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Harsha de Silva (Sri Lankan economist and politician)

Harsha de Silva

Sri Lankan economist and politician

Harsha de Silva is Member of Parliament from Colombo and currently Minister of Economic Reform and Public Distribution of the Government of Sri Lanka.

An economist by training, Harsha’s objective in politics is to help create a prosperous nation where all citizens enjoy the same rights and privileges.

His most satisfying achievement thus far has been founding the much loved '1990 Suwa Seriya' nation-wide pre-hospital care ambulance service.

Harsha has a PhD in economics from the University of Missouri and has had executive training at both MIT and Harvard. He is married with two children and lives in Colombo.

Anshuman Rai (UiPath)

Anshuman Rai


Sales leader, with a very rich techno-commercial experience in the field of IT infrastructure, Enterprise Software and System Integration with high exposure in the BFSI Domain.

In my 20 + years in IT, I have been in Sales, customer support, Project management, large IT solution designing etc.. My current role exposes me to software robotics, Artificial intelligence and Machine learning based solutions.

Currently, as a sales leader, I am leading a sales team at UiUiPath, focused on selling software robotic solutions into the India domestic market. I am responsible for revenue generation from organizations which are Head quartered in India, Bangladesh and Srilanka.

Previously held two important sales leadership positions at EMC India including running their financial services sales across India.

Raveendran Jepegnanam (RRD)

Raveendran Jepegnanam


Raveendran Jepegnanam heads the Service Delivery Automation at RRD. With in-depth expertise in driving operational efficiency and discrete event simulations, he leads service delivery automation projects to make RRD the preferred transformation partner for clients. He comes with more than 30 years of experience and continues to be an eager adopter of emerging technologies. As a strong advocate of the subject, Ravi believes that Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence technologies can transform the BPM sector, including areas that require a certain level of cognitive thinking.

He was a mentor and judge at the Data Artistry Tournament by RRD and Gramener in 2018, a unique platform that brought together data artists and visualizers for the first time ever in Chennai, India. Ravi holds a degree in Engineering and a post graduate diploma in Management from XIME. He is a certified RPA developer and a Six Sigma Master Black Belt. As a multi-faceted personality, Ravi loves to pursue his interest in photography and endurance sports while he is not at work.

Rakesh Rajora (HSBC)

Rakesh Rajora


Rakesh Rajora is the Global lead for all HSBC Global service centres to drive transformation and process excellence.

Rakesh brings 23 years of international professional experience in Operational Excellence, Business Transformation and Robotics & Intelligent Automation. He experience also comes from JP Morgan Chase & Co where, he was head of Transformation, Strategy & Robotics Automation for the Corporate & Investment Bank. And previous to that, he led global teams at General Electric (GE Corporate and GE Healthcare), Deutsche Bank AG, Accenture and EY.

Rakesh is a B Tech Engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore. He is a GE Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, who also has TOGAF Enterprise & Technology Architecture design capabilities.

Buddhi Chandrasena (WNS)

Buddhi Chandrasena


Buddhi has 16+ years versatile experience across Process transformation, Consulting, Compliance & Analytics with MNCs & Local giants across Financial Services, Insurance, IT, BPO/KPO, Apparel & Telecom industries.

Initiating, developing & implementing process transformation, digital transformation & performance optimization strategies is the key differentiator that he brings to the table. He is a professional trainer & a part-time lecturer for finance, IT & soft skills for leading private institutions & a visiting lecturer for University of Kelaniya.

Buddhi currently works as the Head of Quality & Process Excellence for WNS Global Services (Pvt) Ltd.

He holds an MBA in Finance & Capital Markets, Certified LEAN Sigma practitioner & a certified process/business consultant.
Buddhi has experience in delivering process consulting & transformation projects across the globe which includes India, USA & UK as well.

