Mohammed Mahuruf

Mr. Mahuruf is the co-founder and current Chairman of PEaCE.

Until the end of 2010, Mr. Mahuruf was the Regional Network Consultant of Cordaid (a Dutch based Catholic Organization for Relief and Development). Initially employed as a freelance consultant in 2000, he later worked as a fulltime consultant. During his tenure with Cordaid, he initiated the Peace Building and Development Institute in Sri Lanka. His regional involvement and interest in networking prompted the formation of the ‘People’s Space – space for people and people’s organization’ an initiative to create an inclusive, democratic and sustainable people’s movement in Sri Lanka. Mr. Mahuruf represented Sri Lanka on the People’s SAARC Regional Steering Committee since 2007. People’s SAARC is the largest people’s movement covering all SAARC countries working towards the unification of people of South Asia. Furthermore, he played a key role in hosting the People’s SAARC 2008 in Sri Lanka, which was the first ever open and inclusive regional civil society event to be held in Sri Lanka with the presence of over 1000 regional delegates attending three days deliberations, with over 5000 people demonstrating on the final day. Mr. Mahuruf entered the NGO sector in 1980 through Terre des Hommes (Swiss organization for children in distress), following a five years teaching service to the government of Sri Lanka. He served as social worker in a child based family rehabilitation project of socially and economically excluded stateless people in Nuwara Eliya. Following this, he was appointed as the Assistant to the Delegate in 1989. These experiences aided in convincing him that working towards helping children and family can build a better future for orphaned, destitute and children in conflict with law. Thus, he joined the training team of the Save the Children Fund (UK) in 1989 and worked with the One-Year Training Course in Care of Children and Young Persons, launched in collaboration with the Sri Lanka School of Social Work. In 1992, he joined Helvetas and initiated rehabilitation and development projects in the war torn areas of the East of the country. The Integrated Rehabilitation and Development Project in Vaharai was one of them. Mr. Mahuruf was the Principle Consultant for Novib, 1998 – 2003 and functioned as its focal person in Sri Lanka. He also worked as a freelance consultant for GTZ to provide strategic assistance to the FRG – supported technical assistance projects in the North-East of Sri Lanka between 2003 and 2004. His interest and major part of the work is advocacy for securing space for the socially and politically excluded groups because of their identity, and defending the human rights of the vulnerable citizens in society.