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Hype Sri Lanka is South Asia’s only Youth Empowerment Incubator which was launched in January 2020. In symbiotic collaboration with the state and non-state stakeholders of Sri Lanka’s youth development ecosystem, the Incubator is a pilot attempt to mainstream the alternative youth development approach known as ‘Youth Empowerment Incubation’.

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Why is Youth Empowerment Incubation (YEI) Important

The youth population of the world currently stands at 1.2 bn (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs). The empowerment of this population requires a sustainable approach which looks at Youth Development as a holistic concept. This is where Youth Empowerment Incubation (YEI) is essential.


Catalyst for inclusive and youth-led sustainable development.


Facilitate youth led development as a means of achieving an inclusive and sustainable human existence


Objective 01 – Enable top level youth development.

Objective 02 – Act as a nexus which creates inter-stakeholder links in the youth infrastructure of the country.

What is
Youth Empowerment Incubation?

Youth Empowerment Incubation is streamlining the youth empowerment system of a country so as to enable a more effective youth development process. This is achieved through a shift of focus to Top Level Youth Development processes such as youth policy formulation and youth infrastructure development and by facilitating sustainable inter-stakeholder partnerships in the YDS.

About Hype Sri Lanka

The process of youth development requires the presence of an effective youth empowerment mechanism. The existing movements for youth empowerment focus on grass root level mobilization. Though this is quintessential to develop the youth population, attention must also be directed towards fixing systematic issues related to the youth empowerment process of a country and a region.

The Three Pillars of Hype Sri Lanka
Honour human relationships xjobs org and encourage humane betterment

Unstoppable desire to accomplish objectives of youth empowerment


Determination to achieve the best outcome amidst prevailing hardships

Meet the team

Working to Connect Youth, Build Networks

We’re led by a team of passionate young thinkers, doers and dreamers – equipped with the determination and skills to unlock creative solutions in order to fortify Sri Lanka’s youth infrastructure!

Meet the team behind HYPE Sri Lanka.

Chiranthi Senanayake

President and Founder

Chiranthi Senanayake is a passionate advocate of youth empowerment incubation. She is the Founder and President of HYPE Sri Lanka and also serves as the Head of the Core Team for the Young Legal Professionals Association of Sri Lanka. She was the United Nations Youth Delegate of Sri Lanka for the year 2016/2017 and was also the Ambassador for Sri Lanka of Youth Opportunities Global. . She has completed her LLB at the University of London and her Attorneys-at-Law at Sri Lanka Law College and is in her Apprentice Year. She is also in her final year of a BA specializing in Development Policy and Management Economics.

Chanya Ranatunga

General Secretary

Chanya Ranatunga is currently a third year law undergraduate at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defense University and is currently the Seretary of the KDU Moot Court and Debating Society.
Completing both her primary and secondary education in Gateway College Rajagiriya, she displayed talent in poetry and creative writing. She further showed a great desire in media as a member of the Dhamma School Media Unit at the Sri Kalyani Dhamma School where she gained her dhamma education.
Her desire to be a part of the communal development can be seen with her interest in social work and she currently acts as the Vice President of the Leo Club of Polgasowita.

Yumna Azeez

Director of Volunteer Coordination

Yumna Azeez is a first year undergraduate currently attending the Faculty of Law at the University of Colombo. Being a keen sportswoman, she represents the University of Colombo Hockey Team at present. She is involved with AIESEC of Colombo Central at the University, is a Core Team Member of the YLPA of Sri Lanka and the Director of Volunteer Coordination of HYPE Sri Lanka. Yumna is passionate about art, literature, history and enjoys watching movies and listening to music in her spare time. She is a freelance writer as well. After the completion of her degree, she wishes to do her L.L.M and embark on various paths related to archaeology.

Niroshini Nugawela

Director of Youth Advocacy and Activism

Niroshini holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo and a Diploma in Diplomacy from Bandaranaike Diplomatic International Training Institute. She has been a Rotaractor since 2015 and a past member of the Asian Law Students Association in addition to being a member of the Global Shapers community powered by the World Economic Forum since January 2019. Niroshini strongly believes in the power of youth to make positive change in addressing issues both locally and globally and has a special interest in Human Rights, gender and justice, international relations and sustainable development.

Jeremy De Zilwa

Director and Convener of The Hype Academy for Human Capital Development

Jeremy presently works at an academic institution and handles academic program delivery while also serving as a lecturer for a Bachelors Business Administration degree program. He has a MSc in Project Management and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. As for Hype Sri Lanka, he dedicates his time and commitment as our Director of Policy Formulation.

Kasunjith Satanaarachchi

Director of Disability and Vulnerable Communities Representation

Kasunjith holds a Bachelor of Law (LLB) Honours and is a passionate advocate for disability rights. In addition to assisting with policy formulation on disability rights, he has engaged in freelance research for organizations like the Disability Organization Joint Front, Law and Society Trust and the International Centre for Ethnic Studies. He was also a part of the Youth Parliament of Sri Lanka serving as Deputy Minister of International Affairs and the Representative for persons living with disabilities. His teammates describe him as a “passionate individual who does not give up!”


Shihara Ferdinando

Co-Director of Partnerships and Networking

Shihara Ferdinando is a policy and environment conservation enthusiast. She recently graduated from Ladies’
College and is awaiting entrance into university. She was a part time teacher in her school and presently interns at Kantar Sri Lanka which is a market research agency. She is also a freelance writer. Shihara is
enthusiastic about basketball and piano music and hopes to pursue her higher studies in Geography and Law.


Miyuru Dharmage

Director of Innovations and Research

Having served Rotaract for over seven years, Miyuru was the former Digital Communication Services Director at Rotaract District 3220 Sri Lanka & Maldives. He has also been a member of the International Youth Alliance for Peace for two years and presently works as a Senior Lecturer and Lecturer at the BCAS School of Computing and the University of Wolvehampton respectively, in addition to being a Developer at White Star Web Solutions. Miyuru describes himself as a very open minded, fun and friendly person with a great love for service to humanity and the universe!


Seth Ganepola

Director of Capacity Building

Seth Ganepola is currently working as an intern for the
United Nations Volunteers, Sri Lanka. He is also studying for his Bachelor of Laws ( LL.B) at Horizon Campus. When he isn’t involved in volunteer work and other comitments, Seth loves to watch movies. He currently serves as our deputy Director of Capacity Building.

Aaditha Edirisinghe

Director of Finance

Aaditha Edirisinghe is a product of Royal international School
Kurunegala and Ananda College Colombo who currently studies Economics and Management at the Royal Institute Campus Colombo. His interest for youth activities stems from his involvement in various school clubs and societies in luding The Broadcasting Unit, The English Literary Union, The Commerce Society, The Debating Society
and the Drama Circle of Ananda College. He is also an enthusiast of Sri Lankan traditional art, culture and music being a kandyan drumer and a tabla player himself

Savithri Sellapperumage

Director of Policy Formulation | Head of the Hype Policy Tank

Savithri Sellapperumage currently serves as a Temporary Assistant Lecturer of The Faculty of International Relations of The University of Colombo. Her current policy and research interests are environment governance, ecological conservation and climate response in the Global South.

Raveen Jayasinghe

Secretary of Finance

Raveen Jayasinghe completed his formal education at Ananda College. He is currently reading for a Business Management Degree at the University of Kelaniya. He led a very active school life and was engaged in various societies at school. His favourite pastime is catching up on television series. His end goal in life is to start his own company in the Marketing field of Sri Lanka and grow over the years to be an industry leader.

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