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Office Bearers - 2022 / 2023

“WNPS should never become the domain of a few people for long durations. Rotation and vacation of General Committee roles should be expected after several years, where we nurture new members and youthful thinking. Members could continue to support through engagement in the Sub Committees”

General Committee

  • Jehan Canagaretna

    Mr. Jehan CanagaRetna

    President

    Jehan brings over 30 years of general management expertise with a strong emphasis on marketing and business development. Describing himself as a Conservation Administrator, Jehan is energetic, focused and driven adopting a common sense approach, Jehan has built strong business relationships and contacts locally as well as internationally. Jehan is a key driver for the Society in fund raising and working with the ground level work that activity of the Society. Jehan is also a Board Member of Greenpeace South Asia and also serves as a Trustee of the Ceylon School for the Deaf and Blind.

  • Dilshan Hettiaratchi

    Mr. Dilshan Hettiaratchi

    Vice President

    Dilshan is professionally qualified as an Accountant and have worked in the Banking in Finance sector for over 25 years.  He is also an avid wildlife enthusiast and spends as much time as possible in the wildlife parks around the country.

  • Jehan Canagaretna

    Ms. Zaineb Akbarally

    Vice President

    Zaineb is passionate about and an advocate for environmental sustainability and wildlife conservation- and has experience in driving a cross-section of projects, including biodiversity, community-driven and multi-sectoral engagement projects within both the not-for-profit and private sector. 

    She has an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and was a post-graduate fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, UK, in 2015/16. 

    She was previously the Chairperson of the WNPS Youth Wing (2019-2022), playing an instrumental role in developing the Youth Wing program and integrating a three-pronged approach of learning about, learning in, and acting for the environment among school children across Sri Lanka. 

  • Graham Marshall

    Mr. Graham Marshall

    General Secretary

    Mr.Graham Marshall runs his own brand consultancy. He is a Graduate of the institute of Chemistry Sri Lanka, an MBA from PIM, Member of CIM(UK), CMA (Aus.). He Chairs the Marine subcommittee and enthusiastic about being able to contribute to the conservation efforts of marine biodiversity and its ecosystems.

  • Jehan Canagaretna

    Mr. G. Jeremy Godrick

    Assistant General Secretary

    Jeremy has been very passionate towards wildlife conservation and he joined WNPS to make a significant impact on the conservation efforts.  He is an experienced banker by profession and his core strengths are Change Management and Administration.  Jeremy carries nearly 12 years of experience with HSBC and currently serves as Vice President - Head of Transformation at Nations Trust Bank.  He is hopeful to invest his areas of expertise into Wildlife & Nature Protection Society as the Assistant General Secretary.

  • Dilshan Hettiaratchi

    Mr. Niran Mahawatte

    Treasurer

    Niran, a banker by profession & a fellow member of CIMA UK, has over 25 years of experience in Treasury & related areas in the financial services sector. His love for wildlife that began from his childhood days, is now his most delightful pastime; pursuing exciting photo opportunities & extensive travel to explore the wonders of nature.

General Committee Members

  • Graham Marshall

    Mr. Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne

    yearns for travel and the great outdoors. He enjoys photography and music and is passionate about Sri Lanka. He is the Chairman of the ETF Board, and MD of Hemas Manufacturing. He has several academic and business awards to his credit and is a frequent speaker at leading forums locally and globally. He is involved in chambers and in local and global charities.

  • Graham Marshall

    Mr. Spencer Manuelpillai

    his passion for Wildlife Conservation is driven by his extensive travel around the country from a very young age. With communication background with Ogilvy and Dilmah he has been reenergizing WNPS brand communication with effective PR and events in the last 4 years, as its immediate past General Secretary.

  • Dr Nirmali

    Dr. Nirmali de Silva

    has been a lover of nature and the environment from childhood. Bird watching has been a passion. Comes from an academic background in Textiles that is very remote from Wildlife. Has been a major influence among University students to promote the need for conservation.

  • Devika Wijesinghe

    Ms. Devika Wijesinghe Rohana

    She is a banking professional and has switched professions to work in the leisure and hospitality industry. Devika is passionate about the environment and believes in fighting the good fight for the cause of conservation. Devika is currently on the Green Isle Sub-Committee and has been serving on WNPS subcommittees over a year.

