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Nalini Kasynathan

Former South Asia Program Coordinator, Oxfam Australia
Nalini Kasynathan

Nalini Kasynathan, BA (Hons), MA, has worked in the development sector for over 25 years She started her career as a Senior Lecturer in the Geography Department in Peradiniya University, Sri Lanka, and while there she was involved in a project supported by Cornel University, New York, to establish farmer-led water user groups in the Gal Oya development project (Sri Lanka) under the supervision of Professor Norman Uphoff, a significant contributor to Participatory Rural Development.

After migrating to Australia in 1986, Nalini joined Oxfam Australia as the South Asia Program Coordinator, from where she recently retired after over 20 years of service. While her focus has been on Sri Lanka for much of this time, Nalini also has experience in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Central America. Nalini’s interests have been promoting gender equality, and identifying strategies to working with and building active citizenship among women and men living in poverty.

In 2005, Nalini was granted the ACFID Sir Ron Wilson Human Rights Award in recognition of her achievements.