Sept 10, Colombo: The Diplomatic Courier, a global news and international affairs analysis magazine based in Washington, D.C, has named a Sri Lankan among its list of Influencers.
The magazine named Manjula Dissanayake, originally from Sri Lanka, as an Influencer, one who mobilizes people in the foreign policy community with bold new ideas, among the 18 listed by the magazine.
Manjula Dissanayake is the founding president of Educate Lanka Foundation, a nonprofit social venture that empowers promising students from underprivileged backgrounds with access to education.
Born and raised in Sri Lanka, Dissanayake has a Bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Maryland, and a Master's in international development and social entrepreneurship from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
The United States- based Educate Lanka, the non-profit organization he founded, provides education to future leaders from underprivileged backgrounds in Sri Lanka by connecting them with individual philanthropists from around the world, mainly from the Sri Lankan diaspora population.
The foundation so far has invested in over 1,500 school years of nearly 500 deserving students in Sri Lanka, according to the founder.
Dissanayake says the Educate Lanka platform provides the members of diaspora an opportunity to give-back to the disadvantaged poor back home by providing them with access to the educational opportunities they deserve.
In an interview with the magazine Dissanayake said, he, as a member of the Sri Lankan diaspora living in the Unites States is pleased about his efforts in reconnecting the expatriate Sri Lankans with their country of origin through investing and participating in the education of the country's future leaders.
Educate Lanka is supported by the MasterCard Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).