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2010 Keynote Speakers

A.T. Ariyaratne Born November 5, 1931, Ahangamage Tudor Ariyaratne is the founder of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka. A former high school teacher at Nalanda College, conducted the first shramadanawork camp in 1958, eventually leading the largest non-government organization in the country. The father of six distinguished adult children, he has led tens of thousands of family gatherings and meditations with millions of people throughout Sri Lanka and other parts of the world.


Doctor of Humanities (D.H.) degree, Emilo Aguinaldo College, Philippines
Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) degree, Sri Jayawardenapura University, Sri Lanka
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Economics, Sinhala and Education, Vidyodaya University, Sri Lanka

International Awards

Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize, India, 1996
Hubert H. Humphrey Award, USA, 1996
IL-GA Memorial Award for Public Service, Korea, 1995
Niwano Peace Prize, Japan, 1992
Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Propagating Gandhian Values outside India, 1990
August Forel Award, Good Templar Movement for Promoting Temperance, Denmark, 1990
Alan Shawn Feinstein World Hunger Award, Brown University, USA, 1986
King Boudouin Award for International Development, Belgium, 1982
Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership, Philippines, 1969

Honorary International Appointments

President of World Parliament of Religions, 1993
International President, World Conference on Religion and Peace, 1994
Member, Club of Budapest, Hungary
Fellow, World Academy of Arts and Science, Minnesota, USA
Advisor Interaction Council Ex heads of states
Board of Director Peacemaker Circle International
Advisor e parliament
Former Chair, Asian and Pacific Bureau of Adult Education
Former Chair, Approtech Asia, Philippines
Former Chair, Asian Institute of Rural Development, India
International Advisory Council, Auroville (India) 1999-present

Sri Lankan Awards

Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka
Deshabandu Award for Distinguished National Service from the President, Sri Lanka
Vishwa Prasadini Award from the Prime Minister, Sri Lanka, 1996

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