Mario Gomez has a doctorate in law and over 30 years of experience in academia, human rights, and conflict transformation. He was previously a Lecturer at the University of Colombo, where he taught public law and legal theory. He was a member of the Law Commission of Sri Lanka for ten years and Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government.
Recent and forthcoming publicationsincludeAdvancing Economic and Social Rights through National Human Rights Institutions, Prosecuting Religious Violence in Sri Lanka, The Right to Information and Transformative Development Outcomes, The Courts Respond to Executive Tyranny in Sri Lanka, The Politics of Dealing with the Past in Deeply Divided Sri Lanka,Constitutionalizing Economic and Social Rights in Sri Lanka (Co-author),Keeping Rights Alive: Reform and Reconciliation in Post-War Sri Lanka, The Death Penalty in Sri Lanka: Hanging by a Thread, Constitutional Change and Institutional Resilience in Sri Lanka, Cutting a New Edge: Mixing Writs with Rights in Sri Lanka, and Institutional Resilience and Political Transitions in Sri Lanka and Beyond(Co-author).
Associate Director – Finance and Administration
Chalani Lokugamage (Kandy)
Radhika Coomaraswamy received her BA from Yale University, LLM from Harvard University and the Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Columbia University. Current member of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, she served as UN Under Secretary General and as Special Representative of Secretary General on Children and Armed Conflict from 2006 until 2012. Earlier, from 1994 to 2003, she was UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women,. In Sri Lanka, Dr. Coomaraswamy was Chairperson of Human Rights Commission from 2003 to 2006 and was a Director of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies from 1984 to 2006. She was, until September 2018, a civil society member of the Constitutional Council. Dr. Coomaraswamy is a Global Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law.
Hasini Haputhanthri is a development professional and arts manager in Sri Lanka.She’s involved in a global network of researchers and practitioners on historical dialogue and reconciliation. Initially trained as a sociologist at Delhi University India and Lund University Sweden, she recently specialized in Oral History and Museum Anthropology at Columbia University New York.
Finishing her 10 year stint with Deutsche Gesellschaft fr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Hasini now works as an independent consultant and researcher. Among her current assignments are Archive of Memory: reflections on 70 years of independence in Sri Lanka – an oral history project, and a baseline survey of 25 museums, with its publication forthcoming as Museums, Memory and Identity Politics in Sri Lanka.
Nireka Weeratungeleads the qualitative component of the research projects on Social-ecological Dynamics in Rapid Economic Development: Infrastructure and Coastal Change in Southeastern Sri Lanka (SEDRIC), as well as Land Ownership and Womens Empowerment in Sri Lanka. She was the Principal Investigator on the Migration and collectives/networks as pathways out of poverty? Gendered vulnerabilities and capabilities amongst poor fishing communities in Asia project from 2016-2019. She has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Toronto, Canada with over 25 years of research and practice in the interface of gender, environment and development issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Her main areas of work are the social and cultural aspects of natural resource use, focusing on livelihood strategies in relation to poverty, vulnerability, resilience and wellbeing in fishing and farming communities. She is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR), a global research project on ocean sustainability. She has worked in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Solomon Islands, Philippines and Vietnam.
Danesh Jayatilaka is a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) and a doctoral candidate in economics. He coordinated the ‘Post-war growth and economic opportunities for women’ GROW programme and was Co-Investigator in ‘Involuntary Resettlement: A Cross Country Study on Urban Inequality and Poverty’, both studies funded by the IDRC and DFID. Recent publications include ‘Urban Community Profiles: Safe Relocation and Resettlement in Post-War Sri Lanka’ – Routledge (2018), ‘The right to adequate housing in post-conflict Colombo, Sri Lanka’ – Palgrave (2017), ‘Conflict, displacement and post-war recovery: A community profile of Passaiyoor East in Jaffna, Sri Lanka’ – ICES (2015), ‘The other side of migration and development nexus: The Sri Lankan experience in trafficking’ – Routledge (2015), ‘Planned relocations in the context of natural disasters: The case of Sri Lanka’ – Brookings Institution (2015), ‘The Impact of Displacement on Dowries in Sri Lanka’ – Brookings Institution (2015). Danesh has collaborated with various research institutions and is a former UN staff officer.
