Triratna News

Padmadaka appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Karuna

On Sat, 22 December, 2012 - 09:44
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We’re delighted to share with you the news that the Karuna trustees have appointed Dharmachari Padmadaka as the new Chief Executive Officer of Karuna.

Vajrapushpa, Karuna’s chair of trustees says: “Padmadaka comes highly recommended by those who have worked closely with him in the past. He has also been an effective Programme Manager in Karuna and a valued member of staff who has already made a significant contribution to Karuna. The trustees believe Padmadaka has the skills and experience, as well as the confidence and commitment, to lead Karuna in its next phase of development.”

Padmadaka is originally from Dublin. He lived and worked as part of the Padmaloka community for 10 years, 5 of which as chair. He lives with his partner and young son in London.

Padmadaka says: “I am excited to have the opportunity to lead Karuna – it is an incredible organisation and we do amazing work in India.”

Padmadaka’s appointment follows Abhilasa’s decision to step down as Karuna Director in November. He felt it was time to hand the role on to someone with a different skill set who can lead Karuna in its next phase of development. Abhilasa will still be helping Karuna on a consultancy basis for a few months, as well as undertaking youth mentoring voluntary work. The trustees wish to thank Abhilasa for his dedication to the role and his commitment to all the functions and areas of the charity.

Karuna is Triratna’s fundraising charity; we send £1 million pounds a year to support 39 grassroots and community organisations in over 10 states across India. We raise this money through regular donations from our loyal and committed supporters .They’ve been signed up ‘on the doors’ by many Triratna people over the years who have volunteered 6 weeks (or more) of their time to fundraise for Karuna.

You can keep in touch with Karuna in many different ways:
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Join the Karuna Fundraisers group on
Visit the Karuna Appeals website
And of course you can call the Karuna office on 0207 700 3434 or email appeals [at]
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