Vinoda Basnayake

Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP

“Shaping the World Together,” the Washington Institute Podcast Series, is pleased to welcome Vinoda Basnayake, Esq..

Vinoda Basnayake is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Washington office where he assists foreign governments and international corporations in legislative and policy matters. He also chairs the firm’s District of Columbia Government Relations Practice. Basnayake also serves as the Principal and Founder of Versus Equity, Chairman of DC Vote and Commissioner of the Small and Local Business Opportunity Commission for DC. He previously served as a Special Advisor at Patton Boggs LLP, Interim Director at International Gateway Trade Center and Financial Consultant at The World Bank. Basnayake was recognized as one of the most influential Washingtonians under 40 by Washington Life Magazine for several years in a row and named one of Washington’s “Power 30 Under 30” in 2010. In addition, he was appointed by Washington, D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser as chair of the District of Columbia Commission on Nightlife and Culture and is a member of the ReOpen DC Committee formed in response to the Coronavirus.

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