Resource Persons

Resource Persons

Sulak Sivaraksa (Thailand)

  • 1995 Right Livelihood Award Laureate
  • Founder of Sathirakoses-Nagapradeepa Foundation

A Niwano Peace Prize Awardee in 2011, one of the fifty World Future Councillors, and co-founder of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB), Sulak Sivaraksa is a prominent and outspoken Siamese Buddhist intellectual, activist and social critic life-long working for justice, peace and sustainable livelihoods. He advocates on indigenous, sustainable, and spiritual models for change.

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Anwar Fazal (Malaysia)

  • 1982 Right Livelihood Award Laureate
  • Anwar Fazal is a founder and one of the prime movers of several local and global citizens movements, among them the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) founded in 1969, International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) formed in 1979, Health Action International (HAI) in 1981 and Pesticide Action Network (PAN) formed in 1982.

Anwar Fazal, born in 1941, first became associated with the consumer movement in 1969 when he founded the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) and later worked on consumer affairs for, among others, the Government of Mauritius, the Hong Kong Consumer Council and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In 1978, he was the first person from the Third World to become President of the International Organisation of Consumers Unions (IOCU), an independent, non-profit group which links the activities of consumer organisations in over half the countries of the world.

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Nicanor Perlas (the Philippines)

  • 2003  Right Livelihood Award Laureate


Nicanor engaged in a campaign against the abuse of pesticides, founding the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. He is one of the Philippines’ environmental leaders. He had set up student environmental groups and his work on nuclear power and sustainable agriculture had given him a national profile.

Perlas has evolved a ‘tri-sector’ approach to policy-making, which he calls ‘threefolding’: “In social threefolding the three global powers – government, representing political concerns, business, representing economic concerns, and civil society, representing cultural concerns, can come together, where appropriate and feasible, to join efforts in solving major world problems.”

During the late 1990s, Perlas’s focus has almost exclusively been on social movements and their power to change the world.

He received the Global 500 Award, the UNEP’s highest international award for environmental achievement, in 1994.

Perlas is the editor and publisher of TruthForce!, an internet-based news and analysis service reaching thousands of subscribers and readers in over 60 countries. In 2010, he ran for President of the Philippines. During his presidential campaign, he, together with others, founded MISSION (Movement of Imaginals for Sustainable Societies through Initiatives, Organizing and Networking), a cultural, spiritual, scientific movement of individuals in civil society, government, and business.

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Alok Ulfat (India)

  • Founder of Avikal initiative for life.
  • Chief Education Coordinator and Trustee of Nanhi Dunya ‘ The International Movement for Children and their Friends’

Alok received M.A. in English Literature from Garhwal University, studied speech and drama, and completed teacher training course at Emerson College, U.K. He has served at the National School of Drama, New Delhi, and at the Film and Television Institure of India. He has extensive experience of inside-out workshops, acted and directed in India, Europe and North America.

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Associate professor UEDA Akiko (Japan)

-Lecturer, Graduate School of International Development Department of International Development, Nagoya University.

Field of research : Development Studies, Development Discourse, Food Security


Anupan Pluckpankhajee (Thailand)

A painter and one of the earliest recognised pioneers of Art Therapist in Thailand,Anupan studied arts and Anthroposophic art therapy in Germany, following the path of Therapeutikum am Kräherwald. Returning home, he paved the way for Anthroposophic Art Therapy in Thailand and has since worked in art therapy field for over 10 years. Anupan has also become a colour specialist with his profound study and interest in light, darkness, and colours in the context of Collot d’Herbois.

In 2014, he was invited to World Congress of Art Therapy in Korea and acted as one of Thailand’s keynote speaker. Presently, he lives and works at 7 Arts Inner Place, his home and art studio in Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai, Thailand’s famous province in the North.



Surat Horachaikul (Thailand)

  • Assistant Professor, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University
  • Director Indian Studies Center, Chulalongkorn University

Asst. Prof. Surat Horachaikul is a lecturer in the International Relations Department, Faculty of Political Science at Chulalongkorn University. He received a MA in Politics and Contemporary History from London Guildhall University, a M.Sc in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management (Econs) from London School of Economics and Political Science; and a BA in Humanities (English Literature and Linguistics), Payap University, Chiang Mai. His recent publications include “Environment, conflict and security problems in the Thailand’s Tenth National Economic and Social Development Plan” (with Supamit Pitipat), and “India’s Neoliberal Progress and Food Insecurity”.



Surichai Wun Kaew (Thailand)

—lecturer in the Dept. of Sociology, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University

—Director of the Peace and Conflicts Study Centre at Chulalongkorn University.

His field of expertise is grass-root movement and conflict resolution.




Shalmali Guttal (India)

Shalmali is Executive Director at Focus on the Global South and has worked with Focus since 1997. She has worked in India, the United States, and mainland Southeast Asia. Her academic background is in the social sciences with particular emphasis on participatory education and qualitative research. Since 1991, she has been researching and writing economic development, trade and investment, and ecological and social justice issues in Asia – especially the Mekong region and India – with emphasis on peoples’ and women’s rights to resources.




Hans van Willenswaard (the Netherlands)

  • Advisor, School for Wellbeing Studies and Research

Hans van Willenswaard founded an inter-disciplinary Development Studies programme at Zeeland University of Applied Sciences (including inter-university co-operation with partners in Asia, Africa and Latin-America). At the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) he co-promoted a decentralization process which ultimately resulted in the foundation of IFOAM-Asia. He served at what later became ‘Religions for Peace’ as a volunteer Secretary-General of the Netherlands’ chapter, and as a Buddhist. Hans is a member of the Executive Council of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB) and regularly contributes to its “Seeds of Peace” magazine.


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Wallapa van Willenswaard (Thailand)

  • Founder of Suan Nguen Mee Ma social enterprise and publishers
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation

After 10 years in the trade-show business, she turned herself to work for the non-
profit organization named Spirit in Education Movement (SEM) as its pioneering Director, 1996-2001. This organization was established by Sulak Sivaraksa after he received the Right Livelihood Award in 1996. In 2001 she founded with her husband Suan Nguen Mee Ma (Garden of Fruition) social enterprise in Bangkok and she is the Managing Director until present. In November 2007 Suan Nguen Mee Ma was the organizer of the 3rd Conference on Gross National Happiness in Nongkhai and Bangkok, Thailand.Follow-up was given to the conference in Thailand by a GNH Movement research- development project supported by Thailand Research Fund and Thai Health Foundation/TGLIP.







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