RDS Kumararatne prwto 

R.D.S. Kumararatne
Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka
to the World Trade Organisation 

Academic Achievements

 • Master of Business Leadership (MBL): University of South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1999-2002.

• Bachelor of Commerce (Hons), 1st Class: University of Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka, 1979-1983, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Highest achievement of the Faculty of Management 

• Certificate in Management: John Cabot University, Rome, Italy, 06th November 2005- 23rd May 2006, Rome, Italy.

Other Professional Achievements

• Diploma in WTO Regional Trade Policy Course – 18th May to 7th August 2009, at National University of Singapore.

• Master Class on EU Export Promotion for Economic Diplomats – 29th October to 2nd November 2012, The Hague, the Netherlands, CBI

• WTO/ESCAP Advanced Regional Seminar on the GATS - 4-7 May 2009, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by WTO/UN ESCAP

• Proliferation Awareness Workshop - 17-18 December 2008, in Croatia by National Nuclear Security Administration, USA.

• 10th Asia-Pacific Regional Public International Trade Law - 7-28 November 2010, Sydney, Australia by The International Development Law Organization (IDLO)

• European Commission, In House Training Programme - 21 January to 20th February 1987, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium.

• Japan International Cooperation Agency (JAICA) Trade Promotion Programme, 25th May 1992 to 02nd July 1992, Tokyo, Japan.

• Certificate Course on Computer Studies, November 1997, Oracle Education Services Center, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

• Computer Training Programme on E-Commerce for SME Development & Marketing by Colombo Plan Secretariat, in New Delhi, India.

• Certificate programme of French Language, by Counseil des E`coles Catholiques, Ottawa, Canada.

• The Distinguished Thesis Award presented by World Trade Center of Japan, 02 July 1992.

Professional Profile

Joined the Department of Commerce, the focal point of WTO in Sri Lanka, as an Assistant Director of Commerce on 15.11.1985 and completed almost 30 years of service. Held the position of Director General of Commerce of the Department of Commerce since 03.10.2013 until the assumption of duties as Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland on 1st June 2015.

Professional Experience

  1. Minister (Commercial & Economic Affairs), Embassy of Sri Lanka in Brussels, Belgium. Job responsibilities involved promotion of EU-Sri Lanka trade & economic relations as well as monitoring and making necessary interventions on EU Trade Policy issues that have bearing on Sri Lanka. (Period Sep 2010 to Sep 2013.)

  2. Minister (Commercial & Economic Affairs), Sri Lanka High Commission in Ottawa, Canada. Overall responsibility on bilateral Economic Affairs and Trade relations. (Period November 2004 to July 2008)

  3. Minister (Commercial & Economic Affairs), Sri Lanka High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa. Initiating and promoting trade & economic relations between the two countries as the first Sri Lankan Trade officer in Pretoria. (Period: November 1997 – March 2003)

  4. Minister Counsellor, Embassy of Sri Lanka in Rome and Alternate Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to United Nation’s Food & Agriculture Organization on (UNFAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and World Food Programme (WFP) in Rome, Italy. (Period: February 1994 – June 1997)

  5. Trade Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Pakistan. Functioned as the Head of Trade Mission for Sri Lanka in Karachi, Pakistan (Period: January 1989 – April 1992)

  6. Assistant Lecturer, Faculty of Management, University of Sri Jayawardenepura. October 1983 - October 1985. Speciality: Micro and Macro Economics, Quantitative Analysis and Product Management & Marketing, Development Economics

 Curriculum Vitae in PDF


Ambassador R. D. S. Kumarartne presents credentials to the Director General of the World Trade Organization

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