8. Udaya Shanmugam

Udaya Shanmugam is a peace activist, mind-body wellness practioner, and an advocate for the rights of displaced peoples. Udaya was born and raised in Sri Lanka. She identifies as a Tamil-Canadian. Udaya is passionate about the protection of children’s rights as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Udaya has worked with Indigenous communities in Canada and Palestine at the grassroots and policy levels. Prior to pursing the Rotary Peace Fellowship, Udaya held various portfolios at the United Nations Children’s Fund. She holds a Masters in Criminology and Legal Studies and Bachelor degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies and Criminology from the University of Toronto.