Udan Fernando, PhD (Amsterdam)

Executive Director

Over the past 20 years, Udan has held leadership positions in Sri Lankan development organisations and was a senior staff member in a research and consultancy organisation in the Netherlands, working in Europe, East and West Africa and Southeast Asia. Also, he has functioned as a freelance consultant in Sri Lanka and abroad. He 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 Organisational Development

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 consultancy.

At CEPA, she is responsible for the overall management of finance and administration.

Karin Fernando, MA (Brandeis)

Senior Research Professional

Karin has a Master's in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University, USA. She has over 15 years’ experience implementing development and environmental management projects with NGOs and multilateral agencies, as well as monitoring and evaluation experience.

At CEPA, she is responsible for managing the Research and Policy programme on the Environment and Infrastructure thematic. 

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

Kulasabanathan Romeshun, MA (Colombo)

Senior Research Professional

Romeshun has worked in the development field for the past twenty years in government and funding organisations. He has a Master’s in Financial Economics from the University of Colombo.

As Team Leader for the Facets of Poverty programme, Romesh and his team are responsible for collating messages on poverty, inequality and prosperity, drawing from CEPA's research and advisory activities. Additionally, the Facets of Poverty Team works on poverty measurement and is starting to look at the impact of macro factors on poverty.

Vagisha Gunasekera, PhD (Purdue)   

Senior Research Professional

Vagisha received her PhD in Political Science from Purdue University, USA. She is interested in understanding the effects of economic development interventions on people in conflict-affected contexts. In her recent work, she has adopted a political economy approach to understand household indebtedness, precarious labour and livelihoods in post-war contexts. She has more than eight years' research experience on post-war reconstruction, women and citizenship and comparative social policy. Vagisha is the Thematic Lead for Post-War Development. 

Areas of interest: Livelihoods, Informal Labour, Tourism

Roshni Alles, BA (Peradeniya)

Senior Research Professional

Roshni studied English Literature and Sociology for her degree at the University of Peradeniya. She has over twelve years of experience in publishing and service oriented organisations in Sri Lanka and Singapore. As the Team Leader of the Communications Programme, she is responsible for programme development, CEPA's communication strategy and management of activities relating to the dissemination of research and information.

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