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Children and Families Research Centre

Nanditha Hettitantri

Photo to go here Title: Postgraduate Student
Phone: 02 9850
Fax: 02 9850



Nanditha Hettitantri is a 'Global Leader' for advocacy on Early Childhood Care and Education and the lead researcher for Early Childhood Care and Development and Disaster Risk Reduction country study in Sri Lanka. She is the National Secretary for Early Childhood Care and Development Network, International Organizing Committee member and the National Representative for Sri Lanka of the World forum Foundation for Early Care and Education. She is a resource person on child protection, disaster management, gender, Research methodology and leadership in various academic institutions including the Open University, the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, National Institute of Business Management and National Institute of Plantation Management.

Nanditha has been conducting research and advocacy project in in disaster contexts (natural disasters and conflicts) and advocating on policy and practice improvements for last decade. She was a presenter, moderator, panellist in number of key national and international conferences and forums on gender, disaster management and child protection. She was an advisor for the establishment of National DRR Resource Centers at Disaster Management Center in Sri Lanka and for research and DRR resource Centre at Dhan Foundation in India.

Nanditha is currently reading for her PhD in Early Childhood at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Nanditha was the Head of Social Research in Lanka Market Research Bureau under International Kantar Group of Companies.  She has also worked as a Country Programme Director for Oxfam America and Care and Protection of Children Network for 5 years. Prior to joining with the humanitarian agencies, Nanditha was a lecturer in tertiary education institutes in Sri Lanka.

PhD Title: Envisioning and developing child friendly environment for young children in post conflict contexts: a case study from Sri Lanka.