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Letter from the President


Dear fellow Harvard alumni in Sri Lanka,

I am writing to share with you the exciting news about the establishment of the Harvard Club of Sri Lanka!

With the support of the HAA Office in Cambridge and a fantastic core team from our community, we worked towards establishing the “Harvard Club of Sri Lanka” for the past two years. We hosted three successful events, represented Sri Lanka at global Harvard alumni leadership summits, made new connections and helped each other to build our community.

After serving in my previous role as the Harvard Alumni Contact in Sri Lanka since July 2019, I am humbled to be appointed by HAA as the President of the Harvard Club of Sri Lanka with the responsibility of leading the community and I am excited about our journey together as leaders who make a difference in the world.

I am also grateful to our amazing core team Aruni Goonetilleke LLM’92, Sheran Fernando OPM’19, Hiran Embuldeniya MBA’05, Niral Kadawatharatchie OPM’17, Asanka De Mel MPA’07, Suranga Herath OPM’ 16 for all their efforts and contributions.

Especially in turbulent moments like these, I believe it’s essential that all alumni feel included and welcome in the Harvard community. Uniting people to strengthen the alumni community in this time of crisis and historical change is our collective responsibility.

The relationships we make across the Harvard Club of Sri Lanka as we connect across our diverse experiences are phenomenal. The alumni community is here to support you. If you need help, I guarantee your fellow alumni will be there. I’ve had the privilege of meeting incredible people who are passionate about Harvard. I’m so grateful for their perspectives as we seek new opportunities to build and support an inclusive community.

Our vision for the year ahead is an extension of our commitment to “One Harvard,” bringing alumni from all of Harvard’s Schools together to play an even more catalysing role in shaping a better world, as well as to connect, support, and learn from one another across perspectives. This is needed more today than at any other point in our lifetimes.

The Harvard alumni community can give you so much, not just meaningful intergenerational, global friendships, but also a path to having an impact together in a way that is special to Harvard.

The values of inclusion, diversity, and dismantling boundaries stretch further back.

We will strive together to promote and strengthen the Harvard Club of Sri Lanka through meaningful programs. The Harvard community in our country is made up of over 120 alumni, a diversified group from various Harvard Schools and professions, leading across sectors to take Sri Lanka forward! The establishment of the Harvard Club of Sri Lanka will now create more opportunities for our community to connect with each other, other regions, and the University to learn and share ideas to create more impact! It is our responsibility to help our communities, organizations, and the country to move forward, especially in this difficult time.

I request you to be part of this journey and become a member of the Harvard Club of Sri Lanka. If you wish to be added to the Harvard Club of Sri Lanka mailing list to receive our news and be invited to our programs, please send your name, degree, email, and phone number to kandee@harvardclubsrilanka.com

Finally, if you know any Harvard alumni residing in Sri Lanka who have not received this email, please ask them to update their profile with their current address in Sri Lanka and email address via HarvardKey.

Let us connect, learn, share, and create more impact together as “One Harvard”.

We are here to make a difference.

Warm regards,

Kandeban Balendran PLDA’18


Harvard Club of Sri Lanka