Providing women with tools to rise up from state of poverty to stability and self-sufficiency


Improving quality of education available for children in rural Sri Lanka


Educating children on water, sanitation and hygeine to promote good health and keep them in school


A series of projects that began as dreams in our hearts are now being translated into reality. Please get in touch to find out more.


We at Swarna Mallawarachchi Foundation (“SMF”) strongly believe that empowering women and educating children are two key catalysts to a country’s economic and social development.

Spearheaded by Swarna Mallawarachchi, 28 time Best Actress award winning veteran Sri Lankan actress, well known for her on and off screen activism for the empowerment of women, SMF aims to bring women together in a safe space to learn life, business and vocational skills to foster change within their spheres of influence. In addition, we focus on improving the environment of children’s education in rural areas and teaching children the value of diversity, reconciliation and rehabilitation, especially in post-war Sri Lanka.

Our board is comprised of local and international professionals spanning the not-for-profit as well as the private sector. Together, our board brings together an invaluable pool of talent, wisdom and experiences as well as a deep passion to foster change and create opportunities for the most vulnerable people groups within Sri Lanka: women and children.

We invite you to partner with us to create a BetterSri Lanka for the next generation.


 Ms. Mallawarachchi is a highly respected and accoladed veteran Sri
Lankan film actress celebrating her 50th year in the industry in 2016
with over 30 local and international awards Best Actress and Life
Achievement awards in her arsenal. Ms. Mallawarachchi’s contribution
to Sri Lankan cinema is heralded as unparalleled by both critics and
audiences alike.Furthermore, Ms. Mallawarachchi is an entrepreneur
having enjoyed a decade of success with her retail venture ‘Cholie’,
an exclusive Indian sari boutique. Ms. Mallawarachchi has extensive
experience in the development field due to her role as Director of
Media at Foundation for Co-Existence from 2003-2009.

Kalakeerthi Swarna Mallawarachchi


Prior to her role at SMF, Ms. Bandaranayake was a Vice President in the Tradable Credit Group of Ares Management (a global alternative asset manager with $94 billion of assets under management) in London, UK. From 2011-2016, Ms. Bandaranayake focussed on European Credit with specialist focus on the highly cyclical Construction, Building Materials, Autos, Paper and Packaging & Transport sectors. Prior to 2011, Ms. Bandaranayake worked at Goldman Sachs (London, UK) in Global Investment Research. Ms. Bandaranayake holds a BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience from King’s College, London and a Master of Finance from the University of Cambridge. Following a deep interest to contribute to the development process of Sri Lanka, Ms. Bandaranayake returned to Sri Lanka in April 2016 to commence her role at SMF.

Ms. Narendra Bandaranayake


Mrs. Perera is currently involved with Business Development and Strategy for Sunshine Healthcare, part of the Sunshine Group – a diversified conglomerate listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange. Sunshine Healthcare is currently the second largest importer and distributor of pharmaceuticals in Sri Lanka. She has 7 years of Investment Banking experience under her belt, and holds a Bachelors of Science (Honours) in Molecular Cell Biology from UCL London. She recently took a two year sabbatical during which period she lived and worked with a team full-time in the north of Sri Lanka, focusing on relief and rebuilding of the newly resettled villages of Puthukudiyiruppu, a cross-functional role which included teaching in the Government school there. Mrs. Perera as Treasurer will be responsible for accounts management of the Organisation until the point we need to outsource to an external accountant.

Mrs. Nicole Perera


Mr. Fonseka is a versatile businessman counting 40 years of active involvement in various business spheres. He is considered the architect of the “Tyre House Group” that built up an empire in the business world of Sri Lanka since early 1970. As a committed personality with a vision, he steered the Tyre House Group since its formation and infancy. Furthermore, he is the Founder and Chairman of Sri Lanka’s premiere taxi service, Kangaroo Cabs. His knowledge and business acumen resulted in the success and continuation of these ventures and their expansions.

Mr. Sunil Fonseka


Mrs. Samarawickrema is a versatile entrepreneur with 30 years of experience in vocational training, with a particular focus on beauty & aesthetic skills. Mrs. Samarawickrama was a successful business woman heading several salons and training institutes in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She underwent training in Singapore, Malaysia and the UK and is a member of the Hairdressing Council and the Federation of World Hairdressers in the UK. Mrs. Samarawickrama brings to our Board invaluable understanding of the vocational skills sector.

Mrs. Selina Samarawickrema


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Address: Cotta Road, Colombo 08, Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 771 030340

Email: swarnamallawarachchifoundation@gmail.com