Mario Gomez has a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree, and Doctorate in Law. He has lectured and published in the areas of post-conflict justice, administrative and constitutional law, economic and social rights, gender and the law, national human rights institutions, and the rights of internally displaced persons.
Director Research (Kandy)
Kalinga Tudor Silva holds a BA from the University of Peradeniya and a PhD from Monash University, Australia. He assumed duties as Director, Research at ICES Kandy in May 2016. He is Professor Emeritus at University of Peradeniya where he served the Department of Sociology and Faculty of Arts in various capacities for almost 40 years. He served as the Executive Director of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies from 2009 to 2011 and the Executive Director of the Centre for Poverty Analysis from 2002 to 2003. He held short-term teaching and research positions in a number of overseas institutions including University College London, Bowdoin College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, University of Connecticut, Monash University and de Lasalle University in Manila. He is the author of ‘Decolonization, Development and Disease: A Social History of Malaria in Sri Lanka’ published in 2014 by Orient Blackswan and a joint author of ‘Checkpoint, Temple, Church and Mosque: a Collaborative Ethnography of War and Peace’ published by Pluto Press in 2015. Currently he serves as Editor in Chief of the Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences published by the National Science Foundation, a member of the Board of Study of Social Sciences st the Post Graduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Peradeniya and a member of the Board of Study of the Faculty of Social Sciences in South Asian University in Delhi.
Associate Director Finance & Admin
Chalani Lokugamage (Kandy)
Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy served as Director of ICES for 22 years from 1984 to 2006.She was the first UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women (1994-2003) and subsequently served as the UN Under-Secretary General and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict (2006-2012). Her career includes appointments as Chairperson of the Sri Lankan Human Rights Commission (2003-2006) and Global Professor at the Faculty of Law, New York University.
Ms. Coomaraswmy has a B.A. from Yale University, a J.D. from Columbia University, and an LL.M from Harvard University. In 2005, the title Deshamanya was conferred upon her by President Chandrika Kumaranatunge. She was also awarded the International Law Award of the International Bar Association. Ms. Coomaraswamy has received Honorary Degrees from Amherst College, University for Edinburg, University of Essex, University of Ulster and the University of Leuvan.
Danesh Jayatilaka is a final year PhD student in Economics. His thesis looks at the impact of aid on the post-war economic recovery of resettled internally displaced persons (IDPs). He is currently a Research Fellow in a longitudinal study looking at economic growth opportunities for women in the north (GROW) and is also a Co-Investigator in a cross-country project (Sri Lanka and India) looking at the impacts of poverty, inequality, and violence in development induced displacement (DID) and conflict induced displacement (CID) situations, both the projects funded by the IDRC and DfID. He was previously with the United Nations and with a number of (I)NGOs and has several international research publications on internal displacement.
Nireka Weeratunge is Principal Investigator on the Migration and collectives/networks as pathways out of poverty? Gendered vulnerabilities and capabilities amongst poor fishing communities in Asia project. She has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Toronto, Canada and over 20 years of experience in research and development practice in the interface of gender, environment and development issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Her main areas of research are the social and cultural aspects of natural resource use, and micro/small enterprise, focusing on livelihood strategies related to poverty, vulnerability, resilience and wellbeing of rural households in fishing and farming communities. She has worked in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Solomon Islands, Philippines and Vietnam.
Ranmini Vithanagamaholds a B.A in Economics and a Masters in Economics from University of Colombo, and is currently reading for her PhD in Economics at University of Colombo. She is currently a consultant researcher in a longitudinal study looking at economic growth opportunities for women in the north (GRoW). Her other research interests include internal displacement and disability.
