|Born||Colombo Sri Lanka|
|Alma mater||University of Oxford|
She is the eldest daughter of former Prime Ministers Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike and Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike and sister of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and former Speaker Anura Bandaranaike.
Educated at St Bridget's Convent, Colombo she went on to gain a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Somerville College, University of Oxford. She worked as a researcher in the Minority Rights Group and the Overseas Development Institute and held the post of Coordinating secretary to the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka during her mother's tenure.
Sunethra has been married twice. Her marriage to Kumar Rupesinghe lasted four years (1972 to 1976) and her second marriage was to Udaya Nanayakkara which lasted nine years.
She currently chairs the Sunera Foundation, a NGO which works with differently abled youth and adults.
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