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Nilan Fernando

Nilan Fernando

Former Country Representative, Sri Lanka


Expertise: Sri Lanka; political and social issues in South and Southeast Asia; local government and decentralization, law reform; conflict mitigation and management; and elections.

Nilan Fernando left the Foundation in November 2012. He was The Asia Foundation's country representative in Sri Lanka. Formerly he was assistant country representative in The Asia Foundation's Indonesia and Bangladesh offices. He also held positions in the San Francisco headquarters and the Washington, D.C. office. He was involved in all aspects of country analysis, strategic planning, proposal development and fundraising, program monitoring and evaluation, and management.

Since joining the Foundation in 1988, Mr. Fernando has developed and managed programs in a wide range of areas of importance to the Foundation including local governance, private sector development, access to justice, conflict resolution, elections, women's political participation, and legislative development.

Mr. Fernando's articles on Sri Lankan politics have appeared in Asian Survey, the International Herald Tribune, and Himal.

Education: B.A. in history and economics from the University of California, Berkeley; M.A. in international development from Cornell University.

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