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Dr Rama Mani


Founder, Voice of Witness and Awakening; Senior Research Associate, Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford



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Dr Rama Mani is the Founder of Theatre of Transformation Academy, whose purpose is to champion and support the creative power of humanity to shape our shared future.

She is the Convenor of the Enacting Global Transformation Collaborative Initiative at the Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford, which seeks to question and redefine paradigms of power, and shape creative and humane responses to current global crises.

Theatre of Transformation’s four-step transformative process is applicable in situations of global governance, international security, peacebuilding and transitional justice, and a vital tool for policy making and academic research. Theatre of Transformation Academy’s programmes create circles of solidarity between people and cultures, and raise funds for transformative peace and justice missions undertaken with local partners in countries in conflict. 

Rama is a Councilor of the World Future Council, and served on the Jury of the  ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ or the Right Livelihood Award. She is an Associate Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, and was formerly the Director of GCSP’s Global Peace and Security Course. She is on the Faculty of the M.A. in Transitional Justice at the Geneva Academy for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, at the Graduate Institute and University of Geneva.

Rama was earlier Executive Director of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Sri Lanka’s pre-eminent policy and research centre addressing conflict, peace, and human rights.

She served as Oxfam GB’s Africa Strategy Manager addressing conflicts across the continent while based in Addis Ababa and Kampala. She was the Senior External Relations Officer to the Commission on Global Governance.

She authored “Beyond Retribution: Seeking Justice in the Shadows of War” (Polity/Blackwell: 2002/2007) and co-edited “Responsibility to Protect: Cultural Perspectives from the Global South” (Routledge: 2011). 

Rama has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Cambridge, UK, an M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University, USA.

In 2013, Rama received the Peter Becker Peace Prize in Germany for the combined impact of her scholarship and peace activism. 


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Recent Articles

'Theatre of Transformation' by Rama Mani, in the Fall | Winter 2016 Edition of Kosmos Journal

European Business Review featuring Rama Mani on 11 April 2016, Also Featured in EBR Special Issue 2015 on ‘Female Leaders in Our Times’

‘Merging Boudaries Through Theatre of Transformation’, by Rasheed Kappan, Deccan Herald, Bengaluru India, Dec 3, 2016, DHNS

From ‘dystopia’ to ‘Ourtopia’: charting a future for global governance in International Affairs, November 2015, Volume 91, Number 6

"Female Leadership in Our Time", The European Business Review, March/April 2016