Sugendran, Vadivelan was born on December 16, 1949 in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. Son of Vadivelan Elyathamby and Sauntharam (Subramaniyam).
Graduate, St. Michael's College, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, 1969;
graduate in engineering, Irrigation Technology College, Galgamuwa, Sri Lanka, 1972;
graduate in engineering, Institute British Engineers, 1990.
Site engineer, Irrigation Department, City of Batticaloa, 1971-1991;
project manager, Navakiri Irrigation Project, Kaluvanchikudy, Sri Lanka, since 1991.
Avocations: photography, video filming, landscaping, painting.