LankaCorps is a unique opportunity for young leaders of Sri Lankan heritage to professionally engage in social, cultural, and economic development activities in Sri Lanka. The program aims to foster the involvement and understanding of young members of the expatriate Sri Lankan community who have limited in-depth experience with the country of their heritage. Each year, The Asia Foundation selects an outstanding group of LankaCorps Fellows to live and work for six months in Sri Lanka, granting them the unique chance to "explore their roots while giving back.
LankaCorps Fellows are young, talented professionals of Sri Lankan heritage interested in contributing to the development of post-war Sri Lankan society. Completion of the program is a testament to their outstanding leadership potential and dynamic professional skills. The Asia Foundation is honored to have had the below individuals serve as LankaCorps Fellows:
Lankacorps 2013 Fellows
The 2013 LankaCorps Fellows, left to right: Kaitlin Emmanuel (USA), Natale Dankotuwage (Canada), Tara de Silva (USA), Harshi Hettige (USA), Chethana Perera (USA), Charles Aruliah (Canada). Not pictured: Anthony Obeyesekere (Australia).
The second class of LankaCorps Fellows and their July - December 2013 placements:
Mr. Charles Aruliah, Regional Center for Strategic Studies
Mr. Aruliah was primarily engaged with the RCSS’s South-East Asia Department. In this capacity he was responsible for conducting research, drafting and editing policy papers, and assisting with various ongoing projects pertaining to Sri Lanka’s relationship with China and Southeast Asia.
Ms. Natale Dankotuwage, Sri Lanka Unites
Ms. Dankotuwage was based in SLU’s Colombo office where she was involved with their Reconciliation Center. There she was drafting reports on employment initiatives, updating blogs, authoring articles, and assisting the Business Entrepreneurship Program.
Ms. Tara de Silva, Federation of Environmental Organizations
Ms. de Silva’s main task at FEO was to undertake a documentary film project on environmental awareness. Her travels across the island involved environmental sustainability advocacy and outreach work, as well as contributions to critical environmental research.
Ms. Kaitlin Emmanuel, Raking Leaves
Raking Leaves is an independent publishing organization that commissions and publishes contemporary art projects. During her fellowship, Ms. Emmanuel was involved with the production of a new Raking Leaves book project featuring 9 contemporary Sri Lankan artists. She also helped launch Raking Leaves’ new initiative the Sri Lanka Archive of Contemporary Art, Architecture & Design in Jaffna, a public space dedicated to collecting materials about the development and study of visual culture in Sri Lanka. Ms. Emmanuel continued to work for Raking Leaves as a Project Manager past the end of her fellowship.
Ms. Harshi Hettige, Foundation of Goodness
Ms. Hettige was involved with FOG’s Income Generation Initiative. In this role, she worked on ongoing projects in North and South Sri Lanka that aim to promote the development of sustainability and livelihood programs, as well as infrastructure and community building initiatives.
Mr. Anthony Obeyesekere, Central Bank of Sri Lanka
Mr. Obeyesekere was based with the Central Bank’s Economic Research Department in the Policy Studies and Research Division. Though he rotated through various units, his primary role was to conduct research for the Money and Banking section conducting research and analysis, and drafting policy papers and reports.
Ms. Chethana Perera, Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies
Ms. Perera’s primary role was to conduct research on reconciliation, especially on women in trauma, and projects on women’s social entrepreneurship. She also helped coordinate conferences, discussion forums, and lectures pertaining to women and reconciliation.
Lankacorps 2012 Fellows
|The 2012 LankaCorps Fellows, left to right: Sabina Martyn (Canada), Seshma Kumararatne (USA), Sahani Chandraratna (USA), Sivashankar Krishnakumar (USA), Ann Selvadurai (USA).|
The inaugural class of LankaCorps Fellows and their July - December 2012 placements:
Ms. Sahani Chandraratna, MAS Holdings
Ms. Chandraratna was based in the Ratmalana office working on the Women Go Beyond Initiative, and in various projects carried out by the host organization under the Social Sustainability Initiative.
Mr. Sivashankar Krishnakumar, Foundation of Goodness
Mr. Krishnakumar was involved with the Northern Development Initiative, the Murali Cup, the Seenigama project in the South and with projects at the Foundation for Goodness head office in Colombo.
Ms. Seshma Kumararatne, Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies
Ms. Kumararatne was based in Colombo, working as a research analyst on various research projects, policy papers, and conferences regarding Sri Lanka's foreign relations and engagement with the diaspora.
Ms. Sabina Martyn, National Water Supply and Drainage Board
Ms. Martyn was based in the Ratmalana office, working in the Policy and Planning Department to expand the framework for public-private partnerships in water supply and sewerage projects. She also participated in other projects carried out by the Board.
Ms. Ann Selvadurai, Women In Need
Ms. Selvadurai was based in the head office in Colombo, with regular travel to the North and South, and was involved in various projects carried out by Women in Need, shadowing counselors, visiting hospitals, organizing workshops and awareness programs and undertaking case studies.