Thilini is a Research Assistant currently working on migration and urbanisation research at IPS. She holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Agricultural Technology and Management, specialised in Applied Economics and Business Management (First Class) from the University of Peradeniya. During her undergraduate studies, Thilini was awarded a scholarship to participate in the International Exchange Education Programme and Undergraduate Symposium at Saga University, Japan. She was also awarded the T. Jogarathnam Gold Medal for the Best Performance in Agricultural Economics and Business Management during her undergraduate studies. Further, she was awarded the University Prize for Academic Excellence at the Final Examinations from the University of Peradeniya

Thilini is a former Temporary Lecturer at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management at the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Peradeniya. She is currently reading for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Kelaniya.