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The new Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary General of Parliament GKA Chaminda Kumara Kularatne assumed office recently.

He assumed the duties of the office by taking oath before Secretary General of Parliament Kaushani Ruhanadhira.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana made the announcement to Parliament regarding the appointment of Senior Advocate Kolaratne with effect from September 15, 2023 at the beginning of today’s (19) session.

Mr. Kularatne is an alumnus of Ruwanwella Rajasinghe Madhya Maha Vidyala and a law graduate of the Open University.

He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Colombo and the University of Buckinghamshire, UK.

He is also a member of the Sri Lanka Bar Association since 2005 and a member of the Bar Council since 2016.

Senior Advocate Kolaratne has served as Secretary to the Prime Minister in Parliament, Additional Secretary to the President, Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister, Additional Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, Minister Counselor at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in London, UK, Senior Assistant Secretary to the President, Assistant Secretary to the President and has held various administrative positions. At the executive level in the public service for about 20 years.

He is a senior public servant with national and international experience in constitutional law, parliamentary affairs and procedures, public administration and financial regulations.

Mr. Kularatne has represented Sri Lanka at numerous international conferences and training courses in several countries including the UK, USA, Australia, China, Indonesia and Japan.

He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of several government institutions including Bank of Ceylon, Merchant Bank, MBSL Insurance Limited, Grand Oriental Hotel (GOH), C/S Maganeguma Emulsion Private Limited and Colombo Financial City Founder Ltd.

Furthermore, Mr. Kolaratne was the first South Asian diplomat to represent the Executive Board of the Association of Consular Officers, the oldest association of ambassadors, when he served as Ministerial Counselor at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in London, United Kingdom.

Mr Kularatne, who is married to lawyer Yogya Kolaratne, is a loving father of two sons and a daughter, Parliament said.

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