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Shani Calyaneratne Karunaratne

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Shani Calyaneratne Kurunaratne
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Shani Calyaneratne Kurunaratne
Sri Lankan Deputy Ambassador to China
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1962-12-19) 19 December 1962 (age 58)
Badulla, Sri Lanka
NationalitySri Lankan
Spouse(s)Andrew Graetian Chinniah
ChildrenSahan Wickramarachchi Karunaratne
Alma materUniversity of Colombo

Shani Calyaneratne Kurunaratne (born December 19, 1962) is a Sri Lankan diplomat. She is the current Deputy Sri Lankan Ambassador to China.[1]

On 24 January 2019, China conferred her with the award, Silk Road Super Ambassador, in recognition of her contribution to China's Belt and Road Initiative.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Karunaratne was born on 19 December 1962 in Badulla, Sri Lanka the daughter of statistician Enduruwegama Gurusinghe Dayananda Calyaneratne and Hemalatha Kariyawasam née Kariyawasam. Her maternal grandfather, Enduruwegama Gurusinghe Barrington Calyaneratne, was the first Sri Lankan Water Works Engineer.[citation needed]

Karunaratne attended Musaeus College, Visakha Vidyalaya, Badulla and El Paso High School, El Paso, Illinois. She obtained earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Peradeniya in 1994.


On 8 March 2019, during the International Women's Day national celebration held at Salgadu Grounds in Anuradhapura, Karunaratne was recognised for her achievement as 'Silk Road Ambassador' by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.[4][5]


  1. [1] The Embassy of Sri Lanka in the People's Republic of China, Retrieved on 22 February 2019.
  2. "'Silk Road Super Ambassador' award for Dep. Ambassador Shani Calyaneratne Karunaratne". Financial Times.
  3. "'Silk Road Super Ambassador' award for Dy. Ambassador Shani Calyaneratne Karunaratne". Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka.
  4. News, P. M. D. (2019-03-08). "'I am personally against sending Sri Lankan women as migrant domestic workers'- President". President's Media Division. Retrieved 2019-03-13.[not in citation given]
  5. "කාන්තාවන් විදේශ සේවයට යැවීමට විරුද්ධයි". දිනමිණ. Retrieved 2019-03-13.[not in citation given]

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