Our Team

Adjunct Scientists


Ashara Nijamdeen ::Science Writer / Junior Research Scientist


Ashara Nijamdeen works as Science Writer / Junior Research Scientist at FECT. She has completed requirements for the Bachelor of Industrial studies-Agriculture at The Open university of Sri Lanka. She has also followed the Advanced Certificate course in Human Resource Management and Services at NIBM.

Jonathan Frank :: Science Writer

Jonathan Frank

Jonathan Frank received his Associates degree from Broward Community College, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (United States) liaison with American College of Higher Education, Kandy (Sri Lanka), before studying abroad in Truman State University, Missouri (United States) for a year. His areas of interests include: literature, creative writing, social commentary, philosophy and visual arts.

Tuan E. Hadgie :: Administrative Officer


Tuan Hadgie serves as the Administrative Officer of FECT since 2017. He previously served as an Administrative Officer at the Gemmological Museum, Kandy, and the Institute of International Education Lanka, the Operations Manager and Lecturer at the Gateway Computer Centre in Kegalle. He has qualified as an ICDL (International Computer Driving License) System Administrator and with International Pedagogical ICT Licentiate.

M. Z. Fathima Shakira :: Trainee Secretary


Shakira completed her Personal Secretary Course in National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority Kandy, Microsoft Office 2007 Package on MCCE, Previously she worked in the Science Dissemination & Education Unit at National Institution of Fundamental Studies Kandy as Trainee Secretary.

Janan Visvanathan:: System Administrator and IT Manager


Janan Visvanathan who works as the IT Manager has obtained his Information Technology B.Sc. degree from London Metropolitan University (UK) and Diploma in Web Engineering, Linux Administration. He is enrolled in the Computer Science program (MSc) at PGIS and has work experience in Network Administration, IT management and also in IT lecturing at gateway graduate school and other places.

Nushrath Najimuddin:: Statistician


Nushrath obtained her B.Sc. Special degree in Statistics at the University of Peradeniya, with majoring Mathematics and Computer science.

Ruchira Lokuhetti:: Junior Research Scientist


Ruchira Lokuhetti joined FECT as an intern Junior Research Assistant after completing his B.Sc. (Applied Sciences) from University of Peradeniya with specialization in Mathematics and Physics. He is enrolled in the Industrial Mathematics program at PGIS.

Manjula Siriwardhana :: Research Scientist


Manjula Siriwardhana obtained a B.Sc. in Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka in December 2003 with honors. She worked on the FECT project “Assessment of Impact of an Adaptation to Climate Change in the Plantation sector in Sri Lanka” and the “Climate and Malaria Project”. She obtained her M.Sc. at Asian Institute of Technology, in bio fuels and an M.Sc in Chemical Engineerign specializing in energy at the University of Western Ontario.

Asansa Abeywardane :: Intern


Asansa Abeywardane joined FECT as an Intern after completing her Higher Diploma in Business Management from National Institute of Business Management (NIBM). Previously she worked in the Ernst & Young as an Audit Trainee.

Madura Dharmadasa :: Writer-Researcher


M. Dharmadasa obtained his B.Sc. (Agriculture) in 1982 from University of Peradeniya and M.Phil. degree from Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, Peradeniya in 1994 and Ph.D. from Lincoln University, New Zealand in 2004. Prior to join FECT he served as a Researcher in the Department of Export Agriculture from 1983 to 2014 and in 2013 he was promoted to the post of Deputy Director.

Rimza Zacky :: Accountant


Rimza Zacky oversees the accounting system at FECT. She liaises with the Internal Auditor. She has 20 years of experience in accountancy and was previously attached to the accounting division for 17 years.

Lareef Zubair :: Principal Scientist


Dr. Lareef Zubair is the principal scientist of FECT from its inception. Previously, He was a PostDoctoral Associate in Mathematics and Engineering at Yale University, and in Climate Monitoring and Applications at the University Consortium for Atmospheric Science. He has also been a Senior Lecturer in Engineering at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Fundamental Studies, Sri Lanka. He worked as a Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) and is attached to the Columbia University Water Center. His undergraduate education was at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and graduate work was at Yale University, U.S.A. He is interested in tropical climate, climate impacts and adaptation, in the application of climate information and colonialism and modernization.

Adjunct Scientists


Ranmalee Bandara obtained a B.Sc in Surveying at the University of Sabaragamuwa, Sri Lanka in 2005 with first class honors and an M.Sc in Environmental Soil Science from the University of Peradeniya in 2008. Obtained her PhD Civil Engineering in 2014.She had supported the work on the project on rainwater harvesting.

