Imali Bandara

Intern, Girl Up, United Nations Foundation

Imali Bandara

Imali joined the United Nations Foundation as a Public Affairs intern working with the Girl Up campaign. Prior to joining the Foundation, Imali worked as an Executive intern with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington, DC where she conducted research of U.S.-Sri Lanka relations and worked in community relations.

Imali earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2012, majoring in Political Economy and Globalization from the University of California, Berkeley. Go Bears! Originally a southern California girl, Imali loves to travel, go to live music festivals, and cook for her friends.

Fun fact: Imali loves to challenge her limits when it comes to spicy food. The spicier, the better!

Blog Posts by Imali Bandara

Global Mom Relay Twitter Party
The next leg of the Global Mom Relay will highlight the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a United Nations Foundation initiative that advocates for the use of clean-burning cookstoves around the world.
March 21, 2013

Watch Girl Rising!
10x10’s Girl Rising is a new feature film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of girls’ education. It spotlights the stories of extraordinary girls around the world, striving beyond circumstance and overcoming impossible odds to achieve their dreams.
March 5, 2013

Malala’s Message to the World
Along with her father, a longtime champion of girls’ education and newly-appointed to the UN’s Special Envoy on Global Education, Malala manages to see beyond the tragedy and is optimistic about her future and that of children everywhere.
February 5, 2013

Malala, a global icon for girls' education
Malala Yousafzai made it to TIME Magazine’s shortlist for Person of the Year, ultimately coming in today as the runner-up.
December 19, 2012

Twice as Nice
Dell is launching the Dell x Crowdrise Match Campaign to benefit Girl Up and two other organizations and will match the first $25,000 of donations collectively raised across these amazing causes.
December 12, 2012

Happy International Volunteer Day!
Today, the UN and the world are recognizing a group of people who deserve our thanks: volunteers!
December 5, 2012

Do Your Part On Malala Day
Last month, we were devastated at the tragedy that 15 year-old Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai suffered when she was shot near her school.
November 10, 2012

Celebrate International Youth Day!
Throughout my summer internship at the UN Foundation, I have had the pleasure of being exposed to the many ways in which the Foundation is engaging with and for young people. From our stellar Girl Up Teen Advisors advocating for girls around the world to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves’ commitment to keeping kids healthy and safe from indoor air pollution, the campaigns I work for inspire me every day to try and work toward a better future for people everywhere.
August 9, 2012