Dr. Chris Nonis has lived and worked in both Sri Lanka and the UK, and has diverse experience in the Public Sector, Private Sector, Civil Society and International Affairs.
He 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 obtained his M.R.C.P.(UK). He has international peer-reviewed publications, and has lectured in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
He has been actively involved in Commonwealth and International Affairs for over twenty five years, having served as Deputy-Chairman of the Royal Commonwealth Society, London; Director of the Commonwealth Business Council, UK; Director of the Ramphal Centre for Commonwealth Policy Studies, UK; and the International Advisory Council of Asia House, London. He is Advisor to HE the President on International Affairs, and Chairs the Advisory Council for Sri Lanka of the British Asian Trust, one of the Charities of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales.
He has previously served on the Council of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon; the Advisory Committee on Peace & Reconciliation of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce; the Grants Board of the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka; the Country Coordinating Mechanism for Sri Lanka of the Global Fund; President of the India Life Sciences Institute – Sri Lanka Committee; as Director of the Export Development Board; and as Director of the National Enterprise Development Authority.
He served as the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK from 2011 to 2014, and was voted Diplomat of the Year for Asia in the UK in 2012. He Chaired the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth Secretariat comprising over 50 Commonwealth High Commissioners, served on the Commonwealth Foundation, and played an active role towards CHOGM 2013 in Sri Lanka. He also served on the Board of the Imperial War Museum, and the Advisory Council of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Trust.
He has delivered several hundred addresses and lectures, including at the British Houses of Parliament; the Royal Overseas League; the Royal Society for Asian Affairs; the International Institute of Strategic Studies; Rhodes House, Oxford; the Defence and Security Forum, UK; and the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council. He has also defended Sri Lanka in interviews with International Media including BBC, Radio 4, BBC World News, Sky TV and CNN.
Dr. Chris Nonis is Chairman of the Mackwoods Group of Companies, a diversified conglomerate established in 1841, with interests spanning Healthcare; Agribusiness and Plantations; Trading; Energy; ICT; Hotels and Tourism; Financial Services and Stockbroking. He also chairs the Mackwoods Research Foundation; the Mendis-Mackwoods Charity Fund; and is a trustee of the Sriyani Nonis Charitable Trust.