Board of Directors

G.S. Lakhshan J.S. Dias (Chairman)

Attorney –at-Law, Mr. Dias is a prominent human rights lawyer who has provided legal representation in a number of high-profile cases involving deportation and immigration, the Prevention of Terrorism Act, and allegations of torture.

A vocal advocate of judicial independence, he has provided protection to human rights defenders and journalists at risk. Mr. Dias has held a number of high level positions in Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Sri Lanka and currently he is serving as a Board member of Rihgts Now Collewctive.

Has been involved in a number of projects including Migrant workers, Impunity, Gender equity, Access to legal justice, and Peace building and Human Rights. He had participated in several national and international conferences, workshops and seminars as resource person/paper presenter.

He is the Legal Director at the Kamkaru Sevana Ltd an organization looked after workers welfare for last 40 years.

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J. C. Weliamuna

Mr. J C Weliamuna is one of Sri Lanka’s leading public interest and Constitutional lawyers, with 24 years active practice. He had appeared in hundreds of leading human rights and constitutional cases including landmark governance related case. He holds a Master of Laws from the University of Colombo, where he served as a visiting lecturer. He is also an Eisenhower and a Senior Ashoka Fellow.

After establishing his legal career in commercial law, Mr. Weliamuna moved into the fields of constitutional and human rights law, and became an active contributor to local and foreign media on governance and human rights challenges in Sri Lanka. He has played a leadership role in several pro democratic movements in the country and in the sub region.

He was TI Sri Lanka’s first Executive Director, where he served from 2002 until 2010. Presently he serves as a director of TI’s Board after being elected by Global membership of TI movement in 2010.

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Anushika Amarasinghe

Ms Amarasinghe spent eight years of her professional career in a managerial capacity at TI Sri Lanka (TISL) since its inception. She effectively applied her multiple professional qualifications of law, management and accounting, in performing an integral role in the development of the institution.

As a free-lance consultant in the development sector, Ms Amaarsinghe has worked on several assignments in organizational development, strategic planning and fundraising. She is a director at Sustainable Development Consultants Private Limited, a Project Consultancy and Property Development Company. A member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, she is currently reading for her Masters in Law.

Through her career at 3M Lanka and TISL, which are both part of reputed international organizations, Anushika has had exposure to the highest global standards of reporting and integrity. She has taken the lead in integrating these requisite systems and processes into the Institution, working with cross-functional teams, providing leadership and guidance to meet related institutional goals.

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Shyamala Gomez

Ms Gomez is the Country Director, FOKUS Women, a women’s organization based in Colombo that partners with nine women’s organizations working in the North and East.

Ms Gomez taught law at the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo for over eight years and was also Gender Advisor to the UN Office of the Resident Coordinator in Colombo for many years. She also served as Senior Programme Officer, (Women and Housing Rights) at the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE).

She has written and published extensively in the areas of violence against women, masculinities, rights of migrant workers, land rights of women, women, peace and security, women and politics and more generally on women’s rights. She is also a trainer and has worked extensively with the corporate sector.

A Fulbright Scholar, she has an LLB (Honours) from the University of Colombo and a Masters in Law from Georgetown University, Washington DC.

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K. W. Janaranjana

An Attorney-at-Law, Mr. Janaranjana is a senior journalist who is presently Editor of the weekly newspaper –’Ravaya’. He is one of the Director of Ravaya Publications Guarantee Limited. After completing the Attorney’s finals examinations, he has enrolled as a member of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka.

He was the founder member and the CEO of Rights Now Collective for Democracy during 2007-2008 periods. He has served as the assistant secretary and secretary for Free Media Movement for several years and currently he is functioning as an executive committee member.

He is a lecture of Law and currently he is serving as a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Professional Studies (CFPS) Colombo. He is a diploma holder of University of Sri Jayawardenepura, in communication. He is an active member of Lawyers for Democracy.

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Sheila Richards

Ms. Richards is the Deputy Chief of Party, of the Support for Professional and Institutional Capacity Enhancement (SPICE) Project of Management Systems International/ USAID.

She has been in the relief and development sector for nearly 17 years; both in International NGOs as well as grant making organizations. She also has considerable Consultancy experience in the sector.

She was the Executive Director of the Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust – an indigenous grant making organization for a period of 4 years, prior to which she was the Programme Officer of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) for 5 years. Ms. Richards set up the psychosocial unit of ZOA Refugee Care in Sri Lanka which she managed.

She has BA Hons degree in Psychology from the Peradeniya University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution and Security Studies from Bradford University, UK.

