Our Team

Executive Director

Shyamala Gomez is a human rights lawyer by training and has over twenty five years experience as an academic, researcher and activist. She has an LLB from the University of Colombo and a Masters in Law from Georgetown University, Washington DC. She has published in the areas of violence against women, masculinities, sexual violence in conflict, migrant workers rights, women’s land rights, reproductive rights and on women, peace and security.

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Finance Manager

Uthpala Madurasinghe is a passed finalist of CIMA and holds 20 years of experience in the finance sector out of which 13 years are work experience in the INGO and NGO sector.

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Projects Manager

Letchumanan Kamaleswary holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Peradeniya and a Masters in Development Studies from the University of Colombo. Kamaleswary has over 10 years of experience working on women’s rights.

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Office Assistant

Finance Assistant

Irosha Karunanayaka is partly qualified in AAT and carries 8 years of government and private sector experience in the Finance field.

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Junior Project Officer

Sangeetha Kopalapillai holds a LL .B (Hons) in Law from University of Wolverhampton, UK. She has 3 years of experience in the development sector

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Project Officer

Shani Asokan holds a Masters of Arts (MA) in Human Rights from the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP) of Mahidol University and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from University of London. She has a background in law and journalism, and has conducted research on women in conflict, ambivalent empowerment, and narrative voice in post-conflict literature.

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Project Officer

Suhanya Joseph de Saram holds a BA in Social Sciences majoring in policy and governance from Sciences Po Paris, and has 2 years of experience in the development sector. She is passionate about social development policy and youth capacity building.

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Project Officer

Ashmidha Pathmanathan has an M.Sc. in Clinical and Counselling Psychology from the University of Northampton, and has 2 years of work experience in the development sector. She is an advocate for mental health & psychosocial development, and is passionate about working for the rights of marginalized groups in Sri Lanka.

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Communications Officer

Prabodha has a Communication Arts Degree in Art History from Pasadena City College, USA. She has about five years of experience working in the brand management, digital marketing and communications field. She is passionate about gender equality, animal rights and environmental sustainability.

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Project Officer

Kamini Rathnayake holds a Bachelor of Law (LLB) with Honours from Liverpool John Moores University, UK and is currently reading for her Postgraduate Diploma (leading to Masters) in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. With her background in law, international relations and gender studies, Kamini is interested in the fields of sexual and reproductive health, rights & education of young adults & children and civil & political rights of women & youth.

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Project Officer

Rajima holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychosocial Support and a BA special degree in Sociology from the University of Colombo. She has five years of experience in the development sector, and is very passionate about gender and community development and advocating for human rights.

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Junior Project Officer

Azra Kamil holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations (Hons) from the University of Colombo and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of London. She has over three years of experience in working closely with the disabled community in Kandy, Central Province, and is passionate about continuing her research in geopolitics, Middle Eastern studies, and strategic studies.

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Field Officer

Nilmini Vijitha is pursuing a Diploma course in social work and has 17 years of local experience in the social, economic, political and educational empowerment of marginalized grassroots groups such as children, youth, adults and women. She is passionate about empowering marginalized individuals, family units, groups and communities in Sri Lanka.

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Field Officer

Banuja Rujanth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Peradeniya. She has a Diploma in Social Work, Diploma in Women Empowerment and Political Empowerment from the National Institute of Social Development, and a Diploma in media (television, radio newscaster and program presenters in Tamil language) Banuja has over ten years of experience in the Development Sector, specifically working on rights of women and women empowerment.

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Community Facilitator

Sanduni Wasana holds a BA special degree in Sociology from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. She has over three years of experience in the field of research.

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Community Facilitator

Anoja Udayangani holds a BA special degree in Sociology from the University of Rajarata. She has over a year of experience working in the field of research.

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Community Facilitator

Janani Sureshkumar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the National Institute of Social Development. She has three years of experience working in social work, specifically in the disability field. She strongly believes that “acceptance” is the basic tool for creating a diverse society.

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Community Facilitator

Narththana Sathiyamoorthy has a Diploma in food business and marketing from Wayamba University, a Diploma in food and technology from SLGTI, a certificate in human resources from South Eastern University, political and leadership studies from the Centenary Movement, and a Diploma in project management and coordination from Uki Coding School. She has about four years of experience working in social work and with NGOs.

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Community Facilitator

Udara has about three years of experience working in the development sector, primarily involved in fostering positive parent-child interactions that promote healthy habits. As a Community Facilitator at CEJ, she aspires to facilitate and empower the community she is working with.

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Community Facilitator

Niluka Madhushani holds a BA special degree in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Colombo and a Diploma in Counselling from the National Institute of Social Development. She has over six months experience working as a computer assistant at the Rajarata University and has also worked at the Human Rights Commission.

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Community Facilitator

Thurkkadevi has a Diploma in Child Protection from the National Institute of Social Development, and she has 15 years of experience working with women and children.

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Community Facilitator

Vendakumar Jeevasharmila has 18 years of experience in social work as a counselor in non-profit organizations, and she worked as a trainer for persons with disabilities and youth groups on the topics of leadership, human rights, and fundamental freedom. She has experience in the improvement of women’s economic status, development, and leadership. Jeevasharmila is very interested in raising awareness among conflict-affected women on developing intellectual thinking and fostering critical thinking.

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Child Sponsorship Officer

Madhushani Jayasinghe is pursuing a Business Administration degree at Rajarata University and holds an Advanced Certificate in Child Care and Rights from the University of Colombo. She has about ten years of experience working with non-government organisations, focusing on child development and well-being. Madhushani is passionate about making a difference in the lives of underprivileged children, ensuring their access to education, healthcare, and a bright future.

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Child Sponsorship Officer

With 25 years of expertise in the development field, Selvakumary Kaneshamoorthy has worked closely with women, youth, and children. Most significantly, her goal is to ensure that every child in society grows up in a peaceful environment. She has worked with youth on issues of reconciliation, the peacebuilding process, and women’s economic empowerment.

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Project Consultants

Communications Consultant

Sahani Chandraratna has a BA in Sociology from The George Washington University, a MSC in Social Work from Columbia University in the City of New York, and a MPH from Columbia University in the City of New York. She has over eight years of experience working with the development sector in communication, research, and program management. She is interested in knowledge translation and the social determinants of health.

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Administration Consultant

Shiromi is a partly qualified Accountant (completed Final 1 level of ICASL). She has 28 years of experience in Administration and Accounts in NGOs, manufacturing, construction and restaurant fields.

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