Director General

Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board

T.M.R. Tennakoon

Message from the Director General

“Nuclear Science & Technology to Achieve National Development Priorities"

Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board (SLAEB) has been providing the leadership and assistance to the country in the peaceful application of nuclear science and technology for about five decades. During the time country’s capabilities have increased significantly, and the SLAEB have moved from developing basic nuclear knowledge to applying it in a broad range of fields to improve daily life and wellbeing of the Sri Lankans. Over the period, we could have contributed for the achievement of national development priorities. Today, we are well rooted institute operates from three different locations at Colombo, Kelaniya and Biyagama. Over 158 staff members who are qualified in various nuclear applications together with the well-equipped modern state of art laboratories provide the services to different stake holders following national and international standards. Alongside the capacity building and service provision, as the International Atomic Energy Agency’s focal point of Sri Lanka, SLAEB supports networking, knowledge sharing and the development of partnerships.

SLAEB contributes to the national development, and dedicates to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. As nuclear science and technology will make an important contribution to the achievement of development priorities of the country, we expect the role of SLAEB to further expand in the coming years.

Profile of the Director General

Mr. T.M.R.Tennakoon has been functioning as the Director General of Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board (SLAEB) since March 2019.

After graduating from University of Colombo with B.Sc (Physics Special-Second Class Upper Dev.) Honors Degree in 1987 , Mr. Tennakoon joined the predecessor of Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board, Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) as a Scientific Officer in the same year. He subsequently promoted to the positions of Senior Scientific Officer, Head of the Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Section, Senior Deputy Director and Director of National Centre for Non-Destructive Testing (NCNDT).  While working at the AEA, he obtained Master of Science Degree in Nuclear Science from University of Colombo in 1996 and Master of Philosophy Degree in Materials Engineering -M.Phil. from University of Moratuwa in 2011. He has certified to Level III in all common NDT methods-Radiographic Testing, Ultrasonic Testing, Magnetic Particle Testing, Liquid Penetrant Testing, and Eddy Current Testing as per ISO 9712. In addition, he has successfully completed Professional Development Programme in Project Management in 2012 at National Institute of Business Management-NIBM. He has contributed to the scientific community by publishing two (02) international publications and nine (09) conference presentations.

He has participated in several training courses related to Nuclear Science and Technology including NDT, in overseas by attending about 35 IAEA / JICA / Koica, meetings / workshops/ seminars/ training programmes as the national representative for NDT.

He submitted the proposal for establishment of NCNDT and was the Project Director of the same project. He dedicated very much to establish the present NCNDT on time and he was the Director of NCNDT until end of February, 2019.

Mr Tennakoon is an energetic smart worker, who believes in maintaining a high degree of dedication & commitment in all the duties engaged. He also a talented person, ready for new & existing challenges and he personally believes that there should be a challenge behind a person for any success. He excels starting new projects and willing to work hard to achieve goals. His ultimate goal is to find a challenging position in a dynamic & rapidly growing environment that would enhance his knowledge and skills while contributing his best to the Nuclear Science and Technology field.

Mr. Tennakoon possesses an unblemished career record of 33 years in SLAEB and its predecessor AEA in the field of Nuclear Science and Technology including NDT.