Angus Leendertz is a South African-Australian anti-apartheid activist, interior design architect and the curator ‘Memories of the Struggle – Australians against Apartheid’ at the Museum of Australian Democracy in Canberra.
Bachi Karkaria is an Indian-Parsi journalist and former Editor of the Times of India. She has written a biography of the founder of Oberoi hotels, and her new book is ‘In Hot Blood’ about the infamous Nanavati murder case of 1959.
Charles Allen is a writer and historian who prolific works focus on the British Raj. He has published over 25 books which include ‘Kipling Sahib: India and the making of Rudyard Kipling’ and ‘Ashoka: the Search for India’s Lost Emperor’.
Caroline Langrishe is a very popular English actress probably best known for her roles as Charlotte Cavendish in the BBC series Lovejoy, Georgina Channing in Judge John Deed and Marilyn Fox in Casualty.
Dame Maggie Smith is an acclaimed award winning actress who has experienced a varied career on stage, film and television spanning over sixty-six years. She has appeared in over 50 films and is one of Britain’s most recognisable actresses.
Emily Dobbs was the first British chef to popularise Sri Lankan food in London, through her cool and quirky pop-up stall in Druid Street Market. Her new book is entitled ‘Weligama: Recipes from Sri Lanka’.
Dr. Gayathri Warnasuriya is a Sri Lankan Molecular Biologist with a background in Cancer Research and work experience in HIV/Public Health. She is also a contributing author to the Jane Austen inspired anthology ‘Austenistan’.
Herman Gunaratne is an estate owner and a reputed plantation manager with over 50 years of experience. He has written five books – Plantation Raj, For a Sovereign State, Tortured Island, Suicide Club and God’s Secret Agent.
Hilali Noordeen is a highly sought after consultant spinal surgeon and lecturer who has the interesting distinction of being the only living former Sri Lankan President of the Oxford Union; the other two, Lalith Athulathmudali and Lakshman Kadirgamar, were assassinated.
Jaina Sanga’s is an Indian novelist and scholar whose works include ‘Silk Fish Opium’ a collection of short stories, ‘Train to Bombay’, and a novella, ‘Tourist Season’. She is working on her fourth book, a detective novel set in India
Jehan Aloysius is a full-time theatre practitioner as well as a visiting lecturer at the University of Visual and Performing Arts. He is the founder of CentreStage Productions, an amateur theatre troupe which produces original theatre in Sri Lanka.
Justine Picardie is a British novelist, fashion writer and biographer. She is the editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar UK and Town & Country UK. Her 2010 biography of Coco Chanel was shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards.
Dr. Kiryl Rudy was formerly Economic Advisor to the President of the Republic of Belarus and has written extensively in economic journals, magazines, newspapers and is the author of the bestselling book ‘Financial Diet: State Capitalism Reforms’.
Lord David Puttnam is a film producer and educator whose movies including ‘Chariots of Fire’, ‘The Killing Fields’, ‘Midnight Express’ and ‘The Mission’ have won ten Oscars, 25 Baftas and the Palm D’Or at Cannes.
Mika Tennekoon is a Sri Lankan artist, photographer and illustrator whose work explores such themes as our relationship with nature and the environment, our connection to the divine feminine, and the unseen.
Minoli Ratnayake is a trailblazer in the industry of media and journalism, editor of five magazines, Adoh!, Confetti, Homes & Property and Cars & Gadgets. She also hosted two television programmes, Power Women and Home Gourmet.
Nirupama Menon Rao is the former Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and ambassador of India to People’s Republic of China. Her book is entitled ‘The Politics of History, India and China, 1949 to 1962’.
Nisid Hajari is an award winning Indian-American writer, editor and foreign affairs analyst . His best selling book, ‘Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition’, was the 21st book to be awarded Colby Award in 2016.
Pankaj Mishra is an acclaimed Indian essayist, novelist and historian based in the UK. He received the 2014 Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction in recognition of his far-reaching work and his latest book is ‘Age of Anger: A History of the Present’.
Sallyanne Atkinson is a politician, speaker, mentor and author whose book ‘No Job for a Woman’, tells her inspiring story from wartime childhood in Sri Lanka to becoming become the first female Lord Mayor of Brisbane.
Sandra Jensen is an award winning fiction writer who has published more than 40 short story and flash publications in literary journals around the world. Her recently completed work, ‘Ten Virtuous Acts’ is set in Sri Lanka during the early years of the civil war.
Serendip Strings is a non-profit organisation located in Galle that provides a creative outlet for all Sri Lankan children offering string instruments and music lessons in classical Eastern and Western styles in a fun, friendly and nurturing environment.
Shimali Perera is an Art Psychotherapist whose experience is with adults who have misused substances, those experiencing depression, anxiety disorders and children who have experienced trauma and grief.
Shiromi Pinto is the author of “Trussed” published in 2006 to rave reviews. Her forthcoming second novel, “Plastic Emotions”, is inspired by the life of Minnette de Silva, Sri Lanka’s first modernist architect.
Sofie Knijff is a Dutch-Belgian photographer based in Amsterdam, who mixes documentary techniques with staged settings to create dreamlike images in which the real and fictional become difficult to distinguish.
Sunela Jayewardene is recognized as ‘Sri Lanka’s leading environmental architect’. Her projects include projects include Jetwing Vil Uyana, Colombo Courtyard, and Jetwing Kaduruketha. She is the author of The Line of Lanka”, ‘Myths and Memories of an Island’.
Tahira Perveen Sheriff is the author of children’s book “Mariah – The Little Wanderer” which is set in Colombo. The book reminds children to believe that no matter how small they may be they could go out to the world and make it better.
Tehani Chitty is an actor and drama-therapist who has worked with the Mind Adventures Theatre Company for 10 years. In her therapeutic practice she works with children with behavioural difficulties and at-risk youth.
Tracy Holsinger is a theatre director, radio presenter dramatic arts educator and vice principal of the Wendy Whatmore Academy of Speech and Drama, whose critically acclaimed theatre work focuses on socio-political issues of special relevance to Sri Lanka.