Ambassador-designate of Sri Lanka to the Philippines Mrs. Shobini Gunasekera assumes duties

Ambassador-designate of Sri Lanka to the Republic of the Philippines, Mrs. Shobini Gunasekera assumedthe Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila on 4th September 2019.

In keeping with the tradition, the Ambassador-designate, first participated in religious observances which was followed by the lighting of the traditional oil lamp and a customary ceremony at the chancery to mark the occasion.

Addressing the staff, Mrs. Gunasekera spoke of the need to think innovatively and work proactively to capitalize on accruing strengths and opportunities to take bilateral relations into new heights.  She emphasized on the vibrant economic development process in the Philippines and saw the need to proactively engage with the Philippines to further enhance the existing political and economic partnership while also building bonds of friendship through cultural affinities.

Mrs. Gunasekera joined the Sri Lanka Foreign service in 1998 and has served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Assistant Director of the Economic Affairs Division from July 1998 to February 2001, Deputy Director of the Legal Affairs Division from March 2004 to February 2008, Acting Director General of the East Asia and Pacific Division from March 2011 to June 2014, Director General of Economic Affairs Division from August 2017 to January 2018.

Prior to her appointment as Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Philippines, Mrs. Shobini Gunasekera served as the Director General of European Union, Commonwealth and Multilateral Treaties Division and Director General of UN Division and the Legal Division simultaneously in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In her diplomatic career, she has served in the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Brussels as the First Secretary from February 2001 to April 2004; Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beijing as the Minister Counsellor from April 2007 to March 2011; and Embassy of Sri Lanka in France from June 2014 to August 2017 as the Minister (Deputy Chief of Mission).

Ambassador-designate Mrs. Gunasekera holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Colombo and was admitted to the Bar as an Attorney-at-Law in 1994.  She also holds a Post- Graduate Diploma in International Relations from the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS). She is a past pupil of Musaeus College, Colombo.

Embassy of Sri Lanka

Manila

04th September 2019