Manisha is an Attorney-at-Law practicing in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, with a focus on Human Rights Law. She obtained an LL.B. at the London School of Economics and a Master’s in Human Rights and Democratization at the University of Colombo. She has worked in several Chambers, Law Firms and think-tanks in Sri Lanka and the UK. Manisha previously worked on the transitional justice and reconciliation process for the Government of Sri Lanka, and has also been invited to speak at various forums, including the Law Faculty and Medical Faculty of the University of Colombo and Harvard University.
Shruthi De Visser is a Research Consultant specializing in gender and peacebuilding and is presently the Country Coordinator for Everyday Peace Indicators. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Political Science and Government at Gordon College and her Master’s in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Colombo. She has previously worked as a researcher and consultant for the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms (Government of Sri Lanka), Women and Media Collective and the South Asian Center for Legal Studies.
Natasha holds a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from Northumbria university, (UK) and is the creative brain behind self-titled studio ‘The Nutty Designer’. She has worked as Creative Group Head at an integrated advertising agency that championed cause marketing, and has been involved in change making projects such as helping local social enterprise Selyn build their unique brand identity, spearheading the agency creative team for the Southbank Women of the World Festival in Sri Lanka, designing creative material that further pushed the sustainability initiative by Keells supermarkets.
Amnah is an Economics and Languages undergrad at the University of Queensland. She is presently the management lead at Arka and implements and oversees Arka’s projects. She holds professional experience in finance, management and marketing.
Jithen De Silva is an Attorney-at-Law. He holds an LL.B. from the University of London. He has previously worked at the Attorney General’s Department and has interned at John Keells Holdings, Varners and other Chambers in Sri Lanka.
Umaya is an Associate of the Actuaries Institute of Australia. She holds a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of London and a Masters degree in Actuarial Science from Monash University, Australia.
She has worked in the Sri Lankan Life Insurance Industry and is currently engaged in several independent projects
Dr. Niroshi Puvanendran is a Medical Officer in a Divisional Hospital in the Northern Province. She obtained her MBBS degree from Gen. Sir Kotelawela Defence University. She completed rotations in Paediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynaecology during her internship and also worked as a Medical Officer in Public Health and Quality Management.
Dr. Mihitha Basnayake is a medical graduate from Sichuan University, China. He is presently reading for a masters degree in Public Health Management (MPH) – Sexual and Reproductive Health at James Lind Institute, Switzerland. He is also the co-founder of safe circles, committed in developing SRHR content for various age groups that will be accessible online for free.
Darshana holds a Bachelors degree in Finance, Accounting and Management and has prior experience working as an analyst at a financial research and analytics company. Pursuing his interest to focus on the hospitality industry, he currently works for the rates and distribution team for a global hotel chain.
Dr. Hettipathirana is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital Malabe. He previously was the Resident Obstetrician at Mahamodara hospital, Galle and a VOG at the District General Hospital, Matale. He was also a Senior Lecturer at the SAITM Medical Faculty.
Dr. Jayasinghe is a Professional Counselling Psycologist, Psychotherapist, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Certified Life Coach, educator and trainer. He is the founder / Director of IMH, Sri Lanka. He is also a senate member and the International Academic Dean and the Director of Behavioral Sciences, Sri Lanka at The Open International University for Complimentary Medicines (OIUCM) affiliated to Medicina Alternative. He has been appointed as an expert and an advisor to the United Nations University for Global Peace (UNUGP) in USA.
Dr. Eshani Wijesinghe works as a Senior House Officer, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, District General Hospital, Kalutara. She is a graduate from Tianjin Medical University, P.R. China
Manjaree holds a BA. in economics from the University of Durham. She also has a MSc. in Management and Human Resources from the London School of Economics and is a member of the CIPD. Manjaree has worked for global giant Willis Towers-Watson in their London Office, before moving back to Sri Lanka to become an entrepreneur. She is the current CEO of Blue Diamonds Jewellery and has her own consulting and corporate training business, MGB Business Solutions, where she works with small-scale female entrepreneurs and corporates.
We are currently in partnership with notable entities and brands both in Sri Lanka and overseas.
We’ve had the privilege of partnering with diverse entities to advance our goals of reaching underserved communities
Selyn and Arka are in partnership in providing both awareness and reusable sanitary napkins across Sri Lanka.
Arka was the recipient of a grant from The Pad Project and This is L., in order to purchase Adithi’s sanitary pad machine. The Pad Project is the 2019 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Short, “Period. End of Sentence.,” and its mission is to create and cultivate local and global partnerships to end period stigma and to empower women and all menstruators worldwide.
This is L. is a B. Corp certified period care brand making products free from synthetic pesticides, dyes, and fragrances. For every purchase of L., one period care product is made accessible to someone around the world who needs it.
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