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Anoka Abeyrathne

Masters degree - University of Cambridge - Judge Business School

I am passionate about

I am most passionate about the environment having survived the 2004 Tsunami disaster and seeing over 40000 person devastation and death it caused. Failure to address social perspectives and issues based on sustainability would lead to the biggest challenges we will face, including resource scarcity and systematic destruction of our environment. I was constantly wondering about the "what ifs"; "What if the Mangroves along the coast had not been cut down? What if people didn't need to cut it down?". I was haunted by the sheer amount of loss and destruction that could have been avoided had the Mangroves remained. I decided to ensure that a disaster of that scale would never happen again, due to human intervention at least. This led me to start a small scale Mangrove replantation programme with friends.


Having started a Mangrove replantation after the 2004 Tsunami disaster, over the past 10 years, I have engaged as an “eco-social entrepreneur” enabling communities gain better income through eco-tourism, organic farming and handicraft making than by burning /cutting sensitive Mangrove ecosystems. I hope to continue to contribute with all my heart and soul towards creating more positive change while scaling up our social impact for a better country and a better world.