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Mr. B M U D Basnayake

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Mr. B M U D Basnayake,

Secretary, Ministry of Defence


Mr. B M U D Basnayake assumed duties as the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence in January 2015.

A career officer of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service (SLAS-) he has previously served as the Secretary to the Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy (2012-2015), Ministry of Resettlement (2011) and the Ministry of Transport (2010-2011).

In a public service career spanning 33 years, Mr Basnayake has held senior positions in the Ministries of Advanced Technology & National Enterprise Development, Tourism, and Public Management Reforms, and has worked as the Acting Director General of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board among others. He has been a Senior Consultant of the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA) and has also served as a Deputy Director in the Treasury for 15 years.

Mr. Basnayake has represented Sri Lanka at numerous national and international meetings, seminars and conferences, and has also chaired some of the meetings on behalf of the Government. In addition he has served inter alia as Chairman of the Ramayana Trail Executive Committee, Member of the Sri Lanka Sustainable Development Project/ World Bank, Trustee, Board of Trustees Wild Life Trust, Member of the Coast Conservation Advisory Council, Member of the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau, Member of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Member of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Member of the National Labour Advisory Council, Board of Directors of the National Development Trust Fund, Member of the Committee on Implementation of Decent Work Policy & Plan of Action for Sri Lanka, Member of the Task Force on setting up of the National Enterprise Development Authority, Member of the Council of the Sri Lanka Standard Institution, and as a Member of the Competitiveness Council for the Export Sector of the Export Development Board.

Mr. Basnayake holds a Master of Development Administration, from the Australian National University, (ANU), Canberra, Australia, a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Agriculture Economics, from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree in Geography, from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. In addition he has followed a Human Resource and Personnel Management Programme in the University of Pittsburgh (USA), a Microeconomics Management and Policies programme at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the United States and a Diploma in SMEs Management & Development Programme in Galillee College in Israel.

Having joined the SLAS in January 1982 his first appointment was as Assistant Government Agent (Akkaraipattu Division) District of Ampara, in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka.

Mr Basnayake and his wife Biso Menike reside in Colombo with their two daughters Upekkha and Sansala.


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