Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne is the Secretary-General of Sarvodaya, a large Buddhist based CSO in Sri Lanka (he is the son of the founder) and also a lecturer in Community Medicine Faculty of Medical Sciences University of Sri Jayewardenepura in Sri Lanka. He is a Medical Doctor by profession. Sarvodaya has many programs at the intersection of spirituality and peacebuilding. Dr. Ariyaratne has also been involved extensively in civil society peace and reconciliation initiatives in Sri Lanka. He has been trained as a professional facilitator for peace dialogues and he engages in teaching assignments related to peace building, conflict resolution and reconciliation. He has been a Visiting Faculty Member of the European Peace University (EPU) in Statdschlaining, Austria in its Master’s Degree Program on Peace Studies between 2004 -2008 and holds a Visiting Lecturer post in the World Peace Academy (WPA) in Basel Switzerland since 2009 in its Master of Peace Studies Degree Program.