Savitri Panabokke was appointed as the Acting Executive Director of the LKI in July 2021. A career diplomat, she counts over 21 years in the Sri Lanka Foreign Service.
Ms. Panabokke has served in both bilateral and multilateral Missions abroad, the most recent being at the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York. She has previously served at the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Vienna, High Commission of Sri Lanka in Singapore and Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the European Communities in Brussels.
At the Foreign Ministry, she has been attached to several divisions, including the East Asia and Pacific, Economic Affairs, Public Diplomacy and as Director of the Foreign Secretary’s Bureau. She is the current Director General of the State Ministry of Regional Cooperation.
Ms. Panabokke has a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a Special Degree in English from the University of Colombo.