Hari Shukla, OBE
Chair, NECTER / RCE North East
Dr Hari Shukla, OBE, DL, DCL, JP, MA has devoted his life to Race Relations: officially since 1974 but before that for many years voluntarily. He takes a keen interest in inter faith relationships and is involved with the coordination of a faith leaders group in Newcastle upon Tyne. Hari works very closely with the media in Tyne and Wear and has developed what he describes as a ‘special working relationship’ with Thompson House, which publishes two regional papers. Born in 1933 in Uganda, Hari Shukla went to school in Kampala, achieved his teachers certificate in Kenya, and his Certificate of Education at Exeter University.
He later completed an Open University course in his home town of Newcastle. From 1974 to 1994, Hari was Director of Tyne and Wear Racial Equality Council. Since 1974 Hari has established a string of working relationships with five Metropolitan Borough Councils of Tyne and Wear. Hari was Chair of the Inter Faith Sub Committee of the Tyne and Wear Racial Equality Council, has also been involved with a number of charities, including the NSPCC and St Oswalds Hospice, and held dozens of voluntary roles in organisations. He was awarded an OBE in 2003. Hari became NECTER’s Chair in April 2012.