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.
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.
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.
Research Assistant / Jack Conway
Jack joined LKI in July 2018.He is a second year undergraduate at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge, where he studies politics and international relations. He also writes for his University’s newspaper and is President of the Christ’s College Gardening Society. Jack is originally from Chicago, and before moving to Cambridge, he lived in São Paulo, Brazil for five years. In the future, Jack hopes to pursue a master’s degree in International Development or International Relations.
Research and Communications Assistant / Laura Ratcliffe
Laura joined LKI in June 2018.
She is a second year undergraduate at the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom, where she is studying for a Bachelors degree in Geography. Laura has obtained her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, which involved volunteering with the swim team of a local school.
Laura hopes to complete a masters degree in Environmental Consultancy in the near future.
Research and Communications Assistant / Kaelan McCone
Kaelan joined LKI in June 2018.
He is a final year undergraduate student at Amherst College in the United States. In addition to studying political science, he is in the process of obtaining a second degree in the French language. Previously, he worked teaching English in the south of Spain in addition to having worked as an intern in the Office of Advancement at Amherst College.
Kaelan has served as a Senator in student government as well as President of his school's QuestBridge chapter. In addition to being involved with many different organisations on campus, he is currently working on his senior thesis. Kaelan hopes to continue to study International Politics in graduate school.
Programmes Assistant / Rochel Canagasabey
Rochel joined LKI in June 2018.
Rochel is a recent graduate of the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) with a degree in Political Science & International Relations and a minor in History. He received the Presidential Medal, the university's highest award, for his outstanding academic record and contribution to community service. He completed his secondary education at Trinity College, Kandy.
While at university, Rochel had a wide range of interests and activities, from being Student Representative to the Department of History to singing. In addition, he actively participated in the AUBG Model United Nations Conference and worked with the Bulgarian Presidency of the European Union.
Rochel intends to pursue his master’s in Conflict and Peace Studies in the near future.
Communications Assistant / Farah Ibrahim
Farah joined LKI in June 2018.
She holds a Masters in International Relations, as well as a Masters in Journalism, from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. For her undergraduate degree, also at Monash University, she majored in economics and sustainability.
During her studies, Farah wrote for both the university and other local Australian newspapers. She is especially interested in international law, institutions of global governance, and the rise and fall of empires.
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.
Shimali joined LKI in April 2018.
Shimali is a final year undergraduate at the National School of Business Management studying International Business Management in association with Plymouth University in the United Kingdom. She completed her secondary education at St. Bridget's Convent, Colombo, where she was the editor of the Commerce Union and the coordinator of the school bank.
Shimali intends to pursue her postgraduate studies in international relations.
Communications Assistant / Tashyana Handy
Tashyana joined LKI in May 2018.
Tashyana is recent graduate of Methodist College. During high school, she served as a senior prefect alongside various other leadership positions in the Debating Society, Christian Movement, and English Literary and Dramatic Association. Proficient in public speaking, Tashyana has represented her school in a number of debating tournaments and Model UN sessions. As an avid writer, she was the co-editor of her school magazine and is an active contributor to many online platforms. She has also served as the Head of Media and Communications for a non-profit organisation and as the Creative Director for various outreach projects.
Tashyana hopes to pursue higher studies in the field of South Asian Studies and Creative Writing.
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