Co-Chairperson, Arts and Cultural Policy Desk, Sri Lanka
Sunil Wijesiriwardena is a literary critic, university lecturer, playwright, translator and longstanding civic leader in Sri Lanka. He is committed to the causes of peace and democracy, researching and teaching in areas of cultural studies and transformative education (cultural fluency, conflict transformation, peace building , eco-spiritual politics and engaged religions). Sunil was the Founder–Director of the first Independent Cultural Institute, Vibhavi (1991– 2001), devoted to cultural rights in Sri Lanka. He was one of the artists who initiated the 2015 civic movement to draft a National Cultural Policy for Sri Lanka and is currently Joint-Chairperson of the Arts and Cultural Policy Desk – working towards creating a far-reaching and transformative National Cultural Policy for the country by 2017.