With effect from 5 May 2014, IUCN Sri Lanka Country office will be lead by Dr Ananda Mallawatantri who assumed duty as its new Country Representative.
Dr Mallawatantri holds a Bachelors of Science Special degree in Chemistry from University of Colombo, and a Doctorate in Soil Physics as well as a Master of Science in Environmental Science from Washington State University, Pullman, USA. He has also completed a Diploma in Business Administration from University of Colombo and is a Qualified Environment Professional (QEP) and a Chartered Chemist. He is a Sri Lankan National who has more than 30 years of experience in Project Management, Research, Consulting, Industrial Processes and University Teaching. Before joining IUCN, Dr Mallawatantri served as the Assistant Country Director and Team Leader for Environment Sustainability and Disaster Resilience at the UNDP Sri Lanka Office. He has served in various leadership positions in his career, including as the Senior Advisor (Energy and Environment) at USAID and as Country Director for US-Asia Environmental Partnership.