Shanil Samarakoon


Shanil Samarakoon is an academic and social entrepreneur with a rich blend of cross-cultural background and 15 years of experience in international development.

He is the Executive Director of Empower Projects, an Australian not-for-profit that works in partnership with rural cooperatives and schools in Malawi and Sri Lanka, and founding Director of Zuwa Energy, a social business that is addressing energy poverty in Malawi through pay-as-you-go solar household systems.

Shanil has a Masters of Commerce (UNSW) and 11 years teaching experience, specialising in cross-cultural management, business ethics and sustainability courses.

He is currently completing his PhD (Environmental Humanities) and is interested in the fields of ecological economics, energy justice, and science and technology studies.

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