Sunethra Bandaranaike

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Sunethra Bandaranaike
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Born (1943-07-27) 27 July 1943 (age 78)
NationalitySri Lankan
Alma materSt Bridget's Convent, Colombo
Somerville College, Oxford
Spouse(s)Kumar Rupesinghe (1972 - 1976)
Udaya Nanayakkara (1977 - 1986)

Sunethra Bandaranaike is a Sri Lankan philanthropist and socialite. A member of the Bandaranaike family, she is the eldest daughter of former Prime Ministers S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and Sirimavo Bandaranaike and sister of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and former Speaker of Parliament Anura Bandaranaike.

Early life and Career[edit]

Sunethra Bandaranaike was born on 27 July, 1943. Bandaranaike completed her schooling at St Bridget's Convent, Colombo, and received a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Somerville College, University of Oxford.[1] 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. She currently chairs the Sunera Foundation, a NGO which works with differently abled youth and adults.

Personal life[edit]

Sunethra has been married twice. Her marriage to Kumar Rupesinghe lasted four years and her second marriage was to Udaya Nanayakkara which lasted nine years.


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