Nilmini De Silva
Nilmini is the author of Fate of Destiny, a collection of photos and stories that aims to inspire people to make conscious choices in life rather than to merely follow the well-trodden trail. With qualifications in civil engineering, local government management and project management, she is currently working toward sharing and demonstrating the principles of the Circular Economy with audiences and communities around Australia. As Director of PolisPlan she is working towards the promotion of environmental and social sustainability through her project management and strategic engineering skills as well as through her creative writing and photography.
Nilmini has over 25 years experience in flood risk management both as a consultant and in local government, in Australia, California and Sri Lanka. She has been a guest lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Technology, Sydney & at the University of Tasmania, School of Land & Food and presented papers at numerous conferences. She has facilitated many workshops and community consultation processes to obtain outcomes for communities transitioning to a Circular Economy.
Prior to PolisPlan, Nilmini was the Natural Systems Manager at Fairfield City Council where she led a multi disciplinary team of 20 staff and was recognised as an industry leader in flood risk management. She is also a former Director - Land Use Planning of the NSW Floodplain Management Association (FMA). In 2009, Nilmini was selected to represent NSW on a ‘Water Sensitive Cities’ tour of Europe.
Nil has also launched a number of solo photographic exhibitions including an Associated Exhibition at the HeadOn 2015 Photo Festival and had an image selected by National Geographic for online publication. She combines both her professional and creative skills to empower local communities to transition to a low carbon future, enabling them to be more resilient, build social capital and reduce costs.