Lion Gnanasena Goonapinuwala completed his basic education from Anuradhapura Central College and Veyangoda Bandaranayake Central College.Graduated from Hardy Institute of Higher Technology /Ampara, as a National Diploma Holder in Civil Engineering and became a Professionally qualified Civil Engineer, satisfying the requirements of the Institute of Incorporated Engineers of Sri Lanka.
He completed the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration from the Hawaii Open University in USA and obtained his Post Graduate Diploma in Management, leading to MBA from Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, as an external student.
His carrier in civil engineering was limited only for six years and compelled to become an entrepreneur in Anuradhapura area, giving a revolutionary impact to develop industries within NCP. His own business “Chinthana Group of Companies” was the pilot project for the development of industries within the North Central Province.
Government recognized his services by honoring him as the Justice of Peace (island Wide) and also appointed him as the Chairman of the Industries Development Council of NCP under the Ministry of Industries and as the Advisor to the Industries Development Authority of the North Central Provincial Council. He served as a reputed business stalwart in NCP for 25 years and handed over the management of his businesses to his two sons and became a full timer in Social Service Activities through Lionism,to serve the deserving people who sponsored for his success.
Being a Lion Member for last 27 years, he held different positions ranging from Club President to the Advisor to the District Governor and achieved numerous awards in appreciation of the service he carried out.
“Lions Community Service Center “Anuradhapura, which is the one and only Lions Hearing Aid Donation clinic in the Multiple District 306 is one of his significant achievements. The annual service value of the Lions Community Service Center is Rs. 6.0 million approximately. It gives very high impact to build the Lions Image among the people.
The first ever, special service oriented Lions Club in the Multiple District 306, “Lions Club of Medawachchiya (Kidney Care)”, with the vision of saving future generation from Chronic Kidney Disease, was extended by him.Up to date 23 Water purification plants to provide pure drinking water were installed in 23 villages in Anuradhapura District, funded by local and foreign philanthropists.
Value is Rs. 11.5 million approximately. The humanitarian service that he provided by installing water purification plants was recognized during the last International Convention held in Chicago and Past International President Lion Mahendra Amarasuriya also commended his contribution to the deserving people in the community.
He has organized a continuous breakfast donation program for kidney patients who are attending to the regular kidney clinic at Medawachchiya Hospital (approx. 2,400 per month) spending Rs. 100,000/= per month approximately, with the donations of local & foreign philanthropists – A Centennial Community Legacy Project of Lions Club of Medawachchiya (Kidney Care).
Three Speciality Service oriented Lions Clubs extended by him, Lions Club of Anuradhapura City, Lions Club of Medawachchiya (Kidney Care) and Lions Club of Kebithigollewa (helping kidney victims) are receiving funds for their service activities from benevolent people living around the world.
Lion Gnane Got married to Lady Lion Visaka, a science graduate of Peradeniya University; They are blessed with three children; two sons and a daughter. Two sons are reputed businessmen in Anurahapura and the daughter is doing a Medical Science Research for her PHD in Tech University Texas USA.