Namini Wijedasa

The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka

Namini Wijedasa is assistant editor at the Sunday Times, writer for the Economist and stringer for NHK Japan Television. She was named Investigative Journalist of the Year by the Editors' Guild of Sri Lanka in 2015.

Namini is speaking at

October 5, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Topaz (3rd Floor)



War is deception, as the Chinese general Sun Tzu said—and it’s left to investigative journalists to strip away the deceit. Who’s really commanding the battle, and what do they get out of it? Who’s funding and arming them? What back-door deals are underway while a country is in turmoil? Amid the violence and chaos, it takes a cool head and a strong gut to make sense of it all, and unpick the details that are truly history-making.

We have two great journalists who have years of experience in doing just that in diverse conflict zones, and they will explain how to nail down what’s truly important: Maria Abi-Habib, who covered ISIS and al Qaeda; Namini Wijedasa, one of the top reporters on Sri Lanka's bloody civil war; and moderator Maria Teresa Ronderos, who will also share her experience on the frontlines of Colombia's bloody years-long conflict. 

October 6, 2018
9:00 am - 10:15 am
Amber (3rd Floor)


  • Anne Koch (Moderator) Program Director, GLOBAL INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM NETWORK
  • Namini Wijedasa (Moderator) The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka


Our networking sessions are just that: informal meet-ups where you can introduce youself, talk about your work, brainstorm and find new friends and support. Come join our moderators for a great discussion: GIJN's Anne Koch, who spent 20 years producing at the BBC, and Namini Wijedasa of Sri Lanka's Sunday Times, who was named that country's Investigative Journalist of the Year.

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