Kumaravadivel Guruparan (Executive Director), is currently Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Law, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka. He holds an LL.B. from the University of Colombo and a B.CL. from Balliol College, University of Oxford and is currently completing a Ph.D. in International Law at University College London (UCL) on a Commonwealth Scholarship. He returned to the University of Jaffna after three years of study leave at UCL in September 2016. He has project leadership and management experience in coordinating youth activists at the national level in Sri Lanka and has worked with ex-combatants, IDPs and victims of war. He has worked on projects funded by the World Bank, USAID, Care International and the Danish Refugee Council among others at a project management level and counts more than 10 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector.
Dharsha Jegatheeswaran (Research Director) is a Canadian lawyer who has been based in Jaffna since August 2016 helping set up ACPR. She is also currently the Human Rights Director for Washington-based NGO, People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL). Dharsha holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and a B.Sc. from McMaster University. She has conducted research and advocacy for multiple Tamil diaspora advocacy organizations and has attended the UN Human Rights Council numerous times as an advocate on Tamil issues. Dharsha also worked as a legal intern at the Colombo based Centre for Policy Alternatives in May-August 2013, resulting in the co-publication of a comprehensive report on illegal land acquisitions.
Shanmuganathan Jayaroshman Ketheesh (Administrative Officer) has over 5 years of experience working in the non-profit sector, and extensive experience working in the private sector. He has previously worked with NGOs including Alliance Development Trust, CARE International and the Vavuniya NGO Consortium. Having worked before to help set up an NGO, Ketheesh joined ACPR in May 2017 to help set up and run administrative affairs.
Selvanathan Tharsan (Junior Researcher & Program Officer) is an experienced field researcher in areas including land and women’s rights. Tharsan joined ACPR in June 2017 and currently assists with field research, documentation and coordination of capacity-building projects. Tharshan is also a part of Vellamai and volunteers with Women’s Action Network.
Anushani Alagarajah (Consultant Researcher) is the coordinator of Women’s Action Network and began working with ACPR in February 2017 as a researcher for ACPR’s ‘Stories of Resilience’ project. She is an activist working in the fields of gender rights, development and post-war issues. She has previously worked for the Point Pedro Institute of Development, International Centre for Ethnic Studies and Domestic Violence Action Centre, Hawaii. Anushani completed her undergraduate degree at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh with a major in Asian Studies and a minor in Gender Studies
Kirthika Umasuthan is a law student at Osgoode Hall Law School, and a MBA student at Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been interning for ACPR since May working on several projects including the “Stories of Resilience”. She previously spent 10 months working at Suriya Women’s Development Centre and the Church of American Ceylon Mission in Batticaloa. She completed her undergraduate thesis on the nexus between conflict and tourism in
tsunami-impacted villages in Batticaloa.