Aruthra Rajasingham

Aruthra Rajasingham is from Sri Lanka. She is one of the first ever Sri Lankan Youth Delegates to the United Nations and the Member of Youth Led Task Force for the Commonwealth Youth Forum 2013. She is voluntarily engaged as a trainer for British Council Sri Lanka’s Active Citizens program and Commonwealth Change-Makers program in the South-Asia region. She is also working for GIZ (German Development Cooperation) – FLICT (Facilitation Initiatives for Social Cohesion & Transformation), Sri Lanka. Aruthra schooled in Jaffna Chunddikuli Girls’ College and Puttalam Hindu Central College in Sri Lanka. Currently, she is reading for Masters Degree in Development Practice at the University of Peradeniya, and has completed Bachelors Degree in Social Work at the National Institute of Social Development, Sri Lanka. She has been involved in development sector since the beginning of her career, having successfully completed an internship at the Institute of Psychiatry, Angoda alongside having extensively volunteered with organizations such as Medical Teams International, Family Planning Association, Alcohol & Drug Information Centre, UNFPA and Voluntary Service Overseas. Moreover, she was a part of the initial Global Xchange Volunteer program in Sri Lanka from 2010 to 2011, where she spent 3 months in the United Kingdom and 3 months in Ampara, Sri Lanka. Working with socially-responsible young people in building trust and understanding, developing skills, delivering social action projects on emerging themes such as poverty, literacy, health and climate change, and connecting local and international agendas have been invaluable in contributing to her understanding of youth-related development issues. As a long term career aspiration she hopes to continue working with young people and advocate for issues affecting youth and development and take up the call for youth leadership in Sri Lanka.