Jeremy Liyanage has worked in senior policy positions in local government both in Victoria and Queensland for over ten years. His primary focus has been to influence institutional mindset for increased social and economic inclusion especially of marginalised people. Jeremy has worked with migrants, refugees, Indigenous peoples, international students, prisoners and more recently, asylum seekers in detention, in ways that build greater consciousness, inner strength and capacity.
As a Director of Bridging Lanka, his current challenge is to identify constructive roles for the diaspora in post-conflict Sri Lanka through socio-economic projects in Mannar District that at their essence bridge ethnic, religious and geographic divides through people-inspired action.
Jeremy has a Bachelor of Arts degree (Semiotics), Diploma of Fine Arts (Etching), Grad Diploma of Education, a Master’s degree in Social Planning and recently abandoned a PhD in post-conflict reconciliation due to the demands of his ‘on the ground’ activities both in Sri Lanka and Australia.