Ms. Kunanayagam, a Sri Lankan-born Australian citizen, was appointed on December 16, 2018. She brings to the Panel more than 25 years of experience across diverse geopolitical and multicultural environments in the private and public sectors. Ms. Kunanayagam’s leadership experience spans the private, public and non-profit sectors.
Ms. Kunanayagam spent more than 10 years doing fieldwork in a remote part of East Kalimantan, Indonesia. She has held leadership positions in sustainability in both the private sector, (working for two FTSE 10 companies) and the non-profit sector. Most recently she was the Global Head for Social Performance and Human Rights for BG Group. She is a member of the Board of two international non-profit development organizations – RESOLVE and Youth Business International. In addition, Ms. Kunanayagam is a Fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia, and an Executive Session member at Columbia University’s Centre for Sustainable Investment.
With her ability to distill information and cross-cutting sector experience, she brings valuable insights and a contemporary perspective to the Inspection Panel along with good judgment and the ability to balance complex issues and consider the competing demands of diverse stakeholders while remaining independent and objective.
Ms. Kunanayagam has strong operational experience working across the entire project cycle. Her experience with multinational and international organizations and valuable experience living and working in more than 30 countries make evident her people skills and ability to broker trust relationships. Her appointment as a secondee to the World Bank very early in her career also give her insights and knowledge of the organization’s operations that complement the expertise she has developed working alongside civil society, multilaterals, bi-laterals and communities affected by World Bank projects.
She earned a Masters in Anthropology from Monash University, Australia.
Her appointment runs through December 15, 2023.