Executive Committee

Executive Committee

Dinesh Hamangoda

Dinesh Hamangoda is a well experienced sales cum marketing professional with more than 18 years’ of corporate experience in organisations such as Unilever Sri Lanka, Holcim Lanka and Sampath Bank Ltd. His expertise covers the fields of Sales, Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Business Development. He is currently the CEO of East West Marketing (Pvt) Ltd. He holds a MBA from PIM and a B.Sc. (Hons) degree from the University of New Delhi. He is a corporate trainer and a visiting lecturer for the MBA programs at the University of Colombo, University of Kelaniya and Edith Cowen University, Australia. He is a proud product of Nalanda College Colombo.

Nishantha Gunasekara
Immediate Past President

Nishantha Gunasekara is the CEO of People’s Merchant Finance PLC and is a Director/Senior Consultant of Emsolv Consultants. He holds a MBA from PIM and is an Associate in Banking of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka. He has vast experience in Banking and is a Professional Management Consultant with hands on experience from diverse industries on Strategic Management & Consultancy.

Jayalal Hewawasam
Vice President

Jayalal Hewawasam obtained his MBA in 2008. He is a Chartered Marketer and a Fellow Member (FCIM) of The Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK. He holds the Advance Diploma in Chartered Insurance (UK) and an Associate Member (ACII) of the Institute. He counts over 20 years of experience in his chosen field of Sales Management both locally and internationally in sectors such as FMCG, Lubricants and Insurance. He is currently the Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer of Assetline Insurance Brokers Limited.

Denzil Perera 

Denzil Perera is the General Manager – Marketing and Sales at ACL Cables PLC. He holds an MBA (Merit) from PIM, a B.Sc. (Marketing) (Hons) from the University of Sri Jayawardenepura and a Diploma in Marketing from CIM (UK). He is a brand strategist, consultant and a corporate trainer. He is a senior lecturer (part-time) at the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing for Strategic Brand Management, and a visiting lecturer for Universities of Colombo, Kelaniya and Jayawardenepura. Denzil has served in the fields of Marketing, Branding and Sales at Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation, Union Assurance, Hemas Consumer Brands and Marina Foods during his career.

Shermi Fernando 

Shermi Fernando is a Banker/Risk Management Professional currently working for Hatton National Bank PLC and obtained her MBA in 2012. She is an Associate Chartered Management Accountant CIMA-UK (ACMA/CGMA) and an Associate Member, Institute of Bankers, Sri Lanka (AIB-SL). She also holds the International Certificate in Banking Risk & Regulations (ICBRR) from the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP-USA).

Ujith Hewage
Committee Member

Ujith Hewage is a well-experienced sales cum marketing professional with more than 20 years’ of corporate experience in the fields of Retail & Industrial Sales and Marketing in MNCs, such as Chevron and Transmec. Currently, he is the Country Manager for Sri Lanka & Maldives of Valvoline Lubricants International. He is also the Founder Director of Vallee69 Eco Leisure and Non-Executive Director of SM Linen Care (Pvt) Ltd. He obtained his MBA in 2008 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from The Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) in 1998.

Nilufar Nizam
Committee Member

Nilufar Nizam is a well experienced logistics professional with more than 20 years’ of corporate experience in the fields of Sales, Operation Management in Freight Forwarding and Supply Chain Management.  She is currently working as a Field Sales Specialist at DHL Global Forwarding Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. She holds a MBA in International Trade & Logistics from PIM and a Diploma from The Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK). She is a proud product of St. Paul’s Milagiriya, Colombo.

Lalinda Ariyaratne
Committee Member

Lalinda Ariyaratna is an entrepreneur with over 16 years of collective experience as a corporate professional and a successful entrepreneur. His experience ranges from grass root to strategic level in Sales, Marketing, Operational and Corporate Strategizing disciplines in Tourism, IT, Education and Telecommunication sectors. He holds a MBA, MSc (IT) from University of Keele (UK) and a Degree in IT from the University of Colombo. He has also obtained several professional qualifications in the field of Financial Management, IT Security and Tourism. Currently he is reading for his PhD in Entrepreneurship.

Onalie Dissanayake
Committee Member

Onalie Dissanayake is a proud product of Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya. She is an expert in the field of education and an experienced Communication and Marketing professional. She holds over 20 years’ experience in the industry, ranging from National and International schools to professional education. Currently, she is the Manager – Education Services at The Chartered Institute of Marketing, Sri Lanka Region and was the Deputy Principal at Alethea Group of Schools. She holds a B.A. in English and Mass Communication (USJ), PQHRM (IPM), Dip. Child Psychology (USA), Pre-school Education (AMI), Dip. PM (UK) and a MBA. She is a member of CIM (UK) and IPM (SL). She is currently reading for her PhD at PIM, in Education Policy Implementation.

Chandana Ekanayake
Committee Member 

Chandana Ekanayake is a proud product of Dharmaraja College, Kandy. He is currently the Commissioner of Prisons (Rehabilitation), Prisons Department of Sri Lanka Prisons. His experience extends over 35 years of public administration and he is the only Prison Official to receive the “Excellent Service Medal”. He obtains a MPA (PIM), Diploma in Criminology, Diploma in Psychology, Diploma in Human Rights, Higher National Diploma in Counselling and an Advanced Diploma in Sports.

Migara Panditaratne
Committee Member 

Migara Panditaratne is an experienced ICT professional with over 14 years’ experience in heading ICT operations in the pharmaceutical industry and 4 ½ years’ in ICT lecturing. Currently, he is the Manager – IT of Emerchemie NB (Ceylon) Limited. He is also an active member of professional bodies such as the British Computer Society, Australian Computer Society, IEEE and the Computer Society of Sri Lanka. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and an A+ Certified Computer Technician. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in IT from Charles Sturt University (Australia), a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science from the University of Moratuwa and a MBA. He is a proud product of Richmond College, Galle.

Shiranthi Theverapperuma
Committee Member 

Shiranthi Theverapperuma, obtained her MBA in 2013. She is currently, the Head of Finance & Control of Ceylon Oxygen Ltd (MNC). She counts over 22 years of expertise in the field of Business Finance and was attached to John Keells Holding prior to her current position. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK), and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Colombo.

Gishan Perera
Committee Member 

Gishan Perera is well experienced in International Volunteer Services and is a Non-governmental Organisation Management professional and currently serves as the Country Director of Projects Abroad UK LTD in Sri Lanka. He counts over 14 years of experience in Volunteering and entrepreneurial experience in tourism and agriculture. He obtained his MBA in 2010. He holds a Pg. Dip in Marketing, a National Diploma in Marketing from Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing and is Certified as a Professional Marketer (Asia) by AMF.

Dishan Shaminda
Committee Member 

Dishan Shaminda obtained his MBA in 2017. He holds the Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from The Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) and currently reading for his LLB. He started his career at Unilever Sri Lanka and is currently employed as the Sales Manager for INSEE Concrete at Siam City Cement Lanka Limited. He was the Business Planner of the company from 2016 to 2017. With corporate experience of 08 years, his expertise covers strategic planning, business development, customer marketing, communications and affordable housing concept. He led a workstream in a special assignment on Channel partnering systems in ChipMong INSEE – Cambodia. He is a free-lance journalist and a professional voice artist.  He is a proud product of Royal College, Colombo.