Country: Sri Lanka

Project manager, the Collective Engagement for Religious Freedom project, National Peace Council of Sri Lanka

Nishantha Kumara is a veteran peacebuilder specializing in interreligious dialogue and holds a MA and postgraduate diploma in conflict and peace studies from the University of Colombo. Currently he works at the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka as the project manager for the Collective Engagement for Religious Freedom project. He has considerable experience in inter-religious dialogue, as he worked as a project manager for interreligious dialogue projects of the Sarvodaya Movement and Center for Peace Building and Reconciliation where he led the formation of interreligious groups and dialogues at local and national level. In 2013, he was selected for a 4-month US Department of State Community Solution Program fellowship on conflict resolution and tolerance and also the International Visitor Leadership Program.

He is the Sri Lankan representative of MasterPeace Foundation, an award-wining global peace movement and a core member of South Asian Peace Alliance. In addition, he is the assistant country director of Sri Lanka for the Global Peace Chain.

His motto is “Right vision and right understanding initiate right actions.”