Senior Management Team
Dr. Dinesh Kanagaratnam
Dr. Dinesh Kanagaratnman joined Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka in 2013. He previously held the post of Chief Operations Officer at Vision Fund Lanka With over 23 years of management experience, Dr. Kanagaratnam is on the visiting lecturing panel of microfinance programs at the Institute of Bankers Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Institute of Credit Management. He is also a Director of ECLOF Lanka Guarantee Limited. He holds a PhD in Risk Management in Microfinance from the University of Honolulu.
Senior Manager, Programs
Edward Fernando has served at Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka for 12 years. A member of the Board of Directors of the Kurunegala affiliate of Habitat for Humanity since its inception, he went on to become the International Partner for Nepal and Bangladesh at the Asia-Pacific Regional office and also served as the Training Coordinator for Asia-Pacific. He has also served as the Country Director of Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh. Previously employed at Caritas Sri Lanka, he holds a Diploma in Community Development from the Coady National Institute, Canada.
Senior Manager, Finance
Clerence Gunarajah has over 30 years of experience in the finance sector. He joined Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka in 2005 and has served in management and senior management positions within the organization. Previously, he was employed with Brandix Intimate Apparel Ltd. and St. Anthony’s Group of Companies. He holds a qualification in AAT (UK) and part qualification in CIMA (UK). He also holds a NIBM Diploma in Business Management.
Senior Manager, Human Resources and Support Services
Deepika Seneweera joined Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka in March 2016. With 15 years of experience in human resources and administration, she has worked for a number of different commercial organizations and INGOs contributing to senior level human resources support in staffing, implementing on-boarding, employee relations, operational & human resource policies & strategies, performance management, compensation & benefits and training & development. She holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Labour Laws and Human Resource Management from the University of Colombo and an Advanced National Diploma in Human Resource Management from the National Institute of Business Management (NIBM) and she is reading for her MBA at present.
Senior Manager, Corporate Relations & Resource Development
Melissa Jayasuriya joined Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka in October 2016. She is a Specialist in International Relations, Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, Peace & Conflict Resolution and International Development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in International Relations (First Class) from the University of Colombo and a Master of Arts in International Relations (High Distinction) from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Prior to joining Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka, she served as the Manager, Programmes & Grants at the Neelan Tiruchelvan Trust and also served as a Lecturer for the University of Colombo and University of London (International Programmes).
Head of Finance, EU Project
Dwight Savundranayagam having joined Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka in the year 2000 now functions as Head of Finance -EU. He counts over 25 years, experience in Finance and Accounting having served in certain leading corporate sectors in Sri Lanka. He has also been associated with an overseas company in the field of finance. He is a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka, member of the Institute of Certified Professional Managers of Sri Lanka and holds a Diploma of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants, Sri Lanka.
Finance Manager, EU Project
Paul John has over 25 years of experience in the finance sector. He joined Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka as a Finance Manager of the European Union funded project in March 2017. Prior to joining Habitat for Humanity he served Samaritan’s Purse Sri Lanka office for 3 years and Samaritan’s Purse International, in Vietnam for over 6 years. He is a Licentiate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and he records over 10 year experience in the corporate sector.
Project Director, European Union Funded Project
Juderaj Croos joined Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka as Project Director in May 2017. He counts 22 years of experience working in housing construction, development, disaster risk reduction and response (DRR) and humanitarian responses in international agencies such as UNDP, UNHABITAT, FAO, Oxfam GB, CARE, ASB, and Government State Service. He has also served internationally in UNDP Maldives. He holds a PGDBM and BBA from the University of Jaffna and is presently reading for a MSc in Disaster Management from the University of Peradeniya.
Senior Project Manager, EU Project
Joseph Jeyamaran joined Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka as Senior Project Manager in January 2016. He counts over 19 years of professional work experience in planning, implementing and managing development, rehabilitation and emergency/relief related programs. Prior to this he has worked at ICRC, UN–Habitat, UNICEF, UNOPS, Oxfam and GTZ. He holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA, Merit Pass) from the University of Colombo and a BSc. in Civil Engineering (Hons) from the University of Peradeniya.