Dr PL de Silva
Dr PL de Silva (Adviser Thani Investments) has over 20 years experience of back-room diplomacy, mediation/negotiation. Previously he was Senior Advisor UN Global Compact under the leadership of Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In 2009 Dr de Silva gave a keynote address at US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Future Operational Environment Seminar. He has taught Politics/International Relations in several graduate/undergraduate programs at universities in New York, New Jersey, Long Island and Queen's University of Belfast in Northern Ireland. Dr de Silva's publications include Postmodern Insurgencies: Political Violence, Identity Formation and Peacemaking in Comparative Perspective. He is co-founder with Professor WD Lakshman (former Vice Chancellor University of Colombo) of the International War-related Trauma & Humanitarian Intervention Trust (IWTHI Trust) setting up psychosocial training programs for practitioners serving combatants/non-combatants during Sri Lanka’s civil war.