The Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI) was established on February 1, 2013 as mandated by the cabinet decision of September 9, 2011 with the specific aim of coordination and monitoring of Science,
Shehan Ratnavale earned his LL.B (Hons) from Leicester University United Kingdom in 1985. He also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business and Financial Administration from the Business School of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Sri Lanka and a Post Graduate Executive Diploma in Bank Management from the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.
Mr Ratnavale started his career in the banking sector with stints at the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, ANZ Grindlays Bank and Pan Asia Banking Corporation. In April 2005 he was appointed Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the Republic of Singapore concurrently accredited to the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam. During his three and a half year tenure in Singapore his diverse involvements included scientific cooperation, and Mr Ratnavale set up a forum of expatriate Sri Lankan scientists in Singapore. His next appointment as UNESCO Consultant and Focal Point for the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and Specified Programmes in Sri Lanka provided him an opportunity to further his interest in international scientific cooperation in areas related to UNESCO’s science mandate. During this time he conceptualized and co-organized the Global Forum of Sri Lankan Scientists enabling Sri Lanka to intensify links with its expatriate scientists and develop several scientific projects.
In 2011 he was appointed Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa concurrently accredited to the Republic of Angola, Republic of Botswana, Kingdom of Lesotho, Republic of Madagascar, Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Mozambique, Republic of Namibia, Republic of Seychelles, Kingdom of Swaziland, Republic of Zambia and the Republic of Zimbabwe. After returning in 2014 he joined COSTI as a Programme Director and also serves as Chairman of the National Coordinating Council for International Partnership in Science Technology and Innovation.