We have on board some of the most high profile scholars and professionals in the country with vast experience in the fields of wildlife & conservation, education, psychology, sustainable development, marketing and communications.
From battle fields to boardrooms, Dr. Dinesh Watawana wields one of the most uncommon combinations of expertise and exploits. An award-winning former war and foreign correspondent, Dr. Watawana has been a ministerial and developmental Adviser while also strategizing several leading Sri Lankan and global brands. An ardent protagonist of sustainable development, Dr. Watawana holds a Grad Cert in International Business, an MBA in Business Psychology and a PhD in Psychological Engineering.
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.
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.
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.