Shaunaka Rishi Das has been Director of the Oxford Centre of Hindu Studies since its inception in 1997. He maintains the vision and ethos of the Centre on behalf of the board of Governors, and encourages the Centre’s continued growth and development in all spheres. He has overall responsibility for its fundraising, administration and communication. He is the first Hindhu Chaplain to Oxford University in its history.
Shaunaka is a member of The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life, convened in 2013 by the Woolf Institute, Cambridge. In 2013 the Indian government appointed him to sit on the International Advisory Council of the Auroville Foundation. He is a regular broadcaster, making the Hindhu contribution to Radio 4’s ‘Prayer for the Day’ since 2007. He has acted as a consultant for a number of documentaries on Hindhu culture and traditions, and has written articles for The Guardian and The Independent newspapers.
Shaunaka is currently part of Blueprint for Better Business’ interfaith group.