Bani Dugal is the Principal Representative of the Bahá'í International Community to the United Nations. Ms. Dugal is the President of the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Co-Convener of the NGO Working Group on UN Access, Co-Convener of the GEAR (Gender Equality Architecture Reform) network, as well as a past Chair of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women. She has also served as Chair of the Global Forum of the NGO Committee on UNICEF, member of the Steering Committee of the NGO Committee on UNICEF's Working Group on Girls, Convener of the NGO Committee on UNIFEM, and Convener of the Advocates for African Food Security.
Prior to joining the Bahá'í International Community's Office in New York in 1994, Ms. Dugal practiced law before the Supreme Court of India and assisted many indigent women through her work with the Legal Aid Society of India. After relocating to the United States, she worked for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Ms. Dugal holds an LL.M in Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law, New York and an LL.B from the University of Delhi, India. She is the mother of two sons.