Meet the 2024 Winners: Enoka Amali Fernando

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Meet Outstanding Performance by a Young Professional Award winner Enoka Amali Fernando We are awarding Enoka because of her impressive work in aeronautical engineering, as her mastery and leadership are inspiring. Enoka Amali Fernando’s journey began at Musaeus College and Stafford International in Sri Lanka, where she won numerous awards for swimming and academic subjects. She went on to represent Sri Lanka at the Asian Games for swimming. After winning multiple scholarships for her final two years of college in the USA, Enoka graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Carolina State University with a double degree in Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering. Enoka has more than 20 years of experience as an aeronautical engineer. Beginning in 2000 as a Junior Loads Engineer for Butler Technical Group in Encino, CA, she has advanced in the industry to be the External Loads Engineer for Boeing Commercial Airplanes and the Lead Engineer for Boeing
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Meet the 2024 Winners: Binara Dharmawardana

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Meet Outstanding Performance by a Young Professional Award winner Binara Dharmawardana We are awarding Binara Dharmawardana because of his charitable contributions to patients suffering from terminal illnesses. He founded and spearheads the Cyril Dharmawardana Foundation, which provides a vital ambulance service for patients in Sri Lanka. Binara Dharmawardana was born in Sri Lanka, the only child of the renowned actor and public personality Cyril Dharmawardana and his mother, Swarnakanthi Rajapakse, an award-winning writer. He studied at St. Sebastian’s College in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, and completed his education in Melbourne, Australia. He holds an IT degree from Swinburne University and has worked at several multinational corporations, including General Electric and IBM. When Binara’s father, Cyril, was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, he was grateful to receive the best care in Australia. Having witnessed the disparity of medical facilities in Australia compared to Sri Lanka, Cyril imagined a service that gave
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Meet the 2024 Winners: Cyril Weeratunge

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Meet Exceptional Achievement Award winner Cyril Weeratunge We are awarding Cyril Weeratunge because of his many charitable projects that have helped both Canadians and Sri Lankans. His selfless devotion to bettering the lives of others, especially by providing scholarships to students in need, is an investment in the future. Cyril Weeratunge was born in Matara, Sri Lanka, where he attended St. Thomas’ Primary School, followed by Christian College Kotte and then the Naval Engineering College in Poona, India. He has held positions at ADM Windsor, a Fortune 500 company, and worked in the forest industry at Weldwood of Canada Limited. Cyril has spent much of his life in the service of others. Since retiring as Chief Engineer of Windsor Energy Centre, he has continued to work tirelessly on his many philanthropic projects. He has devoted countless hours to working with organizations like Lions International to help Canadian and Sri Lankan
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Meet the 2024 Winners: Roy Malleappah

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Meet Exceptional Achievement Award winner Roy Malleappah We are awarding Roy Malleappah because of his hard work in the creation of a snakebite antivenom. His work has the potential to save many Sri Lankans. Born in Sri Lanka, Roy is a proud “old boy” of Carey College, a school he attended because, at that time, it was one of the few that offered English language instruction. Roy speaks fondly of the inclusive nature of the Sri Lankan society that nurtured him. He comes from a business-oriented family who owned a music instrument store called Harmonics in Colombo, Sri Lanka. They even have a line of percussion instruments named after him called “Royston.” By trade, Roy is a construction engineer in Los Angeles, California. However, Roy decided to handle the epidemic of snakebites in Sri Lanka, as it has one of the highest numbers of snakebite-related fatalities in the world. Snakebite
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The First International Awards Magazine Was Published

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The Sri Lanka Foundation is proud to present the first edition of our International Awards Magazine. You can view it online here: ONLINE MAGAZINE The Sri Lanka Foundation is dedicated to recognizing exceptional Sri Lankans worldwide. Since 2003, we have been awarding Sri Lankans at our International Awards gala. Through this magazine, we aim to further the reach of our message to help inspire future generations. Our next International Awards gala will be held on Sunday, 21 April 2024, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. To purchase your ticket, visit: https://www.srilankafoundation.org/events/slf-international-awards-2024/ To register yourself for the International Awards Magazine, please visit: https://www.srilankafoundation.org/join-our-physical-mailing-list/
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Meet the 2024 Winners: Dr. Ananda Thevathasan, Fellow Life Member Royal Society of Medicine

