Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi assumed duties as the
Secretary to the Ministry of Defence on 09th September 2015.
Born on 20th March 1950, Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi,
a professional engineer who completed his primary education and
secondary education at the Royal College, Polonaruwa and Bandaranayake
Central College, Veyangoda respectively.
Commencing his higher education he earned his Bachelor's
of Engineering (Hons) Degree from the University of Peradeniya, Sri
Lanka in year 1977. He was conferred the title of Master of Science in
Engineering from the University of Leuven, Belgium in year 1986.
Eng. Hettiarachchi has participated in many local and
foreign training programmes focusing Management, especially in the
fields of Water, Irrigation, Solid Waste and Project Management.
Accordingly, some of the training programmes amongst many he attended
are Resource Management Training in Sri Lanka (1983), Water Management
Training in Philippines (1983), Management Training in Belgium (1985),
Water Management Training in Thailand (1988) and Project Management
Training in Tokyo (2000).
As well, Eng. Hettiarachchi is a member of the F.I.E.
(SL), Chartered Engineer (UK) 1981, Chartered Engineer (SL) 1981, MIEP
(SL 2006) and FIM (SL).
Eng. Hettiarachchi has represented Sri Lanka at
numerous national and international meetings, seminars and conferences
and has also chaired significant meetings on behalf of the Government.
In a public service career spanning for over 39 years,
Eng. Hettiarachchi has served in a number of renowned institutions and
government organizations. He has commenced his career as a Civil
Engineer at the Ministry of Housing and Constructions. In his early
career he has served in several organizations in the Engineering field
holding positions such as Civil Engineer of the Territorial Civil
Engineering Organization, Civil Engineer of the Central Engineering
Consultancy Bureau, Irrigation Engineer at the Department of Irrigation,
Resident Engineer of the Department of Irrigation, Irrigation Engineer
at the Department of Irrigation and as a Research Associate at the
International Irrigation Management Institute.
Prior to the present appointment he was the Secretary
to the Ministry of Urban Development, Water supply and Drainage in year
2015. Along the line of extensive past career he also has served in
higher positions such as Director of Sierra Engineering & Construction
(Pvt.) Ltd, Chairman of National Water Supply and Drainage Board,
Chairman of Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation,
Chairman of Central Environmental Authority, Senior Project Specialist
of Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Chairman of Sri Lanka
Bureau of Foreign Employment of the Ministry of Labour Relations and
Foreign Employment, Chairman of Geological Survey and Mines Bureau of
the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Director of Clean Settlements Project
of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Consultant Civil
Engineer of Nippon Koei Consultants Ltd, Chief Irrigation Engineer of
the Department of Irrigation and Chief Resident Engineer of the
Department of Irrigation.
All the way through in his profession Eng. Hettiarachchi has presented numerous Research and Publications.
Accordingly he has presented a paper on Participatory Irrigation
Development in Sri Lanka at the International Conference on Sustainable
Land Use in Belgium 1992. A paper on Maintenance Management under
Deficit Resource Condition at the International Conference on Operation
and Maintenance of Irrigation and Drainage Projects in China 1993. A
paper on Management of Irrigation Facilities for Sustainable Land Use at
the International Conference on Environmentally Sustainable Irrigation
Development in Pakistan 1993. A paper on Participatory Action Research
Innovations for Irrigation Turnover at the International Conference on
Irrigation Turnover in China 1994 and has done a Literature Review on
Management of Irrigation Facilities for International Irrigation
Management Institute (IIMI) using about 150 documents on maintenance,
rehabilitation, improvement and modernization in 1990.
Eng. Hettiarachchi has also submitted an Inception
Report of IIMI's Participatory Action Research Project on Irrigation
management and Crop Diversification in 1991. He has submitted Seasonal
Reports and Final Research Report of IIMI's Participatory Action
Research Project on Irrigation Management and Crop Diversification in
1991, 1992 and 1993. He also has presented Papers on the research findings of IIMI's
Participatory Action Research Project on Irrigation Management and Crop
Diversification in several local workshops conducted by IIMI, Irrigation
Department. Moreover Eng. Hettiarachchi has presented a paper in
New Delhi, India on Sri Lanka Experience on Urban Management while
representing a Regional Conference on Infrastructure Financing and
He is married to Mrs. Wasantha Gunawardena, a retired
school teacher and have blessed with a son and a daughter.