Mrs. D. K. Renuka Ekanayake was a senior officer of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service and has a long-standing experience in the Public Service.
She completed her primary education at St. Anthony’s Girls’ School Panadura and secondary education at Lumbini College, Colombo.
Mrs. Ekanayake holds a BSc Honours Degree in Public Administration from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Post Graduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in Public Administration from the University of Malaysia.
She also holds a Diploma in Gender and Women in Development from the International Women’s University, Germany, a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Degree in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Malaysia, and two postgraduate Diplomas in Sociology and International Relations from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.
Mrs. Ekanayake has also professionally qualified as a Licentiate from the Sri Lanka Institute of Charted Accounting.
Mrs. Ekanayake has multi-faceted experience serving in various government Departments and Ministries such as the Department of Cooperative Development, Divisional Secretariat Moratuwa, Divisional Secretariat Kalutara, Rural Development Training & Research Institute, Ministry of Samurdhi & Parliamentary Affairs and Ministry of Technology & Research.
She served as the Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Cultural Affairs & National Heritage and worked towards the conservation, promotion and propagation of literary, arts and cultural elements of Sri Lanka.
She also held permanent Secretary positions in a number of Ministries such as Secretary to the Ministry of Social Services & Livestock Development, Secretary to the Ministry of Rural Economy and Secretary to the Ministry of Fisheries, Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economy
Mrs. Ekanayake has obtained foreign training from a number of countries such as Germany, Korea, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Kenya in diverse areas including Poverty Alleviation, Management of Natural Disasters & Rehabilitation and Rural Governance Empowerment & Participation.
She has international exposure having represented Sri Lanka as the Head of Delegation at various international conferences related to areas of National Heritage and SAARC.
Mrs. Ekanayake has published several research papers on areas of cultural affairs, gender equality, poverty alleviation, rural economy, environment and technology and research.
Mrs. Ekanayake assumed duties as the Director of the SAARC Cultural Centre in April 2023.