Our Team


Windhya Liyanarachchi - Chairperson

10 years experience in Finance & Accounting field and nearly 5 years experience in Human resource management Professionally qualified. Expertise is especially in Human Resources. Have held the following Positions -: Finance Manager, Worldlink Shipping Colombo (Pvt) Ltd. Finance Manager, USAID’s Accelerated Skills Acquisition Program, Creative Associates International Inc. Finance Consultant- Brooklyn Tea Services. Currently, Admin, Finance & HR Coordinator- ICEI, Kandy.

N.M.Mohamed Nizar - Treasurer

Has  almost one and half decades of experience in both profit making business sector and non profit making social development (NGO’s) sector. Holds a post-graduate diploma in Human rights at Colombo university and also holds Diploma in Business Management at British Business college.  

Alfredo Luis Somoza - Director

Engaged since the 80s in the world of International Cooperation and sustainable and ethical consumption. With extensive experience in the field of written and radio journalism, he is the author of essays, textbooks and travel guides. He has been President and founder of the Italian Association for Responsible Tourism (AITR) and member of the Board of the Affiliate Members to UNWTO. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of ENIT (Italian Tourism Board), of the Board of Directors of Coop-ID and he has been the President of ICEI NGO since 2008.

J.Charitha Ratwatte Jr. - Director

The founder and Managing Director of Rural Returns (Guarantee) Limited Sri Lanka, a non-profit Company that works with rural communities to find sustainable pathways out of poverty.

Charitha earned a BSc. (Hons) in Information Systems from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, and later an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, with concentrations in the Public Management and Global Management Programs.
Charitha has five years' experience in the Sri Lankan software industry. He is a Director of SL2College, a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to connecting students with free, high-quality advice on higher education options. He serves as Chief Manager - Sustainability at Dialog Axiata PLC, a leading Sri Lankan communications service provider.

Mario Cavani - Director

Retired since 1994 he started his career in Banca Popolare dell’Emiia Romagna where in 1987 became Director of a local branch. Having ethical interests he has been dedicating his life to social activities. In 1971, he founded the NGO Overseas to promote international cooperation. Afterward he expanded his horizons towards equal and social commerce and ethical finance. In 1994 became administrator of CTM Altromercato and Cooperativa Sociale d’Oltremare (a local fair trade cooperative) From 1998 to 2010 was member of the Board of Director and vice-president of Etica Bank. Due to his strong interest and knowledge in bio-agriculture he was also member of ICEA, consortium ETIMOS and ETICA Sgr.

Mathavan Balaraman - Director

Began the career in Sustainable Agriculture, Dairy and Rural Development since 2006 , continuing with the real spirit of promoting SME Development through eco friendly farming and processing techniques. Throughout his careers in Gami Seva Sevana and ICEI/Overseas, he established numerous contacts in the industry nationally and internationally.  Gained a BSc Degree in Agriculture and MSc Degree in Dairy Technology and a Life and Executive Committee Member of Sri Lanka Association of Animal Production and Lanka Organic Agriculture Movements.

S.L.Rayees Ahamed - Director

Rayees has more than 10 years of experience in development sector and has worked in number of organizations including United Nations and International Red Cross movement. He carries plenty of experience in community development initiatives particularly in the areas of institutional capacity building and monitoring & evaluation. He has completed his first degree in BA Social Science and at present reading Master in the development studies. He is currently employed at International Organization for Migration (IOM) since March 2012

Sumedha Devapriya - Director

Managing Director of Ecowave Travels

Working in tourism sector since 1996, Sumedha started his career as a Nature guide in a community based Ecotourism project. Afterward he expanded his horizons in many facets of tourism, which includes hospitality, tour operations and community development through tourism - with national and international organizations in Sri Lanka and overseas.  Sumedha is a travel enthusiast, obsessed with birds, and an explorer of traditional culture and cuisine in the rural communities.


I.L.M.Najeem - CEO

Over ten years of diverisified experience in the field of agriculture, agri business , community development and project management. Having  ethical  interest on organic agriculture, dedicates to learn continously and implement in the field.  Holding Bachelor of Science degree  in Agriculture specialized in Agri Business Management  acquired enhanced knowledge in his fields of working  through many professional studies and training.