The newly appointed Director General Mrs. Chamindry Saparamadu assumed duties on 2nd November 2020 at a brief ceremony at the Sustainable Development Council office premises. The Maha Sanga, family members and the Officers of Sustainable Development Council were present at the ceremony.
Mrs. Saparamadu was appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers in terms of Section 15 of the Sustainable Development Act No.19 of 2017, on the recommendation of Finance Minister Hon.Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse.
Mrs. Saparamadu is a lawyer and a well experienced professional in the development sector with over 15 years of work experience in management, programme development and in providing research and policy advisory services to a multitude of international and local organizations on governance and sustainable development issues.
She counts over 10 years of experience with the United Nations System and most recently served as a Technical Advisor to UNDP Sri Lanka on Right to Information, and as the Head of the UN Resident Coordinators Office in Sri Lanka. She has also served on a number of government and parliamentary advisory committees including the Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Relations, the Panel of Experts to the Constitutional Assembly of Sri Lanka, the Governing Council of the Youth Corps in Sri Lanka and as a Legal Consultant to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reforms. She currently serves on the Panel of Lecturers of the Oxford College of Business for the MSc Programme in Sustainable Management offered by the University of Bedfordshire, UK.
Mrs. Saparamadu has a multidisciplinary education background and she is currently following Doctoral Studies in Development Studies at the Faculty of Graduate Studies of the University of Colombo. She holds a Master’s Degree (MA) in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, a Master of Laws (LLM) Degree in International Trade Law from the University of Wales, Post- Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution from the University of Fribourg, a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Colombo and a Bachelor of Arts (BA)(Hons) Degree in Economics from the University of Delhi.
Mrs. Saparamadu is also an alumna of the International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) of the United States Department of State.