Nirmi Vitarana has a bachelors degree and a post graduate diploma in Development Studies from University of Colombo. She was a recipient of the Joint Japan/ World Bank Graduate scholarship and holds a Masters in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Development at Brandeis University Joint Japan/World Bank Scholarship. Nirmi holds more than eight years of experience as a development practitioner and has worked in the sectors of governance, community driven development, livelihoods and gender and disability inclusive development. Her research interest includes disability, human rights, gender and multi dimensional poverty and is currently a researcher on a project titled Building Peace and Governance through Participation of Women with Disabilities in Sri Lanka.
Annemari de Silva has a research interest in the nexus between cultural production, society and politics. She was a Chevening Scholar to the School of Oriental and African Studies where she read for an M.A. in South Asian Area Studies, with a focus on the politics of culture in South Asia. She serves on the advisory panels for Intangible Cultural Heritage and Research & Publications of the National Arts Council. She is a lecturer in Literature and her academic publications include studies on literary history, postcoloniality, and nationalism. She writes commentaries on popular culture for print and digital media.
Senior Programme Coordinator
Kasun Pathiraja is coordinating the programme ‘Building Resilient Communities’ at ICES. He has researched and co-authored a study on post war reconciliation and people’s perceptions, titled ‘Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Voices From Former War Zones’. Kasun followed a MSc postgraduate degree in Environmental Economics at PGIA, University of Peradeniya and holds a BA in Economics and Statistics from University of Peradeniya. He has completed a semester study in Peace and Conflict Studies at Oslo University College. He has also completed a Diploma in Conflict Resolution offered by Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Kasun has over 5 years of work experience in Research, Humanitarian and Development sectors and has presented research papers at international conferences. His areas of interest are Peace and Conflict related issues, Development, Environmental Studies, Global Terrorism and Human rights.
Mohamed Faslan is a programme officer for the project ‘Building Resilient Communities’. He is currently completing his M.A in Political Science at the University of Colombo. He has a BA (Hons) Degree in Political Science, University of Colombo. He has completed a course on peace and conflict studies conducted by Oslo and Akershus College of Applied Sciences in Pondicherry, India. He has been a visiting lecturer in political science at University of Colombo since 2009. He has almost five years experience in the field of peace work, human rights gender and media.
Nadine Vanniasinkam is a programme officer for the project ‘Building Resilient Communities.’ She has a MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Melbourne, a BA (Hons) degree in English Literature (University of Colombo) and a LLB. She previously worked as an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of English, University of Colombo. She is interested in gender and minority identity politics and language policy.
Dinushka Jayawickreme is a Programme Officer for the project ‘Building Resilient Communities’. She has a BA (Hons) from the University of Colombo and also holds an ATCL diploma (Singing) from Trinity College London. Prior to joining ICES she worked in the relief and development sector, primarily focusing on interventions in the North and East of Sri Lanka. Her interests lie in peace and conflict related issues as well as gender identity politics. In addition to her work in the Humanitarian and Development sector, Dinushka is also an accomplished singer and is a founder member of the renowned female ensemble Soul Sounds
Mr. Ponnudurai Thambirajah – Chief Librarian (Colombo)
Mr. Dimuth Geethananda – Assistant Librarian/IT (Colombo)
Ms. Lakmali Priyadarshani Alwis – Assistant Librarian (Colombo)
Mr. B. M. Mowsil – Personal Assistant to Executive Director (Colombo)
Ms. G.A. Shyamalee – Finance Officer (Colombo)
Ms. Bhagya Wijesooriya – Finance Officer (Colombo)
Mr W.H.M.D. Bandara – Administrative/Accounts Executive (Kandy)
Ms. Iranga Silva – Publications Officer/Managing Editor, IJESS (Kandy)
Mr. Vasantha Premaratne – Programme Coordinator/IT (Kandy)
Ms. Saleeka Peiris – Secretary/Receptionist (Colombo)
Mr. Anthony Christopher – Receptionist (Colombo)
Mr. Rangasmi Arumugam – Office Assistant (Colombo)
Mr. K. Ravindran – Office Assistant (Colombo)
Ms. Vasantha Jayawathie – Office Orderly (Colombo)