Marga Institute - Centre for Development Studies

Management of Marga

Board of Management

Appointed by the Governing Council and responsible for directing and supervising the staff engaged in the regular ongoing activities of the Institute.

The Board of Management consists of:

  1. Chairman
  2. Vice Chairperson
  3. Consultant/ Head of Programmes

Mr. Godfrey Gunatilleke, Chairman Emeritus will function as Senior Advisor to the Institute and participate in meetings of the Board of management and Governing Council.

Governing Council of Marga

1. Mr. Asoka Gunawardena (Chairman)
    Tel: 0094 011 2737035     

2. Mrs.Myrtle Perera (Vice Chairperson )
    Tel: 0094 11 2888790, 0094 11 2888791,

3. Dr. Nimal Gunatilleke

    Tel: 0094 11 2888790, 0094 11 2888791                                              

4. Dr. Lloyd Fernando
    E -mail:

5. Dr. Devanesan Nesiah
    Tel: 0094 011 2854002

6. Prof.Susirith Mendis
    Tel: 0094 011 2222146

7. Rohana Hettiarrachi

8. Mrs. Jezima Ismail
    Tel: 0094 011 2695880
    E-mail: ,

9. Mr. N. Selvakumaran
     Tel: 0094 011 2365945

10. Dr. Neavis Morais
     Tel: 0094 011 2881496

11. Ms. Nelun Gunasekara

Chairman Emeritus: Godfrey Gunatilleke

The Institute's new constitution has created the position of Chairman Emeritus with responsibilities for the oversight and guidance of the Institute.



A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.

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