Priyanthi Fernando, MA (Leicester)
Executive Director
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Priyanthi has a Masters Degree in Mass Communications from the University of Leicester (Distance Learning). She is a social development professional who has worked in the development sector for over 30 years, in the areas of technology, infrastructure and poverty.  She has strong gender analytical skills, and has specialized in development communication. 

She has worked in Sri Lanka and overseas, led a specialist global network, managed the Sri Lankan arm of an international NGO, and worked with a grassroots women’s organisation.  She has also been an international consultant with considerable experience in evaluating and designing networks, institutions and programmes. 

As the Executive Director of CEPA she is responsible for the overall functioning of the organization, providing direction for research and research communication and facilitating the management of resources.  

Areas of interest: Inclusive Development, Institutional Change, Gender, Networking and Communication

Kishani Cader, ACMA
Head of Finance and Administration

Kishani is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA). She has over 20 years experience in all fields of financial management, research and consultancies. She is responsible for the overall management of finance and administration.

Karin Fernando, MA (Brandeis)
Team Leader, Poverty Impact Monitoring Programme

Karin has an MA in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University, USA. She has nine years experience working in development project implementation and environmental management with NGOs and multilateral agencies and monitoring impacts of development projects. As Team Leader of the Poverty Impact Monitoring Programme, she is responsible for developing the PIM programme, its outreach and advisory services.

Areas of interest: Sustainable Development, Environmental and Natural Resource Management

Kulasabanathan Romeshun, MA (Colombo)
Team Leader, Poverty Assessment and Measurement Programme

Romeshun has worked in the development field for the past fifteen years in government and funding organizations. He has a Masters in Financial Economics from the University of Colombo. As Team Leader for the Poverty Assessment and Measurement Programme he is responsible for developing the team's work on understanding poverty, developing poverty measures and applied research of CEPA.

Areas of interest: Development Economics and Infrastructure Development

Udan Fernando, PhD (Amsterdam)
Team Leader, Communications and Policy Programme

Over the past 20 years, Udan has held leadership positions in Sri Lankan development organizations, functioned as a freelance consultant in Sri Lanka and abroad and held a senior staff position in a research & consultancy organisation in the Netherlands with work experience in Europe, East & West Africa and South East Asia. Udan has had academic and professional training in management, law, labour studies and international development cooperation. He has taught in universities in Sri Lanka and the Netherlands as a visiting academic.

Areas of interest: Aid Policy, Development Cooperation, Communication for Social Change/Development, Strategic Planning and Organisation Development

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