Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne is the founder and president of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka, the world's largest spiritually-based people's development movement. Starting his professional life as a school teacher, he has become internationally renowned for his exemplary contributions to promoting social and political change through nonviolence.
Dr. Ariyaratne has also led some of the world's largest peace marches and meditations to address the conflict in his country, with 650,000 people gathering in Sri Lanka in 2004. For his development work and his peace activities, he has received numerous international awards, including: the Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership from the Philippines (1969), the King Boudouin Award for International Development from Belgium (1982), the Niwano Peace Prize from Japan (1992), and the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize from the Government of India (1996).
Guided by Dr. Ariyaratne’s vision, Sarvodaya seeks to unite all people to work together in building a nonviolent and cooperative society.
For more information, visit: http://www.sarvodaya.org
Christopher Key Chapple is Professor of Theological Studies and Associate Academic Vice President of LMU Extension at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. As Vice President of LMU Extension he leads Study Abroad, the Encore Program, Summer Session, the Center for Religion and Spirituality, the Los Angeles Center for International Studies, and Continuing Education at Loyola Marymount University.
Dr. Chapple's research interests have focused on the renouncer religious traditions of India: Yoga, Jainism, and Buddhism. He has published several books, including Karma and Creativity (1986), Nonviolence to Animals, Earth, and Self in Asian Tradition (1993), co-editor of Hinduism and Ecology (2000), editor of Jainism and Ecology (2002), and co-translator of Reconciling Yogas : Haribhadra's Collection of Views on Yoga (2003)
Ela Gandhi is a member of the Faculty of Human Sciences at University Natal, Durban ( South Africa). A granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, she was under house arrest for nine years during the Apartheid period. Subsequently she served as a member of parliament in South Africa, representing the African National Congress. She is also a member of the Natal Indian Congress, and has been an executive member of Natal Organizations of Women since its inception in 1991.
She is recipient of several awards and honors for her work to end the apartheid in nonviolent peaceful manner as well as for her efforts toward inter-faith dialogues.
Currently, she is the Editor of the newspaper, Satyagraha and chairs the Satyagraha Management Committee, the Domestic Violence Help Line, and the Mahatma Gandhi Crafts Centre. She serves as the secretary of the Gandhi Development Trust amd works closely with various International Organisations on peace issues and serves on the International Tibet support groups. She is also serving on the Advisory Board of the Parliament of World religions
Prem Jain is Senior Vice President/General Manager, Cisco’s Routing Technology Group at Cisco Systems. He joined Cisco in 1993 as Director of Engineering when Cisco acquired Crescendo Communications. Subsequently, his positions at Cisco have included: Vice President of New Business Ventures and Vice President and General Manager within Enterprise Line of Business.
Prior to joining Cisco, Mr. Jain was at Crescendo Communications as Vice President of Systems Architecture, and was responsible for the design and development of Crescendo’s FDDI products as well as the first LAN switch, now known at the Cisco Catalyst 1200. As Director of Engineering for David Systems, Mr. Jain architected and developed third-generation integrated Data and Voice PABX equipment.
Prem Jain is the recipient of two patents and is a member of the IEEE organization. He holds a B.E. degree with honors from BITS Pilani, India, and a Masters degree in EECS from U.C. Davis.
Mr. Jain is actively involved in volunteer work for non-profit organizations, fundraising for the homeless and helping San Francisco Bay Area schools.
Padmanabh S. Jaini is Professor emeritus of Buddhist Studies in the Department of South Asian Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He has also taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
His scholarly works have contributed enormously to the understanding of literary and philosophical achievements of the Jains and the Buddhists. His expertise in both the Jain and Buddhist texts and sources makes him a unique and rare scholar.
His major publications include The Jaina Path of Purification (1979),Gender and Salvation: Jaina Debates on the Spiritual Liberation of Women (1991), Collected Papers on Jaina Studies (2000), and Collected Papers on Buddhist Studies (2001).
Satish Kumar, a trusted voice on the cutting edge of the environmental movement, is the editor of Resurgence magazine, and program director at Schumacher College in Great Britain. He is the author of Path Without Destination (autobiography), and You are Therefore I Am: A Declaration of Dependence. He became a Jain monk at age 9. Inspired by the writings of Mahatma Gandhi, at the age of 18, Kumar became a campaigner for land reform in support of Gandhi’s vision of renewed India and peaceful world. During this period he worked in Vinoba Bhave’s Bhoodan Land Reform Movement, which aimed for a peaceful economic revolution.
His next major mission was to spread the message of peaceful change and world peace outside India. I nspired by the example of Bertrand Russell, he undertook in 1962 an 8,000 mile peace pilgrimage, walking from India to America. Traveling with no money, he relied totally on the kindness of friends and strangers he met along the way.
In 1968, Kumar was invited to England by Christian Action to establish the London School of Non-Violence. In 1974, he became the editor of Resurgence, a thoughtful journal of ecology, new economics, and spiritual values. Kumar helped found Schumacher College, established in the memory of the economist E. F. Schumacher, best know for his seminal work Small is Beautiful.
