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Gowri Ananthan aka Gowri Nithiyanantham is a renowned Tamil Novelist and a social entrepreneur who aims to develop and encourage youth mainly lives in war-affected areas. After working in Singapore in IT field, she returned to Sri Lanka in 2012 to work with war-affected communities.

In 2011, she Co-Build Yarl IT Hub which is a community who live the shared dream of making Yarl the next Silicon Valley. In 2012 Co-Founded Himalaya Creations Pvt Ltd which is currently a leading advertising firm in Jaffna, developing and producing Documentaries and TV Commercials

She became the Jaffna Producer for 48 Hour Film Project, USA which is a wild and sleepless weekend in which hundreds of team members were involved in making a movie. All writing, shooting, editing and scoring were completed in just 48 hours, beginning Friday evening at 7 and ending Sunday at 7. Final Product was screened at Raja Theatre, Jaffna on 15th of May 2014.

In 2016, She Co-Found “Kudil Products” with the aim of promoting and embracing greener lifestyle along with empower women in war-affected areas by providing financial freedom. Later in 2017, she Co – Founded NEWSC Media foundation with the aim to support public interest journalism by engaging and empowering the public through accountable journalism and groundbreaking creative storytelling to spark action, improve lives and protect our democracy.

She also acts as a lecturer and counsellor at the Institute of Mental Health, Sri Lanka and worked as Consultant at The Social Architects on Regional RTI Advocacy Program and successfully organized expert meetings, workshops and two international conferences; one in Dhaka, Bangladesh (Sep 2017) and other in Mexico City, Mexico (March 2018).

She authored two Tamil novels namely “kanavukalaith thedi” and “peyarili” and edited “mounavalikalin vaakkumoolam”, an anthology of personal stories written by youth from Anuradhapura, Ampara, Killinochchi, Hill country and Jaffna, which was published by Nakkeeran in India. She was the Script Writer for “Trip to Hell”, First ever Tamil thriller web-series in Sri Lanka, produced by Capital Productions.

She presented varies papers overseas including “TRAUMA COUNSELING FOR JOURNALISTS: A Profession in Denial” at World Press Freedom Day 2017 held in Jakarta, Indonesia and NEW TRENDS IN FEMINISM at Department of Tamil in University of Kerala, India. She is also written paper on “Social Innovation in Rebuilding war-affected communities” for the International Conference on Business Management and Social Innovation (ICBMSI) held in London.

Apart from this, she holds several honorary titles, such as "Ambassador of Peace" and "Consul General Sri Lanka" at Council of Inter-Parliament Organizations IGO, and "Chairperson of Committee on Women and Child Welfare" at International Commission of Diplomatic Relations Human Rights and Peace IGO, USA.

She was a member of Delegation for Geneva for Human Rights (GHR) to the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council which was taken place in Geneva from 25 February to 22 March 2019 and during this time she was also trained in 44th Geneva Training Course for Defenders from the regions entitled ‘Human Rights Council, international human rights and humanitarian law, international procedures and diplomacy’.

She is a graduate from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and also a certified Project Management Professional from Project Management Institute, USA. She is a recipient of “Medal of Excellence” award from International Commission of Diplomatic Relations Human Rights and Peace (ICDRHRP) IGO, USA for her community works.


On UTV: 23/03/2020 

On "Uthaya Tharisanam" Nethra TV 27/11/2015

On "Thoovanam" Vasantham TV 12/12/2015

On "Nermarai Kelvikal" Tamil Mirror 06/05/2016

On "Uthaya Tharisanam" Nethra TV 05/07/2016

On "Makkal Nam Pakkam" Udhayam TV 19/06/2017

On "Makkal Nam Pakkam" Udhayam TV 03/10/2017

Launch of the iPhone 7 in Sri Lanka 16/11/2016

SBS Radio Interview

Published on
Friday, March 10, 2017 - 21:04