Radhika joined LKI in February 2017.
Radhika came to LKI having over 10 years of management experience in the private sector. She has a BSc degree from the University of Delhi with first class honours, and an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) in Sri Lanka. She is also a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), U.K.
Radhika served in the Junior Chamber International (JCI), a non-profit, non-governmental, international, organisation of young people between 18-40 years old, and was the JCI's National President in Sri Lanka in 2012. She has a longstanding interest in international affairs and is currently following the Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations at the Bandaranaike Center for International Studies in Colombo.
Communications Manager / Nuzaifa Hussain
Nuzaifa joined LKI in March 2017.
She has worked in the communications field, in both digital and traditional public relations, and has been involved in shaping and developing brand and communication strategies for a diverse array of premier local and international brands. These strategies include internal communications, ATL/BTL advertising, social media marketing, media outreach, and conferences.
Nuzaifa received her professional qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, specialising in digital strategy. In addition, she is a blogger with over five years of experience in content creation and advocates extensively for better representation and diversity in literature.
Finance, Procurement and Human Resources Officer / Sanjaya Gunarathna
Sanjaya joined LKI in 2013.
He has sixteen years of experience in finance and administration. He is a qualified member of the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians), and holds a higher diploma in Library and Information Studies from the University of Kelaniya.
At LKI, Sanjaya handles the financial transactions of the Institute and prepares its monthly statements of accounts. He also maintains all records related to the personnel of LKI and attends to repairs of all equipment.
Events and Administration Officer / Aruni Hewapathirana
Aruni graduated from the University of Colombo in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Labour Education, and in 2015 with a master’s degree in International Relations. Aruni has ten years of experience in administration and finance in the public sector, having worked at the Ministry of Mass Media and Information, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Aruni coordinates events and the hiring out of facilities at LKI. She also assists the Executive Director in corresponding and liaising with external parties. In addition, Aruni maintains LKI’s files and records of inventory and staff attendance.
Librarian / Bhadra Jayasinghe
Bhadra joined LKI in March 2017/
She received a General Degree in Arts from the University of Peradeniya, and completed the Final Examination in Library & Information Science conducted by the Sri Lanka Library Association which is the professional organisation in the library field. She also holds the MSSc in Library & Information Science from the University of Kelaniya.
Bhadra started her career as a Librarian attached to the Local Government Service, and then served for more than 30 years in a number of special libraries. After her retirement as the librarian at Sri Lanka Foundation, she contributed her skills to several projects. She is also a member of the Sri Lanka Library Association.
Project Coordinator / Nicola Wijeyarathna
Nicola began working at LKI in July 2016, initially as a Programmes Assistant, and in her present role of Project Coordinator since January 2017.
Nicola is a graduate of the Elizabeth Moir School, where she served as Community Service leader in her final year. She was a member of various student clubs, and with a keen interest in language and literature, was active in the Press and Essay clubs. She also participated in voluntary activities hosted by groups such as the Rotaract Club of Colombo, and Habitat for Humanity.
Nicola plans to pursue her higher education in the liberal arts, in the fields of International Relations and Political Science.
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Caretaker / K. P. W. G. Sugath
Sugath was previously attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has eight years of experience of working at LKI, having previously worked in an individual capacity for the late Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar.
He is responsible for supervising the maintenance of the premises, and for setting up and monitoring the facilities and logistics at LKI.
Office Assistant / K. G. P. C. Aththudawa
Aththudawa joined LKI in 2014.
He has twenty years of experience working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including three years at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom.
Aththudawa assists the General Office staff with carrying out their official duties, overlooks office maintenance, travels for the purposes of purchasing/delivering office documents, and is the acting receptionist.
Office Assistant and Driver / W. M. K. G. Gayan
Gayan has been at LKI for three years and is responsible for assisting the Executive Director’s office with deliveries, messages, and maintenance. He also assists the Caretaker during events and serves as a driver to the Executive Director.
Office Driver / M. H. Dahanayake
Mangala was attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for three years, prior to joining LKI in 2007. He is responsible for driving and maintaining the office car.
Programmes Assistant / Mindula Bulumulla
Mindula joined LKI in February 2017.
She completed her secondary education at Ladies' College, Colombo. At school, Mindula was a senior prefect and was involved in many extracurricular activities. She was the captain of the basketball team and held leadership positions in several student clubs and societies.
Mindula has a particular interest in International Relations and plans to pursue her higher education in the field of Law.
Library Assistant / Lishanthi Anoshika
Lishanthi joined LKI in June 2017.
She is currently studying for a Diploma in Library Science at the Sri Lanka Library Association. Lishanthi completed her secondary education at Ananda Balika Vidyalaya. Her duties as Librarian Assistant include cataloguing the books and materials of LKI's library, and responding to enquiries regarding library resources.
Programmes Assistant / Randilini Fernando
Randilini joined LKI in August 2017.
She recently graduated from Monash University with a major in International Studies and a minor in Communications. She held the post of Activities Chairperson for Monash University International Student services for the years 2015-2016. She intends to pursue her masters in International Development in the near future. Randilini completed her secondary education at Bishop’s College, Colombo, where she held the position of Senior Prefect. She was involved in several activities including the school choir, Mediation Circle, UN Club and Drama Club.
Research and Communications Assistant / Daniella Kern
Daniella joined LKI in September 2017.
She is currently in the final year of her Bachelor's of International & European Law at the Hague University of Applied Sciences. She has specialised in Public International Law and Human Rights as part of her coursework.
Daniella has participated in several MUN and ICC Moot Courts. She has a keen interest in international relations and hopes to further her studies in this field.
Research and Communications Assistant / Pabasara Kannangara
Pabasara joined LKI in September 2017.
She obtained her B.Sc. with Upper Second Class Honours from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. Pabasara completed her secondary education at Gateway College, Rajagiriya.
While at university, Pabasara was actively involved in TEDx Warwick, and held the position of Operations Team Member for TEDx Warwick for two consecutive years. She was also an active member of various societies, including Warwick Economics Society and Warwick Sri Lankan Society. Pabasara intends to pursue her master's in International Relations in the near future.
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Research and Communications Assistant / Kimberley Watson
Kimberley joined LKI in September 2017.
She recently graduated from Durham University in the UK with a first class honours degree in English Literature and Education. She is particularly interested in researching gender and human rights issues. While at university, she was involved in the Durham for Refugees society, coordinating campaign and fundraising events and running volunteer trips to work with refugee charities in Serbia and Greece.
For her dissertation, she examined the impact of stereotyped gender roles in Disney films on children’s conception of gender. Her previous internships in London include a Research, Evaluation and Impact internship for Teach First and a Public Relations internship at Four Communications and Acuity PR. Kimberley is hoping to pursue a Master’s degree starting in 2018 in either human rights or women, peace and security.
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