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Anoka Abeyrathne is a Millennium Fellow at the Atlantic Council and the senior regional coordinator of Asia for Change.org and an eco-social entrepreneur and co-founder of Growin’ Money, a Sri Lankan nonprofit which provides families with the opportunity to gain an income through handicrafts, organic farming, and eco-tourism, along with offering access to education and skills training. She currently serves as the environment lead for the Royal Commonwealth Society. She has over ten years of experience in community organizing and corporate sustainability, having led fourteen teams locally and globally and having worked with the United Nations, British Council, and US Agency for International Development. Abeyrathne also has experience in the public sector as an assistant director of the Ministry of Environment. She is a Forbes 30 under 30 Asia Social Entrepreneurs awardee, Sri Lanka’s first female World Economic Forum New Champion, the first Sri Lankan awardee of the World Youth Award, a recipient of the Zonta award for Environment, a Cosmopolitan 35 under 35 awardee, and the first Sri Lankan female Commonwealth Youth Award recipient from Queen Elizabeth II. She is also a British Council international climate champion. Abeyrathne graduated from the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School with a master’s degree and is an accredited lawyer.