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Office Bearers - 2021 / 2022

“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

  • Spencer Manuelpillai

    Mr. Spencer Manuelpillai

    President

    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.

  • Tami Flamer-Caldera

    Ms. Tami Flamer-Caldera

    Vice President

    My Dad and Mom were avid wildlife people. They took me to the jungles from the age of 6 months. Dad was primarily a bird man, but taught us everything about the animal kingdom, plants and jungle craft. That knowledge and love has stayed with me my whole life. He urged me to join the WNPS as far back as early 80s.

  • Graham Marshall

    Mr. Graham Marshall

    Vice President

    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. Jehan Canagaretna

    General Secretary

    brings over 30 years of general management expertise with a strong emphasis on marketing and business development. Described as energetic, focused and driven adopting a common sense approach, Jehan has built strong business relationships and contacts locally as well as internationally. Jehan’s key passion now is wildlife conservation, he currently serves as the 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.

  • Dilshan Hettiaratchi

    Mr. Dilshan Hettiaratchi

    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.

  • Zaineb Akbarally

    Ms. Zaineb Akbarally

    is an environmental scientist, conservationist and educator and chairperson of the WNPS Youth Wing sub-committee that invests in engaging young people on environmental issues. She currently works at the Environmental Foundation Limited and previously worked with Save the Elephants on the human-elephant co-existence initiative  "The Elephants and Bees project" in Kenya and Sri Lanka.

  • 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.

  • Lakdas Fernando

    Mr. Lakdas D. Fernando

    Past President, Emeritus Professor University of Moratuwa. During his tenure as president he introduced a number of progressive changes to the WNPS Constitution to reflect the importance of gender and youth in the composition of the General Committee. Chair of Diyakothakanda Reforestation and Green Isle project, habitat enrichment for species conservation, Bellanwila Attidiya Sanctuary. He is a keen birder and a lover of forests.

  • Harindi Palkumbura

    Ms. Harindi Palkumbura

    Harindi is an Attorney with more than 5 years’ experience in the corporate legal sector. She studied extensively on energy and environmental law, climate change and national security related policy aspects during her Masters’ at Penn State Law (USA). She's currently a freelance legal consultant, advising several organizations.

  • Hemantha Perera

    Dr. Hemantha Perera

    A Gynaecologist whose interest in nature has been from his childhood abode Handapangoda, a remote hamlet, among rivulets and animals and, latterly in the beautiful landscape of Dharmapala vidyalaya, Pannipitiya. Believes in reaching out to the people at grassroots to impart them the importance of conservation while understanding their struggle to live. Travels at the slightest opportunity, enjoys reading, cinema, music, photography, planting and organic agriculture.

  • 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

    Dr. Sampath S. Seneviratne

    Dr. 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.