Prof. Siri Hettige

[Co -Chair]
Emeritus Professor of Sociology
University of Colombo
Sri Lanka


Siri Hettige is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka . He is also an Adjunct Professor at the RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Professor Hettige was recently appointed as the Chairman, National Police Commission, Sri Lanka. He is also the Honorary President of the Association of Sri Lankan Sociologists and Chairman, the Working Committee on Social Sciences, National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka. He has published widely on such themes as youth, education, social and political conflict, social policy and governance and development. He has also served as a Visiting Professor/ Researcher at a number of overseas universities such as University of Zurich, Switzerland, University of Kuopio, Finland, Melbourne University, and University of Adelaide, Australia. His most recent publications include: Globalization, Employment and Education, co-authored with Angela Little, Rutledge, London (2013), Governance, Conflict and Development in South Asia, co-edited with Eva Geherz, Sage publications, Delhi, (2014), Towards a Sane Society, Sarasavi, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka (2015).


D. Bruce Carter, Ph.D.

[Co -Chair]
Associate Professor
Departments of Psychology and Human Development & Family Sciences, Falk College; Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York.USA


D. Bruce Carter is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology (College of Arts and Sciences) and in the Department of Human Development and Family Science (David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics) at Syracuse University. Professor Carter completed his undergraduate training at Eckerd College, his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Virginia and was a National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHHD) postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan before arriving at Syracuse University. In addition to his tenure at Syracuse University, Professor Carter has taught in Japan and in China and has presented his research at international conferences in several locations. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and has been a member of many professional groups and organizations devoted to the study of children and youth. He has published widely on issues of social development among children, adolescents, and emerging adults as well as in the areas of human sexuality and mental health among adults. He is the author or editor of books and chapters, articles in refereed journals, and presentations at professional conferences. His most recent publications include articles on parental emotion regulation and preschoolers’ prosocial behavior and prenatal and antenatal depression in women.


Plenary Speaker_ World Conference on Child and Youth 2019

Sharanya Sekaram

Writer & Activist
Sri Lanka


Sharanya identifies as an activist, researcher and feminist writer. She holds an LLB (Hons) and a Masters in Conflict and Peace Studies. Sharanya independently works as a project/program consultant, campaigner, activist, trainer/teacher, and researcher in the areas of gender-based and intimate partner violence, online gender-based violence, gender education, sexual and reproductive health education, and workplace sexual harassment. She has worked with state institutions, local, regional and international civil society organizations and NGO ‘s, and private sector organizations in her work. This has included The British Council, Oxfam in Sri Lanka and the Association for Progressive Communications.
Sharanya is Global Shaper, having served as the Deputy Curator of the Colombo Hub (#ColomboShapers) for 2014/2015 and as the Curator for 2015/2016. The Global Shapers Community is an initiative of the World Economic Forum and is a network of city-based Hubs developed and led by young leaders between 20 and 30 years old. Shapers are highly motivated individuals who have a great potential for future leadership roles in society. They are selected on the basis of their achievements, leadership potential, and commitment to make a difference. Through the Global Shapers Community, Shapers are provided with opportunities to connect with the worldwide network of Global Shapers, to network with other World Economic Forum communities, and to represent the voice of youth at World Economic Forum events.

Plenary Speaker_ World Conference on Child and Youth 2019

Ashan Perera

UN SDG Action Award Winner 2018
Founder of The Road to Rights Youth-Led Organization
Sri Lanka


Ashan Perera since the age of eight, considered service to others, to be above self. Serving his community, working with the underprivileged, motivating, inspiring, were all avenues he reached out through, while taking Sri Lanka out to the world. A responsibility that he was prepared to devote his life to and embark on a journey that he has never looked back on other than with a sense of contentment.
Ashan’s journey has been an incessant one with a vision to serve humanity that has never gone un-noticed where ever it has taken him. With this vision clearly embedded in his mind, Ashan initiated his first ‘Social Group’ as a young boy of 8 set up in his back yard, and from there on it gradually evolved to rise to its current status, conducting his work under the banner ‘The Road to Rights’ with 18 chapters inducted globally, that focuses on Value Based Education, Knowledge and Skills development
Ashan as a passionate advocate of many inspiring programs pertaining to the ‘Rights’ of youth, has allowed his sensitivity to promote advocacy through none violent means in order to foster peace and promote human rights education, and by raising awareness through HUMAN VALUES, that can ease the Humanitarian needs of others.

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