Fr. Michel Amaladoss
After studies in languages, education, music, philosophy and theology, he did his PhD in the Catholic Institute of Paris on Sacramental Theology. He is the Director of the Institute of Dialogue with Cultures and Religions, Chennai. He has been a professor of theology at Vidyajyoti College of Theology in Delhi; a visiting professor in various theological institutes in Manila, Thailand, Paris, Bruxelles, Louvain, Berkeley, Washington DC and Cincinatti; the President of the International Association of Mission Studies; a consultant to two Pontifical Councils at the Vatican and to the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism of the World Council of Churches; and an assistant to the Superior General of the Society of Jesus. His special theological interests are Indian theology and spirituality, the dialogues between Gospel and culture and the religions.
As a student I was searching for a lot of answers for a lot of questions that I raised to myself on issues that were necessary but not given the due importance. I happened to learn that this quest was not only mine but everyone. Then, I understood that ‘Tolerance
Fr. Thisai Gerry
Rev. Fr. Thisai. Gerry M.A, MABJ, PhD is a Roman Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Palayamkottai, Tamil Nadu, India. A Christian song by Rev. Fr. Thisai Gerry and music orchestration by Nellai Jesuraj and produced by Rev. Frs. Agilan SDB and Adaikalarasa SDB. It has won the hearts of not just Tamils all over the world but also the Malayales and Telugus as they have made it as their own. May God be praised for His blessings and Grace.
Dr. Jayashree Ashok
Founder /Director – CHILD; Educational Therapist Jayashree Ashok has been working with children with Learning Difficulties for the past 16 years. She is a professional SIM trainer from the KU CRL, Kansas University, USA. She is also a Professionally Certified Educational Therapist (NILD- Virginia, USA). She is involved in training
Mrs. Renu Nayar
Renu Nayar has been working with children for almost two decades. She is trained in the SIM and Feuerstein’s thinking skills program, Israel. She has been training teachers and parents for the past three years. She had completed M.A. in English and is a freelance journalist.
Rev. Fr. M A Joe Anthony
He is currently the Secretary and Advisor, Provincial Superior of Jesuits, Tamil Nadu. He is also the Editor of Jivan a Thamizh magazine. Graduated from the Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin U.S.A (Masters in Journalism), he penned a large number of books and magazines, both in Thamizh and English. Prior to this, he had also been part of many social activities, namely The New leader, Culture and communication and Springboard.
Prof. V Francis Adaikalam
He is a teaching faculty in the department of Social work, Loyola college, Chennai. He graduated in Social medicine and community health from Jawaharlal University, Delhi. With a special interest in Social work, he has been the President of Association of Social Workers, Loyola College, Counselor of Blood Bank and also Project officer for the Morning star social development, Chennai. He has won many notable awards and he has also undertaken many Research studies. As a witness to his interest towards social work, he has organized a number of programs, workshops and seminars.
Dr. R Santhosh
He is an Assistant Professor in Sociology under Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in IIT Madras. His areas of Interest are Sociology of Religion, Identity questions, Islam and Modernity, Development, Social movements. He pursued Ph. D. in Sociology from Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore and M.A. in Sociology from Bangalore University.
Dr. I Arul Aram
He headed the Dept. of Media Sciences in 2012-2014. He is formerly a Chief Sub-Editor with The Hindu newspaper. He had also served as the President of the Madras Press Club. He has been a resource person for UNESCO training programmes on Media. He had presented papers in several national and international conferences, and published 81 papers. He specializes in the areas of Environmental Science, science communication, and communicating climate change. He has done peace-building courses from Transcend Peace University, Romania, and Eastern Mennonite University, USA. He was a post-doctoral fellow of the London School of Economics. He is a Fellow of the International Congress of Environmental Research. He now teaches Environmental Science and Climate Change in Anna University.
P.K. Abdul Rahiman
P.K. Abdul Rahiman is an Assistant Professor and Head of the JBAS Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Madras. He has been the Academic Coordinator of the University Centre for International Relations (UCIR), University of Madras for more than three years. Further, he has coordinated the Dialogue on Higher Education Strategies (DIES) Project with the Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany. He is as a Higher Education Expert in the DIES-Training Course on “Management of Internationalization of Higher Education”, aimed at supporting higher education management in developing countries, jointly organized by the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD), German Rectors Conference (HRK) and the Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH), Germany.
Prof. Rahman is a Member of the Board of Studies of the School of Philosophy and Religious Thought, University of Madras, and of the School of Islamic Studies, B.S Abdur Rahman University, Vandalur. He is also a Member of the Academic Council, University of Madras, and the Governing Council of the Institute of Dialogue with Cultures and Religions (IDCR), Loyola College, Chennai.
Prior to his appointment at the University of Madras, Mr. Rahman headed the research project of the International Centre for Research on Women, Washington DC, on Men, Masculinities and Domestic Violence at the NAZ Foundation (India) Trust, New Delhi. He had his M.Phil degree in West Asian Studies at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. He completed his BA and MA from the Centre for African and Asian Languages, School of Language, Literature & Culture Studies, JNU.
After 36 years of working in the field of Control Technology, from being a Design Engineer to heading a multinational company in Asia-Pacific, in 2002, he started a second career in writing and Social Entrepreneurship. He is currently the Managing Trustee of AMITA FOUNDATION, a public charitable Trust for education of socially challenged children and Chairman of CREA Children’s Academy, a school dedicated to value based education of children from KG – XII standard in Tiruchirapalli, Tamilnadu, India.Throughout his life, he is involved in multi-discipline learning and his field of enquiry covers Science, Technology, Management, Psychology, Philosophy, Religion and Spirituality.
Dr. Vincent Sekhar SJ
Vincent Sekhar is a Jesuit priest from India. His doctoral thesis was on Dharma in Early Brahmanic, Buddhist and Jain traditions. He is a rare Christian and a Jesuit priest to have done doctoral studies in Jain religion and philosophy and, on account of that, he has initiated Jain-Christian dialogue in the Indian Catholic tradition. He holds Master’s degrees in Sanskrit from Madras University and Contextual Theology from Vidyajyoti College of Theology, Delhi. He did post-doctoral researches on Religion and Politics in Secular India and Religious Texts on Ecology as Visiting Fellow at Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University, Washington DC. He taught in Fordham University, New York, and lectured in Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University, Washington DC and in the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, Seattle University, Seattle. At present, he is the Executive Director & Dean of Research in the Institute of Dialogue with Cultures and Religions (IDCR), Loyola College, Chennai, a Ph.D. Research Institute on Comparative Religion and Culture, affiliated to the University of Madras.