Dr. Yasantha Rajakarunanayake (Senior Director - Technology, MediaTek)

Dr. Yasantha Rajakarunanayake

Senior Director - Technology, MediaTek

Senior Technologist and Scientist with 23+ years of experience in the Bay Area, with a proven track record of innovation and R&D contributions, experience in building and leading world class teams to create innovative products and software solutions.

Dr. Rukshan Batuwita (Data Scientist, Google)

Dr. Rukshan Batuwita

Data Scientist, Google

Currently attached to Google as a Data Scientist. Previously he has worked for Woolworths group as a Applying Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in personalized marketing and improving customer experience and also worked as a Senior Data Scientist as Ambiata.

Dr. James Shanahan (Founder and Principal, Boutique Data Consultancy)

Dr. James Shanahan

Founder and Principal, Boutique Data Consultancy

Founder and Principal, Boutique Data Consultancy from August 2007 – current. Over 20 years of experience developing and researching cutting-edge information management systems that harness information retrieval, statistical natural language processing, and machine learning in applications domains such web search and computational advertising. Teaching: University of California Santa Cruz, at international conferences and at international summer schools.


CD Athuraliya

Co-founder, ConscientAI

A software engineer turned researcher and entrepreneur. Over 5 years experience in machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, advanced analytics and big data. Also involved in multiple capacity development and community efforts in machine learning. Advising industry and academic projects.

Dr. Adam Easton (Chief Executive Officer, SimCentric Technologies)

Dr. Adam Easton

Chief Executive Officer, SimCentric Technologies

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SimCentric Technologies, a simulation and software development company which develops training simulations and artificial intelligence technologies. He is a former Captain in the Australian Army, a Rhodes Scholar and has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Computing and Simulation.


Dr. Chrisantha Fernando

Senior Research Scientist, Google DeepMind

Senior Research Scientist at Google DeepMind. He has experience in machine learning, and also to think and talk about the role of machine learning for Sri-Lanka.


Dr. Subha Fernando

Senior Lecturer, University of Moratuwa

Specialties: Artificial Intelligence (Neural Networks, Multi Agent Systems and Genetic Algorithm)


Prof. Asoka Karunananda

Senior Professor, University of Moratuwa

Senior Professor, Department of Computational Mathematics


Timothy Kooi

Director, Data Analytics, DHL

Currently an Innovation Leader at the DHL’s Innovation Center, where he is responsible for trend research and converting new trends into proof-of-concepts. He is also the Head of Data Analytics for the Customer Solutions and Innovation BU for the region, responsible for deepening the use of data analytics to generate new value-add and business growth opportunities.

Madu Ratnayake (EVP, CIO & General Manager, Virtusa)

Madu Ratnayake

EVP, CIO & General Manager, Virtusa

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 a Chartered Engineer, holds an MBA and an Honors Degree in Software Engineering.

Jeevan Gnanam (Chairman, SLASSCOM)

Jeevan Gnanam

Chairman, SLASSCOM

The visionary behind Sri Lanka’s first operational IT Park – Orion City, home to some of the world’s leading IT firms. Since its inception in 2008, Orion City has experienced steady growth and is on track to achieve its goal of being a 3,000,000 square feet facility by 2020. His latest venture SAKS (SA Knowledge Services), incorporated in 2012 now offers customized and flexible outsourcing solutions in financial services, research & analytics and legal process outsourcing. He also serves as the CEO of Anton, one of the largest plastic manufacturers in the country.