The grandniece of Rt. Hon. D.S. Senanayake, Suwanitha Nelun Senanayake is an entrepreneur, artist and social worker. She is currently the Chairperson of Freudenberg Shipping Agencies, a shipping conglomerate formed to handle the shipping aspects of its parent company, Freudenberg & Company.
She successfully expanded the family’s inheritance by venturing into the Hospitality industry where the company now owns and operates three boutique properties in Colombo, Kandy, and Nuwara Eliya.
A prominent oil painter, she occasionally experiments with other forms of art, including porcelain. She is a strong advocate for Women’s Empowerment and is committed to a large number of projects in rural Sri Lanka. As a dedicated social worker, she also takes a keen interest in assisting differently abled children, providing scholarships to needy students, building better sanitation and eradicating poverty in villages by fostering cottage industries.
She married her cousin, Ranjit Senanayake and their only son Vasantha carries on the family tradition, representing the Polonnaruwa District as a Member of Parliament from the UNP and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.