Denzil Perera: obtained his MBA (Merit) from PIM, B.Sc. -Marketing (Hons) from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from CIM (UK). He is a Brand and Business Strategist/Consultant. 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 Sri Jayewardenepura for Strategic Marketing. Denzil has served in the fields of Marketing, Branding and Sales at Sri Lanka Insurance, Union Assurance, Hemas Consumer Brands, Marina Foods, ACL Cables and Heyleys group during his career of 17 years which he started as a Brand Executive and reached the level of General Manager. Currently he serves as a Board Member of SANASA General Insurance and also as a Director of the National Design Center.
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.
Immediate Past 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 Institute (UK) and a Fellow Member (FCII) of the Institute and a Chartered Insurer. Jayalal is a Member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors (SLID) and an Executive Committee Member of the Association of the Chartered Insurance Professionals (ACIP) of Sri Lanka. 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 Chief Executive Officer of Assetline Insurance Brokers Limited
Ramesh Dassanayake is a veteran in the Travel, Tourism & Hospitality industries in Sri Lanka with over 3 decades of expertise. He is a successful entrepreneur, and is the Founder and Chairman/MD of Sunway Group of companies. His wide international travel experience strengthens his knowledge and exposure of international best practices in hospitality industry. He holds a MBA from the Post Graduate Institute of Management, Post Graduate Degree in Planning & Management from the Cyprus Institute of Marketing & an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration from ABE (UK). He is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) – UK, Institute of Hospitality (IoH) – UK & Association of Business Executives (ABE) – UK. He is also a professional member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors (SLID), Organization of Professional Associations (OPA) & Institute of Management Sri Lanka (IMSL). He also has held the positions of Founder President of ABE (UK) Sri Lanka Branch & Secretary of the National Association for In-coming Tour Operators SLAITO. Presently he serves in the Executive Committees of the CMI (UK) & IOH (UK) Sri Lanka Chapters. Ramesh is a proud Maristonian from Negombo
Thimira obtained his MBA from PIM in 2012. He is a Professional Marketer and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), UK. He is also a Certified Management Accountant from CMA, Australia. Thimira is a member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing and is also serving as a Lecturer and Examiner for SLIM Qualifications. With over 12 years of experience in the Insurance Sector, Thimira has held higher management positions at several key players in the sector. He is currently the Head of Affinity at Allianz Insurance Lanka Limited. In addition, he is a Global Leadership Trainer at Allianz who has conducted virtual training at over 12 countries for more than 120 Allianz Global Senior Managers. He is specialized in Business Strategy, Business Turnaround and Startup, Channnel Management, Business Process Reengineering and Process Digitalization. Apart from his role as a business professional, he is also an adventurous traveler who has traveled to many destinations in the island as well as abroad. Thimira is a person who always makes an attempt to inspire others and believes in giving something valuable back to the society.
Shantha Katipearachchi is an Independent Senior Management Consultant. He obtained the MBA from PIM in 2008. He is a Chartered Marketer with a Dip. in Marketing (MCIM UK), and is a Past Chairman of Chartered Institute of Marketing Sri Lanka. He has also served as a Member of Professional Advisory Group – CIM UK identified in the Top 100 World’s Most Influential Marketing Leaders in 2015. He is a Business Development Strategist, a Visiting Lecturer and a Public Speaker. Shantha specializes in Sales & Marketing Operations in both Product & Service Marketing, and has an experience of over 20 years in the Corporate Sector & 10 years as a Consultant, Coach and Trainer for top Corporates.
Dhananjaya, a Chartered Engineer by profession, currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer at Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka Limited. He has a Bachelor’s Degree with 1st Class Honors in Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering from University of Moratuwa and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Engineers, Sri Lanka. He obtained his MBA from PIM in 2012. He is an external lecturer for Technology and Management Universities in the country, and conducts workshops for Law Enforcement authorities, Universities, Schools and at Corporate Forums on a diverse range of topics.
Erande De Silva functions as Director / Chief Financial Officer at Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC. He counts for more than sixteen years of experience in finance with business and commercial acumen. Erande obtained his MBA from PIM, Bachelor of Business Administration Honours Degree from the University of Colombo. Erande is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK), a Chartered Global Management Accountant of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants and an Affiliate of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK).
Nilufa 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.
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 has obtained a MBA (PIM), Diploma in Criminology, Diploma in Psychology, Diploma in Human Rights, Higher National Diploma in Counselling and an Advanced Diploma in Sports.
