Samitha Sugathimala elected as Global Co-Chair

MenEngage Global Alliance is pleased to announce that Samitha Sugathimala (she/her) has been elected as its new Co-Chair. Elected by the Global Board of MenEngage, Samitha joins Bafana Khumalo (he/him) as fellow Co-Chair.

Samitha has been the coordinator of the regional network of MenEngage, MenEngage Alliance South Asia (MEASA), and regional representative to the Global Board, since July 2020. She is Director of the member organization, Foundation for Innovative Social Development, based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Samitha said:

“I am truly honored by the trust MenEngage Alliance has given to me in electing me as a Co-Chair and allowing me to serve in this position—and to contribute to achieving our shared objectives for gender justice, and co-creating accountable leadership in challenging the patriarchal political agenda.”

Samitha takes on the role following Humberto Carolo completing his term as co-chair of the Global Board. Humberto will continue to represent White Ribbon Canada on the Global Board of MenEngage Alliance.

Laxman Belbase, Co-Director of MenEngage Alliance said:

“We take this opportunity to thank Humberto for successfully holding the role of Co-chair of the Board of Directors of MenEngage Global Alliance, and for all the great contributions he made during his term. On behalf of the Global Secretariat, and the Global Board, we are excited to welcome Samitha in her new role as Co-Chair, and continue working together following her fantastic leadership with MenEngage Alliance South Asia in the past couple of years.”

To see the full list of board members, please click here.

17 January 2023