Profile - Aslam Saja

Aslam Saja is an Engineer by education and was humanitarian/development worker for 7 years by training and experience. He holds PhD, MSc in Engineering and BSc in Engineering. Saja is currently attached to the Faculty of Engineering, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka as a Lecturer/Researcher.


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Project Cycle Management
Project Grant Management
Emergency Response and Management
Disaster Risk Reduction/Disaster Resilience
Humanitarian Principles/Standards
Community Development/Participatory tools


  • Training facilitation
  • Meetings/forums/conferences facilitation
  • Community discussions
  • Team building


  • Project - Needs Assessments, Planning, Evaluations
  • Proposal development, report writings, and budgeting
  • Base line and End line surveys
  • Organizational assessments, strategic planning
  • Training Needs Analysis
  • Project publications and digital applications

Learning and Development

  • Lecturing
  • Training of Trainers
  • Coaching
  • Mentoring

Research and Development

  • Research study designs
  • Field based surveys
  • Research data collection/analysis
  • Research reporting/publications

Humanitarian and development deployments

  • On-site disaster deployments
  • Remote support to humanitarian/development workers
  • Crisis and risk management support
  • Technical support services

Youth and Career Guidance

  • Motivational talks
  • Youth development
  • Conference talks and discussion forums



BIARI 2015

Brown International Advance Research Institute (BIARI) Fellow 2015, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, Providence, USA

NFP 2007

Recipient of Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP), 2007

PMD 2011

Has passed (92%) in Project Management in Development Examination – Level 1 conducted by PMD-Pro, accredited by APM Group Ltd (UK), 2011

IYP Fellow 2017

International Young Professional Fellow 2017

Young Scientist 2017

Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Young Scientist 2017

International Fellow - HII 2006

International Fellow - Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (Since 2016)

Community Solutions Fellow 2018

Community Solutions Fellow, IREX, USA State Department, 2018

UNU Fellowship 2020

World Risk and Adaptation Futures – Summer Academy


Experience Sharing


Awards    |    Conferences    |    Courses    |    Degrees    |    Grants    |   

Professional Career

ECHO Experience    |    RedR UK    |    Work Experience



School of Built Environment, Science and Engineering Faculty

M.Sc. Eng

Faculty of Engineering

B.Sc. Eng

Faculty of Engineering

G.C.E (A/L)

General Examination of Ordinary and Advance level Studies


Faculty of Engineering

Programme Officer

DG Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection (ECHO)

Project Manager

Learning Support and Capacity Building Program


Saja has made a significant impression on me through all aspects of his work as an efficient administrator, his execution of a programme of workshops for humanitarian agencies in the north of Sri Lanka, and as a creative and committed student. He is conscientious in all the activities he has undertaken, and he definitely has the potential to take on further responsibilities.

Bryan Walker

Saja is super efficient and detail oriented in every activity. He is also very supportive and takes time to listen to the team. Saja enjoys studying a broad area of subjects. He is particularly fond of numbers and the magic of Excel.

Fathema Mansoorallly

Saja is a very competent, capable and talented employee. He is very adaptable and supporting in many different roles and has proven himself capable of managing the most demanding of situations during his time with ECHO Sri Lanka. Aslam is very conscientious person and has the clear potential to be a leader in different roles.

Michelle Cicic


Saja’s new book on SDGs release event

“நிலைபேறான அபிவிருத்தி இலக்குகளும், சவால்களும்” நூல் வெளியீடு ! N.H. Umar, U.K. Kalideen, M.Y. Ameer இலங்கை தென்கிழக்கு பல்கலைக்கழக சிரேஷ்ட விரிவுரையாளர் கலாநிதி ஏ.எம். அஸ்லம் சஜா எழுதிய “நிலைபேறான அபிவிருத்தி இலக்குகளும், சவால்களும்” எனும் தலைப்பிலான நூல் வெளியீட்டு நிகழ்வு சாய்ந்தமருது கமு/கமு/அல்- ஹிலால் வித்தியாலய கூட்ட மண்டபத்தில் எம்.ஐ. முஹம்மட் சதாத் தலைமையில் இன்று (20) சனிக்கிழமை மாலை இடம்பெற்றது. சாய்ந்தமருது இயற்கையை நேசிக்கும் மன்றத்தின் ஏற்பாட்டில் இடம்பெற்ற இந்நிகழ்வில்...

YES Hub Boot camp 2021

The YES Hub (Youth Sustainability Hub) Boot Camp 2021 was held for two days virtually on 13th and 14th November 2021. The YES Hub was organised in collaboration with Venture Frontier Lanka (VFL), Resilience RTC and Field Ready USA. Around 40 participants across the island completed the boot camp. A 13 innovative entrepreneurial ideas...

Training Programme on DRR and Emergency Response Management for state officials

A training program on Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Response for Government officers in Ampara District. (Sinhala Medium) Supported by PACES Sri Lanka, Addalaichenai in partnership with District Disaster Management Centre, Ampara. Around 60 state officers such as Assistant Director of Planning, Disaster Management Officers at the DS division offices, and local authority government...


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