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Secretary, Foreign Ministry
Admiral (Prof.) Jayanath Colombage has served the Sri Lanka Navy for a period of 36 years and retired as the Commander of the Navy on 01 July 2014. He is the 18th Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy and was decorated for gallantry and commended for exceptional service to the Navy.
He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College in India and Royal College of Defence Studies, UK. He holds a PhD from General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (Sri Lanka). His doctoral thesis; ‘Asymmetric Warfare at sea: The Case of Sri Lanka’ is now published by Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany. He also holds MSc on defence and strategic studies from Madras University and MA on International Studies from Kings College, London.
He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Colombo, Defence Services Command and Staff College (Sri Lanka), Kotelawala Defence University, Bandaranaike Center for International Studies and Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute. He is a Fellow of Nautical Institute, London UK. Admiral Colombage is a Guest Professor at Sichuan University and Leshan Normal University in China and an adjunct professor at National Institute of South China Sea Studies, Haikou, China. In addition. He has been a guest lecturer in several key universities and training institutes in Bangladesh, India, Japan and Pakistan. He has also been an editor and reviewer of a number of internationally renowned academic journals.
Admiral Colombage was previously Additional Secretary to H.E the President for Foreign Relations since December 2019. In addition, he is presently serving as the Director General of the Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka.