Friday, December 20, 2013

Team member profile: Chandana Jayathilake

I'd like to acknowledge team member Chandana Jayathilake, who is playing a key role working with community groups to plan and carry out knowledge mobilization campaigns using low cost information and communication technologies.

Chandana is a Lecturer in the ICT Centre at Wayamba University Sri Lanka. He obtained his first degree in Agriculture from University of Peradeniya and Masters in Information Technology from Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology.  He has recently commenced his doctoral studies at Wayamba University in the Dept. of Agribusiness Management under the co-supervision of Dr. Udith Jayasinghe, Dr. Rohana Perera and Dr. Gordon Gow.  

Chandana is Graduate Research Assistant to the ICT Rapid Prototyping Working Group under the lead Dr. Gow and Mr. Waidyanatha. Chandana’s doctoral research will examine the use of low cost communication technology for Knowledge mobilization in agricultural communities of practice in Sri Lanka.  Chandana joined the project in mid-2012 and has since become an invaluable contributor to our ongoing efforts.   He worked closely with Nuwan Waidyanatha to plan and manage a series of workshops, field visits and meetings from September 2012 to September 2013 and in those efforts has demonstrated excellent organizational skills, paying great attention to detail and always ensuring that preparations were in order.

Chandana also brings important ICT knowledge linked to his agriculture background, as well as invaluable local knowledge which has proven extremely important during our rapid prototyping sessions.  His current focus on planning and managing the community campaigns in the first half of 2014 will have many of its own challenges but I am confident that Chandana will continue to make tremendous contributions through his involvement in the project, which will form a key component of his doctoral studies at Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.

On behalf of the team, thank you Chandana!

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