State Minister of International Cooperation
Hon.Tharaka Balasuriya State Minister of Regional Co-operation
Hon. Tharaka Balasuriya, was appointed as State Minister for Regional Co-operation on the 12 August 2020 at the historic Magul Maduwa in Kandy. A 2nd term Parliamentarian, the Hon. State Minister counts near a decade in Politics, preceded by a career in the Corporate Sector.
State Minister Balasuriya was first elected to Parliament in 2015 and held the State Ministerial portfolio of Social Security following the establishment of the new Government under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in November 2019.Previously, he was a member of the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council, to which he was elected in the year 2012.
State Minister Balasuriya also accounts for 15 years of corporate experience in the insurance and banking sectors having ended his career as a the Head Corporate Business at Sri Lanka’s largest insurance company prior to his entrance into politics in 2012.
Hon. Tharaka Balasuriya holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Mathematics and Economics from University of Wisconsin and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Cardiff Metropolitan University. He had his primary education at Colombo International School.
Born on the 16 April 1974 in Germany, he comes from a family of reputed politicians with his father Dr. Jagath Balasuriya a former Cabinet Minister and Governor North Central Province. His mother, Kumari Balasuriya, also served as the Governor of the Southern Province. His grandfather P.B Balasuriya served as a parliamentarian. The Hon. State Minister is married to Malintha Bolonghe and is the father of two young daughters.