Born in a little village in Kurunegala, Milinda’s dream of changing the world started with himself, when he decided at age 8 that the only way to redefine his circumstances was through education. Today, Milinda is proud to be “that boy from Werella” who has travelled to over 30 countries around the world, attended 3 UN General Assemblies, founded the South Asia Regional Youth Network for the International Planned Parenthood Federation, co-chaired the World Conference on Youth, and run for the Mayor of Colombo.
With over 12 years of experience working in the fields of sexual and reproductive health, international development, youth affairs, and creative innovation, Milinda is a passionate advocate of the power of young people. He strongly believes in improving youth participation in politics, and engaging young people in the conversations and decisions that matter.
Having identified the written word as a powerful tool to engage and capture the consciousness of an audience, Milinda began writing about politics, the economy, current affairs, film, literature, art – anything that would incite a response within him, which he correctly predicted would also provoke such a response from his readers.
At its heart, his first book, අයිතිකාරයෝ භාර නොගත් ලියුම් සීයක් (One Hundred Misplaced Letters), is a representation of his lifelong passion for politics. But it also goes beyond, as it combines his need of articulating a clear political ideology and his passion for sharing his opinions with a wider audience, in the hope of engaging them in meaningful conversation about anything and everything that he considers significant in the world.