Bachelor of Science with 1st class honors, University Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 1978. Diploma in Statistics, Sri Jayawardanapura University, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka, 1982. Master of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 1986. Doctor Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 1989.
Management trainee Lever Brothers (Lanka) Ltd., Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1978-1979. Assistant production manager Samson Export Ltd., Kadawatha, Sri Lanka, 1979-1980. Assistant lecturer University Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 1979-1983. Researcher United Nations Center for Nagoya, Japan, 1989-1993. Associate professor Suzuka (Japan) Junior College, 1993-1994. Associate professor international relations Suzuka International University, since 1994.
Consultant Samson Exports Ltd., Kadawatha, 1979-1980, United Nations Center for Regional Development, Nagoya, 1993-1996, Nagoya City Government, 1993-1994, Mie Prefectural Government, 1994-1996. Advisor Wayamba Provincial Council, Kurunegala, Sri Lanka, since 1993, Suzuka City Government, 1996.
Chief advisor Taranga Friendship Grou, Suzuka, since 1993. Committee member Mie Prefectural Government, Tsu/Mie, 1994-1996. Coordinator Suzuka International Workshop on Development and Culture, since 1995.
Researcher Research Institute Management of Local Governments, Japan, since 1995. Member international promotion advisory committee Nagoya City Government, 1993. Director International Exchange Center, since 1999.
Director, board directors Mie International Exchange Foundation, since 2001. Member Academy of Management, Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Japan Association for Planning Adminstrn, Japan Society for Social Psychology.
Upali married to Willara Arachchige Champa, April 4, 1985. 1 child, Lahiru Taranga.