Kamalika Jayathilakahas a doctorate in Sociology/Tourism Studies from the
University of Leeds (UK). As a former travel writer, her main areas of interest span the
cultural significance of tourism and the way populations, nations and subcultures are
represented through tourism and associated projective fields. Through her research
work, Kamalika has critically explored the interplay between external influences in travel
writing and the subjectivity of writers, with a particular focus on the ways English
language and social class shape the worldmaking agency of travel writers in Sri Lanka.
Her most recent publications includeTwenty first-century tourism representations of Sri
Lanka: exploring the worldmaking role and implications of local tourism writers(2020)
andThe Worldmaking Agency of the Sri Lankan Travel Blogger(2020).
Visiting Research Fellow
Lia Kent has a PhD from the University of Melbourne and isa Fellow in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University. Herresearch critically engages with the long-term dynamics of peacebuilding, transitional justice, memory politics and reconciliation, with a particulargeographic focus on Timor-Leste and Aceh.She is the author ofThe Dynamics of Transitional Justice: International Models and Local Realities in East Timor(Routledge 2012) and a co-editor ofHybridity in Peacebuilding and Development(Routledge 2019). She is currently working on a new monograph, tentatively entitledThe Work of Memory. As a visiting fellow at ICES in Sri Lanka, Lia will draw on her experiences working on Timor-Leste, Aceh and other post-conflict societies in examining the Sri Lankan experience of peacebuilding.
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.
Nadine Vanniasinkamis currently involved in research related to inter-religious relations and conflict, the agency of women with disabilities in participating in the reconciliation process and gendered dimensions of poverty and migration in fishing communities in Sri Lanka. Her research interests lie in gender, nationalism and minority identity politics. She has a MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Melbourne, a BA (Hons) in English Literature (University of Colombo) and a LLB from the University of London.
Viyanga Gunasekera is currently involved in projects studying barriers to women’s representation in politics funded by Development Leadership Program (DLP), Land Ownership and Women’s Empowerment under Gender, Justice and Security Hub of the London School of Economics, SEDRIC project under the Embassy of France, and so on. She was previously involved in studies that explored the psychosocial wellbeing of ex-combatants and pluralistic memories of post-war Sri Lanka. Viyanga is reading for a MPhil in Psychology at the University of Peradeniya. Her research interests include vulnerable groups of people, reconciliation, memory, and gender.
Malshani Delgahapitya previously worked with the Stages Theatre Group, the Lionel Wendt Centre for the Arts and the Chitrasena Vajira Dance Foundation. Her work has focused on supporting organisations in project management, communications management, and archiving. She has been involved in theatre since her childhood in a variety of capacities ranging from being an actor to a set designer to a producer. Her exposure to theatre led her to start working at international development agencies and corporate creative agencies that support the arts in Sri Lanka.
B. M. Mowsil – Personal Assistant to Executive Director (Colombo)
G.A. Shyamalee – Finance Officer (Colombo)
Bhagya Wijesooriya – Finance Officer (Colombo)
W.H.M.D. Bandara – Administrative/Accounts Executive (Kandy)
Iranga Silva – Librarian/Publications Officer(Kandy)
Vasantha Premaratne – Programme Coordinator/IT (Kandy)
Saleeka Peiris – Secretary/Receptionist (Kandy)
Anthony Christopher – Receptionist (Colombo)
Rangasmi Arumugam – Office Assistant (Colombo)
K. Ravindran – Office Assistant (Colombo)
Vasantha Jayawathie – Office Orderly (Kandy)