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 2016 Asia Foundation Development Fellow 


Doctor & Founder of Community Resilience Center



Mr. Novil Wijesekara is a medical doctor who established the first community-based tsunami early warning system of Sri Lanka and pioneered the community empowerment through disaster preparedness. Wijesekara founded the Community Resilience Center, a community-based organization that promotes the resilience of communities. His work on disaster, health and environmental issues has been recognized by the National Disaster Resilience Leadership Awards from the Ministry of Disaster Management, Health Excellence Awards from the Ministry of Health and an Innovative Research Grant Award from the World Bank. He holds a master’s degree in Community Medicine and bachelor of medicine and surgery, both from the University of Colombo.