Sister Jayanti Kirpalani
Spiritual Teacher | Administrative Head of the Brahma Kumaris
Sister Jayanti is Additional Administrative Head of the Brahma Kumaris. She is also the Director of Brahma Kumaris activities in Europe and the Middle East. As a spiritual teacher for over 50 years, she has dedicated her life to self-transformation and service to humanity. Sister Jayanti is the Brahma Kumaris NGO representative at the UN in Geneva. Since 1982, she has championed the co-operative role of spiritual organisations in creating a just and peaceful world. She has brought spiritual principles to the discussion tables of politicians, economists, business leaders, scientists and nearly every stakeholder of our times. Since the 1970s, she has been deeply involved with empowerment of women, running workshops and giving presentations in over 100 countries. She was an active participant in the International Women’s Year Conference in East Berlin in 1975, which heralded the start of the United Nations Decade for Women.
At the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2018, as well as conducting morning meditation sessions in the Congress Centre, she was a panellist with Shobana Kamineni (president/executive vice-chairperson, Confederation of Indian Industry/Apollo Hospitals Group, India), Dr Nitya Mohan Khemka (Centre of Development Studies, Cambridge University, UK) and Shelley Zalis (CEO, Female Quotient, USA), interviewed by Kalli Purie (vice-chair, India Today) on the topic Will the glass ceiling ever be shattered? Also in 2018 she was invited to join the Women Political Leaders Forum in Reykjavik, Iceland. She is a member of the Global Peace Initiative of Women and Religious Leaders.
The Brahma Kumaris is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) of the United Nations, accredited with General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).