Members of Our Team
Tapana Misra Das
Tapana Misra dasa started associating with ISKCON devotees in 1997 while studying at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Over the following twenty years had the good fortune to serve and experience Krishna consciousness in different environments – university program, temple resident, congregation member, yatra leader and resident at a holy dham. He now lives with his wife Indira-sakhi devi dasi and their two daughter Krishangi and Gaurangi at Sridham Mayapur. Tapana Misra dasa had a very successful career in the secular world, managing investments for large financial institutions and representing the government on the Board of directors of billion dollar plus enterprises. In 2014 at the age of thirty six, he gladly gave up his career in favor of serving ISKCON and adopted simpler living and higher thinking being inspired by his diksha guru H.H. Bhakti Vikasa Maharaj, H.D.G. Srila Prabhupada and Srimad Bhagavatam. His voluntary services for ISKCON are – Director, Global Duty Officers, ISKCON; Minister, Ministry of Education, ISKCON; Voting Member, GBC, ISKCON; Committee Member – GBC Organization Development, GBC Nominations, Mayapur Master Plan Coordination, Mayapur Strategic Planning. Currently his annual teaching commitments include the Bhakti Vaibhava, Bhakti Shastri, GBC College, ISKCON Leadership and Management programs as co-facilitator. He was instrumental in establishing the preaching in a very challenging country in the Middle East which he continues to serve and supervise. Tapana Misra dasa has a B.Tech from IIT Delhi and MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University and few other professional qualifications. Within ISKCON, Tapana Misra dasa has a received GBC College for Leadership Zonal Supervisor (Gold Medal), GBC Guru Services Committee – Spiritual Leadership diploma and few other educational qualifications. He has traveled widely across the world to over 50 countries and shares Srila Prabhupada’s message wherever the opportunity presents itself.
Satya Medha Gauranga Das
Satya Medha Gauranga Das has been involved in various educational projects and campaigns over the past decade. He has worked with the UK Department for Education, BBC, Prince’s Responsible Business Network, Prime Minister’s Office, and the Cabinet Office. He also joined various initiatives with Microsoft and Google.
For the last five years, he has been serving as one of the Governors in educational institutes in the North-East of the UK, and last year he was appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Governors. Acting as a Governor for educational institutes, he worked on implementing a collective vision for excellence in education; was responsible for strategic direction, overseeing the senior leadership team, curriculum, financial performance, budgets, safeguarding and recruitment.
Abhay Charan Das
Abhay Charan Das is a second generation ISKCON devotee and Ex-Gurukuli. He spent his childhood in the Dallas Gurukul, and his early adolescence in the Mayapur Bhaktivedanta Ashram near the Goshala. This was a defining experience for him, as he returned to Mayapur in 2020 after graduating with a Bachelors in Finance from Houston Baptist University in 2019. He has been serving full time with the Ministry of Education since then.
Kripa Siddha Swarup Das
Kripa Siddha Swarup Das was born in 2001 in Sofia, Bulgaria. At the age of 10 he moved to Sridham Mayapur, enrolling into the Bhaktivedanta Academy, where he would continue to study for the next decade. He was integral to the creation of Gurukula’s YouTube Channel, and graduated in a vedic ceremony in May of 2021. He has been serving full-time in the Ministry of Education since November of 2021.
Russel Sara is a professional broadcast television camera operator, a professional broadcast television news editor, and manager of the ISKCON Melbourne YouTube channel. He also serves as video editor for Chaitanya Charan Prabhu, the ISKCON Ministry for Cow Protection, and ISKCON Hermeneutics. He has been diligently serving the ISKCON Ministry of Education since the summer of 2020.
Syam Gopal Das
Content Translator – Russian
Born in 1979 in Siberia (Russia), Shyam Gopal das began chanting the maha mantra in 1998 after listening to lectures by ISKCON devotees on audio cassettes. In 2000, he acquired Srila Prabhupada’s books, started reading them and joined ISKCON in 2003. From 2005 to 2018, he helped in the development of preaching in the Krasnoyarsk territory and the Altai Republic (Russia). Since 2019, he has been living with his family in Mayapur, serving in the ISKCON Ministry of Education team and as a pujari at the Pancha-Tattva altar. He teaches “Bhakti-Shastri” and “Bhakti-Vaibhava”, “Student in ISKCON”, “Teacher Training Courses” and other courses in ISKCON and is an examiner of Omsk Vaishnava University “Rupanuga-Vidyapitha” (Russia). He also translates content into Russian, Spanish, Bengali and other languages and edits videos for the Ministry of Education channel, also edits books on devotional service and Vaishnava education and helps develop the Vedabase website.
His service in Ministry of Education: translation of materials into Russian, Spanish, Hindi and other languages. Video editing and dubbing. Distribution of ads and videos for Russian-speaking, Hindi-speaking, Spanish-speaking and other devotees. Development of training programs on Srila Prabhupada’s small books within the framework of the “Books are the foundation” program.
Krishna Premarupa Das
Books are the Basis Coordinator
Krishna Premarupa Dasa, born in 1977 in Zurich, Switzerland, came in contact with Krishna Consciousness at the age of twenty-two and joined ISKCON Zurich in 2001. After living for one year in Odhisa, India, he received initiation from H.H. Bhakti Svarupa Damodara Swami in Imphal, Manipur, in 2002.
From 2007 to 2021, he has served as the Temple President for ISKCON Zurich and presently serves as the Zonal Supervisor for ISKCON Switzerland. Despite his managerial responsibilities, he always prioritized studying and teaching Srila Prabhupada’s books. He is a Bhakti Sastri and Bhakti Vaibhava Teacher and conducts various other courses.
In October 2019, he was appointed as a GDO in the area of Education. At the ISKCON Ministry for Education, he serves in the project ‘Books are the Basis’ with the mission to inspire devotees worldwide to read Srila Prabhupada’s books more often.
Sumadhura Vrajapati Das
Sumadhura Vrajapati Das started with ISKCON through an online Bhagavad Gita course offered by ISKCON Whitefield, Bangalore at the onset of COVID-19. Thereafter, the advancing of the Bhagavad Gita studies and reading of the Srila Prabhupada books in parallel imapcted at large his secular lifestyle and mindset. As a result started exploring the mix of Shastric/vedic education options for his son and thus landed at Sridham Mayapur in 2021 and decided to proceed to the ISKCON school facility offering the vedic/Shastric studies alongside secular studies. He had a successfull corporate career and was working with large MNC in IT sales managing multi-million dollars revenue growth. Eventually, he decided to gave up his career and join the Srila Prabhupada movement full time. In April 2022, he gave up the corporate service and joined Ministry of education as Executive assistant.