Global Peace Initiative

The Foundation

Honoring one of the world’s most revered spiritual leaders

Funding for the Global Peace Initiative is being organized by the Brahmananda Saraswati Foundation (USA) and the Brahmananda Saraswati Trust (the Netherlands).

These  organizations were founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi—the founder of the Transcendental Meditation program and the principal architect of the Global Peace Initiative. The organizations are named in honor of Maharishi’s teacher, Brahmananda Saraswati, one of the world’s most highly revered spiritual leaders, who served as Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, India—the chief representative of the Vedic tradition of knowledge.

The Brahmananda Saraswati Foundation and Trust are non-religious and charitable organizations. They are overseen by an international board of scientists, educators and business leaders from around the world.

Members of the Board of Directors

Brahmananda Saraswati Foundation (USA)

The Brahmananda Saraswati Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the U.S. Donations are tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers . Its mission is to provide funding for the training and support of the peace-creating experts and to establish a permanent endowment that will ensure their ongoing  support. This includes overseeing a worldwide fundraising program, receiving donations, and managing the investment of the endowment fund. The Foundation directs and monitors all disbursements to its managing partners in India to ensure that the goals of the project are achieved.

Brahmananda Saraswati Trust

Established in the Netherlands in 2008, the Brahmananda Saraswati Trust shares the same goals as the Foundation with a focus on the EU community plus Middle Eastern, African and Asian countries.

Both organizations have the same executive management structure


Tony Nader, MD PhD PresidentTony Nader, MD PhD President, 

Dr. Nader, is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a Clinical and Research Fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School. He has conducted research in neuroscience and the practical application of Vedic knowledge for solving health and social problems.

Executive Committee

  • Harris Kaplan, DSCIHarris Kaplan, DSCI (Executive Director)
    Retired Investment Fund Manager, founder and former CEO, Eastgate Financial Services Ltd., USA
  • Bevan Morris, DSCIBevan Morris, DSCI (Chairman, Board of Directors)
    Educator and International President of Maharishi Universities of Management
  • John Hagelin, PhDJohn Hagelin, PhD
    Quantum physicist and educator; President, Global Union of Scientists for Peace; President, Maharishi University of Management, USA
  • Steve RubinSteven Rubin
    Retired business executive, former Chairman and CEO, United Fuels International Inc., USA

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee oversees the investment of the endowment funds as well as the granting and accounting procedures involved in disbursing the funds to the organizations implementing the project in India. The Foundation and Trust have put in place financial and operational controls to ensure the project’s success and to provide their donors with complete financial reporting. The organizations maintain a system of detailed grant request and grant reports, including audits, from the recipient Indian organizations, as well as a team for on-site progress verification.

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Annual Reports

We acknowledge our donors’ right to full transparency in our operations, and publish audited reports as a registered charity.

National Organizations

In addition to these international organizations, national organizations in many countries are raising funds to support the Global Peace Initiative.