Aruni Wijewardane assumes duties as Foreign Ministry Secretary

Newly appointed Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Aruni Wijewardane assumed duties at the Foreign Ministry yesterday (23), after she was appointed as Secretary with effect from 20 May.

After a simple ceremony following her assumption of duties, Foreign Secretary Wijewardane addressed the staff officers of the Ministry, a statement from the Foreign Ministry said.

A member of the Sri Lanka Foreign Service, Wijewardane counts 34 years in the Foreign Service and has held many positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo, at Sri Lanka missions overseas, and in international organisations. 

Her service overseas includes the Sri Lanka Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva, the Sri Lanka High Commission in Malaysia, and the Sri Lanka Embassy in the Philippines. She also served as Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Austria and as Permanent Representative to UN Organisations in Vienna. On secondment from the Foreign Ministry, Aruni Wijewardane also served as the Director of the Secretariat of the policy-making organs of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.

Foreign Secretary Wijewardane has an M.Phil. degree from the University of Cambridge, UK, where she was a British Chevening Scholar, a master’s degree from the University of Colombo, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Australia.