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


Main Album » Conference in Chandigarh, India


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 joins commonwealth futures climate research cohort 2023-24

Saja joined in a global platform on climate change among the 20 Global #commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort 2023/24. 20 early career researchers (ECRs), from ten priority countries (Bangladesh, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka), have embarked on a one-year applied training and development programme. I will be working in...

Saja facilitated a workshop for youth discussing the Sustainable Development Goals and the challenges in its implementation last Saturday —————++————–++————– ++—–

Great learning and capacity building shown by young leaders. They enjoyed a simulation exercise on debating the affordable energy crisis (#SDG7) and #SDG16 – peace, justice and strong institutions to promote social cohesion#SDGs#sdg2030#youthempowerment10 Billion Strong#sdg16#sdg7#sustainabledevelopmentgoals#sdglk This program is supported by the HOPE OF YOUTH project of Ampara district in collaboration with GCERF HELVETAS and #GAFSO.

Saja attended 2023 Solutions Summit in Bucharest, Romania

2023 Community Solutions Program Solutions Summit was held in Bucharest, Romania onApr 3 – 7, 2023. Saja participated and delivered an expert workshop on “Humanitarian Standards for Disaster Response: An Overview of Sphere Minimum Standards”, on April 4, 2023, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM


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