Ms. Shalini Ratwatte – Director

A qualified legal professional, Ms. Shalini Ratwatte counts over 25 years of experience in coalition building, policy development, strategic planning, program implementation and legal action at regional, state, and local levels. During her career, she has organized and led policy initiatives on emerging technology, cybersecurity and data privacy, intellectual property rights and environmental protection across various countries. Ms. Shalini holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Colombo and is an Attorney at Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. She was the Country Representative for the Business Software Alliance (BSA) in Sri Lanka for six years before taking on her role at Microsoft in 2013 as Head of Legal and Corporate Affairs, South East Asia New Markets from which she recently retired.. She also counts over 10 years of experience in the capital markets industry. Ms. Ratwatte’s real passion though is wildlife and conservation and she has been responsible for initiating and instructing landmark cases on sand mining, sound pollution and post Tsunami encroachment as the Head of the Legal Department at the Environmental Foundation of Sri Lanka.