|Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Singapore|
|Born||18 September 1953|
|Occupation||Lawyer and Diplomat|
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She is the third daughter of Donald Samarakone (formerly of Ceylon Civil Service) and Srima (née Rathnayake). Samarakone has three sisters Kusum, Sucharitha and Deepthi.
She was educated at Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo and attended Sri Lanka Law College where she graduated as a lawyer with Honours in 1979. She became an associate member of Sri Lanka Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in 1982.
In 2008 she was appointed as a Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Singapore, where she served as the Head of the Sri Lanka Diplomatic Mission for a period of 3 years. During that time, she played an important role in promoting Ceylon tea, investment, trade, tourism and strengthening the diplomatic relations of Sri Lanka with Singapore.
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