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H.E. Mrs. C. A. Chaminda I. Colonne

Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to the Kingdom of Thailand (With concurrent accreditation as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic) and Permanent Representative of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

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.

H.E.(Mrs.) Samantha K. Jayasuriya

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Thailand and Lao PDR

Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UNESCAP

H.E.(Mrs.) Samantha K. Jayasuriya

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Thailand and Lao PDR

Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UNESCAP

Message from the Ambassador

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Bangkok is pleased to connect with the overseas Sri Lankans in Thailand and accredited countries through this web portal by providing user friendly access to vital information, particularly, to facilitate consular services. The Embassy website is also designed to provide travel information in Thai and English languages to the public and those interested in learning about the cordial relations between Sri Lanka and the accredited countries; Thailand, Lao PDR as well as Cambodia and also the country’s engagement within the multilateral organizations in Bangkok such as the UNESCAP. It is our sincere hope that this website will be a useful first guide to the beautiful and hospitable country- Sri Lanka, and to the diplomatic engagements of this Embassy.

Embassy Staff

Mrs. Poornima Gunasekera

First Secretary/ Head of Chancery

Ms. Saritha Ranatunga
First Secretary
Mr. Ranjan Peiris
Attaché
Mr. Anil Priyantha Sirimanna
Counselor (Commerce)
Ms. Saritha Ranatunga
First Secretary
Mr. Aravinda Perera
Protocol Officer
Mrs. B.M.Lakmali
Accounts Officer
Mrs. V.Kalyani De Alwis
PA to the Ambassador

Former Ambassadors

H.E. Mrs. Samantha K. Jayasuriya
August 2019 – December 2020
H.E. Mrs. Kshenuka Dhireni Senewiratne
August 2015 – July 2019
H.E. General (Rtd.) S.H.S. Kottegoda
October 2011 – February 2015
H.E. Prof. J.B. Dissanayake
October 2007 – June 2011
H.E. Mr. G.D.A. Wijewardena
March 2004 – April 2007
H.E. Mr. H.M.G.S Palihakkara
2001-2004
H.E. Mr. Karunatilake Ammunugama
October 1998 – February 2001
H.E. Mrs. Sarala Fernando
1995-1997
H.E. General (Rtd.) Cecil Waidyaratne
May 1994 – December 1994
H.E. Mr. H.C Gunawarhana
April 1990 – December 1993
H.E. Mr. R. Premaratne
March 1987- March 1990
H.E. Mr. Gamini Senevirathne
1984-1987
H.E. Mrs. Manel Abeysekara
1980-1983

Former Ambassadors

H.E. Mrs. Samantha K. Jayasuriya
August 2019 – December 2020
H.E. Mrs. Kshenuka Dhireni Senewiratne
August 2015 – July 2019
H.E. General (Rtd.) S.H.S. Kottegoda
October 2011 – February 2015
H.E. Prof. J.B. Dissanayake
October 2007 – June 2011
H.E. Mr. G.D.A. Wijewardena
March 2004 – April 2007
H.E. Mr. H.M.G.S Palihakkara
2001-2004
H.E. Mr. Karunatilake Ammunugama
October 1998 – February 2001
H.E. Mrs. Sarala Fernando
1995-1997
H.E. General (Rtd.) Cecil Waidyaratne
May 1994 – December 1994
H.E. Mr. H.C Gunawarhana
April 1990 – December 1993
H.E. Mr. R. Premaratne
March 1987- March 1990
H.E. Mr. Gamini Senevirathne
1984-1987
H.E. Mrs. Manel Abeysekara
1980-1983

CV of H.E. the Ambassador

H.E. Mrs. C. A. Chaminda I. Colonne

Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to the Kingdom of Thailand (With concurrent accreditation as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic) and Permanent Representative of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

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.

H.E.(Mrs.) Samantha K. Jayasuriya

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Thailand and Lao PDR

Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UNESCAP

H.E.(Mrs.) Samantha K. Jayasuriya

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Thailand and Lao PDR

Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UNESCAP

Message from the Ambassador

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Bangkok is pleased to connect with the overseas Sri Lankans in Thailand and accredited countries through this web portal by providing user friendly access to vital information, particularly, to facilitate consular services. The Embassy website is also designed to provide travel information in Thai and English languages to the public and those interested in learning about the cordial relations between Sri Lanka and the accredited countries; Thailand, Lao PDR as well as Cambodia and also the country’s engagement within the multilateral organizations in Bangkok such as the UNESCAP. It is our sincere hope that this website will be a useful first guide to the beautiful and hospitable country- Sri Lanka, and to the diplomatic engagements of this Embassy.

Embassy Staff

Mrs. Poornima Gunasekera

First Secretary/ Head of Chancery

Ms. Saritha Ranatunga
First Secretary
Mr. Ranjan Peiris
Attaché
Mr. Anil Priyantha Sirimanna
Counselor (Commerce)
Ms. Saritha Ranatunga
First Secretary
Mr. Aravinda Perera
Protocol Officer
Mrs. B.M.Lakmali
Accounts Officer
Mrs. V.Kalyani De Alwis
PA to the Ambassador

Former Ambassadors

H.E. Mrs. Samantha K. Jayasuriya
August 2019 – December 2020
H.E. Mrs. Kshenuka Dhireni Senewiratne
August 2015 – July 2019
H.E. General (Rtd.) S.H.S. Kottegoda
October 2011 – February 2015
H.E. Prof. J.B. Dissanayake
October 2007 – June 2011
H.E. Mr. G.D.A. Wijewardena
March 2004 – April 2007
H.E. Mr. H.M.G.S Palihakkara
2001-2004
H.E. Mr. Karunatilake Ammunugama
October 1998 – February 2001
H.E. Mrs. Sarala Fernando
1995-1997
H.E. General (Rtd.) Cecil Waidyaratne
May 1994 – December 1994
H.E. Mr. H.C Gunawarhana
April 1990 – December 1993
H.E. Mr. R. Premaratne
March 1987- March 1990
H.E. Mr. Gamini Senevirathne
1984-1987
H.E. Mrs. Manel Abeysekara
1980-1983

Former Ambassadors

H.E. Mrs. Samantha K. Jayasuriya
August 2019 – December 2020
H.E. Mrs. Kshenuka Dhireni Senewiratne
August 2015 – July 2019
H.E. General (Rtd.) S.H.S. Kottegoda
October 2011 – February 2015
H.E. Prof. J.B. Dissanayake
October 2007 – June 2011
H.E. Mr. G.D.A. Wijewardena
March 2004 – April 2007
H.E. Mr. H.M.G.S Palihakkara
2001-2004
H.E. Mr. Karunatilake Ammunugama
October 1998 – February 2001
H.E. Mrs. Sarala Fernando
1995-1997
H.E. General (Rtd.) Cecil Waidyaratne
May 1994 – December 1994
H.E. Mr. H.C Gunawarhana
April 1990 – December 1993
H.E. Mr. R. Premaratne
March 1987- March 1990
H.E. Mr. Gamini Senevirathne
1984-1987
H.E. Mrs. Manel Abeysekara
1980-1983