Dr. Ramu Manivannan is a professor and Head of the Department of Politics & Public Administration, University of Madras. He taught in Delhi University for over eighteen years before joining the University of Madras. He was a Fellow of the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan.

He has published six books and several articles both in India and abroad. He has been working with the refugees from Tibet, Burma and Sri Lanka for over two decades in the areas of peace, education and development. He has founded a school for children from poor economic and socially marginalized communities. He is a trainer in nonviolence and an advocate for holistic education. Loved by students, he is a champion of student movements and encourages an institutional culture that entertains diverse opinions and encourages students to debate and articulate.