SADHVI BHAGAWATI SARASWATI, Ph.D
Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, PhD, is a renowned spiritual leader in India. Originally from Los Angeles and a graduate of Stanford University, Sadhviji has lived at Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh at the foothills of the Himalayas for 24 years, where she gives spiritual discourses, satsang and meditation, and leads a myriad of humanitarian programs. Sadhviji is Secretary-General of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, the world’s first alliance of religious leaders for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, launched by UNICEF in 2013. She is President of Divine Shakti Foundation, a charitable organization bringing education and empowerment to women and children. She is also Director of the world-famous International Yoga Festival. Additionally, Sadhviji has numerous high-level international appointments including as Vice-Chair of the United Nations’ Advisory Council on Religion. She sits on the Steering Committees of the international Partnership for Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) and the World Bank’s Moral Imperative to End Extreme Poverty. Sadhviji is a regular speaker at the United Nations, Parliament of Religions and other large international fora.
Sadhviji has received numerous awards and recognition for her leadership role in India, including from the Cabinet Minister of Water Resources, Government of India, as well as from the Ambassador of the
United States to India.