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International relations educator

Upali Ananda Kumara, Sri Lankan international relations educator. Japanese Education Ministry grantee, 1995-2004.


Kumara, Upali Ananda was born on December 12, 1954 in Weboda, Sri Lanka. Son of Konpity Kankanamalage Piyadasa and Pemalatha Wanigasekara.


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. Member editorial board Mexican Outlook on the Pacific Basin, since 1996.

Member Development Education Council Japan.


  • Other Work

    • Co-author/editor: Impacts of Transnatinal Corporations on Regional Development in the Asean Region, 1995, Japanese Society in Transition and Foreign Community, 1997. Co-editor: Organizational Behavior of Transnational Corporations and Industralization for Balanced Local and Regional Development in Selected Asian Countries, 1995. Contributor articles to professional journals, chapters to books.


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.


  • Other Interests

    Intercultural interaction, badminton, driving, playing with kids, traveling abroad.


Married Willara Arachchige Champa, April 4, 1985. 1 child, Lahiru Taranga.

Konpity Kankanamalage Piyadasa

Pemalatha Wanigasekara

Willara Arachchige Champa

Lahiru Taranga Kumara