Sri Lankan youth, Rakitha Malewana and Senel Wanniarachchi, who received an exceptional honour to win the Queen’s Young Leader Award and to collect their Awards from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, under the Queen’s Young Leaders programme, called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today.
The President commended the two young men for the honour and glory they brought to Sri Lanka by winning this award and extended his best wishes for their future endeavors, the Presidents media division said.
The Queen’s Young Leader Award recognizes and celebrates exceptionally talented people aged between 18 and 29 from across the Commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives.
Her Majesty The Queen presented the Queen’s Young Leader Award for 60 selected young leaders in the Commonwealth countries at the Buckingham Palace.
Senel Wanniarachchi received this award for his engagements in organizing training programs to increase women’s representation in politics, using social media to educate and empower the youth and the women and to educate them about the gender equity, civil and political rights.
Wanniarachchi was the Youth Representative of United Nations in Sri Lanka in 2014. He completed the Special Degree in International Relations in Colombo University.
Rakhitha Malevana was awarded by the Queen for his invention of a drug for HIV affected people.
He is an external researcher both at Medical Research Institution, Colombo and the University of Colombo. He invented a vaccine for HIV during his time of studying at Nalanda College. (Colombo Gazette)