Currently the Visiting Professor to the Short term Chair at the CCIS, Dr Riaz Ahmad is an Indian academician, public intellectual and social activist with over 40 years of experience. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Delhi, India and a Diploma in Conflict Resolution (Advanced International Programme) from Uppsala University, Sweden. He is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Satyawati College, University of Delhi. His experience includes teaching graduate, post graduate, and M Phil classes; research in the areas of minority rights, conflict/conflict resolution, and communalism in India; supervision of MPhil and PhD students; curriculum development; and editing a well-known journal Social Change. He is also on the Editorial Board of Kulturni Studia (Cultural Studies, an International Journal published from Czech Republic). He has contributed papers/chapters to distinguished scholarly journals and other important publications. He has presented papers in many national and international conferences in India, Iran, Turkmenistan, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, and the US. He has also travelled to Denmark, France, Russia, Turkey and the UK. His social concerns have pushed him to social activism: he is President of the Initiative for Democracy and Peace, as also the President of the Bilal Ahmed Foundation Trust, both situated at Delhi in India. He has worked as Senior Fellow, and then as Honorary Senior Fellow, at the Council for Social Development, New Delhi. He has also been a member of the Advisory Committee of the Developing Countries’ Research Centre at the University of Delhi. In 2005, in recognition of his outstanding services in the field of education, he was awarded by the International Association of the Lions Clubs: Lion Clubs Delhi-Noida, a Certificate of Appreciation for Lifetime Achievement. In 2006, in recognition of the contribution made for the promotion of inter-religious cooperation, international harmony, and the establishment of a culture of peace, Universal Peace Federation honoured him with the Ambassador of Peace award.

Dr Ahmad will work collaboratively with the other relevant Departments of the University of Colombo during his tenure at the CCIS.