Dr. Dinesh Watawana


The Geo Explore Foundations is headed by internationally-acclaimed media and development strategist Dr. Dinesh Watawana. A former international correspondent and a ministerial adviser, he has been an ardent follower of Sri Lanka’s socio-economic landscape and is the author of the groundbreaking ‘Backdoor Engineering’ Theory amplified through his unique sustainable development and conservation model on the edge of Yala National Park. He holds a Doctorate in Psychological Engineering and an MBA in Business Psychology.

Dr. Oshadi Peiris

Director Operations

Leading the forays of GEF’s ambitious mandate is one of Sri Lanka’s leading women in education and development Dr. Kala Oshadhi Peiris.  The first Sri Lankan woman to become an Eisenhower Fellow, Dr. Peiris is an Attorney-at-Law and holds a Doctorate in Business Administration with a BSc in Bio Science. A university lecturer she has also been a Consultant for UN FAO, Ministry of Tertiary Education, Price Waterhouse Cooper and CARE International.

Prof. KKDS Ranaweera


An authority on ethos of sustainable development, Prof. KKDS Ranaweera is a Senior Professor at University of Sri Jayawardenapura where he headed the Department of Food Science & Technology while also extending his purview to University of Vocational Technology as a Senior Professor.  His multi-faceted acumen sees him serving as a Consultant to the Industrial Development Board, as well as, a resource professional for the Ministry of Education & Higher Education.

Dr. UKGK Padmalal


From wildlife conservation to environmental science, Dr. Padmalal has blazed a trail spanning well over 3 decades. A former senior assistant director of Department of Wildlife he is a Bioscience Graduate from University of Colombo. Dr. Padmalal completed his MSc in Environmental Science before being awarded a Doctorate in Wildlife Biology by Tohoku University in Japan. He has also worked for international agencies including Asian Development Bank, World Bank, FAO, UNDP and IUCN.