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OUR TEAM

Our small, but dedicated team has a wide range of expertise, from research, management and logistics to ecology and geographical mapping, and are all dedicated to wildlife conservation and sustainable development

Scroll down to meet our board and team, and find out more about their areas of expertise

Our Board

Board of Directors

Ravi Corea, Founder/President

Shea James, Vice President

Dr. Natarajan Ishwaran

Asoka Seneviratne

Patricia Butenis

Maureen Corea

Board Advisors

Dr. Palitha Kohona

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Our Team

Ravi Corea

Founder & President

Ravi Corea founded the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society (SLWCS) in 1995 to establish a new paradigm for sustainable conservation that balances ecosystem protection and economic development within his native country of Sri Lanka.

 

His innovative Saving Elephants by Helping People (SEHP) Project was initiated in 1997 and represents one of the best-known, community-based efforts to mitigate human-elephant conflict in Sri Lanka.

To read Ravi's full biography, click here.

Chinthaka Weerasinghe

Operations Manager

Chinthaka has worked for us for more than sixteen years. He oversees and manages the complex logistics of the Society's operations, including the Volunteer Programme and is the friendly face when you first arrive as a volunteer. Coming from a career background very different, Chinthaka fell in love with our important science, research, and conservation work. His enthusiasm for wildlife has enhanced our work with wild elephants and has helped to foster a highly successful Volunteer Programme. Chinthaka works closely with grassroots groups, farmers, families and communities, addressing human-elephant conflicts through our Project Orange Elephant, the EleFriendly Bus, and other SLWCS initiatives.

Chandima Fernando

Ecologist & GIS Specialist

Chandima Fernando holds a Masters in GIS from Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. He joined our team 15 years ago following his childhood love for and fascination with Sri Lanka’s wildlife.

 

Chandima designs and conducts all our field research programmes, including scheduling volunteer field activities, and spearheads the internship program. His dedication to conservation of wildlife has proven to be of great value to many volunteers who join us in the field. He freely shares his knowledge of conservation research techniques with people from all around the globe.

Chathuranga Dharmarathne

Research Scientist

Chathuranga has worked for us since 2014 as a Research Scientist. After completing his undergraduate degree, he went on to complete an MPhil in Zoology at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. 

His research interests include conservation ecology, animal behaviour, and invasive species management; more specifically albinism in mammals and reversible colour change in animals, among other areas. As a Member of the Field Ornithology Group (FOG) of Sri Lanka, he has a particular interest in bird ecology.

Ruvini Weerasinghe

Research Scientist

Ruvini joined our team in 2019 to lead the Marine Project. It is Ruvini’s ambition to pursue a carrier in marine ecology. As the lead scientist Ruvini will be developing the research and conservation activities of the Marine Project. Having completed her bachelors currently Ruvini is reading for an M. Phil. degree at the University at Sri Jayewardenepura.

 

Her research areas include marine biodiversity, coral reef ecology, marine chemical ecology, invasive species ecology and marine pollution. Ruvini has a particular interest in marine natural product research.

Alicia Chadwick

Assistant Research Scientist & Volunteer Coordinator

Alicia did her Bachelors’ degree in Wildlife and Conservation at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia.  Alicia volunteered for the SLWCS back in 2018 and fell in love with the projects. She was thrilled when the opportunity came up to join the team. Alicia has great energy around camp and loves talking to the locals and trying her hand at Sinhala.

 

Although she grew up near the coast, Alicia has a keen interest on land mammals and their behaviour and movement patterns. Her research interests include animal behaviour, stakeholder management and conservation biology, in particular, mitigation strategies to combat climate change.

Indika Sampath

Vehicles Operations & Maintenance Coordinator

Sampath joined the SLWCS in 2006 and has been with the organization since then. Taking care of the entire fleet of the Society’s field vehicles is Sampath’s responsibility. This is a huge responsibility as well as an undertaking since the field vehicles are our life line when we are in the field.

Sampath ensures that all the vehicles are in good working condition and are regularly serviced and maintained. He also manages and supervises the staff that operate the vehicles.

Siriya

Field Assistant

Siriya has been working with us for over 20 years. Treasured by the volunteers for his humour and good-hearted nature, his knowledge of the local landscape, history and wildlife is essential to our work.

Asitha Lakmal

Field Assistant

Asitha has been a dedicated and hardworking team member since 2017. Despite being our youngest team member, he is a skilled mechanic and an excellent elephant tracker - a real asset whilst out in the field.

Sarath Kumara

Field Assistant

Sarath joined the team in early 2018 and is a resident of Weheragala village, near the elephant corridor. Always ready with a smile, he accompanies our volunteers in the field and supports our research projects.

Gamini Dissanayaka

Field Assistant

Gamini joined our team of field assistants in 2018. Gamini assists with our Volunteer Programme, and is an essential to the safety and wellbeing of our volunteers and staff members. He also drives our EleFriendly Bus!

Vijay

Fieldhouse Manager

Vijay is well known for his ability to fix just about anything! Vijay has worked for us for over 20 years and coordinated our recent extension, as well as the construction of our local school's new classroom.

Swarna

Housekeeper

Swarna has been an integral part of our team since 2015. Always greeting volunteers with a happy, smiling face, Swarna keeps the Fieldhouse clean and tidy, ensuring everyone sleeps soundly and lives comfortably. 

Leela

Housekeeper

Leela joined us in 2010 and works as part of our Housekeeping team. Working hard to ensure the Fieldhouse is a home from home, she is a friendly, welcoming face for the volunteers and staff, alike.

Connect

T: 973-667-0576 (USA)

T: +94 729999520 (Sri Lanka)

E: info@slwcs.org

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