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Dr. Prasanna Ariyarathna,  Ecosystem Resilience, Best Researcher Award

Professor at University of kalaniya, Sri Lanka

Prasanna Ariyarathna is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in operational management within the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). With a career spanning over several years, Prasanna has held key roles in various UNICEF offices, contributing significantly to program implementation and operational excellence. He has served as an Operations Manager at both the UNICEF South Sudan office in Juba and the UNICEF Uttar Pradesh State office in Lucknow, India. Prasanna’s expertise lies in overseeing operational functions, managing program budgets, and ensuring compliance with organizational standards and procedures. He has demonstrated strong leadership, strategic thinking, and a commitment to excellence in operational management within the UNICEF organization. Throughout his career, Prasanna has led initiatives to standardize processes, enhance efficiency, and ensure optimal utilization of resources to achieve programmatic goals.

  • June 2020: Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from the University of Kelaniya, Gampaha, Sri Lanka.
  • January 2011: Executive Master of Business Administration from the Open University, Sri Lanka, Nawala, Colombo.
  • June 2007: Master of Engineering (M. Eng.) in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
  • June 1997: Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.Sc. Eng.) specialized in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from the University of Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka.


professional experience:

  • July 2021 – Present: Operations Manager at UNICEF Uttar Pradesh State office, Lucknow, India.
  • February 2019 – June 2021: Operations Manager at UNICEF South Sudan, Juba, South Sudan.
  • April 2015 – January 2019: Operations Specialist at UNICEF Regional Office, ESARO, Kenya.
  • January 2000 – February 2003: Manager ISP Solutions at Sierra Information Technologies Ltd., Sri Lanka. Dr. Ariyarathna established an internet service network for the company during this time.

Research interests:

  1. Operational management in humanitarian organizations
  2. Program implementation and evaluation
  3. Capacity building and training methodologies
  4. Risk management and mitigation strategies
  5. Business continuity planning in crisis situations
  6. Financial management and budgeting in non-profit organizations
  7. Procurement and supply chain management in humanitarian contexts
  8. Organizational effectiveness and efficiency
  9. Leadership and management development
  10. Impact assessment and performance measurement in development projects


  • Farming: Insights from Resilience Theory
  • Journal: Sustainable Environment Publication
  • Date: December 31, 2023 Article
  • Type: Journal Article
  • DOI: 10.1080/27658511.2023.2273619
  • Authors: S. M. W. P. K. Ariyarathna, KGM Nanayakkara,  S.C. Thushara, Michelle Bloo
Prasanna Ariyarathna | Ecosystem resilience |Best Researcher Award

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