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. Palihapitiya managed a Conflict Early Warning and Response Program for the volatile Eastern Province of Sri Lanka from 2003 through 2006, intervening in numerous cases of direct violence. He is currently the associate director at the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. His interest in theatre and the arts dates back to his childhood, when he witnessed many performances, and his undergraduate years, when 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.