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Learn more about the WOW Colombo team and the people driving the festival agenda.  

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Subha Wijesiriwardena

Curator - Talks

Subha is a feminist activist, writer/blogger and media analyst from Colombo, Sri Lanka. Subha has a background in the arts; she completed a decade of dance training and went on to work in theatre in Colombo for over five years (as a performer, producer and manager). Her international stints in the arts have included an internship at the Royal Shakespeare Company (UK) and summer school at Europe’s leading contemporary dance conservatoire, Laban (UK).

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Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala

Curator

On 21 May 2016, Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala became the first Sri Lankan (male or female) to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In recognition of this accomplishment, and her professional career as a feminist and women’s rights activist over the past 14 years, Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs appointed her their first-ever Goodwill Ambassador for Women’s Rights. 

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Zainab Ibrahim

Curator

Zainab Ibrahim is a researcher and practitioner in the field of social development in Sri Lanka, who has worked on projects addressing women’s rights, including masculinities. Her work has also involved research into the issues and challenges for Sri Lanka’s post-war transition, including the documentation of ethno-religious violence between communities. Zainab holds a Masters Degree in Development Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India.

Ashanthi de Alwis

Ashanthi de Alwis

Curator - Music

Currently signed with Universal Music, Ashanthi is the ‘Queen of Sri Lankan Hip Hop music’ and the only female on the Island to be signed to an internationally recognized record label (Universal Music). Touring the globe and wowing audiences worldwide on stages from the Sydney Opera house to the O2 in London, The Cannes film festival in France and beyond, Ashanthi has made her mark in the music industry as the number one contemporary female music icon in Sri Lanka.

Anomaa Rajakaruna

Anomaa Rajakaruna

Curator - Film

Anomaa Rajakaruna has travelled extensively in Sri Lanka documenting the lives of community groups, particularly the lives of women and children in these communities. She uses poetry, photography and documentary film for expression and has won several awards for her work in Sri Lanka and abroad. Rajakaruna is the first female editor of a cinema journal in Sri Lanka and edited ‘Chithrapata’ a Quarterly Cinema Magazine published by the NFC of Sri Lanka. 

Venuri Perera

Curator - Performance (Dance/Theatre/Live Art)

Venuri is an independent artist exploring contemporary approaches to performance making in Sri Lanka. She was a member of the Chitrasena Dance Company for 13 years. In 2008, she completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Dance from the Laban Centre, London, where she received the Michelle Simone Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Choreography’. Since 2004 she has collaborated in various multi disciplinary performance projects locally and internationally.

Kinita Shenoy

Kinita Shenoy

Curator - WOW Bites

Kinita is the editor-in-chief at Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka, and former editor of YAMU.lk, Sri Lanka's leading lifestyle guide. She is a former academic and currently a writer, creative and video presenter. She completed her BA in Journalism and Communication in India and Germany and completed her Masters in Business Administration at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She also volunteers with special needs children during her free time.

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Tehani Chitty

Curator - Theatre and Dance

Tehani is an actor and dramatherapist. She holds a Masters degree in Drama and Movement Therapy from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. She was a member of the Mind Adventures Theatre Company for 10 years where she worked as an actor and latterly as Company Manager. As an actor her performances include The Travelling Circus, Close to the Bone and Lungs. She also practises as a therapist and designs and facilitates workshops on community building and intra-personal reflection. 

Dylan Prins

Dylan Prins

Festival Manager

Dylan is a Sri Lankan Australian reverse migrant and a freelance arts professional with a background in event and video production. He left design studies to pursue sustainable events management, co-founded a renowned solar powered sound system non-profit in Sydney and has worked in this field for 14 years. His education work involves working with young people on technical event production and facilitating creativity in performance skills. 

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Savera Weerasinghe

Curator - Speed Mentoring

Savera is the CEO of MSH Packaging Industries and the founder of middyfund.com, a New York based not-for-profit that teaches middle and high school kids to use Design Thinking skills to develop their own social ventures.