Founder and President,

Rhea Mahanta

Rhea founded The Peacebuilding Project at the University of Chicago in 2017, where the project began its operations on Conflict Transformation and Mediation, and humanitarian work with Syrian refugees. She is the first person in the history of the University's Committee on International Relations to have received the prestigious President's Volunteer Service Award, for her voluntary contribution and commitment to peace.graduated with Masters in International Affairs and is now pursuing a PhD in International History at The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva.

Currently, she works as a Civil Affairs Officer at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) where she conducts conflict management and supports the implementation of peace agreements at the sub-national and local level. Rhea has previously held various positions in the UN system including at the United Nations Headquarters under the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping (CUNPK), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and UN Women. She has also served as an expert Mediator at World Mediation Organization (WMO), and is an experienced peacebuilder having worked in the West Bank, Israel-Palestine.

Program Director - India,

Tarana Faroqi

Tarana manages the India Operations of Peacebuilding Project since 2018, when the organization expanded in India as the Director.  Additionally, she is the Regional focal point for South Asia & Central Asia for UNMGCY Humanitarian Affairs and Director at Peace 360. She has facilitated Peacebuilding workshops across India and Europe. Currently working with a UN organisation based in Delhi focusing on migration in the MENA region and South Asia. She has worked in Europe and India both across different NGO & International Organizations such as MSF, CARE INDIA, OHCHR, WHO, & GPPAC Netherlands. Her areas of interest include gender, forced migration, refugee rights, peacebuilding and politics in South Asia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Lady Shri Ram College for Women and a Post Graduate Diploma in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding. She is an alumnus of Masters in International Affairs from The Graduate Institute Geneva. 


Oonmona Das​

is currently pursuing her under graduation in History with minors in Philosophy from Indraprastha College of Women, University of Delhi. She has a special interest in World History and International Relations. She primarily got in touch with the Peacebuilding Project due to her curiosity about her own region’s geopolitical issue, i.e. Assam. She was also part of the Rohingya Literacy Project and helped in curating and coordinating the program.

Pratiksha Pathak

graduated with a master’s degree in International Studies from Symbiosis School of International Studies, Pune. She was a student of Hindu College, Delhi University, acquiring her bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Currently, she is also a Shaper at Global Shapers Community, Guwahati Hub. With a keen interest in international affairs, diplomacy, social issues, human rights and development, she joined the Peacebuilding Project in August 2019.

Navya Khanna

is  a final year undergraduate student of Political Science from Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi. She has worked with several civil society organisations in the last two years on conflict resolution, gender and peacebuilding. She has been volunteering at The Peacebuilding Project since July 2019.

Sampurnaa Bora

is a volunteer and a researcher at The Peacebulding Project since 2019; she is pursuing honors in Political Science in Maitreyi College, University of Delhi. Her interest lies in the area of International Relations. She is also involved in writing and debating.

Arundhati Agomacharyya

is currently pursuing Sociology Honours from Kamala Nehru College Delhi University. She is a writer, orator, a literary and social sciences enthusiast. She is the Social Media Manager for the Peacebuilding Project. She was intrigued by the cause the organization works for and has dived into all of its work with a lot of passion. She is passionate about politics, peacebuilding and international relations.

Ridhika bora

manages Social Media at the Peace Building Project. She is pursuing her Masters from Kamala Nehru College, Delhi University. She has a keen interest in international affairs and politics. “Working with The Peacebuilding Project has led to a comprehensive understanding of analyzing a conflict and to understand the importance of socio economic development. Furthermore, these were instrumental in harnessing my skills to understand cross cultural differences.”

Anandita Pathak

is a final year undergraduate student of History at the University of Delhi. She believes it is her quest for comprehending the several policy issues across the world that brought her to engage with the Peacebuilding Project. It is through her multiple encounters with the social and economic realities in both her home state Assam and the national capital that evoked her interest to understand and work with the policymaking sector.

Ananya Raj Kakoti

is a terminal semester student, pursuing Master’s degree in International Relations and Area Studies, from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is also pursuing a PG Diploma in Human Rights Law from National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru. With her areas of interest expand across international politics, law, security and strategic studies, diplomacy and human rights, she joined The Peacebuilding Project in August.

Anshu Saikia

is a recent Economics graduate from Delhi University, with an avid interest in the field of International Relations. She hoped to further pursue masters in International Relations and work along the lines of Security and Peacebuilding. “Being part of The Peacebuilding Project strengthens my passion for working towards the global community. I hope to be a positive addition in contributing to the wellbeing of the world”.

Terese Teoh

is a first-year undergraduate student of Environmental Earth Systems Science and Public Policy at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She is the founder of ‘A Letter For Peace’. Feeling the urgency of reducing tensions and divisions, she joined the Peacebuilding Project in August 2020 and have taken the initiative of the ‘Letter Campaign’ for the Peacebuilding Project. Apart from peace advocacy, Terese is also passionate about the environment. She organises outreach activities at Plastic-Lite Singapore and Singapore Youth for Climate Action.

Sharati Roy

is pursuing Political Science honours from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University. She joined The Peacebuilding Project in July 2020. She identifies as an intersectional feminist and has avid interest in the realm of Politics, Diplomacy and Global Affairs.

Maumita Banerjee​

completed her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Jadavpur University and Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies from TISS. Her areas of Interest lies in Conflict Resolution, Peacebuilding, Women, Peace and Security, International Relations. She joined The Peacebuilding Project in August 2020 as the vision and work done by the Project coincides with her areas of interest.


Srishti Gautam

is currently in the final year of Political Science honours from Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. Her subject interest lies in International Relations especially in relation to China and Sustainable Development.She has been volunteering with the Peacebuilding Project since March 2019 and have been closely associated with the Rohingya refugee children of Khajuri Khaas by teaching them basics in Engish, Mathematics and value education.

Sanjana Sharma Sahu

currently pursuing BA(Honours) Political Science from Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. She have been associated as a volunteer with the Peacebuilding Project since 2019 and have been involved in teaching Rohingya refugee children of the Khajuri Khas community in Delhi. Her study interests lie broadly in the field of Human Rights and Social Justice, which is a major reason for volunteering to be a part of the Project.

Samhita Gogoi

currently pursuing BA (Prog) in Political Science and Economics from Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. She has been associated with the Peacebuilding Project and have been involved in teaching the Rohingya refugee children of the Khajuri Khas community in Delhi, since 2019. Her study interests majorly lie in Human Rights and Developmental Policy Making.