Her Excellency Mrs. C. A. Chaminda I. Colonne
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to the Kingdom of Thailand and Permanent Representative to UNESCAP
(Concurrent accredited to the Kingdom of Cambodia and
Lao People’s Democratic Republic)
Chaminda Colonne is a career diplomat, who joined the Sri Lankan Foreign Service in 1998.
Prior to being appointed as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, she served as Director General of the Middle East of the Foreign Ministry (2018-2021) and Director General of Middle East and Africa of the Ministry of Foreign Relations (2016-2018).
Her posts in Sri Lanka included, Director General of Africa (2011-2013), Director of Africa (2008-2011) of the Ministry of External Affairs, Deputy Director of Economic Affairs (2004-2005), Deputy Director of Consular Affairs (2003-2004) and Assistant Director of Political Affairs – East (1998-2000) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Her overseas posts included Minister/Deputy Chief of Mission of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Berlin, Germany with concurrent accreditation to Switzerland (2013-2016), Counsellor of Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi, India (2005-2008) and First Secretary / Second Secretary of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Moscow, Russia (2000-2003).
During her tenure as Counsellor at the Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi, she also served as the Secretary of the India- Sri Lanka Foundation.
She holds a Bachelor of Science (Zoology Special) from the University of Colombo and served as a member of academic staff of the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo (1996-1998), prior to joining the Sri Lanka Foreign Service.
She is also a past pupil of Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
She is married to Mr. Stephen Senanayake, a Sri Lanka Government officer.
Her hobbies include bird watching and preservation of wildlife, biodiversity, archeological sites for future generations.