Akaash Maharaj

Akaash Maharaj
  • CEO, Mosaic Institute

Akaash Maharaj is CEO of Mosaic Institute, and leads its work strengthening pluralism within societies and peace between states. Mosaic brings together people, communities, and nations, to foster mutual understanding and to resolve conflicts.

He also serves as Ambassador-at-Large for the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption, and has addressed the United Nations on international prosecution of Crimes Against Humanity.

Outside of his professional life, he is a national athlete for Canada, and was a triple gold medallist at the International Championships of Equestrian Skill‑at‑Arms.

Akaash earned his Master of Arts from Oxford University, and was the first overseas student elected President of the student government in Oxford’s history. He completed additional studies at the Sorbonne Universitê and the United Nations University.

Democracy According to Akaash Maharaj

Why did you get involved with DemocracyXChange?

I attended last year’s conference, and enjoyed the experience. Even more than the formal programme and speaker, the I found the conference valuable for enabling my colleagues and me to meet, interact with, and join hands with others who share our values and mission.

When did you first start to care about democracy?

I can not remember a time when I did not care about democracy. The specific institutions, the architecture of representation, the means for accountability, are all vital subjects. But ultimately, they are means towards an end. The ultimate end is to uphold the right of very person to self-determination and self-mastery. Democracy is the only system that protects those rights, while enabling the individual to join hands with others in society.

What democracy book/article/podcast/show/movie has had an impact on you during the pandemic?

Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville

Who should attend DemocracyXChange and why?

Everyone who is serious about his or her responsibilities to foster a just and free society should attend.

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