P.H.D. Kusumawathie:: Senior Research Scientist

P.H.D. Kusumawathie

Dr. Kusum, a Senior Research Scientist at FECT is the Regional Malaria Officer covering Kandy and Nuwara Eliya Districts. She works on entomological surveillance of dengue while being seconded to the National Dengue Control Program. She has obtained her B.Sc in Zoology with honors from the University of Peradeniya and her M.S and Ph.D. from the same University in Parasitology and Epidemiology. She also has received a Masters in Health Economics from Chulangakon University in Thailand. She has worked for three decades in monitoring and control of infectious diseases and has maintained an active research program.

Mizna Mohamed :: Environmental Science

Mizna Mohamed

Dr. Mizna Mohamed has expertise on Environmental Sciences, Oceanography and Meteorology acquired at Flinders University of South Australia and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. She is a specialist in coral reef resources and management with field work in the Maldives for her doctorate. She has undertaken work related to community engagement for the protection of coral reefs.

She has contributed to major planning interventions on climate change such as the first national communication, reviewing the Maldives National Adaptation Programme of Action for Climate Change, the National Project Manager for the Integrated Climate Change Strategy project executed by Ministry of Environment, Energy and Water, Maldives from 2005-2006 and as a Project Manager for National GHG Inventory and Vulnerability Assessment for the Maldives. She was attached to the Postgraduate Research Centre of Maldives National University as a Senior Lecturer from 2013 to 2016.

P.Wickramagamage :: GIS, Soils and Hydrology

Prof. Wickramagamage

Prof. Wickramagamage is working as an Emeritus Professor of geography at the University of Peradeniya and Senior Research Scientist at FECT. He obtained his B.A in Geography at the University of Peradeniya and his Ph.D. in Physical Geology from the University of London. His main areas of research include GIS, soils, hydrology, climate and EIA on all of which he has published extensively. He has been a partner, collaborator and Principal Investigator at FECT on several proposals and grants such as the Rain Water Harvesting Project (Provention), Masters in Development Practice Project (MacArthur), AgMIP project (DfID) and the PEER projects on Water and Hazards (National Academy of Sciences, USAID).


Ananda Weerasinghe:: Senior Research Scientist

Eng. Ananda Weerasinghe is a Senior Research Engineer at FECT. He is also working as a Lecturer in Kotmale Irrigation Training Institute under the Irrigation Department of Ministry of Water Resources. He obtained his B. Engineering degree from City and Guilds, and Masters of Business Administration from Wayamba university of Sri Lanka. His research includes policy of water resources management and irrigation water management. He served Mahaweli authority of Sri Lanka from 1972 to 2010.

Neil Devadasan :: Consultant Systems Engineer and GIS Specialist

Neil Devadasan obtained his B.Sc. in Production Engineering from the University of Peradeniya and has trained in Systems Engineering and GIS at the Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). He is a Director of the Polis Center which addresses common community problems and issues through innovating approaches in IT, GIS and other advanced technologies. Neil collaborates with FECT in producing an interactive map server for Sri Lanka and in establishing the Tsunami assistance portal. He helps in designing of our IT and web-based systems.

Vidura Ralapanawe :: IT Consultant

Vidhura Ralapanawe received a B.Sc. (Eng) from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 1996 and M.Sc. in Responsibility & Business Practice from the University of Bath, U.K.in 2000 and is completing his Ph.D at Ashridge Business School in UK. He has worked for IBM in New York and later as a consultant to the corporate sector in Sri Lanka on social and environmental risk management & business strategy. He is interested in sustainable development, technology and application of climate information. He handled the Sri Lanka case study of the Natural Disaster Hotspots Project for FECT. He serves as General-Manager – Sustainability Initiatives at MAS Holdings Ltd.

Ruvini Perera - Water and Environmental Engineer 

Ruvini Perera received a B.Sc. from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 1995 in Civil Engineering and a M.S in Environmental Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1999. She has previously been employed at the Coast Conservation Department as a Coastal Engineer and as a Civil and Environmental Engineer at TAMS Consultants, New York and Dewberry, New Jersey. She supports statistical, GIS and analytical work in the Human Elephant Conflict project.

Sanjeewa Maithripala - Computational Mathematics

Sanjeewa Maithripala obtained his B.Sc and M.Phil in Engineering from the University of Peradeniya and his Ph.D at the Texas Technological University. He has collaborated with FECT on the Tsunami work, and in developing a proposal for masters in sustainable development.

