About Us

How We Work

Citra is co-developed and co-financed by the Ministry of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation and UNDP. The Lab is staffed with a unique team comprising of individuals with various expertise including Sociology, Data Science, Behavioral Psychology, Digital Design, Development Economics, International Relations, and Gender Studies. The Lab also works closely with its network of partners, both locally and internationally, to bring value-addition to the solutions being developed. Through this vibrant composition Citra can work through a holistic approach and find comprehensive solutions to the development challenges of Sri Lanka.

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Key focal agency to advise on design and testing of innovations and provide relevant technical expertise by tapping into its network of 177 country offices globally

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Ministry of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation

Government partner which supports in terms of co-financing and guiding the work of the Lab, along with identifying potential problem areas

The Team

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Fadhil Bakeer Markar

Lab Lead / Team Leader - Partnerships and Engagement, UNDP

Instrumental in the establishment of Citra, Fadhil has been championing innovation efforts within UNDP and in Sri Lanka since 2014, and is currently the UNDP Partnerships Analyst, while also providing guidance and leadership to the Lab team

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Ayushka Nugaliyadda

Economist and Systems Design Lead

Ayushka lends her background in Development Economics and prior work experience at UNDP’s Policy Unit to the ongoing work of Citra, as well as work closely with the Lab Lead to facilitate greater private sector engagement with the Lab


Sarika Warusavitarana


As the Sociologist in the team, Sarika conducts analysis of developmental issues undertaken by Citra. She brings a wealth of experience from working at the Governance Unit in UNDP Sri Lanka, and continues to study the interaction between societal trends and issues on the ground

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Milinda de Silva


Develops advocacy and outreach material, and works closely with the Communications focal point to maintain the digital presence of the Lab. His experiences in designing for numerous UN agencies supports him when it comes to visualizing Citra’s work in an accessible manner

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Ahamed Nishadh

Tech for Development Lead

With vast experience in the Tech industry within multiple roles and organizations, Ahamed brings in expertise of a crucial part of our innovation work: technology. He works closely in implementing the National Youth Social Innovation Challenge, while also supporting the broader team with any technological aspects of solutions developed

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Kithmini Nissanka


Working closely with Kulunu, Kithmini contributes to the everyday implementation work of the Innovation Challenge and documents the impact it strives to create. With her experience working in the public sector, she works effectively with the Ministry involved in this initiative, along with other partners


Kulunu Jayamanne


Focusing predominantly on the National Youth Social Innovation Challenge, Kulunu coordinates and builds partnerships around this initiative which aims to identify and strengthen young entrepreneurs all across the country using technology and innovation to find development solutions

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Bhagya Maheshi

Data Scientist

With expertise in Data Science and prior experience at the United Nations ESCAP office in Bangkok, Bhagya brings the essential data component to all of the initiatives undertaken by the Lab to ensure prototypes developed are evidence-based and data-driven

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Yasas Thalagala

Strategic Engagement & Exploration Lead

Yasas is Citra’s focal point when liaising with the multi-sectoral stakeholders of the Lab. Coming from an Engineering background, his meticulous and detail-oriented organization skills helps in his everyday work of coordinating the Lab’s processes and interventions


Deshani Senanayake

Gender and Experimentation Lead

Deshani is responsible for gender research and experimentation at the Lab. She also ensures that gender equity thinking is incorporated in all of the initiatives undertaken by the Lab to ensure we develop prototypes that are gender sensitive and inclusive.


Dilshani Dias


With expertise in Communications and experience working with various UN agencies, Dilshani works to influence narratives and ensure our work reaches key audiences

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Noyalganth Rajkumar


Noyal is responsible for knowledge management and training at the Lab and leads our training arm on embedding innovation within the public sector. He lends his extensive experience in developing, delivering and monitoring training programmes to strengthen Citra’s standing as a leader in knowledge management

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