About the Author

Stutisheel Oleg LebedevStutisheel Oleg Lebedev is the first man from post-Soviet countries to finish the longest certified footrace in the world— The Self-Transcendence 3,100-Mile Race held each year in New York City. He has completed the race nine times, with a fastest time of 48 days 3 hours 57 minutes and 19 seconds (2014). He has been practicing meditation and self-discovery under the guidance of Sri Chinmoy since 1991.

By profession, Stutisheel is a process improvement manager, a quality and project manager. He obtained his MA in Computer Science from the Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology. During more than 20 years of project management he has completed a number of large commercial projects. Among these were planning the construction of the Thermal Power Plant in Hrazdan, Armenia; implementation of project management software for the Lukoil oil refinery in Perm, Russia; the launch of an Internet portal for the Ukrainian national lottery; and certification for the fifth maturity level (CMMI ML5) of the IT company EPAM Systems in Szeged, Hungary.

Stutisheel has also carried out a number of successful social projects, including coordinating the first running of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run—a global torch relay— in Western Ukraine; organization of the international Songs of the Soul concert at the October Palace in Kyiv; coordinating the annual Ukrainian national 24-hour championship race in Kyiv; and organizing meditation training courses.

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