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  • Ranbandara Dissanayaka
  • Dr. Wafaa Salama

Staff Profiles

D.N.M.R.Dissanayaka - Executive Director

(Dip. Math, BA Hon, MA & MBA)

Much of Dissa’s life has been spent around educational institutions both studying and working. Following a Diploma in Mathematics, Dissa taught Mathematics in Government Secondary Schools in Sri Lanka for eight years. Later, after graduating with a BA (Hons) from the University of Sri Lanka, he taught English in Government secondary schools for a further four years before becoming a Lecturer of English at a University College in Sri Lanka.

Having moved to Scotland, he studied for an MA at Moray House Institute of Education. He was then appointed to the post of the Student Union Manager of Moray House Institute of Education. He worked there for seven years before entering the voluntary sector. During this period he attained an MBA from Napier University.

Dissa has been involved in the management activities of many organisations, gaining a wealth of experience in both people - oriented work and management.

These have included:

  • Skillnet Edinburgh
  • Minority Ethnic Learning Disabilities Initiative
  • James Gillespie's High School
  • Men and Health Development Group Scotland
  • The Lothian Interpreting and Translating Trust
  • Edinburgh Compact and Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council (EVOC)


Dr. Wafaa Salama - Outreach Development Officer

Wafaa has a PhD in Education from Faculty of Social Sciences and Health, Durham University, UK in June 2017. She has an extensive experience in the field of care and education both in Egypt and UK. She had worked before as a teacher and care and education specialist. She ran a private childcare service for 10 years in UK. Her research interests are in the areas of disadvantaged women, childcare, communities and social services.  She is focusing at the moment on empowering ethnic minority women, funding and policy initiatives which together support equality, opportunity and justice across communities.

At LINKnet, she is responsible for the following:

  • To organise and run monthly community events to address loneliness and isolation of minority ethnic women
  • To identify complementary support services and negotiate with them on behalf of the service users
  • To do outreach work to consult and network with public, private and voluntary sector organisations and individuals and engage in other promotional activities to recruit female befrienders/mentors for the Open Arms LINKnet project.
Mentors wanted


Testimonial 1

Olayinka Dada:
"I came in contact with LINKnet Mentoring Ltd through a family friend. And my first day at LINKnet was really welcoming and pleasant..."

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Testimonial 2

Pepita Gomez:
"I arrived in Edinburgh in Aug 2014 with my daughter. Our English was poor. I started learning English in a class that was conducted by an association."

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Testimonial 3

Russell Dadzie:
"I was introduced to LINKnet Mentoring by a friend who had received mentoring a couple of years ago."

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Current Funders

Scottish Government

Scottish Government's Promoting Equality and Community Cohesion Fund & Scottish Government's Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund


European Social Fund

European Social Fund


The City of Edinburgh Councils One City Trust

The City of Edinburgh Councils One City Trust


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