Educated at S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia, Sanjana read English at the University of Delhi, India and as a Rotary World Peace Fellow, was awarded an Advanced Masters in Conflict Resolution and International Relations from the University of Queensland, Brisbane with a Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement.
He is currently a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Policy Alternatives and a frequent commentator on journalism and new media in domestic and international fora. In addition to hosting a talk show on public television, Sanjana taught at the Sri Lanka College of Journalism (SLCJ), engaging journalists from state, private, alternative media on how to use web, internet and mobile technologies to strengthen professional, independent and investigative journalism. He is currently a columnist at The Nation newspaper.
In 2011, Sanjana received a TED Fellowship, two years after he was awarded a News & Knowledge Entrepreneur Fellowship from the Ashoka Foundation. Both awards recognise pioneering efforts to create and use web based civic media to bear witness and strengthen democracy, human rights and just peace.
Sanjana does not share his former co-editor’s mercurial fascination with Nick Clegg, but will openly admit, for nigh on 15 years, to be completely in love with Nandita Das.
Nigel V. Nugawela was co-editor of Groundviews from late 2010 to May 2012.