The International Committee for the Niwano Peace Prize
The independent International Niwano Peace Prize Committee is responsible for selecting the recipient of the Peace Prize each year. The Committee’s members have a deep commitment to peace and a conviction that the world’s spiritual traditions play a vital role in building peaceful and just societies. The committee was formed in 2002, and it assures the Niwano Peace Prize a global and multi-religious character.
The eleven members of the Committee are drawn from religious and spiritual leaders from different religious traditions and world regions. The Committee has always included members from five continents and a balance of male and female members. Members serve two year terms, and meet annually in Tokyo to reach consensus on the annual recipient. The Committee works throughout the year to advise the Foundation on the selection process and on the award ceremony. Its work is confidential. Each member and the Committee as a whole shares the vision and the objectives of the Niwano Peace Foundation: that is, to honor and celebrate extraordinary individuals whose lives are dedicated to the work of peace.
Rev. Jae-Woong Ahn -The Chairperson-
● Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Council of YMCAs of Korea
Mr. Harsha Kumara Navaratne
● Chairperson of Sevalanka Foundation, Chairperson of INEB
● Sri Lanka
Rev. Susan Hayward
● Minister in the United Church of Christ, Senior Advisor at the U.S. Institute of Peace
Dr. Ranjana Mukhopadhyaya
● Associate Professor, Japanese Studies Department of East Asian Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Delhi