The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi is an innovative thinker, philosopher, educator and a
polymath monk. He is Director of the Ethics Initiative at the MIT Media Lab and President &
CEO of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, a center dedicated to inquiry, dialogue, and education on the ethical
and humane dimensions of life. The Center is a collaborative and nonpartisan think tank, its
programs emphasize responsibility and examine meaningfulness and moral purpose between
individuals, organizations, and societies. The Center has six Nobel Peace Laureates as its
founding members and its programs run in several countries and expanding.
Venerable Tenzin's unusual background encompasses entering a Buddhist monastery at the age of ten and receiving graduate education at Harvard University with degrees ranging from Philosophy to Physics to International Relations. He is a Tribeca Disruptive Fellow and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
Venerable Tenzin serves on the boards of number of academic, humanitarian, and religious organizations. He is the recipient of several recognitions and awards, and received Harvard’s Distinguished Alumni Honors in 2013 for his visionary contributions to humanity.