Piyumi Kapugeekiyana

Writer and creative

I enjoy the written word, cross-disciplinary ideas, artistic exploration, matters of faith, personal reinvention and lifelong learning. In this space on the Interweb, I try to bring some of 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. Today, I work in the non-profit space, focused on the field of education reform. It's always splendid discovering the underlying threads between different domains and it keeps things fresh.

  • 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.

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