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Ms. Rizvina de Alwis

Rizvina de Alwis assumed duties as the UNFPA Representative to the Cambodia country office on August 06th 2018. She comes with over 20 years of experience in the field of development, particularly in gender equality and reproductive health. Prior to taking up her assignment in DPRK she served as the UNFPA Representative to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from August 2016 to July 2018 and as the Deputy Representative of the UNFPA country office in Lao PDR. Her career with the UNFPA began in 2005 when she worked for the UNFPA country office in Sri Lanka as a Programme Coordinator. From there she joined UNFPA’s Asia Pacific Regional Office in Bangkok in 2008 as a Programme Specialist and provided programme and technical support to several country offices in the region, including Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Lao PDR and Iran. Her work experience extends beyond the UNFPA, including the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Sri Lanka where she served as the Head of the Inter agency Support Unit as well as other international organisations such as The Asia Foundation and the CIDA funded Governance and Institutional Project (GISP) where she managed programmes on a range of issues from governance, rule of law to human rights. She has written several academic papers on the subject of gender and development and is the co-author of Feminist Engagements with Violence: Contingent Moments from Sri Lanka. 

She is a Sri Lankan national and holds an MSc in Gender and Development from the London School of Economics, UK.