Former Sri Lanka High Commissioner to Canada Mrs. Chitranganee Wagiswara was appointed Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs (formerly Ministry of Foreign Affairs). We wish Mrs. Wagiswara well as she starts a journey that carries huge responsibility, accountability, and recognition. Those who worked closely with her are confident she will accept this challenge and perform to very high standards as she is truly committed to excellence. Mrs. Wagiswara is the only Sri Lankan diplomat who served in Canada (Ottawa) twice in her 34 year foreign service career. She was in Ottawa from 1991-1994 and then again as High Commissioner from 2010-2014. She did yeoman service in this latter posting and exemplified the true meaning of been a first class diplomat.
Congratulations and best wishes to Mrs. Chitranganee Wagiswara!
Bio-data shown below.
Chitranganee Wagiswara joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1981. Her first posting was in Rome, Italy from 1984 – 1988. After returning to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombo she worked as Assistant Director, South Asia & SAARC Division. In 1991, she was posted to Ottawa, Canada as First Secretary/Counsellor. In 1994, she returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was appointed Director, West in the Ministry until 1996.
In 1996, she took up duties in the Sri Lanka High Commission in London as Minister and one year later, from 1997 – 1999 she held the post of Deputy High Commissioner in London.
In December 1999, she was appointed High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Singapore and served in that capacity until January 2003. From 2003 – 2005, she was appointed Director General, Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and subsequently as Director General, South Asia & SAARC.
In May 2005, she was appointed Ambassador to the Republic of France and Permanent Delegate to the UNESCO and served in that capacity until September 2008. On returning to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she was appointed to the post of Additional Secretary (Political Affairs) in which capacity she worked upto December 2009.
She served as Sri Lanka High Commissioner to Canada and based in Ottawa from 2010 – 2014.
Ms. Wagiswara read for a degree in Bachelor of Commerce. She is married to Mr. Duleep Sarath Wagiswara.