Team – Disaster Services
Dr. P.H.D. Kusumawathie – Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Kusum, a Senior Research Scientist who contributes to our work. 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 honours 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 master’s 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.
Prof. Piyasena Wickramagamage – GIS, Soils and Hydrology
Prof. Wickramagamage is working as an Emeritus Professor of geography at the University of Peradeniya and Senior Research Scientist at DS. 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 on several proposals and grants such as the Rainwater Harvesting Project (Provention), master’s in development Practice Project (MacArthur), AgMIP project (DfID) and the PEER projects on Water and Hazards (National Academy of Sciences, USAID).
Dr. Vidhura Ralapanawe – IT Consultant
Vidhura Ralapanawe is a with grounding on climate science, communications, corporate strategy and change. He has 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 has obtained his Ph.D. in Organisational Change, Organisational Development, Change from Ashridge Business School in the 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 is currently the Executive Vice President at Epic Group.
Ashara Nijamdeen – Research
Ashara Nijamdeen works as an Intermediate Research Scientist at FECT. She has completed the Bachelor of Industrial Studies-Agriculture with honours and also followed courses in Human Resource Management and has been coordinating projects at FECT. She is interested in Agricultural sciences, climate impacts, and sustainable development
Piushani Ellegala – Research
Piushani Ellegala works as a Junior Research Scientist at FECT. She has completed the Bachelor of Science – Applied Sciences in Physical Science Degree with honours in the University of Peradeniya. She has been coordinating Air Quality projects at FECT
Tuan E Hadgie – Administration
Tuan Hadgie serves as the Administrative Officer 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
Rimza Zacky – Administration
Rimza Zacky oversees the accounting system. 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
Fathima Shakira – Administration
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 the National Institution of Fundamental Studies Kandy as Trainee Secretary. And Completed the Certificate Course in Human Resource Management at Chartered Institute of Personnel Management Kandy
Mahasen Randiwela has obtained his bachelor’s degree in Geography and postgraduate Diploma in Geography from the University of Peradeniya. He is currently reading his Masters in Geography at the University of Peradeniya. Mahasen is interested in physical Geography and water quality. He specializes in mapping and geocoding.
Zahra Thaha – Legal / Regulatory
Zahra Thaha has obtained her LL. B degree from the Department of Law, University of Peradeniya. She is currently reading Attorney-at-Law final examination in Sri Lanka Law College. Zahra works as Legal Assistant & she helps in social, translation works too.
Tharani Kailaivasan – Research /Communication
Tharani Kailaivasan is an intern who has completed her Advanced Levels in the biological science stream.
Shalini Somasinghe – IT
Shalini Somasinghe joined in April 2019 as an IT Intern. She has completed her Higher National Diploma in Software Engineering at NIBM.
Hiruni Himanga Samarasinghe – IT
Hiruni has completed her Higher National Diploma in Computer Based Information System at National Institute of Business Management, She is working as an IT intern.
Chayana Gunathilake – IT /Communication
Chayana Gunathilake obtained his B.Sc. degree in Applied sciences from the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka. Industrial management, computing and information systems, and Statistic are the key area covered under this degree. He also has done some graphic creations, video editing, and other multimedia related work.
Dinaskar Shathiyendra – IT
Dinaskar has completed his Higher National Diploma in Computer Based Information System at National Institute of Business Management, He is working as an IT intern at FECT.
Divaskar Shayendra – IT
Divaskar has completed his Higher National Diploma in Computer Based Information System at National Institute of Business Management, He is working as an IT intern at FECT.
Aqeel Ahamed – IT
Aqeel Ahamed joined in February 2019 as an IT intern. He completed his Higher National Diploma in Computer Based Information System at NIBM.