Advisor – BSL Secretariat
Shiranee Yasaratne has demonstrated success in promoting environmental and social sustainability in the business sector, with a particular focus on sustainable consumption and production, strategic and environmental impact assessment and integrating environmental and biodiversity considerations into corporate practices of businesses at the local, national, and multinational levels.
She possesses a rare mix of working in international, public sector and non-profit organizations with a proven ability to apply problem-solving and team-building skills to program challenges. With leadership and management experience as Deputy Director General of the Central Environmental Authority of the Government of Sri Lanka, Country Representative of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Sri Lanka and Head of the Regional Business and Biodiversity Programme of IUCN Asia, Shiranee has skills and project management experience in diverse areas of natural resources management.
She has provided vision and strategic leadership in developing the Business and Biodiversity Programme for the Asia region in keeping with IUCN’s inter-sessional programme. During a fifteen year tenure at the Central Environmental Authority of the Government of Sri Lanka, she has liaised with multi-disciplinary project teams focusing on evaluating environmental impacts of large scale development projects working with the industrial sector at national and SME levels, establishing and enforcing legal regimes for supporting the sustainable use and conservation of natural resources.
Currently serving as the Managing Director/CEO of Sustainability Agenda (Pvt.) Ltd., an organization committed to enhancing sustainability practices in Asian Businesses, Advisor to the Sri Lanka Business and Biodiversity Platform (Biodiversity Sri Lanka) and on the Advisory Board of Dilmah Conservation, Shiranee possesses considerable experience in working with national and international industry associations in promoting sustainable consumption and production practices in developing countries.
She has wide experience in fundraising, and a broad knowledge of environment and development in Asia with a special interest in South and South East Asia, with university and other teaching experience in natural resources management, SEA and EIA with significant contributions to policy and institutional reforms around Asia. She is a founder Council Member of the Institute Of Environmental Professionals of Sri Lanka and is a winner of the Zonta Women of Achievement (Environment category) Award in 2006.