BIMSTEC Secretary General: Ambassador Sumith Nakandala

Ambassador Sumith Nakandala holds a B.Sc [Agriculture] Degree from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and Masters Degree in International Relations and Development from the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, the Netherlands.

Before, entering into the Sri Lankan Foreign Services, Ambassador Nakandala was working in the Sri Lanka Department of Agriculture and the Central Environmental Authority as a Research Officer and Environmental Officer respectively.

Ambassador Nakandala in 1988, having entered into the Sri lanka Foreign Service through open competitive examination, had worked in different Divisions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombo. His overseas assignments include posting in Male, Maldives, New Delhi and Chennai, India, London and New York.

Ambassador Nakandala was the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Nepal and Iraq. He also held the posts of Deputy High Commissioner at the Ambassadorial level in Chennai and London.

Ambassador Nakandala was the First Director of the Technical Cooperation Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka where he conducted 11 major training programmes in 2000-2001 for middle level officers from Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Myanmar, Vietnam, Lao PDR and Cambodia.

Apart from the official engagements, Ambassador Nakandala was instrumental in developing Migration Health policy for Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka’s Road Map for Energy Security. He was also a Member in the International Partnership Committee of the National Science Foundation and in the Committee on Genetic Resources at the Sri Lanka Council on Agricultural Research Policy. Ambassador Nakandala is an Editorial Board Member of South Asian Affairs Journal in Vishakapatnam, India.

Ambassador Nakandala has been a frequent contributor to South Asian Economic Summit, World Energy Policy Summit and number of International and Regional Conferences.

Apart from his South Asian bilateral experience for more than 20 years, Ambassador Nakandala had also dealt extensively with regional organizations such as SAARC, BIMSTEC, IORA, ACD, G-15, ESCAP, AMED, WIPO while working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka.

In 2012, Ambassador Nakandala was nominated as the First Secretary General of BIMSTEC and he assumed the charge of the Secretary General on 10 August 2014.

Ambassador Nakandala’s academic and research interests are on Agriculture, Foreign Policies in South Asia, Regional Economic Integration, India Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology, Energy Security, Migration, Nationalism and Archeology.

Ambassador Nakandala is married with three daughters.