Dinusha Panditaratne was appointed as Executive Director of LKI in August 2015.
Dr. Panditaratne received her initial degree in law with first class honours from the University of Oxford, where she was a Markby Scholar at Balliol College. She received her master’s and doctorate from Yale Law School. Her scholarship and teaching focuses on international law, human rights, gender, and public law.
Dr. Panditaratne serves on the Executive Committee of the Centre for Rights and Justice in Hong Kong, and on the International Advisory Board of the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh. Additionally, she is the co-author of the book 'Pathways to the Peak: Remarkable Stories from Pioneering Sri Lankan Women'.
Prior to her appointment at LKI, Dr. Panditaratne was an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Panditaratne, is an attorney admitted to practice in the State of New York and has worked at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, an international law firm on Wall Street.
Research Director / Ravindra Deyshappriya
Ravindra holds a master’s degree in Development Economics from the Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University, Japan, for which he received a scholarship from the Asian Development Bank. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Economics with first class honours from the University of Peradeniya in 2007. Ravindra started his career as a lecturer in Economics and has over five years of experience as an academic.
Prior to joining LKI in June 2016, Ravindra worked as a Research Professional at the Centre for Poverty Analysis, Sri Lanka. His research interests include economic growth, financial development, development economics, poverty, and inequality. He has published a number of research papers in both local and international journals and has authored two books.
Research Fellow / Barana Waidyatilake
Barana holds an MSc in Conflict Resolution and Governance from the University of Amsterdam. He obtained his undergraduate degree in International Relations and Sociology from the University of Melbourne, with first class honours. In 2012, he received a scholarship from the University of Queensland to participate in its Summer Research Program, where he examined how humanitarian crises were visually depicted in print media.
Barana joined LKI in February 2016. Prior to this, he worked at the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies in Colombo. His research interests include South Asian security, the role of the media in conflict reporting, and institution-building in post-conflict societies.
Research Associate / Anishka De Zylva
Anishka is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College in the United States, from which she received a degree with honours in International Relations and Economics and a certificate in Law, Public Policy and Human Rights. While at Mount Holyoke, she also received a Fellowship to study International Development for a semester at the University of Sussex in the UK and a grant for an internship at the Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi.
Prior to joining LKI in January 2016, Anishka worked at the United Nations Development Programme in Sri Lanka. She was part of the Governance for Local Economic Development Programme that aimed to advance livelihoods through the improvement of public services. Anishka also consulted for Verité Research during this time, where she engaged in governance related research and writing commissioned by The Asia Foundation.
Research Associate / Rapti Ratnayake
Rapti graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2014 with an honours degree in Law (LLB). While at university, she gained experience by interning for the American Insurance Group, Clifford Chance LLP, and for the South African Legal Aid Board.
Rapti joined the LKI in April 2016.
In 2015, she received a Fellowship with The Asia Foundation to engage in Sri Lanka's post-war recovery. Prior to joining LKI, she worked for the International Centre for Ethnic Studies where she carried out research on identifying the barriers to female economic empowerment in the Northern Province. Her research interests include public law, human rights, international law, and transitional justice.
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.
Deputy Director / Radhika De Silva
Radhika joined LKI in February 2017, as its Deputy Director. She came to LKI having over 10 years of management experience in the private sector. Radhika 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-govermental, 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.
Finance, Procurement and Human Resources Officer / Sanjaya Gunarathna
Sanjaya 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 the 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 the LKI’s files and records of inventory and staff attendance.
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 the 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 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. He joined LKI in 2014.
He 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.
Senior Programmes Assistant / Hasheem Nizar
Hasheem received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. He is also in his final year of an undergraduate programme at the Open University of Sri Lanka, majoring in Political Science and International Studies. Hasheem holds a Diploma in Diplomacy and World Affairs from the BIDTI and is pursuing his Post-Graduate Diploma from the same institute, alongside the Advanced Training Program on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law at the CSHR, University of Colombo.
Prior to joining LKI in October, Hasheem was a manager at Myown Group, and also worked at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
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