Candidate: Rev. Dr. Dileepkumar Thankappan
Organization: World Yoga Community
Rev. Dr. Dileepkumar Thankappan is the Founder and CEO of the World Yoga Community Inc. (WYC), and an NGO Representative at the United Nations. Additionally, he is the Secretary of the Committee of Religious NGOs and Vice President of the UNSRC-Salus Well-Being Network at the UN.
For more than 35 years, he has been organizing international events, seminars, summits, and festivals around the world. Since 1999, He has been invited as a Guest Speaker/Panelist, Interfaith Minister, Spiritual Guru, Yoga Master, Musician, and Event Organizer at the United Nations HQ in New York. He travels and gives lectures at numerous institutions on Human Rights, Education, Gender Equality, Global Culture of Peace, Interfaith Harmony, Non-violence, Healthy Living, Climate Action, Environmental Protection, Yogic lifestyle, Universal Spirituality, as well as other development goals.
As a selfless servant and facilitator, he recommends that the GNEC implement the UN SDGs for the global community on a grassroots level. For the last 20 years, he has been partnering events and International Days with Permanent Missions, UNSRC, DPI, and other bodies of the UN. As a GNEC Director, he will be a resourceful supporter and volunteer, serving as a bridge between the Executive Committee, NGOs, and the UN system. 75th Anniversary of the UN, CSW 65, Int. Day of Yoga, and the Int. Day of Peace was among some of the most recent events he organized, via social media, and were well received globally. He is fluent in English, Malayalam, Hindi, and Sanskrit.