Schooled 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 oversees the work of the Centre’s Civic Media Team.
Sanjana is a frequent commentator on journalism and new media in domestic and international fora and lectured at the Sri Lanka College of Journalism (SLCJ) for a number of years, teaching journalists to use web, Internet and mobile technologies to strengthen professional, independent and investigative journalism. For a number of years, he also hosted a talk show on terrestrial TV.
In 2011, Sanjana was the first Sri Lankan to be awarded a TED Fellowship, two years after he was awarded a News & Knowledge Entrepreneur Fellowship from the Ashoka Foundation. Both awards recognise pioneering efforts to leverage web based citizen journalism and new media to bear witness to violence and strengthen democracy, human rights and a just peace.
Raisa Wickrematunge joined Groundviews as Co-Editor in October 2015. At the time she joined, she had 5 years of experience working at the national newspaper The Sunday Leader. She covered the political beat, investigations, human rights, news and features. Raisa also has several years of editorial experience, working as Deputy Features Editor and as a Deputy Chief Sub Editor for the main section. A former member of the South Asian Women in Media and women’s rights group Reach Out, Raisa is a graduate of the University of Leicester, holding a Masters of Science (MSc) in Marketing and a Bachelors degree in Law with Management from the University of London.
Nigel V. Nugawela was co-editor of Groundviews from late 2010 to May 2012.