World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers

Sanjana Hattotuwa

Sanjana Hattotuwa

Senior Researcher and Head of Media Unit, Centre for Policy Alternatives, Sri Lanka

Sanjana Hattotuwa was the first Sri Lankan to be awarded a TED Fellowship, two years after receiving a News & Knowledge Entrepreneur Fellowship from the Ashoka Foundation. Both awards recognise pioneering efforts to leverage web based citizen journalism and new media to bear witness to violence and strengthen democracy, human rights and a just peace.

He is currently a Senior Researcher and Head of the Media Unit at the Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Sanjana is the founding editor of Groundviews (, an award-winning web based civic media initiative that has won critical acclaim and recognition as one of the most vital websites for dissent in Sri Lanka, during and post-war. He is currently a columnist at The Nation newspaper, and contributes regularly to local and international media and academic publications.

Recently Sanjana was a speaker at TED Talks, click to view his video.

Previous Events