Prof. Asanga Tilakaratne, Founder Chairman of Damrivi Foundation, is presently the Professor of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree (Hons.) in Buddhist Philosophy with a First Class Pass, from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. 1982. Having won a prestigious Fellowship awarded by East West Center, Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA for outstanding graduate students from Asia and Pacific in 1984, he pursued his M.A. in Western Philosophy and Ph. D in Comparative Philosophy at University of Hawai'i, Manoa, USA. He is also a recipient of Commonwealth Fellowship where he carried out his academic work at Oxford University and Visiting Scholar at Wolfsan College: October 1999- September 2000. He is internationally recognized, acknowledged Buddhist scholar with an outstanding research career.
He is presently the Consultant Psychiatrist, District General Hospital, Gampaha, Sri Lanka. He obtained his medical degree (MBBS) from Medical Faculty, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1991.He completed his post graduate studies in Psychiatry, (Diploma in Psychiatry in 2003 and MD Psychiatry in 2006)and had overseas training in Melbourne, Australia from 2007 to 2009. He Board Certified as a Consultant Psychiatrist in 2008.
He is interested in Community Psychiatry and to work with children to bring them up in dhamma way. He was awarded for his excellent work on children in Kegalle District, by Probation Office in 2010.
He was appointed as a committee member of Child Protection Authority in 2015 and he is the Assistant Treasurer for Collage of Psychiatrists in Sri Lanka at present.He is the President of Damrivi Counsellors Association since 2011 up to now.
RWP,USP Mphil, Ph D Retd. Chief of Staff of Sri lanka Navy, Ex-Director General of Civil Defence Force.
He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka with a MBA from the University Of Swinburne, Victoria, Australia. He currently functions as the Group Chief Financial Officer/Director of the E.B. Creasy Group. Amongst other senior positions, he has functioned as Managing Director/ CEO of Mercantile Leasing Ltd. and its subsidiaries, Group Finance Director of United Tractor & Equipment Ltd., Chief Financial Officer, Sri Lanka Telecom Ltd. and Director SLT Hong Kong Ltd. He has served as a Member of several Committees of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and was an ex-officio of the International Leasing Association Lanka.
MA. Director, Ventura Buddhist Studies Center California, USA
MBBS, MSc. Provincial Director of Health Service North Central province, Sri Lanka
She is a former Regional Advisor for UNICEF South Asia on Monitoring and Evaluation.. She has contributed to the field of evaluation as a founder member and two times past president of the Sri Lanka Evaluation Association, a past president of the International Organisation for Collaboration in Evaluation (IOCE) and founder co-chair of EvalPartners, which is a Global movement started in 2013 for promoting program evaluation in achieving development results. Prior to moving into the development field, she was a deputy director of the Department of Census and Statistics where she carried primary responsibility for the population census and demographic surveys of the Government of Sri Lanka. She obtained a BSc degree from University of Colombo and a Masters degree in sociology from Georgtown University USA. Having recently earned an MSc degree from Coventry University, UK. and a PhD in Buddhist studies from the university of Kelaniya, she is pursuing research on integrating Buddhist teachings and modern psychology.
She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (U,K) and holds an MBA from the University of Warwick in UK. She is currently engaged in the working for several Charitable Institutions, in a voluntary capacity. She is the current President of the Dental Care International (Sri Lanka Branch), a foreign NGO operating in Bokkawala, Kandy. She has held the position of Head of Audit at an International Bank for nearly 15 years. Besides, she has worked at a Company by Guarantee overlooking social welfare work in the estate sector, as an Accountant and Administration Manager for a couple of years.
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