Greshma Pious Raju, a young professional, has a strong desire and passion to be a peacebuilder interested in promoting international collaborations through various programs and projects. To complement her goal, she earned an MA in International Peace Studies from the University for Peace, Costa Rica. As part of the graduation, she did her internship in Earth Charter International Secretariat. She has extensive development experience working for the youth and volunteer groups on various themes including interfaith, environment, peacebuilding and conflict transformation. She served as Youth Ambassador of the United Religions Initiative for many years. Competent in data collection, data analysis and conducting research, project planning and coordination, implementing and facilitating training activities, and monitoring projects (social auditing). She has published and done presentations on various topics including peace, interfaith, spirituality, amongst others. Currently, she is in charge of a global campaign “one billion youth for peace,” initiated by the United Religions Initiative South India region.
Recently, Greshma started a project Ecopeace Teen Cafe for teenagers. It’s an online transformative education and dialogue platform for high school students. 29 students were selected from different states of India for the first cohort. The Ecopeace Ambassadors Program consists of four modules; Community Building, Environment conservation, Social Justice, and Peace and Harmony. This four month project is trying to bring behavioural changes in participants towards nature, increase their awareness on climate change and encourage them to take actions for a better world.