Dr. Chris Nonis has lived and worked in both Sri Lanka and the UK, and has diverse experience in the Public Sector, Private Sector and Civil Society.
Dr. Chris Nonis, qualified in London, with a First Class Honours BSc from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine. He obtained his MBBS from the Royal Free Hospital Medical School, University of London, having spent his electives at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. He carried out his postgraduate training at Royal Brompton, Hammersmith, and Addenbrooke’s, Cambridge and is a member of the Royal College of Physicians (UK).
He has been actively involved in Commonwealth and International Affairs, and is Deputy-Chairman of the Royal Commonwealth Society, London; Board Member of the Ramphal Centre for Commonwealth Policy Studies, UK; and Board Member of the Commonwealth Business Council. He heads the Sri Lankan Advisory Board of the British Asian Trust, one of the charities of HRH Prince Charles.
He has previously served on the Board of Sri Lankan Airlines; the Export Development Board of Sri Lanka; and the Country Coordinating Mechanism of Sri Lanka for the Global Fund. He is Chairman of the Mackwoods Group of Companies, established in 1841, with a 170 year history and approx. 8,500 employees. He also chairs the Mackwoods Research Foundation, established to stimulate scientific research and innovative thought; and the Mendis-Mackwoods Charity Fund for rural upliftment and poverty alleviation.
He commenced his tenure as the Sri Lankan High Commissioner for the UK in September 2011.