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DHANAPALA, JAYANTHA

Time:2013-11-20 10:12:04    Views:229059    Origin:Boao Forum for Asia

DHANAPALA, JAYANTHA

DHANAPALA, JAYANTHA

Senior Adviser to the President, Sri Lanka

 

Jayantha Dhanapala, a Sri Lankan, is currently the Senior Adviser to His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka. He was invited to manage the peace process by the government of Sri Lanka in mid-2004 after a distinguished career as a national and international diplomat, peace-builder and disarmament expert. He functioned as secretary General of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) till the end of November 2005. Further to his duties in Sri Lanka, Mr. Dhanapala continues to be active internationally through his membership of several international groups such as the International Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission; the Governing Board of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), International Advisory Group of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); United Nations University Council, International Advisory Board of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies and as Honorary President of the International Peace Bureau. Following a stint in the private sector in Sri Lanka, he ranked first in seeking entry into the Sri Lankan Foreign Service in 1965 and served thereafter in diplomatic posting in London, Beijing. Washington. D.C., New Delhi and Geneva, culminating in Ambassadorial appointments in Geneva (1984-87) and Washington D.C. (1995-97). He has an in-depth knowledge of the United Nations gained from 10-years of exposure in working in a senior management capacity in the United Nations: first, served as Director (D2) of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in Geneva (1987-92); later, was hand picked by Kofi Annan to take up the challenging job as Under-Secretary-General (1998-2003) re-establishing the Department of Disarmament Affairs after the UN reforms of 1977. Mr. Dhanapala has had a solid liberal education obtaining a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka and a Master of Arts (International Studies) degree from the American University of Washington D.C. He has also received several honorary degrees from Sri Lankan, British and US. Universities and has published four books and numerous articles in international journals.