Bela ShahBela has worked at the intersection of education, justice, and development since she was 16 years old. She began her journey at the age of 16, when she volunteered in rural Mexico through Amigos de las Americas. As a first generation immigrant from Gujarat, India, Bela was also inspired to study human rights and humanitarian immigration law. She had the privilege of representing women in human trafficking and political asylum cases, which also inspired her to facilitate women’s empowerment workshops in Washington, DC. Currently she works with an amazing team of changemakers at Dalai Lama Fellows.

What has held the most meaning throughout all of her experiences in diverse parts of the world is the power of human kindness and compassion. The grantees of the Pollination Project are one of her daily inspirations. In her free time, Bela reconnects with the beauty of life through writing, yoga, art, and meditation. She is also an enthusiastic volunteer for

Bela graduated with Honors in Political Science from the University of Chicago and also earned her Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Houston Law Center and the American University Washington College of Law.