Dr. Lalanath de Silva

Dr. Lalanath de Silva leads Transparentem’s Investigations and Strategic Engagement teams. He is responsible for developing and implementing organizational strategy on environmental justice, building capacity, and achieving programmatic outcomes.

Before joining Transparentem, Lalanath was the first Head of the Green Climate Fund’s Independent Redress Mechanism (IRM), where he established the mechanism, staffed it, and developed its infrastructure and complaint handling procedures. He also established the Grievance Redress and Accountability Mechanism (GRAM) partnership and was instrumental in bringing together this community of practice.

Lalanath has extensive experience in legal affairs, with more than 40 years of service as a lawyer. In Sri Lanka, he supported the Ministry of Environment as a legal consultant, and was a member of the country’s Law Commission. Lalanath previously worked at the Environmental Claims Unit of the UN Compensation Commission in Geneva, and served as Director of the Environmental Democracy Practice at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington, DC. As a member of the Compliance Review Panel of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), he led the review of multiple compliance cases.

Lalanath holds a PhD from the University of Sydney, a Master of Laws from the University of Washington, and graduated with honors from the Sri Lanka Law College as an Attorney-at-Law. He has also been trained as a mediator.