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©2019 by Piyumi Kapugeekiyana.

Piyumi Kapugeekiyana, Ph.D.

Multi-passionate writer, researcher, creative

I'm enamored with the written word, cross-disciplinary ideas rooted in research, artistic exploration in all its manifestations, personal reinvention and lifelong learning. I relish the challenge of mastering new fields and take an auto-didactic approach to navigating my career.


These days, I'm working on One Billion in Reserve, a business book about re-imagining work and workplaces for people with disabilities and the neurodivergent. In 2018, the book proposal was selected as one of three finalists for the annual Bracken Bower Prize organized by the Financial Times and McKinsey. (To see an excerpt, click here.)  

Professionally, I've worn a few different hats over the past 10 years. Most recently, I worked for a boutique strategy consulting firm, leading a team of researchers to deliver global consulting projects across industries as diverse as healthcare, manufacturing and consumer retail. During this time, I also partnered with international NGOs and local industry associations to collaboratively develop research reports at the nexus of government, business and education. 

Prior to that, I tutored university courses as varied as Accounting 101 and Politics on Film while completing my doctorate on wartime conduct during the Sri Lankan Civil War at the University of Nottingham. In researching a small intrastate war with limited primary source data, I harnessed alternatives such as digital newspaper archives, human rights reports, military blogs, photographs and satellite images; utilizing a methodology known as Crisis Mapping to illuminate the temporal and spatial dimensions of military activity. 

Other random facts: I'm an Abu Dhabi-born Sri Lankan, a Buddhist-turned-Christian, an old soul-Millennial, and a relentless planner. 

  • 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 

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 a prestigious 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.

November 2017 | Vienna, Austria

Most Original Essay, Peter Drucker Challenge

The Drucker Challenge is an international essay competition held annually, in conjunction with the Drucker Forum. It is the primary strategic initiative focused on youth engagement of the Drucker Society Europe. The Challenge explores a current topic in management, typically related to the theme of the Forum, in the context Peter Drucker’s human-oriented management philosophy.