Yoga for Peace Symposium: Changing the World from the Inside Out

Join us for this gathering of peace leaders who will share with us inspiring stories from their peace and social engagement missions.


Elaine Valdov

Dr. Elaine Valdov, a representative to the United Nations, is a peace and human rights activist, conflict resolution specialist and the Founder of Yoga Peace Ambassadors and Yogis Without Borders. Dr. Valdov lectures internationally and is best known for her championship of causes and creation of peace and development initiatives for the UN Millennium Development Goals and the UN “International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World.” She has held many NGO positions at the United Nations, including Chair of the Executive Committee of Non Government Organizations Affiliated with the United Nations DPI and others. She is currently a practicing psychotherapist in New York City and a professional coach focusing on “Finding Your Role in Creating a Culture of Peace”.

Daniele Giovannucci

Daniele Giovannucci is President of the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) - a global consortium of institutions advancing innovative ways to understand and manage the sustainability of our food systems. Daniele is a former food company executive and strategic advisor to a number of governments and major institutions. He recently led the global teams formulating the strategic input on “The Future of Food and Agriculture” for the United Nations. Since 1992 he has taught and worked in more than 30 countries and today downloads of his work rank him in the top 1% of the more than 219,000 professional authors tracked by the web’s largest Social Science Research Network.

Kenneth Johnson

Kenneth Johnson spent over twenty years in prison (until 1997), in which he undergone spiritual transformation. He is now a spiritual teacher and consultant to families and to those who have been out of or may be going to prison. He passionately shares the message that “God’s Grace Is Here Now” with others and is the author of the book The Last Hustle.

Dada Nabhaniilananda

Dada Nabhaniilananda is a monk, a musician, a writer, and a meditation teacher with the spiritual movement Ananda Marga – “The Path of Bliss.” His chant recordings include The Fire Dragon Suite, The Return of The Magic and several others. He is also the author of Close Your Eyes & Open Your Mind, and After Capitalism.

Andrew Cunningham

Andrew is a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University, pursuing his Doctorate in Comparative International Education. Before coming to Oxford, Andrew co-founded the Women’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research (WISER) – an all girls’ secondary boarding school in Muhuru Bay, Kenya, where he lived and worked out of a mud hut for two and a half years. He is now a research intern with UNICEF-Kenya and advises various education initiatives in Cameroon, Tanzania, and South Africa. He is also the recipient of the Robertson Scholarship, Truman Scholarship and Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Award.