19 January 2023

We’re delighted to announce news of two new Trustees joining the Breathworks Board. Both Menka and Karim bring their talents and experience to strengthen the existing Board and help more people live well with pain, illness and stress.

Both Menka and Karim want to help our Charity have an even greater impact in the years to come which we know will be hugely beneficial for the organisation. Here is a little about their backgrounds:

Menka Sanghvi

Menka's work is focused on creative ways to share mindfulness and compassion practices with more people. 

She is a senior advisor at The Mindfulness Initiative, lead author of The Fieldbook for Mindfulness Innovators, host of the Digital Habit Lab podcast, and creator of the newsletter Just Looking. She has joined Breathworks to strategically support the charity's efforts around accessibility and inclusion.

Previously Menka led innovation projects for the United Nations, Oxfam, Save the Children and corporates seeking a positive social impact. Her background is multidisciplinary, including degrees in physics from Cambridge University, extensive training in design thinking with IDEO, a lifelong study of contemplative traditions, and a passion for mindful photography. You can find out more about her work here.

Karim Rushdy

Over the past 20 years Karim has opened and run restaurants in China, been a partner in a pan-Asian think tank and facilitated purposeful leadership programmes in 15 countries.

Today, he works with a ground-breaking EdTech platform dedicated to redesigning society and solving humanity's greatest challenges.

Ten years ago, Karim discovered the healing potential of mindfulness and meditation when they transformed his relationship with chronic pain and gave him a fresh perspective on life. Having experienced first-hand how awareness and self-compassion support wellbeing, Karim feels incredibly privileged to serve as a Trustee and support Breathworks in helping others living with pain, illness and stress cultivate their innate capacity to heal and reclaim their lives.

Karim is currently pursuing a master’s in teaching mindfulness-based courses at Bangor University. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife Rebecca and his two greatest mindfulness teachers, their daughters Na'ima and Amina.

Find out more about our Board of Trustees who guide the work of the organisation and share a deep appreciation here.