Piyumi Samaraweera

National Programme Development Manager
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In her role as National Programme Development Manager, Piyumi oversees Womankind’s programming activities across our focus countries. This includes having a good understanding of and relationship with our key partners, being a conduit of information for colleagues within Womankind and being an external representative of Womankind to cultivate and maintain good relationships with a wide range stakeholders. Piyumi is responsible for managing Womankind’s funded projects related to in-country programming, including partner reporting deadlines and requirements for input into planning processes. She also has a special focus on the organisation’s monitoring, evaluation and learning framework.

Piyumi has a 16 year career with a focus on inclusion, minority empowerment and sustainability. She previously worked as the Head of Diversity and Wellbeing Membership at Business in the Community (a 35 year old charity focused on sustainability and responsible business), and prior to that she worked in Sri Lanka as the Manager of a Women’s Empowerment programme with MAS Holdings, a multinational apparel manufacturer. She was also seconded as Director PR to the presidential Task force for Rebuilding the Nation (TAFREN) during the post-tsunami period in Sri Lanka and worked closely with national and international CSOs engaged in the reconstruction work during that period.

The proud granddaughter of Sri Lanka’s first female mayor, Piyumi is a lover of theatre and film and believes that they can be powerful levers for societal change