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Session 1


W. Cole Durham

Founding Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, USA

W. Cole Durham, Jr. is Emeritus Professor of Law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School of Brigham Young University, where he held the Susa Young Gates University Professorship.


He is Founding Director of the Law School’s International Center for Law and Religion Studies. From its official organization on January 1, 2000 until May 1, 2016, Professor Durham was Director of the Center. This center organized to provide an institutional base for long-term initiatives in the field of law and religion throughout the world. It had begun in the Law School in the mid-1980s by Professor Durham and continued in subsequent years with the involvement of many students and colleagues.


Professor Durham holds an AB degree in Philosophy magna cum laude from Harvard College, and he joined the faculty at BYU Law School in 1976, just one year after he received his own juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School, where he was a Note Editor of the Harvard Law Review and Managing Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. Throughout his long career he has been heavily involved in comparative law scholarship, with a special emphasis on comparative constitutional law.

Alex Hankey

Distinguished Professor of Yoga and Physical Science at Swami Vivekananda Yoga Ausandana Samsthana (S-VYASA)

My chief concern has been to bring the value of traditional knowledge to the service of mankind, so that countless problems which are beyond the ability of modern science and medicine, can be solved using traditional methods.

These include theoretical problems at the foundations of physics, biology and medicine & information theory, as well as practical problems like restoring a substantial ethical basis for modern life, introducing proper preventative health programs in developed societies, and adopting measures to ensure lasting world peace for all times to come.

Specialties: Deep ideas about critical systems - 'Holistic Physics' and its applications - Holistic Information, Biology (by criticality) & Medicine. Theories for Traditional and Complementary medicine. eg Why Yoga Medicine works, holistic theories of the Life Force, Naturopathy, Homeopathy etc, consciousness, including cognition, meditation, transcendence, all from the new 'holistic' perspective. Decoding Vedic Sciences, including 'Decoding Ayurveda', Decoding Samkhya', and 'Decoding Jyotish'.

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Dr Geoffrey Clements


Dr Geoffrey Clements is Chairman of Commonwealth Infrastructure Partners, London, and Visiting Professor at Symbiosis Institute of Management, Hyderabad. He obtained his DPhil in Applied Physics from the University of Sussex. During his doctoral studies, he was mentored by Nobel Laureate, Prof Sir Nevill Mott, Cavendish Professor of Physics at the University of Cambridge. He was a founding faculty member of Maharishi European Research University in Switzerland; Chairman of Maharishi Foundation, Great Britain; and European Director for Maharishi Foundation.

Geoffrey is a specialist in organisational development and capacity building for infrastructure sectors. He has conducted programmes for Indian government ministries and companies, and led the project to develop the Master Plan for Solar City, Gandhinagar in Gujarat. He is a regular speaker at conferences organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry and by Horasis, the Global Visions Community, dedicated to the development of sustainable emerging markets. He is a Visiting Professor at leading universities and business schools in India, including IIHMR University in Jaipur, Rajasthan and the Institute of Management Technology, Hyderabad, and teaches courses on topics including project management, entrepreneurship, innovation and geopolitics.

         Chairman, Commonwealth Infrastructure Partners, New Cottages, West Sussex, UK

Scott Herriott

Provost and Professor of Management,

Maharishi International University, Fairfield, USA

Professor Herriott received his PhD from Stanford in management science and engineering. He is the author of scholarly papers in the areas of economics, organization theory, and business strategy. His most recent books are Feasibility Analysis for Sustainable Technologies (2015) and Metrics for Sustainable Business (2016).

His research interests include issues of cooperative strategy in business policy. Specific projects include studies of electric utility power pools, cooperative advertising, risk pooling, partial acquisitions, information channels in markets, and the implications of Maharishi Vedic Science for theories of motivation, job design, and management decisions.

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Narayani Ganesh

Former Associate Editor, Speaking Tree,
The Times of India, Delhi, India

Narayani Ganesh is a freelance editor and writer. She was Associate Editor, The Times of India and Editor, The Speaking Tree columns in The Times of India and Economic Times until January 2021. She joined the TOI group in 1987. 

She has a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Madras. More than 30 volumes of selections from The Speaking Tree have been published over the years by Times Group Books.

A former associate editor of The Times of India, leader writer and editor of The Speaking Tree, Narayani Ganesh writes on issues concerning the environment, science and technology, travel and tourism, heritage, philosophy, spirituality and health.

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