Sabry Razick :: Consultant, Scientific Computation

Sabry obtained his B.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Kelaniya and after serving there as an Assistant Lecturer, he completed his M.Sc. in Bioinformatics at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, his Ph.D at the University of Oslo and is a post-doctoral scientist at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He has supported FECT scientific computation.

Sarith Mahanama :: Land Surface Modeling and Meteorological Remote Sensing

Sarith Mahanama obtained his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Peradeniya and his Ph. D from the University of Hong Kong. He has been attached to the NASA Land Surfacing Modeling group at Greenbelt, MD since 2001. Sarith implemented the Catchment Land Surface Model for Sri Lanka in collaboration with FECT. He led the project on Coastal Tidal Inlets for FECT.

Neil Fernando :: Agricultural and Environmental Economics

Neil Fernando obtained his B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Peradeniya and his Ph. D from the University of Aberdeen, UK. After serving at the Coconut Research Institute as an Economist, he moved to the UNDP regional Centre as an analyst. Neil has collaborated with FECT through the AIACC project on climate change in the plantation sector.

Nalin Wickramanayaka :: Environmental Engineering and Coastal Zone Management

Nalin Wickramanayake obtained his B.Sc. (Eng) in Civil Engineering from the University of Peradeniya and his Ph. D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After serving at the University of Peradeniya and the Lanka Hydraulics Institute in senior role, Nalin is now a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the Open University of Sri Lanka. Nalin has collaborated with FECT with the MacArthur supported Masters in Development Practice and on the UNESCO project on Coastal Inlets.

Herath Manthithilake :: Water Resource Engineer

He earned his PhD in Water Resources Engineering from the Civil Engineering Institute, Moscow in 1983. As Director of the Environmental and Forestry division of the MASL, Dr. Manthrithillake was our initial principal collaborator at the MASL on Water Resources Management and Human Elephant Conflict. He guided our work through. project formulation, staff recruitment and project implementation in the initial years and later on the establishment of FECT. He is currently the Head, of the Sri Lanka Program at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). He was previously the Head of the Regional Office in Central Asia, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

M.F. Nawas :: Water Quality

M.F. Nawas

Nawas is a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at the South-Eastern University who works among other areas on water quality. He has been collaborating with FECT for the last five years on Pinga Oya clean up, Akurana Environmental Committee, the Pinga Oya Symposium and on Climate Impact Analysis.

Ajith Gunaratne :: Applied Mathematic

Ajith Gunaratne is an Assistant Professor in Mathematics at Florida A&M University. He holds a B.Sc. from the University of Peradeniya and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Iowa State University. He was a member of the computational mathematics group with L. Zubair at the Institute of Fundamental Studies previously. He collaborates with FECT on wind modeling and diagnostics.

Sri Ramany Sritharan

Ramany Sritharan received her B.Sc in Agriculture Science from University of Peradeniya and Masters in Irrigation Engineering and Management from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand. She served as a Tutor at the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Peradeniya, and as an Assistant Lecturer at the Eastern University, Sri Lanka. She worked as a Senior Research Assistant At Columbia University and developed databases for Sri Lanka at IRI for analysis through the data library.

Kanthi Perera :: Mathematics and Statistics

http://www.pdn.ac.lk/eng/pages/departmentHome/EM/otherpages/staff/staff_images/Drkanthi.jpg Dr. Kanthi Perera received her Bachelors in Mathematics (1982) from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura , Masters in Mathematical Statistics (1988) from and PhD in Mathematical Statistics (1993) from the State University of New York. Currently she is working as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Mathematics, University of Peradeniya.

Chamila Walgampaya :: Statistics and Data Mining

http://www.pdn.ac.lk/eng/pages/departmentHome/EM/otherpages/staff/staff_images/Mrchamila.jpgDr. Chamila Walgampaya holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Peradeniya, Masters Degree and PhD from University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA. Currently he is working as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Mathematics, at the University of Peradeniya.

C.M. Madduma Bandara :: Environmental Science

C.M. Madduma Bandara

Madduma Bandara s an Emeritus Senior Professor of Geography at the University of Peradeniya obtained his B.A from University of Peradeniya, and Ph.D from Cambridge University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Geographers, Adviser to the Government of Sri Lanka on the Mahaweli Authority, and author of numerous works related to climate, water and agriculture. Read More

Jude Fernando:: Environmental Social Scientist

Jude Fernando

Jude Fernando is a Senior Lecturer at Clark University in International Development and Social Change. While he has had interactions with our senior staff members for three decades, he is presently collaborating with FECT on proposals