Intensely passionate, strong-willed and an incessant pursuer of excellence Dr. Anish Dua is a Professor at the Guru Nanak Dev University. With a teaching experience of over 20 years, Dr. Dua guides students in their research, both at the level of Masters and Doctorate. He specialises in environmental biology especially in the field of river and wetland ecology and has also been a key note speaker on various national platforms. He is a UN certified Professional (DLPI with UNFPA) on Population Issues in the field of Advocacy. A resource for the Government of India, Dr. Dua has been involved in guiding school students on choosing their career paths. He believes in doing what he loves and enjoys taking up challenges. Perseverance, deep conviction and faith have made him the leader he is today. He states that the leader in him got defined when the system around him acknowledged and appreciated his potential. He strongly believes that a leader needs to nurture leadership in his people and settle for nothing less than excellence. Excellence to him means applying oneself moment to moment so as to experience the fullness of life. He believes that if pursuing excellence becomes an intrinsic part of one’s lifestyle, ‘then our times would be known as the times of excellence.’

Dr. Dua has been associated with the Art of Living foundation for 15 years and has been actively involved in various social projects at the regional, national and international fronts.

He has been a member of International Multi-Faith Working Group on Strengthening Religious Leadership in the Response to HIV in partnership with UNAIDS. As Project coordinator, he has managed a UNFPA supported project on movement against Female Foeticide/Sex Selection in the state of Punjab which was showcased at the Regional (Asia-Pacific) FBO forum at Kuala Lumpur, global meeting of the UNFPA at Istanbul and in the UN headquarters at New York. He asserts that the knowledge and techniques taught in the Art of Living has helped him evolve into a more refined and strong individual.