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Our mission is to foster inner well-being and mental resilience, empowering people to live purposeful, sustainable, and productive lives.

We bring over 150 years of experience to deliver the Institute's vision to become the leading Inner Well-Being Institute for all. We aim to bring the power of inner well-being to address global challenges faced by humanity.

Advisors & Project Management

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Dr. Sridhar Venkatapuran

Ph.D. Cambridge

Sridhar is a part of our volunteer distinguished academic team at the Institute. He plays an instrumental role in helping design research projects, developing ethical research methodologies, establishing standards for data collection, and creating the philosophical construct of human health and well-being.

Sridhar has been at the forefront of health ethics and global health for over 25 years. He is an academic educator, researcher, and public/global health practitioner. At Harvard, he worked with the late Arjun Sengupta, UN Independent Expert on the Right to Development, in conceptualizing its philosophical and ethical framework. He was also a pioneer of the health and human rights movement as the first researcher at Human Rights Watch to examine HIV/AIDS and other health issues directly as human rights concerns.

Sridhar is an Associate Professor & Deputy Director at King's College London, Global Health Institute. He holds several degrees in a range of disciplines, including Political Philosophy (Ph.D., Cambridge), Public Health (MSc, Harvard), Sociology (MPhil, Cambridge), and International Relations (BA, Brown). He has won numerous awards, scholarships, fellowships, and grants.

He has also worked with a range of international organizations, including the WHO, the Open Society Institute, the Population Council, and Doctors of the World-USA.

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Vansa S. Hanson

Ph.D. Texas A&M

Vansa is a sociologist and demographer. Her expertise includes social and behavioral measurement, program evaluation, and measuring the effectiveness of programs and policies on institutional culture and climate. She has over ten years of experience in survey construction, analysis, and impact assessment. She is particularly focused on efficient and actionable data collection.

Vansa plays an instrumental role in designing research projects, developing ethical research methodologies, and establishing standards for data collection and analysis. Whether measuring the impact of a given initiative at the individual or organizational level, Vansa is driven by two overarching questions: for whom, and under what conditions. The answers to these questions allow her to guide organizations toward maximizing their impact.

Vansa is completing her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University, holds a BA from Trinity University and a Masters from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Vivienne M. Brown Project Management

Vivienne understands what it takes for organizations to build engaged teams in purposeful, value-driven work from the ground up. She also understands growth challenges, motivating, and supporting teams to collaborate, innovate and excel in a culture of pride and ownership.

Prior to joining The Institute IWE, Vivienne worked in the telecommunication, banking and insurance industries where she focused on Project Management, Business Development and Administration.

She earned her MBA from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelors Degree in Administrative Management from the University of Technology, Jamaica. Vivienne also received her PMP designation in 2017. She has been invited to speak at a number of educational sessions focused on communication and project management.

She also enjoys working with young adults in exploring higher education, business ideas, and entrepreneurship opportunities.

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Alaokika Bharwani Clinical Psychotherapist

Alaokika Bharwani is a Clinically Trained Psychotherapist and Mental Health Consultant who has trained in India and the U.S. She has worked under some of the top professionals in the field, and has undergone specialty training at the premier Albert Ellis Institute, New York and the Beck Institute, Philadelphia in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Alaokika helps identify thinking, emotional, and behavioral patterns that impact a person's ability to cope with the ordinary demands of daily life. High stress, low mental health, and depression are often caused by limiting belief systems, unhappiness, and de-motivation.

She plays an integral role at the Institute IWE with advising on mental health data, and guiding the development of our interventions and strategies to support people in their journey to attaining high levels of mental-emotional-social health and well-being.