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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

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.

Eranga Amunugama, BSc (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Head of Operations and Resource Mobilisation

Eranga received his Bachelor's Degree in Business from the Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, specialising in Marketing. He has over nine years of experience in the private sector and in development agencies, such as CARE International. He has been involved in programme design, resource mobilisation and private sector partnerships. At CEPA, Eranga heads the strategising of Operations & Resource Mobilisation which involves programme development initiatives and partnerships.



Gayathri Manori (ACA)
Head of Finance

Manori is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. Since beginning her career at KPMG, she has gained seven years of experience in taxation and auditing. Prior to joining CEPA in January 2013, she served as the Accountant at The Colombo Pharmacy Co. PLC, for two years, gaining commercial experience in the pharmaceutical and real estate sectors. At CEPA, she is responsible for the preparation and presentation of financial statements, in compliance with Sri Lanka Financial Reports Standards relevant for small and medium enterprises, handles taxation of the company, liaises with auditors and provides other financial information.

Gayathri Lokuge, PhD (Wageningen)
Senior Research Professional

Gayathri obtained her PhD from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands, studying how intersectional social identities shape livelihoods in post-war contexts. Gayathri read for her Bachelor’s Degree in Arts at the University of Kelaniya. She has twelve years of research experience and experience as a trainer/facilitator on qualitative research methods. Her methodological orientation is qualitative and includes ethnography. At CEPA, Gayathri leads the post-war development and migration thematic research areas. Areas of interest:  conflict, post-war development and livelihoods including small and medium enterprises and value chain analysis.