Subhi Dhupar: Regional Coordinator North zone India

Subhi Dhupar is a peace educator and trainer who works to promote interfaith harmony and social inclusion among people of diverse cultures.  Ms. Dhupar has pursued her honors degree from Lady Shri Ram College and South Asian University specializing in History and International Relations respectively. At present she is currently the Regional Director at United Religions Initiative (URI) – one of the world’s largest grassroots interfaith communities with a presence in 105 countries.  At URI, Ms. Dhupar works on building sustainable peace by encouraging cooperation that bridges cultural differences. 

Her willingness to serve the community and approach interfaith harmony pragmatically has helped her diagnose local problems and devise creative solutions on the field.  She has been modelling intergenerational way of working as an important solution to sustenance and effectiveness for over 60 grassroots groups that she mentors.  Her mentorship includes guiding grassroots workers on resource mapping, capacity building, communications, and experiential learning.  She also presented these experiences in 2019 at the Hoover Institution Stanford University at the Accelerate Peace Conference reiterating the role youth can play in bringing interfaith harmony. She has also contributed to youth in interfaith dialogues to Mr. Knox Thames, Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South/Central Asia at the USA embassy in India on his special visit. At present she is also acting as a technical and program advisor to major faith-based organizations and offices of United Nations to counter issues like substance abuse and single use plastics in the marine ecosystem.

She has also conducted several welfare programs for women and children for the civilians with the help of the Indian Army in Kashmir; advocated for inclusivity at the African Union as the Madam Chair at the World Interfaith Harmony Week and single handedly organized an international interfaith conference in 2019 November with the UNESCO Chair at Banaras Hindu University involving over 40+ faith leaders, 600+students and 230+ grassroots civil society groups.

Her strong belief in the power of empathy and strength of human relations makes her an impactful community trainer and facilitator. Her core competence in experiential learning helps participants from diverse backgrounds reflect not just on their identities but also understand the complex play of diverse backgrounds in polarizing societies.  This has inspired her to engage with several international and national universities (Marquette University, O.P Jindal Global University, Banaras Hindu University etc) diverse background groups, and youth-based organizations from countries like Afghanistan, Ghana, Nepal, and Turkey.