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The International Association for Human Values (IAHV) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1997 by global humanitarian leader, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. It has branches in 25 countries and has a consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

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Our  Vision

Our vision is to promote and support the development of human values throughout the world.  Through a variety of service projects aimed at social transformation and upliftment, IAHV works towards sustainable peace and harmony for all.

We believe:

All human beings
are equal.


Responsibility and an attitude of selfless service are the foundation of true empowerment.


Peace, happiness and compassion are the intrinsic nature of 
human beings.


Socio-economic development must be built on human values to be sustainable.


Incorporation of human values into all aspects of life will ultimately lead to a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.

Vision & Mission

Our  Mission

IAHV offers programs to reduce stress and develop leaders so that human values can flourish in people and communities. We foster the daily practice of human values – a sense of connectedness and respect for all people and the natural environment, an attitude of non-violence, and an ethic of social service. Our programs enhance clarity of mind, shift attitudes and behaviors, and develop leaders and communities that are resilient, responsible, and inspired.

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Our  Team

Philippines (Members)
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Charmaine Cu-Unjieng

Executive Director, Board Member, Trainer

Charmaine has over 20 years of international experience in global health, international development, disaster management and response, and mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS). She received her training in Epidemiology and Public Health from Yale University and Medical Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam.

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Joel Ruiz

Director for Communications, Board Member

Joel is an acclaimed film and advertising director. He has written, directed and produced a number of critically acclaimed films.

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Ruth Yu-Owen

Director for Resource Mobilization, Board Member

Ruth has more than 20 years of experience in the field of renewable energy, developing wind power, hydropower, and solar projects.

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Suzanne Faelnar

Director for Partnerships, Board Member

“Zac” has been a volunteer of the Art of Living since 2008. She is currently involved in peacebuilding and development work and is an advocate for integrated approaches to address human security and the climate-conflict nexus.

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Julie Ang

Board Member

Julie is the first certified Philippine-based instructor in 2008 of the The Art of Living Foundation.

Madeline Pajarillo


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Nameeta Dargani


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Valeree Nolasco

Program Officer

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Jelli Luzano

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

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Sunny Jabbar

Program Assistant

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Lorna Nasayao

Admin and Finance Officer

Our Team
International (Members)
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Dr. Katrien Hertog

Adviser and Trainer, IAHV Peacebuilding Program

Katrien is a peacebuilding researcher, trainer and practitioner with 15 years of experience in the academic and non-governmental sector.

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Filiz Odabas-Geldiay

Adviser, IAHV USA

Formerly Washington correspondent for a Turkish daily and executive director of an international NGO, Filiz worked closely with UNICEF in mobilizing children globally to help the needy in their communities.

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Ronnie Newman

Adviser, Research

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Annelies Richmond

Adviser and Trainer

Annelies Richmond is the Director of Training, IAHV and Art of Living Foundation. She is also the  Director for the SKY Campus Happiness Program  and was previously the Director of Youth Programs .

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Leslye Moore

Adviser and Trainer

Leslye delivers resilience programming to veterans and healthcare staff at veterans affairs hospitals. She has more than 30 years career in humanitarian work; directing a wide range of programs domestically and internationally.

Marcel Queiroz

Adviser and Trainer, SKY Resilience Program

Marcel serves as the Executive Director for SKY Resilience Program. He has been working with Trauma Relief Projects, Prison Programs and teaching Law Enforcement since 2015. In last 5 years, has overseen global initiatives that impacted more than 3000 officers and has trained teachers in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, South Africa, Philippines and the United States

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Dr. Kanwaljeet Sunny Anand

Adviser, Research 

Sunny is a translational clinical researcher who pioneered research on the endocrine-metabolic stress responses of infants undergoing surgery and developed the first-ever scientific rationale for pain perception in early life.

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Dr. Dara

Adviser, Research

Dara G. Ghahremani is Research Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. He received his PhD in Psychology with specialization in Neuroscience from Stanford University and was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Russell Poldrack at UCLA.

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Tarique Khan

Adviser and Trainer

Tarique is a trauma relief expert, worked in war torn countries like Iraq. He is also a dancer, choreographer and pilates instructor.

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Salman Mohammed


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Seemaa Hiranandani


Winnie Ang


Our  Partners  and Collaborators

Our Partners
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