Sayuri Kankanam Manage
Programme Officer – Communications

Sayuri joined TISL in 2017 as a Project Assistant for the Open Government Partnership Project. In 2019 she was promoted as Programme Officer for the Communications Team. Her main tasks include handling media related work for TISL while coordinating with the media, translating press releases, reports, leaflets and documents and maintaining TISL’s social media presence. She also occasionally writes newspaper articles on behalf of TISL.

Sayuri has more than five years of experience in the Civil Society sector working for organisations like PAFFREL (People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections) as an Election Monitoring Officer and was one of the first few activists of the March 12th Movement which stands for clean politics in Sri Lanka. She also worked at Sarvodaya where she actively contributed towards civic mobilization and governance projects. She has also facilitated programmes as a resource person.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts from the University of Peradeniya where she studied Sociology, Political Science and Geography. She participated in an exchange programme where she followed a six month course in Public administration at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Sayuri also completed a certificate course in Translation and Interpretation from the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in 2019 for which she was awarded a Distinction and received recognition for being the best student among her peers.

She is very interested in Political Science and keeping up with current local politics. Sayuri is passionate about anti-corruption, clean politics and election monitoring. Her personal areas of interest include reading, travelling and ballroom dancing.

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