Mahinda Gammampila holds a BA(Hons), M.Soc.Sc.(Birmingham), SLAS(Rtd.). His expertise is centred in the areas of Public Policy, Development Administration, Community Development, Labour Studies, Productivity Improvement and Institutional Capacity building, wherehe has been a Management Consultant and Trainer.
During his 35 years in the Public Service, he has served in many Administrative Districts and Divisions and held several senior positions including the posts of Additional Director, Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA), the Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, and the Secretary to the Ministry of Labour from where he retired. He has been responsible for the establishment of the National Productivity Secretariat, the ‘JobsNet’ in the Ministry of Labour, and several other initiatives instrumental in institutional development in the public sector.
He has represented Sri Lanka in international fora including at the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), the Annual Conferences of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Asian Productivity Organization(APO). After his retirement, he has worked as the Chairman CWE, the National Consultant for Foreign Funded Projects in the Ministry of Education, and the Consultant in Monitoring and Management in the World Bank funded Education Sector Development Framework and Programme (ESDFP). He has also worked as a visiting lecturer and the Co-Course Coordinator of the postgraduate course on Devolution and Local Government Studiesin the Political Science Department of the University of Colombo.