Ramesh Prakashvelu is from Hyderabad, India. He has an MA in political science from Madras University, India (1993) and is pursuing an MA in Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame University. Ramesh has worked as regional coordinator of the Coastal Poor Development Action Network, followed by a three-year stint as program assistant with the South Central India Network for Development Alternatives. In 1999 he joined the Henry Martyn Institute International Centre for Research, Interfaith Relations and Reconciliation in Hyderabad as the program coordinator. While there he engaged in strengthening individual, institutional and group capacities for resolving conflicts, building peace and working on participatory peace-based training.