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Dhananath Fernando

BSc. in Bio Sciences and Bio Chemistry (University of Colombo)


Dhananath Fernando

Educational Qualifications

BSc. in Bio Sciences and Bio Chemistry (University of Colombo)


Chief Operations Officer-Advocata Institute

Place of Work

Advocata Institute

Brief Description

Dhananath (fondly known as Dhana) is currently the chief operating officer of Advocata, an economic policy think tank in Sri Lanka, where he is a founder member. Advocata was ranked as the best upcoming think tank in 2017 and 2018 at the “Global Go to Think Tank Index” by University of Pennsylvania. Advocata report on “SOE’S in Sri Lanka: Beyond “Profit and Losses” made the list of best policy study reports by a think tank across the world in 2019. Prior to founding Advocata, Dhananath worked as an Associate Research Director at Breakthrough Business Intelligence, a leading market research agency in Sri Lanka. He read for his Bachelor’s degree in Bio Sciences and Bio Chemistry at the University of Colombo and is an alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Programme by the State Department of the United States of America, as well as an alumnus of the ATLAS Think Tank Leadership Academy in Washington, DC. Dhananath has been invited as a speaker at many national and international forums, including the Walter-Scheel-Colloquium for the United Nations ‘Sustainability Development Goals 2030’ in Bonn, Germany in 2015. He has been a regular speaker at the Asia Liberty Forum since 2015 and often provides commentary on economic issues on national television. He was the winner of the “Asian Think Tank Shark Tank Competition – 2018” in Jakarta, and a finalist for the “Think Tank Shark Tank Global Competition” in New York in 2019. He was the host of “Public Space Sri Lanka”, a one on one weekly TV discussion with politicians on Art TV, and a morning news programme, “Wake up with Art”. He has interviewed many senior ministers across all political parties and national opinion leaders in his TV show. His show was nominated amongst the top 3 political TV programmes at the Raigam Tele Awards in 2016. Dhananath is also a curator and founding member of AK Lit Fest, a trilingual literary festival dedicated to showcasing local authors of Sri Lanka. In his social responsibilities, Dhananath works with ‘people in need’ by volunteering with CandleAid Lanka, a government-approved humanitarian organisation. He was a part of a team training vison- and hearing-impaired students on swimming and safety, and the main coordinator for personality, career development, and English training for undergraduates. Dhananath is an enthusiastic mountain climber and a trekker. He completed the Everest Base Camp in May 2018 and the Chardar Trek (one of the wildest treks based on a ranking by CNN), a frozen river at the Indian-Tibetan border in 2017.

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