Educated at S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia, Sanjana read English at the University of Delhi, India and as a Rotary World Peace Fellow, was awarded an Advanced Masters in Conflict Resolution and International Relations from the University of Queensland, Brisbane with a Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement.
He is currently a Senior Researcher and Head of the Media Unit at the Centre for Policy Alternatives. He is a frequent commentator on journalism and new media in domestic and international fora. In addition to hosting a talk show on public television, Sanjana lectures at the Sri Lanka College of Journalism (SLCJ), engaging journalists from state, private, alternative media on how to use web, Internet and mobile technologies to strengthen professional, independent and investigative journalism.
Sanjana is a Special Advisor to the ICT4Peace Foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland. Through the Foundation, Sanjana works to further the use of ICTs in crisis information management and peacekeeping initiatives at the United Nations. As a Fellow of the Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Sanjana writes and speaks on the evolution of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), with a special focus on mobile telephony.
Sanjana is the founding editor of Groundviews (www.groundviews.org), an award-winning web based citizen journalism initiative that has won critical acclaim internationally as one of the most vital websites for dissent in Sri Lanka.
In 2010, Sanjana was the first Sri Lankan to be awarded a prestigious TED Fellowship, two years after he was awarded a News & Knowledge Entrepreneur Fellowship from the Ashoka Foundation. Both awards recognise Sanjana’s pioneering efforts to leverage web based citizen journalism and new media to bear witness and strengthen democracy, human rights and a just peace.
With a significant body writing, research and on the ground experience, Sanjana is globally recognised as an expert in the design and implementation of ICTs and new media in peacebuilding and crisis response.