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Meet Lifetime Achievement Award winner Dr. Ananda Thevathasan, Fellow Life Member Royal Society of Medicine We are awarding Dr. Ananda Thevathasan, Fellow Life Member Royal Society of Medicine because of his tireless commitment to the betterment of Sri Lankans. He has helped thousands by organizing charities that target Sri Lankans in need. Dr. Ananda Thevathasan was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka. His college education began at Wesley College in Bio-Science and was followed by a Pre-Med education at Colombo University. He earned his MBA in Business and Industrial Operations at Thames Business School, London and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Behavioural Science at Imperial College, London. Passionate about sports, he was a Cricket Captain at Wesley College and Colts Cricket Club Colombo. He also represented Wesley College in cricket, hockey, soccer and was Sri Lankan Badminton Champion in the UK Doubles in 1994. Dr. Thevathasan’s commitment throughout
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Meet the 2024 Winners: Jay Nagendran, P.Eng., FCAE, ICD.D, FEC, FGC (Hon.)

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Meet Lifetime Achievement Award winner Jay Nagendran, P.Eng., FCAE, ICD.D, FEC, FGC (Hon.) We are awarding Jay Nagendran, P.Eng., FCAE, ICD.D, FEC, FGC (Hon.) because of his commitment to protecting the environment and the public interest. He has provided leadership on many pressing issues of our time through his dedication to the natural world and conservation. Jay Nagendran was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. His early education was spent at Trinity College, Sri Lanka. Jay’s interest in engineering came to him as a young boy growing up in Sri Lanka, a country known for its ancient irrigation systems. His father was an irrigation engineer working for the government of Sri Lanka and began taking Jay to on-site inspections. When he was 18 years old left Sri Lanka to pursue an education in chemical engineering at the University of California, Davis. He then joined his family in Canada and worked as
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Meet the 2024 Winners: Professor I. S. Jawahir, Ph.D.

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Meet Lifetime Achievement Award winner Professor I. S. Jawahir, Ph.D. We are awarding Professor I. S. Jawahir, Ph.D., because of his pioneering engineering work on sustainable manufacturing processes and his three decades of educating future engineers. Professor Jawahir was born in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, and he completed his early education locally. Subsequently, he received a Soviet government scholarship to Moscow, earning his Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then returned to Sri Lanka and worked briefly at the National Engineering Research and Development Center. Next, he headed to Australia, where he earned his Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales. Professor Jawahir is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, a James F. Hardymon Chair in Manufacturing Systems, and the Founding Director of The Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing at the University of Kentucky in the United States. He has over 450 research publications under his belt. He has been
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Meet the 2024 Winners: Ravindra Gunewardena, FAIA

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Meet Lifetime Achievement Award winner Ravindra Gunewardena, FAIA We’re awarding Ravindra Gunewardena, FAIA, because of his achievements and leadership in the field of architecture and his continued contributions to society with pro-bono work, educational lectures, and seminars. Born in Dehiwala, Sri Lanka, Ravindra is the fifth of seven children born to Shelton and Lorna Gunewardena. In 1968, his family immigrated to the United States, and he completed his Bachelor of Architecture at Cal Poly in Pomona, California, in 1984. In his last year of college, he spent a year abroad studying in Florence, Italy and completed a Minor in Art History. After decades of work, in February 2023, Ravindra was bestowed the title of Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), the highest distinction in his profession, conferred on only 3% of its members. Ravindra and his partner in life and work, Frank Escher, started Escher Gunewardena Architecture in
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Meet the 2024 Winners: Professor Richard S. Gunasekera, Ph.D., D.IDv.

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Meet Lifetime Achievement Award winner Professor Richard S. Gunasekera, Ph.D., D.IDv. We are awarding Professor Richard S. Gunasekera, Ph.D., D.IDv., because of his pioneering work in biochemical genetics, nanotechnology, forensic science, and cancer biology. His many cutting-edge innovations and real-world applications are exceptional contributions to the world. Born in Horton Place, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Professor Gunasekera grew up in Cinnamon Gardens and the picturesque coastal town of Kalutara. He received his primary education at St. Thomas’ College and secondary education at Royal College, where he played water polo, swam for the college, and later the national team. Upon receiving a scholarship, he left Sri Lanka after his first year at Ceylon Law College to pursue further education in Texas, USA. His 20-year career as a professor and a scientist is full of remarkable accomplishments in biochemical genetics, nanomedicine, forensic science, and cancer biology, which is undoubtedly due to his extensive
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