Mr. Anura Dissanayake, Secretary to the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka who joined the Sri Lanka Administrative Service in 1990. During his illustrative administrative service career of over 32 years, he has held many responsible positions including the Chief of Staff to the President, Secretary to Ministries of Education, Mahaweli Development, Environment, Higher Education Technology & Innovation and Irrigation.
Apart from public service, Anura Dissanayake had served the UN System for nearly 05 years performing number of contractual assignments in the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNICEF and IFAD in addition to his initial 05 year marketing professional experience in the Corporate Sector.
Anura Dissanayake holds a BSc (Management) Degree from the University of Sri Jayawardanapura, Sri Lanka, Post Graduate Qualifications from University of Washington, U.S.A. while completing Professional Development Certificate courses from the Harvard University, U.S.A, Singapore Civil College and the University of Illinois, U.S.A. He is a recipient of many prestigious awards including Fulbright / Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship in 2001/2002, Most Outstanding Young Persons of Sri Lanka (TOYP) Award in 2000, Presidential Citation for Efficient Commitment in 1999, National Award for Best Public Sector Performance, PIM in 1995, Asian Youth Federation Annual Travel Award in 1985 and American Field Service (AFS) Youth Exchange Fellowship in 1981/82 etc.