Who We Are

About NIA_

National Innovation Agency

The National Innovation Agency (NIA) was established by the Parliamentary Act, No. 22 of 2019, with the aim of coordinating the Ministries, Institutions, and the Private sector for creating, improving, and sustaining a national innovation eco-system and providing support necessary for the relevant innovations from idea to market. This task was previously entrusted to the Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology, and Innovation (COSTI), which ceased its operations on 31 December 2021. The NIA took over, absorbing the human, physical and financial resources and other assets of COSTI, as per the Cabinet Decision taken on 08.03.2021 (CP No. 21/0388/308/021).

Accordingly, NIA became operational on 29.11.2021, with the Steering Council of NIA holding its first meeting.

The Agency operates under the purview of the Ministry of Education.

Our Steering Council

Mr E M S B Ekanayake

Secretary to the President

Chairperson

Dr Sankalpa Gamwarige

Nagarro

Appointed Member

Mr Manju Gunawardana

LOLC

Appointed Member

Eng. Capt. Udaya Dampage

Kothalawala Defence University

Appointed Member

Dr Harsha Subasinghe

CEO of CodeGen Group of Company

APPOINTED MEMBER

Dr Hans Wijayasuriya

CEO at Telecommunications Business Axiata Group Bhd 

APPOINTED MEMBER

Prof.Rohan Munasinghe

University of Moratuwa 

APPOINTED MEMBER

Mr H.C.D.L. Silva

Director General, Department of Treasury Operations Ministry of Finance

Mr E.A.Rathnaseela

Additional Director General, Department of National Planning, Ministry of Finance

Ms Needeeka Wataliyadda

Additional Secretary, Ministry of Education (Development and Innovations)

Mr P.L.Pathmakumara

Additional Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education (Administration)

Mr G.L.Gnanatheva

Director of Commerce, Department of Commerce

Mr T.B.M.Atapattu

Additional Secretary, Ministry of Education(Admin & Finance)

Mrs Geethanjali R. Ranawaka

DG, National Intellectual Property Office

Prof.N.M.S.Sirimuthu

Commissioner, SLIC

Dr Naresh Handagama

CEO, Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology

Mrs B. M.S.Bandara

Additional Secretary, (Development), Ministry of Trade

Prof. Ajith de Alwis

Chief innovation officer

Our Team

Dr Sachie Panawala

Additional Chief INNOVATION OFFICER

Vindya Wijesinghe

Senior INNOVATION OFFICER

(Tech Transfer)

Thidasi Dahanayaka

Senior INNOVATION OFFICER

(Science Technology & Eco)

Navodi Wickramasinghe

Senior INNOVATION OFFICER

(Social & Services)

Iresha Weerasinghe

INNOVATION OFFICER (Act.G)

Ganesha Wijesinghe

Accountant (ACT.G)

Pooja Malavisooriya

Dep Director HR

Vagira Perera

Shanika Abeyratne

Lasitha Kumara

Office Assistant