Diplomatic Courier Recognizes Manjula Dissanayake on “99 Under 33”


Kathryn Floyd
The 2013 list of the top 99 under 33

WASHINGTON, DC:  The Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policyare pleased to announce that Manjula Dissanayake, Fellow, Ignite Good, has been recognized on the 2013 “99 Under 33,” an international list noting the most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33. The complete list is available at:www.diplomaticourier.com/99Under33.

The 99 Under 33 recognizes the distinctive impact each of the honorees has on his or her community today and their promise of potential as a leader in the future. This list uniquely offers insight into the creativity, determination, and passion of the diverse young people who are already tackling the world's critical global challenges. By design, this list is broad and diverse, which reflects the belief that foreign policy in the 21st century is made by leaders from all sectors.

“It is refreshing and encouraging to see Manjula Dissanayake's original approach to providing education to the underprivileged, helping shape the next wave of world leaders. He is the founder of Educate Lanka, an organization that sponsors young students, giving them the opportunity to attend universities around the world,” highlights Ana C. Rold, Editor-in-Chief, Diplomatic Courier.

The “99 Under 33” recognizes seven leadership archetypes that define the list:

  • Catalyst is from a field not typically associated with foreign policy who has had an impact on international affairs.
  • Convener brings people together in creative ways to address a pressing international issue or enhance the foreign policy community.
  • An Influencer mobilizes people in the foreign policy community with bold new ideas.
  • An Innovator designs a new solution to a critical global challenge.
  • Practitioner changes foreign policy from the inside through extraordinary professionalism and skill.
  • Risk-taker takes a chance and sees it pay off.
  • Shaper changes the public discourse on an aspect of foreign policy or raises awareness on a critical issue.

Follow the 99 on Twitter: #99Under33. With questions or to interview Manjula Dissanayake or Mrs. Rold, please contact Press Officer Kathryn Floyd atpress@diplomaticourier.org.


About Us: Ignite Good fosters more interconnected and mutually supportive local communities. We do this by hosting gatherings and workshops that support participants' efforts to become more powerful storytellers. At these events we use story and curated invitations to set the stage for participants to find common ground with unlikely allies and to increase the likelihood they'll discover and explore solutions together. Through working on each other’s stories together, participants develop a deeper sense of shared ownership in each other’s success. Because we also teach the power of shared narratives (i.e. "The Story of Us") participants leave with a greater sense of common purpose and aggregate potential. We're different from the other organizations that do related work because our events invite participants that reflect a broad scope of the communities where we work and because we prioritize ensuring significant millennial representation.