Lakshika Udawatta obtained her MBA from PIM in 2015. She is a Charted Professional Marketer – Asia, Associate Member of Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Marketing from CIM (UK). Obtained her BBA (Hons) from Staffordshire University (UK) and currently reading for the Master of Business Economics and CIMA. Currently serving at the Hemas Pharmaceuticals Private Limited in the Consumer Healthcare division as a Marketing Manager, with immense international exposure, she is a visiting lecturer at CINEC Metro Campus on International Trade. During her career of 11 years, she had the opportunity to serve in several core business functions; marketing, sales and supply chain management and was attached to Ceylon Biscuits Limited (CBL), Marina Foods and Fantasia Elastics Private Limited.
After being selected to the University of Moratuwa, he took a bold choice of not pursue higher education due to disturbance in the country. Instead, he pursued his ambition of using his leadership skills and started his career as a Management Trainee in the Plantations sector. He got trained in all agricultural aspects of Tea & Rubber along with the entire process of manufacture. During his career in Plantations, he worked in the capacity of Assistant Manager and moved up on the ladder in a very short period of nine years became a Manager in 1998. He has worked with Kahawatte Plantations (Tata Teas), Hayley’s managed Kelani Valley Plantations, Hewlett-Packard in Saudi Arabia, HVA Group, John Keells Holdings, Richard Peiris Group and Perera & Sons before joining his current job with Lakem Plantations. During his career, Mahasen have worked in managerial and senior management capacities in Operations Production, Supply Chain, Marketing, Human Resources & Administration and have gained training stints overseas in SME sector. Mahasen did the MBA at PIM 2015 and have been involved with Business Incubator of PIM ever since graduation. He also has been part of uplifting the PIM Genesis brand and part of pioneering Entrepreneur Live & Innobizz events at PIM. Mahasen was instrumental in facilitating moving Start-up businesses in mainstream markets successfully. He is a lecturer at the National Institute of Plantation Management and Charted Institute of Personnel Management, and was also the Past President of St Sylvester’s College OBA and Kandy Past Pupils Association.
Darshika Wickramasinghe is the co-founder and Managing director of V-Share group of companies which services Small and Medium sector in Sri Lanka. She obtained her MBA (Merit) from PIM, B.Sc. (Finance) (Hons) from University of Sri Jayewardenepura. She is an Associate Member of the Institute of Certified of Management Accountants (ACMA) and Associate Member of Chartered Professional Managers in Sri Lanka (ACPM). She has over 10 years’ corporate experience in the field of Corporate Finance, Business Analysis, Financial Research, Compliance, Management Accounting, Financial Accounting, Capital Markets and Investment Analysis. She counts over 3 years’ field experience in SME consultancy as a social entrepreneur by creating a knowledge and growth platform for SME paternity in Sri Lanka.
Chanaka Gunatilake is a supply chain and logistics professional with more than 17 years of industry experience having worked with Corporates such as Holcim Lanka, Aitken Spence Logistics and Hemas Logistics. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Navil Logistics (Pvt) Ltd. He is a Chartered Member of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). He holds a MBA in Logistics and Trade from PIM, MA in Financial Economics and BBA (special) both from University of Colombo. He is currently reading for the PhD in Management at University of Sri Jayawardenapura. He is also visiting lecturer in Management and Supply Chain.
Currently he is the CEO at Success Zante, a world class experiential education platform representing the world’s best speakers, Tony Robbins , T Harv Eker, Robart Kiyosaki and many more. He is serving as the affiliate partner of Parkway hospitals Singapore (Mount Elizabeth group) in Sri Lanka. Previously he has served as the Country Manager of Bangladesh at Bangkok Hospital. He has 22 years of experience in international health care in the region. He has completed his MBA from Postgraduate institute of Management in 2014. He is the Director Consultant of Business Network International (BNI); world’s largest business referral organisation. He is a trainer and a life long student of learning.
He is a digitalization strategist who has over 21 years of experience in the IT and Management discipline working in both manufacturing and service sector organizations. He possesses over 13 years of experience in project and program management related to software development, IT due diligence, post-merger integration, ERP implementation, and business process improvements. He received his MBA from PIM in the year 2013 and holds an MSc. in IT Management from Keele University (UK). Saman is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certified lean-agile enthusiast and member of the British Computer Society as well as Project Management Institute (USA). He is currently serving as a Head of IT for Ferentino Tyre Corporation (PVT) Ltd.
Ruvini De Silva currently serves as an Assistant Secretary at Ministry of Justice. She is a member of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service since 2013. She obtained her MBA (Merit) from PIM, Master of Development Studies specializing Gender Studies from University of Melbourne, LLB from Open University of Sri Lanka and B.Sc. (Hons) from Faculty of Science, University of Colombo and Diploma in Public Administration from SLIDA. She had worked as an Assistant Secretary at Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Plantation previously.