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Advisory Board Chair: Tenzin Dechen Rochard


Tenzin Dechen Rochard has a B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy (University of London) and a PhD in Buddhist philosophy (University of Cambridge). She also completed a traditional 10-year study programme in Buddhist Philosophy at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics (Dharamsala, India). Dechen translated and edited Geshe Sopa Rinpoche’s oral commentary on the Insight section of Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo (Steps on the Path to Enlightenment, Vol. 5, forthcoming, Wisdom Publications). She has been teaching Buddhism, Philosophy, and meditation in the UK and abroad for several years, and is involved with inter-faith dialogue. She is currently working for The Dalai Lama Trust, translating a recently composed compendium of teachings by ancient Indian Buddhist masters of the Nalanda tradition, historically the source of all Tibetan Buddhist traditions.

Advisory Board Member: Thupten Jinpa Langri


Thupten Jinpa is a Visiting Research Scholar at the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences at Stanford University.president and editor-in-chief of the Institute of Tibetan Classics, Cambridge.

He is also a member of the advisory board of the Mind and Life Institute, which is dedicated to fostering creative dialogue between the Buddhist tradition and Western science.

Thupten Jinpa has written many books and articles, his latest being Tibetan Songs of Spiritual Experience (co-edited with Jas Elsner) and Self, Reality and Reason in Tibetan Thought: Tsongkhapa’s Quest for the Middle View.

Advisory Board Member: Keith Abel


After failing his bar exams in 1988 Keith Abel began selling potatoes door to door in Catford. Potatoes became organic potatoes which in turn became organic vegetable boxes, through the limited company Abel & Cole. Keith sold Abel & Cole in 2007 and after it faltering went back to sell it again in 2012. Voted 14th best place to work in Europe, Keith always viewed his business as a community of employees, farmers and customers. The business now has over 75,000 happy customers. In addition to his background in business Keith is active in many charities. His enthusiasm for the secular ethics put forward by His Holiness the Dalai Lama has made him one of our keenest supporters.

Advisory Board Member: Nicola Walton


Nicola Walton is a writer, lecturer and author, specialising in finance. She advises other charities in Oxford on corporate development in her role as a trustee on the patrons board at the Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology and as a member of the Honorary Council of Modern Art Oxford. Other voluntary roles have included three years as a magistrate in London. Her employers have included LBC Radio and The Independent newspaper. She wrote and taught an economics module for an MA Financial Journalism course at City University, London.

Advisory Board Member: Monowar Hussain


Monawar read Theology at the University of Oxford and trained as an Imam under the late Shaykh Dr Zaki Badawi KBE. He is the Imam at Eton College and Muslim Chaplain and Advisor to the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is also the founder of The Oxford Foundation that seeks to support vulnerable, disaffected and low achieving young people through innovative educational programmes. He devised, pioneered and successfully piloted a unique educational programme confronting violent extremist ideology, aspects of which have been published and the programme has also been utilised to train RE teachers in the UK.

Monawar is also Founder of the national United for Peace initiative. He also serves on a number of advisory boards of national charities.

Advisory Board Member: Jesse Norman MP


Jesse Norman is the Conservative MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire. He is a member of the Treasury Select Committee, the House of Commons Governance Committee and one of the few Conservative MPs who has consistently refused to back the government’s military intervention in Syria.

Jesse is the author of several works in philosophy and politics. These include After Euclid: visual reasoning and the epistemology of diagrams, The Big Society: the anatomy of the new politics, Compassionate Conservatism: what it is and why we need it and Compassionate Economics: the social foundations of economic prosperity. The latter was described as “the most intelligent political tract of 2009, and the best analysis of the credit crunch” in the Daily Telegraph. He is also editor of Achievement of Michael Oakeshott.

His work in the community includes the Roundhouse arts centre and urban regeneration project.

Advisory Board Member: Fr Martin Ganeri OP


Fr Martin Ganeri OP is Vice-Regent of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. He studied Classics and Oriental Studies for his MA at the University of Cambridge where he also took an MPhil in Indian Archaeology. He subsequently took his DPhil—The Vedantic Cosmology of Ramanuja & its Western Parallels—at the University of Oxford.

Fr Martin lectures in World Religions at Blackfriars Hall, focusing on Catholic approaches to other religions, and also lectures in Theology at Heythrop College, University of London. In addition, he is Director of the Centre for Christianity and Interreligious Dialogue at Heythrop College.