Sri Lanka tech chamber elects new board; skilled migration on agenda
Jul 09, 2018 14:27 PM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)
ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's tech industry body SLASSCOM has elected a new board and general council which will advocate for skilled migrants to meet a shortage of domestic expertise.
The new board elected for 2018/19 is headed by Jeevan Gnanam as chairman.
At the AGM held in June, Gnanam outlined SLASSCOM's five-point strategy which included developing local capacity for data science and artificial intelligence, driving an Innovation culture and supporting start-ups.
"Regional integration and selective skilled immigration for skilled talent to facilitate knowledge transfers are important components of our strategy to develop Sri Lanka's tech industry," Gnanam, CEO and Director at Orion City, said.
SLASSCOM elected two Vice Chairmen is Ranil Rajapakse, Vice President/CEO at IFS R&D International, and Channa Manoharan, Chief Operating Officer at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Sandra De Zoysa, Group Chief Customer Officer at Dialog Axiata PLC, was appointed SLASSCOM's Operations Director and Ashique Ali was appointed Finance Director.
Other board members include:
Mangala Karunaratne, Founder/CEO at Calcey Technologies
Chandi Dharmaratne, Senior Director Human Resources at Virtusa
Dinesh Wickramanayake, Managing Director at WNS Global Services
Shevan Goonetilleke, Chief Operating Officer at WSO2
Hasith Yaggahawita, Chief Technology Officer at 99X Technology
Rasika Karunatilake, Vice President/ General Manager at Sysco Labs
Haridhu Abeygoonaratne, General Manager at SimCentric Technologies
SLASSCOM General Council:
Nishan Mendis, Executive Director, Consulting (PWC)
Nuwan Perera, Director Software Development (IFS)
Deshaka Perera, Senior Group Manager - Operations (WNS Global Services)
Gurbe Scheenstra, Country Head (ISM APAC)
Manjula Wimaladasa, AVP - Facilities & Logistics (RR Donnelley)
Beadle Navraj, Senior General Manager & Head of Operations (WNS Global Services)
Shehani Seneviratne, Chief Operating Officer (99X Technology)
Kolitha Ratwatte, Vice President, General Manager (Persistent Systems Lanka)
Sharanyan Sharma, Founder and Managing Director (ExtremeSEO)
Shiraz Lye, Director Sales and Marketing, South Asia (IFS)
Rohith Pradeep, CEO (SAKS Global)
Rishi Batta, Managing Director & Centre Director (HSBCElectronic Data Processing Lanka)
Jayomi Lokuliyana, Co-Founder & CEO (zMessenger)
Lakmini Wijesundera, CEO (Ironone Technologies)
Chamira Jayasinghe, Managing Director/CEO (Arimac)
Rajive Silva, Chief Operating Officer (Informatics)
Boshan Dayaratne, Group Director & CEO (CICRA)
Lasantha Bogoda, General Manager (DMS Software Technologies)
Venura Mendis, CEO (WSO2 Telco)
Dilan Rajapakse, General Manager (B-Sharp)
Priyanthi Guruge, Director (Content Management and Solutions)
(COLOMBO, 09 July 2018)