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SecretaryMFA

Esala Weerakoon

Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

DATE OF BIRTH : 3rd September 1961

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EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • B.A. (Hons) Economics, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka(November 1984)
  • Diploma in Social Planning in Developing countries-London School of Economics (June 1986)
  • M.Sc. (Econ), University of London (June 1987)

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:Member of Sri Lanka Foreign Service, Grade 1

EMPLOYMENT RECORD

2016 August to date -Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

2015 October - 2016 July-High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in India

2015 January - 2015 Sept.- Additional Secretary/Special Projects -Ministry of Housing and Samurdhi

2014 July – 2015 January-Additional Secretary/External Relations-Ministry of Economic Development

2014 May -2014 July-Charge d’ Affaires (with rank of Ambassador)-Embassy of Sri Lanka, Washington DC, USA

2013 Dec – 2014 May-As the Actg. High Commissioner established the Sri Lanka-High Commission of Seychelles

2013 Sept – 2013 Dec- Additional Director General, CHOGM Task Force-Secretariat, Ministry of External Affairs

2011 May – 2013 Sept-Deputy Chief of Mission (with rank of Ambassador)-Embassy of Sri Lanka, Washington DC, USA

2009 Dec – 2011 April-Charge d’ Affaires (with rank of Ambassador)-Embassy of Sri Lanka, Tokyo

2009 April – 2009 Dec -Director General /East Asia & Pacific-Ministry of Foreign Affairs

2007 April – 2009 April -Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Norway

2006 Jan – 2007 April -Director General/Economic Affairs-Ministry of Foreign Affairs

2005 April – 2005 Dec- Acting Director General/Economic Affairs-Ministry of Foreign Affairs

2004 Nov. – 2005 March -Temporarily assigned to the Sri Lanka High Commission-In London as Deputy High Commissioner

2003 – 2004-Director/Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1999 – 2002-Deputy High Commissioner -Sri Lanka High Commission, Australia

1997 – 1999-Counsellor, Sri Lanka High Commission, Malaysia

1995 – 1996-Deputy Director/Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1992 July – 1994 Dec-First Secretary, Sri Lanka High Commission, London

1989 Dec. – 1992 June-Second Secretary/Embassy of Sri Lanka, Paris and -Second Secretary/Permanent-Delegation of Sri Lanka to UNESCO, Paris

1988 October- Probationer, Sri Lanka Foreign Service

PROFESSIONAL COURSES/FELLOWSHIPS :

  • Washington Embassy Orientation Seminar conducted by the Near East South Asia Centre for Strategic Studies of the National Defence University, Washington DC, October 2012
  • International Executive Development Programme conducted by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Seoul, Republic of Korea, June 1995
  • United Nations Disarmament Fellowship Programme, August to October 1992
  • Fellow, Commonwealth Foundation Induction Programme for Commonwealth Diplomats, London, October 1990
  • Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration, Orientation Course in Public Management for Sri Lanka Foreign Service Probationers, January to June 1989
  • Course on Professional Diplomacy, Diplomatic Procedure and Institutions at Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, Sri Lanka, April 1988

