Seeds India

Our Founder


Dr. Thomas Mathew, a native of Punnakkadu, a village adjacent to the UN heritage village Aranmula, Pathanamthitta, Kerala is the founder and director of SEEDS INDIA. He leads the organization from the forefront and engages in grassroots, national and international level in order to nurture and grow social endeavor to benefit enslaved and vulnerable communities.

Dr. Mathew has a long history of working and holding positions in the international social and peace arena. He is a seasoned social and inter-faith activist. He had served as the International President of the International Association for Religious Freedom (U.K), the Director of the Ferris University (Yokohama, Japan) India Education Centre, National Board Member of YMCA’s of India along with other noteworthy achievements.

Currently he holds multiple positions including:

  • Chairman- International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) South Asian Coordinating Council (iarfsacc.org)
  • UN ECOSOC (New York) Representative of International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF)
  • Director- Human Rights Education Program in South Asia- Sponsored by IARF, Dutch Government and Hibbert Trust (U.K.)

He is a recipient of prestigious awards such as the:

  • Sadbhavana Award for Social Service- YMCA, South West India Region (2004)
  • Human Rights Education Award- Mysore (Karnataka State) Council of Educational Institutions (2008)
  • Interfaith Service Award- US Chapter of International Association for Religious Freedom- presented by HH Dalai Lama (2009)
  • Interfaith Visionary Award -Temple of Understanding, New York (October 2010)
  • YMCA Peace and Harmony Award (2013)

Follow Thomas Mathew on Twitter: @Thomas Mathew