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Amanda Kiessel

Ashoka Fellow since jan 2018

Sri Lanka

Amanda is building a curated system for social enterprises, responsible businesses, and conscious consumers to come together, support each other, and catalyze the transition to a 21st century economy that is good for people and good for the planet.

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Recognising that the women’s movement in Sri Lanka needs a new generation of leaders post its deadly civil war, Shreen is creating a new cadre of young women that is bringing new solutions to overcome the socio-cultural inequalities that have long prevented women from exercising their citizenship in...

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Lak Kumar

Ashoka Fellow since oct 2012

Sri Lanka

Dr. Lak Kumar is pioneering the treatment for dengue fever (DF) and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF). His novel approach to treatment has reduced the number of deaths attributable to the disease by half in Sri Lanka. This distinct model has caused revision of the guidelines for dengue fever treatment...

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Ashila Mapalagama

Ashoka Fellow since aoû 2012

Sri Lanka

Through the “Stand Up” movement, Ashila Mapalagama is pioneering a fresh approach to an old problem; using a mutual assistance program that is an employee-based and self-financed social security system to create a collective identity and spur self-organization among predominately female Free Trade...

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Ananda Galappatti

Ashoka Fellow since juin 2011

Sri Lanka

Ananda Galappatti is reforming the psychosocial field in Sri Lanka, replacing restrictive structures and conventional organizational approaches with innovative and responsive solutions, and building coalitions and intelligent networks to improve the lives of people under mental stress.

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Niranjan Meegammana

Ashoka Fellow since juin 2011

Sri Lanka

Niranjan Meegammana is educating underserved communities by closing the rural and urban education gap. Niranjan’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT)-based educational system is improving rural students’ access to quality education in local languages, enabling them to become more...

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K.D.N. Weerasinghe

Ashoka Fellow since aoû 2010

Sri Lanka

Professor K.D.N. Weerasinghe or “Weera” has invented several innovative applications to rejuvenate Sri Lanka’s declining cinnamon industry. Weera’s inventions including a cinnamon peeling device, a processing bench, scrapers, and a poly cam, and are collectively creating a technological revolution...

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Menaha Kandasamy

Ashoka Fellow since aoû 2009

Sri Lanka

Menaha Kandasamy, the daughter of a plantation worker, has been changing the structure of traditionally male dominant plantation labor unions in Sri Lanka into a more representative and egalitarian setup by ensuring a 50 percent representation of women within the estate committees. Menaha is...

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Sanjana Hattotuwa

Ashoka Fellow since juin 2008

Sri Lanka

Sanjana Hattotuwa created the first community web-based media in Sri Lanka to record egregious failings and violations of democratic governance and civil liberty. By leveraging new media including the internet, cellular phones, and the web, he has created a safe place for citizens to write about war...

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Jayasuriya Weliamuna

Ashoka Fellow since juin 2008

Sri Lanka

Jayasuriya Weliamuna (Weli) has introduced a multifaceted and non-hostile approach to reduce corruption in Sri Lanka by fostering cooperation among ethical members of the private and public sectors.

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