Presidential Secretariat of Sri Lanka

Secretary to the President

Mr. E M S B Ekanayake, Secretary to the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is equipped with a long-standing experience in the Public Service as a senior member of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service. He holds a Special Degree in Sociology from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, and, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. He also holds a Diploma in Professional Diplomacy and International Relations from Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute.

Mr. Ekanayake has a multi-faceted experience in developing public policy on the areas of youth affairs, human resource management, poverty alleviation, housing and urban development, and media. His wide-ranging diplomatic experience of serving in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Sri Lanka Missions in London and Kuala Lumpur, have been an added advantage for him in handling International Relations. Mr. Ekanayake has served as the Coordinator and the Country Programme Manager of UNHABITAT which implements projects to support conflict-affected people in the North and the East in Sri Lanka, by constructing houses, restoring community infrastructure and developing disaster resilient city plans. Prior to his present appointment, he has served as the Secretary to the Prime Minister.

Career Record

July 2022 to date Secretary to the President
May 2022 to July 2022 Secretary to the Prime Minister
January 2015 to November 2019 Secretary to the Prime Minister
June 2014 – January 2015 Country Programme Manager UNHABITAT
August 2013 – May 2014 Coordinator UNHABITAT
February 2012 – August 2013 Director General/Ministry of Finance
September 2008 – January 2012 Minister, Sri Lanka High Commission, London
September 2005 – September 2008 Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
August 2002 – August 2005 Minister, Sri Lanka High Commission,
Kuala Lumpur
April 2000 – August 2002 Director/Administration, Ministry of
Foreign Affairs
November 1997 – April 2000 Director/Administration, National Youth
Services Council
September 1996 – November 1997 Deputy Director, Ministry of Housing and
Urban Development
September 1994 – September 1996 Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs,
Sports and Rural Development
June 1993 – September 1994 Assistant Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office
February 1992 – June 1993 Assistant Director, Department of Government
March 1989 – February 1992 Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Youth
Affairs and Sports
November 1986 – March 1989 Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Manpower
June 1986 – November 1986 Assistant Secretary, Public Service
May 1985 – May 1986 Sri Lanka Administrative Service Cadet, Sri Lanka
Institute of Development Administration


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