Dr.Jehan perera

Executive Director
National Peace Council, Sri Lanka


Jehan Perera is the Executive Director of the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka, which is an educational and advocacy organization that focuses on peacebuilding and transitional justice.


  • Political analyst and columnist for national newspapers and websites focusing on inter-ethnic reconciliation and peace building
  • Represented Sri Lankan civil society at the UN Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva at the invitation of the Government of Sri Lanka in February 28-March 1, 2017
  • Supervisor to Master’s degree students of Faculty of Graduate Studies and visiting lecturer in Conflict and Peace Studies programme, University of Colombo with a focus on civil society, negotiations, conflict resolution and peace building
  • Engages in national level advocacy of transitional justice and reconciliation processes through commentary and political analysis
  • Is a trainer in community-based transitional justice processes involving capacity building of participants

He also writes a regular weekly political column for the Sri Lankan media, including the Island, Colombo Telegraph, Thinakkural and on a monthly basis for Lanka Monthly Digest.

He was awarded the inaugural Sakai Peace Contribution Award from Japan (2008)

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Harvard College, a Bachelor of Law degree from the Open University of Sri Lanka and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

As Executive Director, National Peace Council of Sri Lanka he has overall responsibility to ensure that organizational mandate of strengthening civil society contribution to the peace and reconciliation process is accomplished.