Indra is an economist and urban planner with a passion for helping coastal communities in Sri Lanka develop sustainably from their marine resources. Indra has a long history of work on coastal and fisheries conservation, having worked for the Ministry of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, where he was a project implementation unit manager. Here he supervised and managed six field project implementation units. Before work within the Ministry he was acting manager of the Coast Conservation Department, where he worked on implementation of provisions of the Coast Conservation Act and coastal management plans.
After the Sri Lankan Tsunami, Indra worked on designing a stakeholder consultation process to learn about how to best enhance coastal livelihoods after the disaster. Indra became involved with CREE in 2007, shortly after he and a group of Sri Lankan environmental enthusiasts founded the Marine and Coastal Resources Conservation Foundation (MCRCF). CREE has focused on channeling MCRCF the technical and financial resources they need to grow as an institution. With different professional and academic backgrounds such as coastal habitat conservation, social sciences, disaster management, aquaculture, agriculture, micro financial management, CREE believes MCRCF has just the diverse background needed for innovative conservation in Sri Lanka. MCRCF’s mission is to conserve the marine environment through ecologically sound and socially just development work.
Indra has a BA in Economics from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, Certificate in Environment and Natural Resource Management from the University of Philippines, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawaii. He currently serves as MCRCF’s Chief Executive Officer.