About Hema Pokharna: 

Dr. Hema Pokharna is a researcher at the University of Chicago and the Director of Journeys of Life which promotes Health, Wholeness and Disease Prevention. Born and raised in India, she received religious instruction from Jain monks and nuns who emphasized inner peace and self discipline. She has received extensive training in nonviolence, is a member of the Interfaith committee of JAINA, and serves as vice chair on the board of Play for Peace.