Diane D'Souza


Official One Line Bio:

Dr. Diane D'Souza comes to the position of Director of the Mission Institute with nearly 20 years of work in the area of mission including as a faculty member and director of an international center for research, interfaith relations, and reconciliation in Hyderabad, India, where she founded a thriving conflict transformation program.

Unofficial One Line Bio:

Diane believes in positive change and has a passion for uniting creativity and healing in the fields of religion, peace-building, and leadership development. She has been blessed by many teachers, and has taught courses and conducted workshops in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.  Life continues to surprise her.

Literary Musings:

I usually have 4 or 5 books on my bedside table at any one time. I'm an eclectic reader (the Tibetan Book of the Dead lying next to Louise Erdrich's The Roundhouse, and The Sibley Book of Trees ) though most often I'm reading non-fiction. I love the work of Amitav Ghosh, Anne Lamott, Studs Terkel, and Barbara Kingsolver. The wild creativity of Yann Martel's Life of Pi won my heart.

People who inspire me:

Basketball star and author Brittney Griner; Dream Defenders founder Phillip Agnew; folk singer and dreamer Pete Seeger; activist Irom Chanu Sharmila; long distance swimmer Diana Nyad; and each of my five children.

Little Known Fact:

I can admit to having watched The Runaway Bride two dozen times (and have nothing more to say about that).

Best meal you have ever had:

Fresh caught Red Snapper on the beach in Goa, my feet in the sand, watching the play of moon and stars, with the waves as the only music.

Who I’d Like to Meet:

Any person who has survived the best and the worst life can throw at them and still knows how to laugh, to listen, and to love.

Favorite Quote [of the moment]:

“Morning always comes." --Barbara Kingsolver