Madhawa "Mads" Palihapitiya is a conflict resolution practitioner from Sri Lanka. He engaged in high-risk meditation and conflict/violence prevention efforts involving the two warring parties of Sri Lanka. He managed a British-funded Conflict Early Warning and Response Program for the volatile Eastern Province of Sri Lanka from 2003 through 2006, preventing numerous documented cases of direct violence. Madhawa is currently the Associate Director at the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. His interest in theater and the arts dates back to his undergraduate thesis, where he researched the contribution made by pro-war literature on the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. He holds a Master's degree in Coexistence and Conflict from Brandeis University.