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Gehan Gunatilleke

Gehan Gunatilleke is an attorney-at-law and researcher specialising in the fields of constitutional law and human rights. He received his first degree in law at the University of Colombo and thereafter received an LL.M at Harvard Law School. He teaches human rights, democratisation and development in postgraduate degree programmes offered by the University of Sydney, University of Colombo, and the Open University of Sri Lanka. He is also a Research Director at Verité Research.

He has authored and co-authored several publications including ‘Right to Information: A Guide for Advocates’ (Sri Lanka Press Institute; UNESCO – 2014), ‘The Judicial Mind in Sri Lanka: Responding to the Protection of Minority Rights’ (Law & Society Trust, co-author with Jayantha de Almeida Guneratne & Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena – 2014), ‘Reporting on Human Trafficking and Forced Labour: A Practical Guide for Journalists in Sri Lanka’ (ILO – 2012), and ‘Media Policy and Law in Sri Lanka: The Way Forward in Legal, Industry and Educational Reforms’ (Institute of Commonwealth Studies, co-author with Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena – 2012).

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Jayantha Fernando

Jayantha Fernando is an Attorney by Profession and pioneered ICT Law in Sri Lanka. He was one of the first in Sri Lanka to specialize in ICT Law, with a LLM in IT & Telecommunications Law from the University of London.

Jayanth is an International Expert on E-Commerce Legal issues and also a global expert on Cybercrime with Council of Europe, advocating the adoption of the Budapest Cyber crime Convention internationally. With this exposure he drafted the Electronic Transactions Act No. 19of 2006 in line with UNCITRAL texts and the Computer Crimes Act No. 24 of 2007 in line with the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime. Jayantha was also in the drafting Committee for the UN Electronic Communications Convention (2005).

He was the first Sri Lankan to be elected as Vice Chair of the ICANN’s Government Advisory Committee (GAC) – (2007-2011), and also served in the ICANN Nominating Committee. Jayantha is both a British Chevening Scholar of the UK Govt (2002) and an Eisenhower fellow (2012). In his spare time he is a Visiting lecturer at the Law Faculty, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka Law College and Moratuwa University on IT & Telecom Law.

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T. Someswaran

T. Someswaran a Chartered Accountant, in practice for more than 35 years and retired from the post of Senior Partner of SJMS Associates, a Firm of Accountants which is associated with Deloitte’s in Sri Lanka. He is also a Fellow member of Certified Management Accountants (CMA) and a member of the Governing Council of the Institute of Certified Professional Managers. (CPM)

He serves as an independent Director of Serendib Land PLC, CleanCo Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Pan Asian Power PLC, ECSAT (Equality based Community Support & Training Center, ICLP (Institute of Commercial Law & Practice). He serves on the Audit committees of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, Serendib Land PLC, CleanCo Lanka Ltd., Pan Asia Power and Esna Power (Pvt) Ltd.

He holds numerous memberships and honorary positions to help strengthen the capacity of charitable and non-profit organizations as well as philanthropic projects and activities. Mr. Someswaran has substantial experience in auditing, organizational development, leadership & partnership building and is passionate about networking & linking organizations to facilitate positive social change and development, with specific focus on governance, accounting ethics and resource mobilization.

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Tony Senewiratne

The National Director of Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka since 2001, Mr. Seneviratne has served as a voluntary board member of the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) from 1998 and was Deputy Chairman (2000-01).

He was Executive Director of LEADS (Lanka Evangelical Alliance Development Service) 1991- 2000. Mr Seneviratne was instrumental in setting up ESCAPE – an organization for the Protection and Rehabilitation of Sexually Abused Children.

He also set up Y-Gro – a Youth Rehabilitation program – Vocational training center & Campsite and was its director from inception. He has been Director of the English Language Ministry and presently serves as the Treasurer of Y-Gro.

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S.C.C. Elankovan

S.C.C.Elankovan presently a Consultant to the National NGO Action Front (NNAF) providing support to the NNAF assisting in the areas; of increasing membership especially expanding to the North, East and Plantation areas and enhancing sustainability of NNAF and its membership taking into account the changing environment for NGO’s, CBO’s and consortia. Also consultant to Diakonia developing a program and proposal for the EU in the Uwa and Central provinces. I have worked in the NGO sector for the last 23 years of which 16 have been in Sri Lanka working both with INGO’s ZOA and Oxfam and earlier with a national movement / NGO Sarvodaya in program management and support positions. I have been a refugee in India for 17 years where I studied and with an organization of Refugees working with Refugees before also practicing as an Advocate. Most of my work has been in the field of rehabilitation and community development among refugees, IDP’s and war affect communities. I am particularly interested in the area of sustainable community development including education, skills development and livelihoods among war affected vulnerable groups. I have also been involved in advocacy initiatives at various levels over the years and continue to do so. I have degrees in Philosophy and Law and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Madras.

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