Chanaka has been involved in IEEE for over five years, starting as a student member. He is currently serving as the the Social Media Chair of IEEE Region 04. He was the IEEE Sri Lanka Section Student Activities Committee (SAC) Chair 2019/20 and IEEE Young Professionals Sri Lanka Chair-Elect 2019/20. He was the co-chair of IEEE Presidents Forum 2019 and chair of IEEE Innovation Nation Sri Lanka 2018 in its first year of international expansion. Chanaka graduated from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka where he received his BSc Engineering Degree specializing in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He was working as an Instructor (Teaching Assistant) at the same university while working part-time as an Assistant Secretariat Executive of Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN). He is currently a PhD student and a Research Assistant at Indiana University Bloomington since Fall 2019.