Dr Vinoth Ramachandra
Member, Council of Reference
Vinoth Ramachandra lives in Sri Lanka. Dr Ramachandra was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he also had his secondary schooling. He holds bachelors and doctoral degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of London.
Instead of pursuing an academic career, he returned to Sri Lanka in 1980 and helped to develop a Christian university ministry in that country. In 1987 he was invited to serve as the South Asian Regional Secretary for IFES, a global partnership of over 130 autonomous and indigenous university student movements.
Since January 2002 his role within IFES has changed to that of Secretary for Dialogue and Social Engagement (Asia). This multi-faceted role includes giving public lectures and seminars in universities and helping Christian graduates think and respond as Christians to some of the social, cultural and political challenges they face in their national contexts throughout Asia. He has also taught in several theological seminaries and conferences in other parts of the world.
Dr Ramachandra is the author of The Recovery of Mission (Paternoster and Eerdmans 1996), Gods That Fail (Paternoster and InterVarsity Press – USA 1996) and Faiths in Conflict? (InterVarsity Press – UK and InterVarsity Press – USA 1999).
Vinoth’s interests include walking, omnivorous reading, films and music. He also enjoys cricket and bird-watching.