Piyumi Kapugeekiyana

I enjoy the written word, artistic exploration, cross-disciplinary ideas and lifelong learning. In this space on the interweb, I try to bring those things together.
Professionally, I like the challenge of entering a new field and learning the ropes. I had my start in academia, tutoring undergraduates in Business while pursuing a doctorate in International Relations. After that, I spent several years at a strategy consulting firm working with private equity clients and corporates. Currently, I spend my 9 to 5 working in the non-profit space, focused on the fields of education reform and social cohesion. In my spare time, I create watercolor art prints and greeting cards for my brand The Eliah Collection.

  • Ph.D. in Politics, History and International Relations, University of Nottingham 

  • BA (Hons) in International Business Management, University of Nottingham

  • Global Leaders for Innovation and Knowledge Program, Fujitsu Corporation in partnership with Chuo University, Japan-America Institute of Management Sciences, Mae-Fah Luang Foundation

  • Diploma in Creative Diplomacy, Regional Center for Strategic Studies 

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Recent Awards


May 2019 | Honolulu, Hawaii

President Award, Japan-America Institute of Management Science

This President Award is presented bi-annually by the Japan America Institute of Management Science for the best researched and presented proposal for combating a pressing socioeconomic challenge in Hawaii, as part of the Hawaii Project Competition in the broader Global Leaders for Innovation and Knowledge program. In 2019, the project focused on the homelessness crisis across the Hawaiian islands.

November 2018 | London, U.K.

Finalist, Bracken Bower Prize 2018

The Financial Times and McKinsey Bracken Bower Prize (or simply the Bracken Bower Prize) is an annual award given to the best business book proposal of the year by a young business writer, as determined by the Financial Times and McKinsey & Company.

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November 2018 | Financial Times

An excerpt from my business book proposal on integrating disabled and neurodivergent lives in the modern workplace is available here. This proposal was a finalist (top 3) among entries from over 22 countries in the Bracken Bower Prize 2018.