In July 2000, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education from the University of Plymouth. He was given the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation International Award for Promoting Gandhian Values in 2001.
Andrew Moss is Professor in the English and Foreign Languages Department, where he coordinates the university's Composition Program and teaches courses in freshman and advanced writing, rhetorical theory, literary theory, and poetry. He has also team taught a course on peace.
He has published articles on writing and rhetoric in such publications as Teaching English in the Two-Year College, inside English, Change Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Education and Urban Society. He is also co-author of Improving Student Writing: A Guidebook for Faculty in All Disciplines (Kendall Hunt). Moss's current research interests focus on environmental rhetoric and politics
Nirmal Sethia is Professor of Management and Director of Center for Business and Design in the College of Business Administration at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He has also held research and teaching positions at University of Southern California.
Dr. Sethia has received major grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment the Arts. Currently, under the auspices of Center for Business and Design, he is engaged in creating an international network of professionals committed to Business-Design partnership for a sustainable human future. He is particularly interested in exploring the relevance of Gandhian philosophy and values, including Ahimsa, to leadership in business and design.
He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering, and Ph. D. in Organizational Studies. He studied at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Bipin Shah is the President and CEO of Kovair, a privately held software company in San Jose. He is also a cofounder and Managing General Partner of INC3 Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund that invests in high technology companies. He has spent more than 25 years in Silicon Valley in the Chip industry where he has been the CEO of Invox Technology, Vice President of Operations at Altera Corporation and President of Altera Japan and spent eleven years at Fairchild Semiconductor in his early career in various Engineering and Management positions. During the past six years, Bipin has served on the boards of ten high tech startup companies.
Bipin Shah holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Bachelors degree in the same field from Jadavpur University, India
In his civic activities, Bipin Shah is one of the founding Charter Members of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), a group dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and mentoring young entrepreneurs since 1992 and has served on the Executive Committee and the Board of TiE. He serves on the Advisory Board of Cupertino Education Endowment Foundation that works with the Cupertino Union Elementary School District. He supports a rural literacy program for India’s remote villages through the Advisory Board of Ekal Vidyalay Foundation that has a goal to establish 100, 000 schools in all the remote villages of India for primary education and basic literacy. He is currently the President of the Jain Center of Northern California and a member of its Board of Directors. He chaired the construction committee for the construction of the Jain Temple in Milpitas from 1997 to 2000.
Dr. Jagdish (Jag) N. Sheth is the Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing in the Goizueta Business School and the founder of the Center for Relationship Marketing at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Previously, he was at the University of Southern California, the University of Illinois, Columbia University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Sheth is internationally known for his scholarly contribution in Marketing, Customer Satisfaction, Global Competition, and Strategic thinking.
He has worked for numerous industries and companies in the United States, Europe and Asia, both as an Advisor and as a Seminar Leader. He has offered more than 5,000 presentations in at least twenty countries. He is also on the Board of Directors of several public companies including Norstan and Wipro Limited.
In 1989, Dr. Sheth was given the Outstanding Marketing Educator award by the Academy of Marketing Science. In 1991 and again in 1999, he was given the Outstanding Educator Award by the Sales and Marketing Executives International. Dr. Sheth was also awarded the P.D. Converse Award for his outstanding contributions to theory in marketing in 1992 by the American Marketing Association. In 1996, Dr. Sheth was selected as the Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Marketing Science. In 1997, Dr. Sheth was awarded the Distinguished Fellow award from the International Engineering Consortium. Dr. Sheth is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
A prolific author, Dr. Sheth coauthored a textbook with Banwari Mittal,Customer Behavior. In 2000, Dr. Sheth and Andrew Sobel published a best seller, Clients for Life. In 2001, the book Value Space, coauthored with Banwari Mittal was published. His latest book, The Rule of Three, coauthored with Dr. Rajendra Sisodia, was published in 2002.
In July 2003, Dr. Suzuki retired as President of Cal Poly Pomona after serving in this position for 12 years. Previously, he has held the positions of Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at California State University, Los Angeles, and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, Northridge. He currently serves on the California Student Aid Commission, on the Boards of Directors of the Pasadena Bioscience Center and Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) in Los Angeles.
Born in Portland, Oregon to Japanese immigrant parents, Bob Suzuki was imprisoned with his family in an internment camp in Minidoka, Idaho during World War II. After the war, his family resettled in a rural community near Spokane, Washington, where he grew up and worked on the family's farm. In high school, he was the student body president and graduated as class valedictorian.
After receiving his doctorate from California Institute of Technology, he taught in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southern California. While teaching at USC, he became deeply involved in civil rights and public and community affairs. He was one of the leaders of a successful nationwide campaign that led to the Congressional repeal of the Emergency Detention Act of 1950. As chair of the National Education Commission of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), his efforts led to the inclusion of Asian Americans in federally-mandated affirmative action programs.
Dr. Suzuki has been honored on numerous occasions for his contributions in the areas of community service, education and human and civil rights. Most recently, on November 3, 2003, he was conferred the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by the Japanese Government.