A. Joseph Chandrakanthan is a Catholic priest of the diocese of Jaffna and a permanent staff member of Jaffna University. In late 1995, he had to leave Jaffna and now resides in Canada where he teaches at Concordia University in Montreal. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Ottawa and a Theology Doctorate from St Paul University, Canada.
Alfred Jeyaratnam Wilson is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of New Brunswick, Canada, where he served as Professor and Chair of Political Science from 1972 to 1986. In 1978-83, he acted as an unofficial constitutional adviser to the President of Sri Lanka, was intermediary between the President and the Tamil United Liberation Front and vice-chair of the Presidential Commission on Development Councils (1979-80). He is author of several books on Sri Lankan politics.
Andy co-founded Conciliation Resources in 1994 with David Lord and heads the organisation. He led the development of programme work in Fiji, Bougainville/Papua New Guinea, northern Uganda, Somaliland and Sri Lanka, and established the Accord publication series.
Before this he worked for International Alert (1989–94) on peace initiatives in southern Africa, Europe, Liberia, the Philippines, Colombia, Iraqi-Kurdistan and elsewhere. Before that, he was national coordinator of the Central America Human Rights Committee, UK (1986–89).
He has degrees in literature from the University of California, Berkeley (BA) and Trinity College, Dublin (MPhil). Andy represents Conciliation Resources in various national and international policy forums on conflict transformation practice.
He is also a member of Conciliation Resources' board. This arrangement, agreed with the UK Charity Commission, is reviewed annually by the board. Unusual for a British charity, it is intended to recognise the principle of staff ownership of Conciliation Resources and the valuable contribution Andy can make to its governance.
Elizabeth Nissan works as a freelance researcher and writer on human rights, specialising on Sri Lanka. Since working for a number of years as a researcher on South Asia for Amnesty International, she has undertaken work for various organisations including Article 19, the Minority Rights Group, and the Law and Society Trust, Colombo. She is the author of Sri Lanka: A Bitter Harvest (Minority Rights Group, 1996).
Jeremy Armon is the outgoing Series Editor of Accord. Prior to joining Conciliation Resources in 1996, he worked on conflict issues in the Oxfam Policy Department and did research on conflict and governance at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, where he also obtained his MPhil. He now lives in Uganda.
Kumudini Samuel is joint coordinator of the Women and Media Collective (WMC) and editor of Women's Rights Watch, both in Colombo. She has worked on the monitoring and advocacy of Human and Women's Rights in Sri Lanka for the past twenty years through the WMC, INFORM and the Movement for Inter Racial Justice and Equality (MIRJE).
Liz Philipson has been involved in Sri Lankan issues for over 15 years. From 1993-97, She worked as South Asia Programme Manager at International Alert and directed several conflict resolution initiatives within Sri Lanka. Previously, she was a researcher in the UK House of Commons. She is Chair of War on Want, a British Development Charity. She is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Priyath Liyanage worked as a journalist in Sri Lanka before joining the BBC World Service in London as a freelancer in the late 1980s. In subsequent years, he became a senior producer at the BBC before being appointed Editor of the Sinhala Service in 1997. He writes on Sri Lankan politics for a variety of radio and television audiences.
Rohan Edrisinhe is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo. He was Co-Director of the Centre for Policy Research and Analysis (CEPRA), University of Colombo from 1992-95. He is now a Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, an independent public policy institute particularly interested in conflict resolution.
Sachithanandam Sathananthan is Chairman of Mandru (Institute for Alternative Development and Regional Cooperation) which he co-founded in 1989. Dr Sathananthan is the Founder-Secretary of the Action Group of Tamils in Colombo (AGOTIC). His publications and research interests cover national movements, democratisation and nation-building in South Asia. He is the principal author of The Elusive Dove: An assessment of conflict resolution initiatives in Sri Lanka, 1957 to 1996 (Mandru, 1996).