Michelle Stanley (RRD)

Michelle Stanley


Michelle Stanley is the Assistant Vice President of the Business Process Improvement function at RRD. Equipped with a background in automation, she comes with more than 17 years of experience and has to her credit several key projects for global clients that have a significant record of improved process efficiency and reduced costs, leading to higher customer satisfaction. Michelle believes that organizations must embrace RPA and emerging technologies to be agile and leverage it to harness the human potential in areas where truly important. Having worked on resource optimization projects and implementing bots for business, Michelle works to make RRD future ready by identifying potential opportunities and bridging existing gaps in complex business processes. Michelle holds a Masters in Information Technology and is also a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, a Blue Prism Certified ROM Architect and an Automation Anywhere Certified Advanced RPA Professional. When she is not at work, Michelle is busy solving puzzles or listening to music.

Priyam Mandal (IT and process automation evangelist at UiPath)

Priyam Mandal

IT and process automation evangelist at UiPath

Sales professional , with a very rich techno-commercial experience in the field of IT infrastructure, Enterprise Software and System Integration across multiple countries.

In my 15 years of career in IT industry , I have been associated with Companies like Danfoss, ABB, HCL Technologies, HP , Hewlett Packard Enterprise and worked in multiple geographies spanning across India , Africa, Srilanka.

Currently I am associated with UiPath -the fastest growing software company which is also the global leader in Robotic Process Automation taking care Domestic business in Southern India States & Srilanka.

Madu Ratnayake (EVP, CIO & General Manager at Virtusa (Pvt) Ltd)

Madu Ratnayake

EVP, CIO & General Manager at Virtusa (Pvt) Ltd

Madu is the Group CIO and the Center Head for Virtusa Sri Lanka. He is responsible for Virtusa’s global digital strategy and Virtusa’s Sri Lankan Operations. He is responsible for enterprise digital business strategy and the core service delivery framework. As the CIO, He focuses building Virtusa’s award winning digital platform and practices that enable harnessing the collective wisdom and relationships of global network of team members to drive delivery, sales, customer and people engagement.

Madu is a founder director and former Chairman of Sri Lanka Association for Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM), the industry body for IT and BPM in Sri Lanka and the former Chairman of Sarvodaya Fusion, the ICT4D arm of Sarvodaya, the largest NGO in Sri Lanka; He represents the IT industry on the boards of several leading universities/Institutions.

He is a Charted Engineer, and holds an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management and a First Class Honors Degree in Software Engineering from City University in London. He has over 20 years’ experience in IT, digital transformation, project & service delivery.

Beadle Navaraj (Senior General Manager & Head of Operations Sri Lanka at WNS)

Beadle Navaraj

Senior General Manager & Head of Operations Sri Lanka at WNS

B.Sc (Hons) in Applied Accounting (Oxford Brookes, UK), MBA (Cardiff, UK), Chartered Manager (FCMI, UK), Chartered Marketer (MCIM, UK), Certified Management Accountant (AUS), MSLIM (SL), FCPM (SL), DBA Candidate (Wales, UK)

Beadle counts over 20 years of experience in leading Operations and Strategic initiatives for varied industries including Banking, Financial Services & Insurance (BFSI), Fund Management, Healthcare, Consultancy and Professional Services. 13+ years of experience in setting up and managing Global Business Services (GBS) and end-to-end Finance & Accounting Outsourcing (FAO) across multiple geographies with in-depth working knowledge in the UK, North America, Europe and APAC regions.

Also, led multiple global assignments including Due diligence, Transitions and Transformational projects in P2P, OTC and R2R processes with specialised knowledge in Agile Practices, Systems Thinking, Lean Six Sigma and Digital Transformation tools (FinTech & RPA).

