Chief, Generation Unlimited (YuWaah), Youth Development and Partnerships, UNICEF
Dhuwarakha is a national of Sri Lanka and an international development expert, with nearly 20 years of strategic planning and programming experience with UNICEF and UNHCR in the areas of adolescent/youth development and participation, gender, and child protection.
As the Chief of Generation Unlimited, Youth Development and Partnerships with UNICEF India, she currently leads and coordinates one of the largest initiatives with and for young people on learning, skilling, employment, youth innovations and civic engagement with support from the public and private sector partners. She has previously worked with the UNICEF Regional Office of West and Central Africa in Senegal and in Sierra Leone, where she managed the programmes on child protection and adolescents including the support for the Ebola response.
Prior to this, she worked in Afghanistan and Sri Lanka with UNICEF and UNHCR, and she was involved in the design and implementation of child protection and education programmes in complex emergency settings including the Tsunami response in 2004 – 05. She has also worked as a Research Fellow with the University of Melbourne in 2007.
She holds a Master’s degree in Law from the University of London, leadership courses from the University of Melbourne and INSEAD and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Curtin University of Technology, Australia. Website – https://www.yuwaah.org/ | https://www.generationunlimited.org/ | www.unicef.org