Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati
President of the Divine Shakti Foundation, Secretary-General of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance
Topic: Sacred Water, Sacred Life: Water as the Imperiled Thread of Life Weaving Creation Together

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati lives at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, on the banks of the Ganges river, in the foothills of the Himalayas, in Rishikesh, India. She is President of the Divine Shakti Foundation, a foundation dedicated to bringing education and empowerment to women and children. She is also Secretary-General of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, an international interfaith organization dedicated to bringing clean water, sanitation and hygiene to the children of the world. Sadhviji is a renowned speaker who addresses forums on a wide variety of topics ranging from conscious business to science and spirituality to sustainable development to the keys of happiness and peace in life. She has also been a featured speaker at the United Nations, Parliament of World Religions and other international conferences and summits. Her talks blend the knowledge and logic of the West with the insights, spirituality and wisdom of the East, and she is renowned as a spiritual bridge between the two cultures. She is a graduate of Stanford University and has a PhD in psychology. She has lived at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, for nearly 20 years, where she teaches meditation, gives spiritual discourses, provides counseling and oversees myriad charitable and humanitarian projects and activities, including directing the annual International Yoga Festival. She was officially ordained into the order of Sanyas (monastic vows) by her guru His Holiness Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati in the year 2000.