Twenty-four-year-old Anoka Abeyrathne is an environmental conservationist, eco-social entrepreneur and youth policy advocate. She is the youngest female to be awarded the Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Development and named on the 25 List of the Most Influential and Powerful Young Persons of the World 2012.
Recognized as a British Council International Climate Champion and Active Citizen, Abeyrathne’s efforts through Growin’ Money –- SustainSolutions.org has lead to over 40,000 replanted Mangroves and a social enterprise/education program helping over 5,000 villagers in Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh and Cambodia.
Abeyrathne is one of the first and youngest World Economic Forum Global Shapers in Sri Lanka and a Royal Commonwealth Society Associate Fellow. She is the youngest of the 18 Shapers of the United Nations World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Council working on mainstreaming sustainability with the Post 2015 Development Agenda.
Anoka graduated with a LLB(Hons) from the University of London and is reading for her Masters in Developmental Economics through the University of Colombo.
Abeyrathne is a contributor on enterprise, education and business issues through platforms of the like of TEDx, Commonwealth Meetings and World Economic Forum.