The Governing Body of the International Labour
Office (ILO) elected Mr. Dayan Jayatilleka, Ambassador and
Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in
Geneva, as Chairman for its 2007-08 Session.
The 299th Session of the Governing Body also
considered a range of other business, including a report of the
ILO Committee on Freedom of Association.
Mr. Jayatilleka replaces Mr. Mdladlana, Minister
of Labour of the Republic of South Africa, who served as
Governing Body Chairman during the 2006-07 Session.
Daniel Funes de Rioja, President of the Social
Policy Department of the Argentine Industrial Union and Chairman
of the Employers’ Group of the Organization of American States
from 1995 to 1998, was re-elected as Employer Vice-chairperson.
Sir Leroy Trotman, General Secretary, Barbados Workers’ Union
and spokesperson of the Workers’ Group in the Governing Body,
was re-elected Workers’ Vice-chairperson.
The three will serve as Officers of the
Governing Body during its 2007-08 Session. The Governing Body is
the executive council of the ILO and meets three times annually
Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka who is a well known
political analyst is Senior Lecturer in political science at
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is also a member of the
Council of Management of the Bandaranaike Centre for
International Studies (BCIS) and the editorial board of its
journal, and is a regular commentator in the media. He served at
Minister of Planning & Youth Affairs in the North-East
Provincial Council in 1988-89.
Ambassador Jayatilleka who holds a First Class
Honours degree in Political Science from the University of
Peradeniya, Sir Lanka, recently completed his PhD at the
Department of Politics and Public Policy, Griffith University,
Brisbane, Australia. He obtained his MPhil from the University
of Colombo in October 2002. He was also a Fulbright Scholar in
He was educated at St. Joseph’s College Colombo,
Aquinas University College Colombo, Peradeniya University, at
the State University of New York at Binghamton and Griffith
University, Brisbane, Australia.
Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka who has a
distinguished academic record is a also author of numerous
publications including Sri Lanka: The Travails of a Democracy:
Unfinished War, Protracted Crisis (1995) and the forthcoming
book entitled Fidel’s Ethics of Violence: The Moral Dimension of
the Political Thought of Fidel Castro to be published in
September 2007 by Pluto Press (London) and the University of
Michigan Press (Ann Arbour).
Ambassador Jayatilleka is the son of the late
Mervyn and Lakshmi de Silva. He was born in 1956 and is married
to Sanja de Silva, an accountant and chartered secretary.