The Executive Director of Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL), J C Weliamuna – as planned over a year ago - bows out at the end of the year after completing eight and a half years service, the organisation said this week.
He was the first Executive Director of TISL and skillfully steered the organization on its mission to main stream corruption and improve transparency, accountability and good governance in Sri Lanka. He will be succeeded by Dr Wijaya Jayatilaka, an educationalist, academic and an activist, joins TISL with a wealth of experience.
“Dr Jayatilaka's selection was made after a transparent process where a number of short-listed candidates out of 67 were interviewed by a panel comprising selected members of the TISL Board of Directors and an external consultant,” TISL said.
Constitutional lawyer and human rights advocate, J C Weliamuna was invited by the Trustees of TISL in July 2002 to join the organization as its first and to date only Executive Director, with a clear mandate to revitalize the fledgling institution and give it a new direction and dynamism. “It was under his astute leadership that TISL has become perhaps the most visible anti-corruption entity in Sri Lanka and an active contributor to the global TI network. Weliamuna’s creative and persuasive skills have ensured a wide support base for TISL from within the public, private and civil society sectors. This has been achieved in an increasingly challenging environment of suppression and extreme anti- NGO sentiments,” TISL said.