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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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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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”.





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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