CONFERENCES ATTENDED AND ACTIVITIES IN PUBLIC AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

  • Member of the Official Delegation accompanying the Hon. Prime Minister on Official Visit to India, September 2015.
  • Member of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the 4th SAARC Ministerial Meeting of Poverty Alleviation, Thimphu, Bhutan, July 2015.
  • Assistant Returning Officer, appointed by the Commissioner of Elections under Section 7(1) of the Presidential Elections Act No. 15 of 1981, for the Administrative District of Kalutara, to assist the Returning Officer at the Presidential Election held on 8th January, 2015.
  • Member of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), Colombo, Sri Lanka, November 2013
  • Member of the Official Delegation accompanying His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka on State Visit to Cuba, June 2012
  • Member of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank, Washington DC, April 2012
  • Member of the Official Delegation accompanying the Hon. Minister of Environment and Special Envoy of His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka to Ecuador, 12 to 16 March 2012
  • Member of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the Commonwealth Finance Ministers’ Meeting, Washington DC, 21 September 2011
  • Member of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the Annual Meeting of the IMF and World Bank, Washington DC, September 2011
  • Member of the Official Delegation accompanying the Hon. Deputy Minister of External Affairs and Special Envoy of His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka to Peru, Dominican Republic and Mexico – August/ September 2011
  • Member of the South Asia Senior Diplomats’ Delegation invited by the Chinese Peoples Institute of Foreign Affairs to the People’s Republic of China, 26 October to 4 November 2009
  • Member of the South Asian Senior Diplomats’ Delegation invited by the Chinese Peoples Institute of Foreign Affairs to the People’s Republic of China, 26 October to 4 November 2009
  • Observer of the Election Visitor Programme for the Indonesia Presidential Election, Jakarta, Indonesia, July 2009
  • Leader of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the First ASEAN Regional Forum Inter Sessional Meeting on Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, July 2009
  • Member of the Official Delegation accompanying His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka on State visit to Pakistan, March 2006
  • Member of Official Delegation accompanying His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka on State visit to India, December 2005
  • Member of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the Meeting of the Lower Middle Income Countries Initiative in Amman, Jordan, November 2005
  • Chair, 6th BIMSTEC Working Group on Dispute Settlement Mechanism, Dhaka, Bangladesh, October 2005
  • Member of the Official Delegation accompanying Her Excellency the President of Sri Lanka on State visit to the People’ Republic of China, August, 2005
  • Leader of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the 8th Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC)Senior Officials’ Meeting, Dhaka, Bangladesh, May 2005
  • Member of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the High Level Meeting on Developing Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System, Port Louis, Mauritius, April 2005
  • Member of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the 5th Council of Ministers’ Meeting (IOR-ARC), Colombo, August, 2004
  • Member of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the 4th Council of Ministers’ Meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) Colombo, August, 2003
  • Member of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Coolum, Brisbane, Australia, March 2002
  • Member of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the 36th Consultative Committee Meeting of the Colombo Plan, Colombo, 29th to 31st October 1996
  • Member of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the 1993 Review Conference of CAB International London, June 1993
  • Member of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the World Summit on the Advancement of Poor Rural Women Geneva, March 1992
  • Member of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the 48th Session of the Commission of Human Rights, Geneva, February 1992
  • Member of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the 26th General Conference of UNESCO, Paris, 15th October – 07 November, 1991
  • Member, Headquarters Committee of UNESCO, Paris, 1990, 1991, 1992
  • Member of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the Second United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries, Paris, 3-14 September 1990
  • First Deputy to the Sri Lanka Member of the Executive Board of UNESCO, Paris, 1990
  • Leader of the Sri Lanka Delegation of Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) 55th Annual Session New Delhi, India, 16 – 20 May 2016

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

  • 2005 – 2006 Vice President, Sri Lanka Foreign Service Association

AWARDS:

  • Certificate of Appreciation awarded by His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo on 25th April 2015 for exceptional support given in the organization of the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to Sri Lanka, 13-15 January 2015

Prasada Sambhavana – 2014 – University of Kelaniya

  • Ceremonial felicitation as distinguished alumni of the University of Kelaniya attached to the public sector on 13th September 2014

OTHER INFORMATION

  • 1982 – 1983 - Member of the Sports Council of the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
  • 1982 – 1983 - Captain of Tennis, University of Kelaniya and awarded the Certificate of Performance in Tennis
  • 1981 – 1982 - Member of the Students’ Council of the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
  • 1980 - Prefect, Royal College, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka
  • 1979 - Awarded the Sir Henry de Mel Memorial Prize for Sinhala, Royal College, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka

INTERESTS : Humanitarian Issues, Conflict Resolution Issues

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY : English, Sinhala, French

SPORTS : Table Tennis and Tennis

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EW-SFA

Esala Weerakoon appointed as Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Esala Weerakoon, member of the Sri Lanka Foreign Service batch of 1988 received his letter of appointment as the Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, today 1st August 2016, from the Secretary to the President.


He has served as High Commissioner to India and Ambassador to Norway. His foreign postings include assignments as Actg. High Commissioner to Seychelles, Deputy High Commissioner in Sri Lanka's High Commission in Canberra and Deputy Chief of Mission in Sri Lanka's Embassy in Washington DC. He has also served in Sri Lanka's Missions in the United Kingdom, Japan, Malaysia and France. Apart from serving in different Divisions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he has also worked as Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Housing and Samurdhi.


Mr. Weerakoon assumed duties at Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this morning.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

1st August 2016




Contact Secretary's Bureau

Designation Name of the Officer Office No. Fax E mail
Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr.Esala Weerakoon 2390812 2380282 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Asst. Director S/FA's Bureau Mr.V.C.J. Perera 2324794 2380282 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



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