices of the Alliance, allowed the Alliance to expand its outreach and significantly develop its footing at grass-roots level.”
Official report of the Secretary-General Ban Ki moon to the UN General Assembly.