Explore Our Two Main Topics

Our Vision

Our goal is to enhance Human Flourishing by integrating knowledge across the silos of time, civilizations, geographies, and the academic disciplines of social and physical sciences; and sharing actionable insights, which have been validated through science and lived experiences.

Our Mission

UEF facilitates the research and dissemination of ideas around human flourishing and religious literacy through published literature, dynamic social media content, partnerships with educators for school children, and events such as seminars and bootcamps.
Our key insight is that we can truly Flourish simply by engaging in our three deepest human longings – Loving, Learning, and Playing in everything that we do.

Wisdom Through the Ages

Common Themes Across All Religions

Flourishing Life Videos


Inspired by the core UEF concept that to flourish is to Love, Learn, and Play, Los Angeles based artist Lucy & La Mer composed and recorded this original song, Accompanying video created by UEF.
At the end of the day - did you love, did you learn, did you play?
Learn More: Love, All

Inspirational Quotes

Learn More: Love, All
Learn More: Love, All
Learn More: Love, All

Learn More: Learn, All
Learn More: Learn, All
Learn More: Learn, All

Learn More: Play, All
Learn More: Play, All
Learn More: Play, All

Akhil Gupta

Founder and Director

I was inspired to conceive of the UEF mission during my two years of fellowship at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative(ALI) during 2015 and 2016, which I joined after retiring from The Blackstone Group as Senior Managing Director. The University’s rich intellectual resources crystallized seminal insights which spurred me to start my foundation to gather and share wisdom with a wider audience. I have recently returned to Harvard’s ALI program as an Impact Leader in Residence. This will enable me to accelerate UEF’s global impact.

My first publication, Bridges across Humanity – Many religions, Same Learnings, got published in April 2023. This book highlights 54 common themes across all religions. Yes 54!!!

I am working on a few more publications related to human flourishing


Discover 54+ common themes across religions

Spring 2015, Harvard Kennedy School.

I was attending a class on religion and world politics with Brian Hehir, a professor and McArthur Fellow known for his Socratic style of teaching. He started the class by asking, "Is the role of religion in poeple's lives likely to increase, decrease, or remain the same?'
Sixty per cent of the class said it would decrease at a rapid rate, 35% said it would be the same, and only 5% said that it was likely to increase. I was in the 'rapidly decrease' camp when I raised my hand...."

Akhil Gupta, Author of Bridges Across Humanity
Founder and Director, UEF

Knowledge acquired by human beings has been increasing at an exponential rate for over a century. However, we have yet to make commensurate progress in human flourishing. This is because knowledge has been getting increasingly fragmented and sits mostly in silos. The UEF believes that if we can integrate knowledge across the silos of time, civilizations, geographies and academic disciplines.