Chief Prelate of the Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya, Bellanwila Wimalaratne Thero on Black July.
Asoka Handagama the well-known director and screenwriter, best known for his films but is also involved with theatre.
Visakha Dharmadasa, a peace and women’s rights activist, who has championed the rights of parents of serviceman missing in action and is the founder and Chair of the Association of War Affected Women (AWAW).
Upeka Chitrasena, leading exponent of traditional low-country and Kandyan dance, who is also a director and teacher at the Chitrasena Dance School.
Sunila Abeyesekera, one Sri Lanka’s leading human rights and women’s rights activist who has received significant international awards for her work in human rights.
Shanti Satchchiananthan a Tamil social and human rights activist who works in multiple fields to empower local communities.
S. Sivagurunathan a peace and human rights activist who is also one of Sri Lanka’s leading translators.
Professor S. Sandarasekaram is the Dean of Education at the University of Colombo.
Kasun Kalhara is a leading composer and singer in Sri Lanka’s Sinhala music industry.
Iranganie Serasinghe a veteran actress, who has worked extensively in theatre, cinema and television, is also a conservationist.