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Junior Research Professionals

Ashra Wickramathilaka, BSC (Moratuwa)
Junior Research Professional

Ashra has a Bachelor’s Degree in Town and Country Planning from the University of Moratuwa. She has previously worked as an interned at the International Water Management Institute-Headquarters based in Sri Lanka. Her research at CEPA falls under the Infrastructure and poverty thematic.

Areas of interest: Urban Planning / Environmental Ssustainability / Infrastructure and Natural Resource Management

Anusha Sivalingam, BA (University of Colombo)
Junior Research Professional

Anusha has a degree in Mass Media (special) from the University of Colombo. She has previously interned at the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation. She has experience working in the Tamil and Sinhala media (print electronic and new media) as a journalist and web editor. She has translated two books for publication. At CEPA, she works in the areas of Tamil media coordination and research.
Areas of interest: Communication.

Isuru Sampath Thennakoon, BA Econ (University of Colombo)
Junior Research Professional

Isuru has a Bachelor's Degree in economics, economic policy and management from the University of Colombo. He also holds a diploma in counseling physiology and has worked as a counselor. Isuru is a poet and has currently published three books of poetry. He has previously worked with non-profit organisations as a project coordinator and a research assistant. At CEPA, Isuru works with the Facets of Poverty research thematic and the Communications Team.
Areas of interest: poverty, rural economic transformation and development, economic policy making, Sinhala literature and environmental economics.