Ms. JAMILI NATASHA MAURICE (nee GOONERATNE)
Head of Research WPDO
Natasha’s experience is multi-sectorial, spanning from the mass media industry, to the non-governmental sector, and diplomatic corps, She was appointed as Second Secretary to Sri Lanka’s permanent Mission to the UN, Geneva, from 2011 to 2013. She was elected to the role of Chair/Coordinator of the Asian Group of States from 2012 – 2013 at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Geneva.
During her tenure in Geneva she handled the portfolio on the Right to Development under the then UN Chair/Rapporteur on the Right to Development, and Permanent Representative to the UN, Tamara Kunanayakam. She was in charge of bilateral relations with the Holy See (The Vatican). Her research pieces on interventionism have been featured by the United Nations mandated University for Peace and online Political Analysis features in Sri Lanka and Europe. She holds a Masters in International Law and Human Rights from the UN mandated University for Peace, Costa Rica, where she was Valedictorian for the class of 2015.
She holds a Masters in Political Science with a Major in Global Governance from Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She was awarded a place in the 8th Cohort of the Asian Peacebuilders’ Scholarship granted by the Japan Nippon Foundation in 2014. Her area of interest focuses on North-South relations, geopolitics, and the use of non-conventional approaches toward reconciliation and peacebuilding.