Resource Persons

Since its pioneering year in 2015, CURLS Summer School has been a platform for many social activists and change makers from around the world to share their experiences of social, economic, and political struggles with CURLS participants. We have also felt honored that they were willing to share their ideas and provide the world with tools to achieve genuine sustainability and inclusive social justice. We are deeply grateful for these resource persons.


Resource Persons


Sulak Sivaraksa (Thailand)

  • 1995 Right Livelihood Award Laureate
  • Founder of Sathirakoses-Nagapradeepa Foundation

A Niwano Peace Prize Awardee in 2011, one of the fifty World Future Councillors, and co-founder of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB), Sulak Sivaraksa is a prominent and outspoken Siamese Buddhist intellectual, activist and social critic life-long working for justice, peace and sustainable livelihoods. He advocates on indigenous, sustainable, and spiritual models for change.

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Anwar Fazal (Malaysia)

  • 1982 Right Livelihood Award Laureate
  • Anwar Fazal is a founder and one of the prime movers of several local and global citizens movements, among them the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) founded in 1969, International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) formed in 1979, Health Action International (HAI) in 1981 and Pesticide Action Network (PAN) formed in 1982.

Anwar Fazal, born in 1941, first became associated with the consumer movement in 1969 when he founded the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) and later worked on consumer affairs for, among others, the Government of Mauritius, the Hong Kong Consumer Council and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In 1978, he was the first person from the Third World to become President of the International Organisation of Consumers Unions (IOCU), an independent, non-profit group which links the activities of consumer organisations in over half the countries of the world.

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Nnimmo Bassey (Nigeria)

  • 2010 Right livelihood Award Laureate.

Nnimmo Bassey (born 1958) is a Nigerian architect, environmental activist, author and poet. He chaired Friends of the Earth International from 2008 through 2012 and was Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action for two decades. He was one of Time magazine’s Heroes of the Environment in 2009. Nnimmo Bassey was named co-winner of the Right Livelihood Award in 2010. He is the Director of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), an environmental think tank and advocacy organization. He is an Advisor of the Earth Trusteeship campaign during 70 Years Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 10 December 2018, advocating the inclusion of Earth Rights



Nicanor Perlas (Filipino)   

  • 2003 Right Livelihood Award Laureate.
  • Co-Founder, Centre for Alternative Development Initiatives (CADI)
  • Editor and publisher of the internet-based news and analysis service TruthForce!

Nicanor has being running campaigns against nuclear power plants

and pesticides, becoming one of the Philippines’ environmental leaders.

During the late 1990s, Perlas’ focus has almost exclusively been on social movements

and their power to change the world educating civil society

about the effects of corporate globalisation.



Helena Norberg-Hodge (Sweden)

  • 1986 Right Livelihood Award Laureate.

Founder and director of Local Futures Author and filmmaker Helena Norberg-Hodge is a pioneer of the ‘new economy’ movement. Through writing and public lectures on three continents, she has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for more than thirty years.



William “Bill” McKibben (USA)

  • 2014 Right Livelihood Award Laureate.
  • Author of The End of Nature (1989) and Deep Economy (2007).

American environmentalist, bestselling author, and ‘green’ journalist who has written extensively on the impact of global warming. In 2004, he organized the groundbreaking People’s Climate March in New York City.



Dasho Karma Ura (Bhutan)

Dasho Karma Ura earned his undergraduate degree at Oxford University and his Masters in Philosophy of Economics from the University of Edinburgh.

He worked for the Ministry of Planning for 12 years before becoming the President of the Centre for Bhutan Studies and Gross National Happiness (CBS & GNH) in 1999.


Surat Horachaikul (Thailand)

  • Assistant Professor, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University
  • Director Indian Studies Center, Chulalongkorn University

Asst. Prof. Surat Horachaikul is a lecturer in the International Relations Department, Faculty of Political Science at Chulalongkorn University. He received a MA in Politics and Contemporary History from London Guildhall University, a M.Sc in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management (Econs) from London School of Economics and Political Science; and a BA in Humanities (English Literature and Linguistics), Payap University, Chiang Mai. His recent publications include “Environment, conflict and security problems in the Thailand’s Tenth National Economic and Social Development Plan” (with Supamit Pitipat), and “India’s Neoliberal Progress and Food Insecurity”.



Hans van Willenswaard (the Netherlands)

  • Advisor, School for Wellbeing Studies and Research

Hans van Willenswaard founded an inter-disciplinary Development Studies programme at Zeeland University of Applied Sciences (including inter-university co-operation with partners in Asia, Africa and Latin-America). At the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) he co-promoted a decentralization process which ultimately resulted in the foundation of IFOAM-Asia. He served at what later became ‘Religions for Peace’ as a volunteer Secretary-General of the Netherlands’ chapter, and as a Buddhist. Hans is a member of the Executive Council of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB) and regularly contributes to its “Seeds of Peace” magazine.


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Wallapa van Willenswaard (Thailand)

  • Founder of Suan Nguen Mee Ma social enterprise and publishers
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation

After 10 years in the trade-show business, she turned herself to work for the non-
profit organization named Spirit in Education Movement (SEM) as its pioneering Director, 1996-2001. This organization was established by Sulak Sivaraksa after he received the Right Livelihood Award in 1996. In 2001 she founded with her husband Suan Nguen Mee Ma (Garden of Fruition) social enterprise in Bangkok and she is the Managing Director until present. In November 2007 Suan Nguen Mee Ma was the organizer of the 3rd Conference on Gross National Happiness in Nongkhai and Bangkok, Thailand.Follow-up was given to the conference in Thailand by a GNH Movement research- development project supported by Thailand Research Fund and Thai Health Foundation/TGLIP.






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