Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Poland
Ms. Dhammika Kumari Semasinghe, formally assumed the post of Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Republic of Poland on 6 July 2021.
Prior to the current assignment, Ambassador Semasinghe was the Director General for Europe and Central Asia, and European Union and Commonwealth at the Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry. She is a career diplomat (class of 1996) with 25 years of both bilateral and multilateral diplomatic experience, having served in different capacities in the political, economic and multilateral sections of the Foreign Ministry, and abroad, in the Sri Lanka Missions in New York, Washington, DC and New Delhi.
During her diplomatic assignment in New York, Ambassador Semasinghe covered work of the Third Committee and UN Security Council. She was a lead member of the team that successfully steered Sri Lanka’s delisting from the UN Secretary General’s “Naming and Shaming List” in the Annexes to the Children And Armed Conflict (CAAC) Reports of the Security Council in December 2013. She also contributed substantively to raise Sri Lanka’s image on youth affairs at the United Nations.
Ambassador Semasignhe began her undergraduate studies in political science at the Peradeniya University, Kandy, but was awarded the opportunity to complete her degree in International Relations and Public Policy at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, USA. She has a Master’s in International Public Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC, USA.
She speaks Sinhala, English and Hindi, and is an aspiring ceramic artist.
Ambassador Semasinghe was born in Nikaweratiya, and hails from Thimbiriyawa in the Nikaweratiya Pradeshiya Sabha in Sri Lanka’s North Western Province.