Our Team

Over the years, we have established an effective collaborative team of local professionals, grassroots partners, and foreign volunteers who share our values. Together, we fund, initiate, and manage over humanitarian and development projects in northern India, Nepal and eastern Tibet.

International Branches

Karuna-Shechen has branches and affiliates around the world that make our projects possible by raising funds, creating awareness, and forming relationships with donors.

Field Team

Karuna-Shechen’s field team of dedicated professionals work within local communities to identify and implement projects guided by the communities’ specific needs and objectives.

International Board

Our board works in partnership with both the branches and the field. They select and approve new projects in line with our mission, ensure accountability and proper organizational functioning.


Our management team is committed to financial transparency, community engagement, and accurate reporting.

Karuna Team

From left to right: Shamsul Akhtar (India Director), Matthieu Ricard (President and founder), Sanjeev Pradhan (Director of Field Operations and Nepal Director), Raphaële Demandre (Tibet Director)