About Us – The Foundation

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.

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.

President of Brahmananda Saraswati Foundation and Trust

Tony 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 of Brahmananda Saraswati Foundation and Trust

Harris Kaplan, DSCI (Executive Director)

Retired Investment Fund Manager, founder and former CEO, Eastgate Financial Services Ltd., USA

Bevan Morris, DSCI (Chairman, Board of Directors)

Educator and International President of Maharishi Universities of Management worldwide

John Hagelin, PhD

Quantum physicist and educator; President, Global Union of Scientists for Peace;
President, Maharishi International University, USA

Steven 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.








Brahmananda Saraswati Foundation Board of Directors

Board Members

  • Avinoam Shlomo Barkol – Educator
    Ramat-Gan, Israel

  • John H. Black, M.A. – Educator
    Palo Alto, CA, USA

  • Rafael David – Business Entrepreneur
    Vero Beach, FL, USA

  • Howard Martin Chandler, Ph.D. – Educator
    Boston, MA , USA

  • James Kevin Egan, Ph.D. – Business Entrepreneur
    Boone, NC, USA

  • Hugh Richard Alan Godfrey – Retired Businessman
    London, England

  • Shawn Jeffrey Herman, MBA – Retired Real Estate Manager
    Palo Alto, CA, USA

  • Richard Glenn Ross, B.F.A. – Educator
    Fairfield, IA, USA

  • Harris Kaplan – Retired Investment Fund Manager

  • Steve Rubin – Retired Businessman
    Sebastian, FL, USA

  • John Hagelin. Ph.D. – Quantum Physicist and Educator
    Fairfield, IA, USA

  • John Fagan. Ph.D. – Research Scientist and Activist
    Fairfield, IA, USA

  • Graham Anthony de Freitas, Ph.D. – Administrator and Educator
    Fairfield, IA, USA

  • Ior Guglielmi, M.D. – Medical Doctor
    Verona, Italy

  • Robert LoPinto – Retired Businessman
    Rockville, MD, USA

  • Thomas Elijah Stanley –Philanthropist
    Fairfield, IA, USA

  • Robert G. Wynne, Ph.D. – Educator and retired Mayor
    Maharishi Vedic City, IA, USA

  • Charoen-Rajapark – Businessman
    Bangkok, Thailand

  • Alberto Castaño Gonzalez – Architect

  • Andreas Thrasy – Hotel chain Founder and Chairman
    London, UK

  • Andrew Davy – Businessman
    Auckland, New Zealand

  • Anthony Miles – Businessman and Educator
    United Kingdom

  • Bernard McKeon

  • Bernard Nevas – Business Entrepreneur
    United States

  • Bruno Renzi M.D. – Medical Doctor
    Milan, Italy

  • Dominique Lemoine – Administrator and Educator

  • Eckart Stein Ph.D. – Quantum Physicist and Educator
    Erfurt, Germany

  • Graeme Lodge – Business Entrepreneur
    Auckland, New Zealand

  • Lukas Bluecher

  • Michael Busch D.SCI – Educator and Administrator
    Maharishi Vedic City, IA, USA

  • Omar Hamza – Businessman
    Beirut, Lebanon

  • Philippe Gallois – Medical Doctor

  • Richard Broome – Business Entrepreneur and Educator
    Johannesburg, South Africa

  • William Sands Ph.D. – Educator
    Fairfield, IA, USA

  • Shizuo Suzuki – Entrepreneur, Administrator and Educator
    Nasu, Japan

  • Stephen Heaton – Business Entrepreneur
    Fairfield, IA, USA

  • Tom Factor – Entrepreneur

  • Ugo Guido – Business Entrepreneur

  • Tammam Hamza – Educator and Entrepreneur
    Beirut, Lebanon

  • Paul Potter – Educator
    New York, USA

  • Michael Charles Dillbeck, Ph.D – Scientist and Educator
    Champaign, IL, USA

  • Bruce Plaut, CPA, MBA – Accountant and Businessman
    Fairfield, IA, USA

  • Emanuel Schiffgens – Administrator
    Hannover, Germany

  • Kingsley Brooks, M.A. – Administrator
    Lincoln, MA, USA

  • Bjarne Steffen Landsfeldt – Administrator
    Mausing, Kjellerup, Denmark

  • Willem Meijles, Ph.D. – Administrator
    Vlodrop, The Netherlands

  • Antonio Bartolomé Menéndez – Businessman
    Banastás, Huesca, Spain

  • Mariano Facipieri – Businessman
    Baschi, Italy

  • Jose Luis Alvares Roset – Administrator
    Barcelona, Spain

  • John Carol Konhaus – Agriculturalist and Administrator
    Nasu, Japan

  • Felix Urs Kägi – Administrator
    Zürich, Switzerland

  • James Rogers Badgett Jr. – Businessman
    Fairfield, IA, USA

  • Peter Warburton, M.A. – Administrator
    Rendlesham, Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK

  • Patrick John Barrett, Ph.D. – Clinical Psychologist
    Boone, NC, USA

  • Dean Dodrill – Business Entrepreneur
    Washington, D.C., USA

  • Bevan Morris, Ph.D. – Educator
    Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa, USA

  • Volker Schanbacher, Ph.D. – Research Physicist and Educator
    Heidelberg, Germany

  • Christopher Bromley Crowell, M.A. – Administrator and Educator
    Vlodrop, The Netherlands

  • Larry Chroman, M.A. – Investment Fund Manager
    Tiburon, CA, USA

  • Rainer Picha, M.D. – Cardiologist and Research Scientist
    Vienna, Austria

  • Peter Frederick Swan – Agriculturalist
    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Dr. Eike Hartmann – Architect
    Hannover, Germany

  • Major General Kulwant Singh – Retired Indian Army Officer
    New Delhi, India

Members of the Finance Committee

Finance Committee for BSF and BST

Harris Kaplan, D.S.C.I (Chairman)

Retired Investment Fund Manager
Founder and former CEO of Eastgate Financial Services Ltd., USA

Jeffrey S. Abramson

Real Estate Developer
Partner, Tower Companies, USA

Ramani Ayer, Ph.D.

Former Chairman & CEO
The Hartford Financial Services Group, USA

Bradford Cooke, M.Sc.

Business Executive
CEO, Endeavour Silver Corp., Canada

Paul Gelderloos, Ph.D,

Business executive
Founder and former CEO, Telegroup Nederland B.V.
Founder and CEO, Scarlet NV and Sahara International Ventures NV, The Netherlands

Steve Rubin

Retired business executive
Former Chairman and CEO, United Fuels International Inc., USA

Howard Settle, CPA, Ph.D.

Business Executive
President and CEO
Century Offshore Management and Century Exploration Company, USA

Raj Sharma, MBA

Chairman, The Sharma Group
Senior Vice-President
Merrill Lynch, USA

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