Upendra has obtained B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management at the Sabaragamuwa University and currently reading for her Masters of Environment Management at University of Colombo. She has completed a Postgraduate on Building Resilience to Climate change at the UN University, Japan in 2012. She has graduated on Sustainable Consumption and Production at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand (AIT) in 2013. She is a visiting lecturer in Sustainable Development, at Sabaragamuwa University.
She is a lead auditor in ISO 9001:2008 (QMS) and a system development consultant in ISO 14001 (EMS) and ISO 50001 (EnMS). She is a qualified Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production Consultant with over 5 years of experience in industries. She is a technical expert for project Eco Innovation implemented by United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and a local consultant for EU Switch Asia funded project Resource Efficient Supply Chain for Metal Products in Building Sector in South Asia (METABUILD).