One of our staff members
One of our staff members

We have over 200 staff working with us in Colombo and Kandy, including over 100 teachers from the UK and overseas. 

Learn more about the people in our senior management team that drive our organisation:

Maarya Rehman, Country Director

Maarya took up her post as the Country Director of the British Council in Sri Lanka 12 October 2020. Over the last 5 years, she has worked for the British Council in Pakistan, most recently as Area Director Punjab, leading a large office in a populous and strategically important region to the British Council. Prior to that, she led the re-opening of the British Council libraries in Lahore and Karachi as Director Libraries and Outreach, bringing her considerable sector experience of Public libraries in the UK to the role.  

Maarya is a strong believer of the work the British Council does in South Asia, and is confident that connecting young people to opportunities and building long-lasting trust, is vital to addressing the big global issues of our times – now more than ever.

Rob Low, Country Exams Director

Rob joined the British Council in 2004 and has since worked in Thailand, Poland, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka.  He began his career with the organisation as a teacher, before moving on to Teaching and Examinations Centre management.  Prior to joining the Sri Lanka team, he oversaw all Exams activity across western Saudi Arabia.  He graduated in English and Film from the University of the Witwatersrand and also holds a Master of Business Administration from the Open University.

Galina Pereira, Assistant Director of Resources and Finance

Galina has been with the British Council for over five years. Previously, she worked in the corporate sector for over 10 years as Head of Finance of a large conglomerate in Sri Lanka in the tea and travel industry. She started off her career in auditing and was involved in consultancy assignments at Messrs Ernst and Young Sri Lanka for four years. Galina is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and has a Masters in business administration.

Sanjeevani Munasinghe, Head of Programmes

Sanjeevani Munasinghe is the Head of Programmes and has been working at the British Council for the last 17 years She has over 30 years of work experience and knowledge in the development sector especially in Renewable Energy, Education and Society. She is the senior lead for the Social Enterprise component of the EU funded “Enterprise” project on Integrated Rural Development