Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS)

A.M.A Saja

A.M.A Saja

Disaster/Project Management Specialist

Saja has been working in the disaster/project management profession as a Project Manager, Program Officer and a Senior Lecturer/Researcher for the past 14 years. Saja has a Master’s degree in Disaster Management and a PhD in resilience assessment at the School of Built Environment, Science and Engineering Faculty of Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Saja worked for one of the world largest humanitarian donor organizations - Humanitarian aid office of the European Commission (ECHO) - Sri Lanka & Maldives in Colombo (2010-13), where he monitored the implementation of projects in the humanitarian and disaster preparedness sector in Sri Lanka, mainly in the North and East of Sri Lanka. Before joining ECHO, he worked as Resource Development Manager and then as Project Manager of the Learning Support & Capacity Building Program of RedR UK in Sri Lanka, which was set up to, respond to the learning needs of the post tsunami as well as post-conflict recovery programs (2005-10). In addition to have managed the RedR Program, he had delivered several training courses as lead trainer and his focus areas included Disaster Risk Management, Community Participatory Approaches, Right based approaches in humanitarian sector, Community development and Project Cycle Management (PCM). He is a registered professional member of RedR UK and accredited RedR Associate Trainer and have delivered more than 50 trainings as a lead trainer and conducted more than 25 project/research assignments at the community and policy levels. He has published more than 10 research articles in the top international journals. He continues to research on disaster risk management, impact of climate change, gender, community participation, environmental challenges and capacity building of CBOs. His areas of expertise include Disaster Management, Project and Grant Management, Monitoring and Evaluation and Community Participatory Practices in addition to Training and Facilitation. He has been a Global fellow at CHRHS of Brown University, USA (2017-2021), Young Scientist at IRDR and Global Community Solutions Fellow of IREX (2018), Department of State, USA. He was trained extensively on disaster management, climate risk management and PCM during his time with RedR. He has attended more than 25 international and regional conferences held in 16 countries across Asia, Australia, United States and Europe. He received many research and project grants from the Department of State, USA, International Council of Science, Regional Office in Malaysia, ELRHA/H2C, UK, Association of Commonwealth Universities, UK and CHRHS USA. Latest updates and full details are available in his website: www.aslamsaja.com