Ruwindhu Peiris (Managing Director of Stax)

Ruwindhu Peiris

Managing Director of Stax

Ruwindhu Peiris is a Managing Director and head of the Colombo office of Stax, a global strategy consulting firm with offices in Boston, Chicago, New York, and Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Ruwindhu’s passion is to help Asia based companies grow into global brands while attracting global investors to participate in the tremendous potential in the region. He currently serves on the national Innovation and IT steering committee appointed by the government cabinet to position Sri Lanka as the “Island of Ingenuity” and guide the industry towards a $5B export target by 2022. He served as the Chairman of SLASSCOM (2017-2018) , one of the most influential national chambers that acts as a catalyst of growth for the Sri Lankan knowledge and innovation industry. Ruwindhu is also a founding board member of the Lankan Angel Network, Sri Lanka’s first alliance of Angel investors. He was recognized for his leadership in enabling Sri Lanka’s startup eco system in Echelon Magazine’s 40 under 40, which celebrates the most important risk takers. job creators and rule-breakers

Prior to joining Stax, Mr. Peiris was Vice President and the Global Head of Operations for Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ: VRTU), a global information technology services company. During his tenure at Virtusa, he has successfully implemented multiple complex solutions for Global 500 companies in the Banking, Financial Services, Insurance and Telecom industries, transforming their data and information into critical dashboards and decision tools.

Mr. Peiris earned an M.B.A. from Edith Cowan University (Australia) and is an Electrical Engineering graduate from Queen’s University (Canada). He completed his primary and secondary education at St. Peter’s College, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Specialties: Strategy Consulting, Service Industry Global Operations, Project Management , Change Management, Leadership, Cost Optimization

Arul Sivagananathan (Hayleys Business Solutions International (Pvt) Ltd.)

Arul Sivagananathan

Hayleys Business Solutions International (Pvt) Ltd.

Mr. Arul Sivagananathan is the Managing Director of Hayleys Business Solutions International Pvt Ltd. The IT/BPO & Shared Services arm of Hayleys Group. Prior to joining Hayleys, held a senior management position at WNS across Chennai and Sri Lanka managing over 2000 people. Holds an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of London, an MBA from Cranfield University (UK) and is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants(UK). He was a former Chairman of SLASSCOM and was a Regional Board member of CIMA and holds multiple board positions.

Dinesh Wickremanayake (Managing Director of WNS Global Services (Pvt.) Ltd)

Dinesh Wickremanayake

Managing Director of WNS Global Services (Pvt.) Ltd

Dinesh’s wealth of expertise and knowledge stems from 25 years of experience in all aspects of Business Process Management, Finance and Accounting, Transformation, Automation and Operational Delivery. He is an authority in the set-up of Greenfield outsourcing sites, Offshore Transitioning, HR, General Management, Business Development, Organizational Change and Strategic Planning in a number of industries. Dinesh relocated back to his country of birth in May 2016 after spending 30 years in Sydney Australia. Over the last 30 years Dinesh has worked for a number of Blue Chip BPO organization’s such as Accenture and Wipro and is currently the Country Managing Director for WNS Sri Lanka. In addition to this, Dinesh currently sits on the SLASSCOM board and heads the SLASSCOM BPM Forum, is a member of the board studies overseeing CFAS (A certification program for Finance Professional working in the BPM industry) and is an advisor for the Export Development Board.
Dinesh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, majoring in Accounting & Law, and an MBA majoring in General Management from the University of Technology (UTS) Sydney, Australia.


Srikanthan Jayarajah is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry for over 16 years. He is passionate and a strong believer that innovative ideas are the ones, which will shape and transform various industries to a different dimension of services in this Information age.

His skills in Service Delivery, driving Innovation Culture, managing diverse Projects and Operations for varied Clientele, Digital branding and communication, strong Collaboration with several entities, Coaching and Process Improvement through Service Delivery Automation advocacy received accolades on various projects and initiatives.

He is a certified Project Management Professional from Project Management Institute, USA. Active Member of PMI, USA and PMI Chapter Sri Lanka. He holds Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership(Pearson). Srikanthan Jayarajah works with aspired groups on multiple go green initiatives and community engagement activities.