Developing Enlightened Buildings and Communities
Tony Nader, MD, PhD, keynote speaker, is uniquely qualified to connect and illuminate classical wisdom in the light of modern science. Dr. Nader received his M.D. degree from the American University of Beirut and his Ph.D. in the area of Brain and Cognitive Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was a Clinical and Research Fellow in Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Assistant Director of the Clinical Research Center at MIT. As a neuroscientist, Dr. Nader was fascinated by mind-body medicine and, as a natural extension, by the impact of the built environment on human happiness, health and success. In his search for knowledge, he worked closely for 30 years with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Indian sage who revived and globally popularized the traditional knowledge of Vedic Science, including its applied technologies of Vastu (Vedic Architecture), Transcendental Meditation, Yoga, and Ayurvedic healthcare. Dr. Nader quickly established himself as one of the world’s foremost experts in human potential. Among other achievements, Dr. Nader has published numerous books, book chapters, and research papers; is the Chairman of the Board of the Global Union of Scientists for Peace (www.GUSP.org); and is the founder and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Mathematics and Consciousness (www.IJMAC.org). In 2008, Dr. Nader succeeded Maharishi as leader of the worldwide Transcendental Meditation organization (www.TM.org), which operates in more than 100 countries.
Jeffrey Abramson, a partner in The Tower Companies, an award-winning, family-owned real estate development headquartered in Rockville, MD, and recognized green building leader. Jeffrey’s company developed the first 200,000 sq. ft, Maharishi Vastu, LEED Platinum office building in the world.
Richard Bialosky, AIA, and David Ederer, owners and partners, Mandala Development Group, LLC; developers of Mandala Village, a 175 Home Mixed-Use planned Maharishi Vastu community underway in Vero Beach, Florida.
Jonathan Burgess, Vice President of Sustainable Operations for The Spinnaker Group consulting firm based in South Florida, which has helped inform the design of over ninety Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building projects and is currently involved in more than 200 LEED projects pursuing certification, both locally and internationally. He is also an expert in Living Building Challenge and WELL certifications.
Dr. Eike Hartmann, Dr. Hartmann is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Vedic Architecture and City Planning, which published the book, Vastu Homes and Cities in Harmony with Natural Law. He is the CEO of the Fortune Creating Homes company in the Netherlands and collaborates on projects worldwide.
Dr. Lila Maria Hartmann-Stein, expert in Maharishi Vastu Architecture and director of expansion at the International Institute of Vedic Architecture and City Planning of Maharishi University of Management, The Netherlands. She holds an MA and PhD in Maharishi Vedic Science from Maharishi European Research University. Over the past two decades Dr. Hartmann-Stein has worked on Maharishi Vastu projects on all continents and developed a curriculum for Architecture and Engineering.
Jonathan Lipman, A.I.A., is North America’s leading practitioner of Maharishi Vastu architecture and urban design. He is an award-winning architect and a New York Times-praised author. He has guest lectured at Harvard, Stanford, and Yale Universities, as well as the Smithsonian Institution, the National Building Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art (New York).
DR. Paul Potter, Director of Global Country of World Peace, Canada, is leading its Maharishi Vedic Village project, a planned 200-acre, mixed-use resort commercial residential development in Niagara Falls, Canada, based on the principles of Maharishi Vastu. He brings to the project his years of experience with Vastu planning and property development for the organization on a global level.
JOHN RENWICK, B.Tech C Eng. MICE, is the UK Director for the Institute of Vedic Architecture and City Planning and a chartered civil engineer. He has been involved with the design and building of over 80 Maharishi Vastu homes, including the first ones in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. More recently he has been a director of the company that built 60 MV homes and apartments in Suffolk and is a key member of the team now planning a major expansion to this project.
Barry B. Scherr, commercial real estate investor; Co-Founder of the Sundar Corporation and Enlightened Real Estate Development; and author of the recent book Enlightened Real Estate.