Priyanthi Fernando, MA (Leicester)
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
Nilakshi De Silva, MPA (Princeton)
Senior Research Professional, Poverty Impact Monitoring Programme
Nilakshi has a Masters degree in Policy Analysis from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. She has more than 15 years of experience in the development sector, working for the government, multilateral agencies and non-governmental organisations. In the past 10 years her research has focused on inclusive development, multidimensional poverty and M&E of development.
Areas of interest: Development Theory, Monitoring and Impact Evaluation, Research Methodology
Vagisha Gunasekera, PhD (Purdue)
Senior Research Professional, Poverty Impact Monitoring Programme, Themate lead - Post-conflict Development.
Vagisha received her PhD in political science from Purdue University, USA. She is interested in the political economy of post-war development; the politics and governance of inclusive economic growth; and applied political economy analysis tools. She has more than 8 years of research experience on post-war reconstruction, women and citizenship, and comparative social policy. In the past 10 years, she has also worked on programme designing, project implementation, policy development and independent consultancies on issues of reproductive rights of women, men, and youth, and women's economic and legal empowerment, with non-governmental organizations and multilateral agencies. At the Center for Poverty Analysis, she spearheads the Reimagining Development initiative and the post-war thematic.
Areas of interests: Political Economy of State Society Relations