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Prof. Dr. Gabriel Merigala

Academic Director of Mylapore Institute for Indigenous Studies, India. He serves on many Boards of Christian Organizations like the Jubilee Memorial Bible College and Seminary and Aastha Kiran Educational Trust. He had been the Head of the Philosophy Department at Madras Christian College, India for two decades. He was the Director of Religious Studies/Social Studies, Dean of Humanities and Dean of Research and Development at M.C.C. He served as Professor of Philosophy in the Department of English and Philosophy at the University of Georgia, U.S.A. His expertise is in the Philosophy of Soren Kierkegaard. He has published more than seventy articles in National and International Journals.  “Challenges for a Peaceful Co-Existence in the Context of Religious Pluralism – An Indian Perspective”

Dr. Mano Emmanuel

Academic Dean of Colombo Theological Seminary (CTS) in Sri Lanka. She has taught for 15 years at CTS which is an interdenominational, multilingual and multi-ethnic college training people for Christian ministry in Sri Lanka. She is the author of To Faith Add Understanding.

Rev. Harim Peiris

Provincial supervisor of the Church of Foursquare Gospel in Southern Sri Lanka.

Prof. Dr. Michelle H.Y. Shum

Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Work, Hong Kong Baptist University. She is an experienced registered social worker who has a wide exposure in various direct social work practices with up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation, policies and procedures, and how these can be applied to promote the well-being of, and safeguard, individual adults, families, carers, groups and communities. In her teaching, she focuses on law and social policy, third-sector study, social service management, elder care and rehabilitation