  • Dr Sampath Seneviratne

    Prof. Sampath S. Seneviratne

    Prof. Sampath S. Seneviratne is a research scientist specializes in the study of evolution, molecular biogeography, and ornithology. Sampath is a birder, a naturalist, a conservationist and a public educator. He is the current President of the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka (FOGSL) and Sri Lanka Ecological Association (SLEA). Senior Lecturer attached to the Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences, University of Colombo.

  • Caryll Tozer

    Ms. Caryll Tozer

    An ardent wildlife enthusiast and continues to work on environment and wildlife conservation. Worked in managerial positions in media and communication. Caryll Tozer now works to better social problems or by helping to build homes for women and building wells for villages. National athlete in Sri Lanka. Received an award from the International Olympic Committee for work in gender equality in sport.

  • Dr Chaturangi Wickramaratne

    Dr Chaturangi Wickramaratne

    Chaturangi is an environmental scientist with a special interest in climate change and water management. She joined an international NGO as an Environment Specialist effective February 1, 2021. She is a mid-career professional who is keen on finding solutions to balance development needs and environmental conservation. She has over a decade of experience working in environmental projects locally and internationally and has worked with a range of stakeholders from government and Non-Govt sectors. She holds a PhD from the University of Adelaide, Australia, where she studied the impacts of climate change on water quality in freshwater ecosystems. 

  • Maxime Wickramasinghe

    Mr. Maxime Wickramasinghe

    Maxime works in Tourism as a director of Theme Resorts & Spas and Connaissance De Ceylan and has a passion for sustainable development and environmental conservation. He is currently working as the sustainability coordinate in his business and is also the President of SLAITO Youth (Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators Youth Wing). Maxime has a particular interest for Marine Life and currently serves on the WNPS Marine Sub-Committee.

  • Dev Wijewardane

    Mr. Dev Wijewardane

    Dev Wijewardane is an IT professional with over 15 years’ experience in the industry and currently works for an IT consultancy. He has had a passion for wildlife and conservation from a very young age and is a self-taught amateur wildlife photographer. Dev has a deep love for Sri Lanka and takes every opportunity to travel off the beaten track and explore the hidden corners of the island.

  • Graham Marshall

    Mr. Revan Weerasinghe

    Revan Weerasinghe is an independent legal practitioner practicing in the areas of intellectual property, data protection, commercial transactions and environmental law. He is a partner in the legal firm insight legal.And is also the Legal Consultant to Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology.

  • Keshan Perera

    Prof. Sevvandy Jayakody

    Prof. Sevvandy Jayakody holds a BSc. (Hons.) Degree in Zoology from the University of Kelaniya, a Postgraduate Diploma in Wildlife Management and Conservation from the Wildlife Institute of India, a PhD in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen. She has conducted post-doctoral research at the SCIRO, Australia, the James Hutton Institute, Scotland and at the IDRC, Canada. In 1997, she joined the Department of Wildlife Conservation as an Assistant Director and currently serves as a Senior Lecturer at the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka. 

  • Sashi Wijesiriwardane

    Ms. Sashi Wijesiriwardane

    Sashikala is an Attorney-at-Law specializing in international environmental law and policy with a special interest in environmental crimes, sustainable development, and public interest litigation. She has over a decade of experience working with a range of stakeholders from government, Non-Govt sectors and foreign agencies. She holds a Masters in Environmental Law from the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she specialized in Negotiating Environmental Agreements; Planning and Building Sustainable Cities; Investment, Regulation and Development and Space, High Seas, Seabed & Antarctic Law. 

    Sashikala is focused on solving key challenges in Sri Lanka through evidence-based policy initiatives, legislative amendments, and sustainable development strategies. 

  • Graham Marshall

    Mr. Keshan Perera

    Wildlife and Nature have been consistent throughout my life. I have always been fascinated by the
    natural and developing world.

    I strongly feel that science has the potential to produce a sustainable planet if people are educated to
    understand its value. And my introduction to WNPS was no different. I first encountered the committee
    during one of their “Education for Conservation” programs held at my school in 2018. The program
    convinced me to join the WNPS Youth Wing, strongly believe that this committee is an exceptional
    platform to create awareness and execute conservation efforts. Currently working as a Junior Trainee
    Architect, I serve the organization by leading the Youth Wing to achieve its purpose.