Speakers

Tourism Leaders Summit Resource Persons
Name Designation  Topic 
2015
Mr. Malik J. Fernando Director- MJF Group - Dilmah Tea    Tea Industry Strategies  and the Opportunities
Mr. Paddy Withana Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority    Evolution of the Tourism Industry of Sri Lanka
Dr. Rohantha Athukorala  Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion  Bureau    The Science of Destination Management
Prof. Luxman Dissanayake Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo    
Mr. Sunil Dissanayake Director General of the BMICH   First Ninety Days
 Mr D.S. Samarasinghe Director Media and Publicity of the  Board of Investments Sri Lanka    Investment opportunities and Tourism Industry
Mr. Steven Bradie Milles CEO William Angliss Institute Sri Lanka,CAHM @ SLIIT   Educating future leaders, supporting labour force requirement and challenging services and expectation in the hospitality sector.
Mr. Rohan Jayaweera COO- Antyra Solutions    Importance of Digital Brand Management Strategies  and the opportunities within the  MICE and  tourism industry
Mrs. Paddy Paul Managing Director of Golden Isle Travels   Events and MICE Tourism from Event Organizers point of view
Ms. Shashika Kahadawela Assistant Manager Sustainable & Green Initiative  of Jetwing Group    Sustainable and Green Initiative for Tourism and Hospitality Industry
Mr. Indika Vidanage President (SLINTGL)    Tourism and MICE Tourism from tourist guide lecturer point of View
Mr. Aasim Mukthar CEO of Lanka Exhibition & Conference Services (Pvt.) Ltd    Tourism and MICE Tourism from Travel Agents point of View
Mr. Mehdi Serrour General Manager of Shangri- La Hotels & Resorts Sri Lanka    General Manager of Shangri- La Hotels & Resorts Sri Lanka 
Dr. Chef Publis  Consulatnt/ Director Cullinary Affairs,Mount Lavinia Hotel   Sri Lankan Cuisine for Tourism
Mr D L Nihal Senior Economist, Economic Research Department  Central Bank of SL   Role of Sri Lanka Central Bank and Tourism Industry
Prof: Athula Ranasinghe-     The Dean ,Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo   Think Globally, Act Locally Taking Sri Lankan Hospitality Global Heights
Rev: Prof. W. Wimalarathne Thero Head of the department of Economics , University of Colombo.   Think Globally, Act Locally Taking Sri Lankan Hospitality Global Heights
Prof: Sarath Kotagama Professor of Environmental Science, department of Zoology , University of Colombo   Think Globally, Act Locally Taking Sri Lankan Hospitality Global Heights
Dr: Suranga de Silva Founder of tourism Studies, department of Economics, University of Colombo Panel Discussion  Think Globally, Act Locally Taking Sri Lankan Hospitality Global Heights
Dr Sepali Sudasinghe Senior lecturer, Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration   Think Globally, Act Locally Taking Sri Lankan Hospitality Global Heights
  Dr. Rohantha Athukorala Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion  Bureau,   Think Globally, Act Locally Taking Sri Lankan Hospitality Global Heights
Mr. Paddy Withana Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority    Think Globally, Act Locally Taking Sri Lankan Hospitality Global Heights
Mr. Vipula Wanigasekara Sri Lanka Convention Bureau     Think Globally, Act Locally Taking Sri Lankan Hospitality Global Heights
Mr. Gayan Pereis  Manager Sri Lankan Holidays of Sri   Lankan Air Line   Think Globally, Act Locally Taking Sri Lankan Hospitality Global Heights
Mr. Kasun Abeynayaka Senior Lecturer/Events Specialist,William Angliss Institute at SLIIT    
Mr. Gamunu Gunewardena Consulatnt  Vice president - Food and Beverage ,  Aitkin Spence Hotels    Think Globally, Act Locally Taking Sri Lankan Hospitality Global Heights
Mr. Upali Rathnayaka Director-Planing,Sri Lanka  Tourism Development Authority     
Mrs. Kanthi Basnayake  Director Asia Pacific Management Institute   Moderator 
2016
Prof. S.P. Bansal Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi State University Keynote Speech  Indo Sri Lanka Touirsm for Regional Touirsm Development 
Prof. Lakshman Dissanayaka Vice Chancellor of the  University of  Colombo    
Mr. Paddy Withana Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism    Tourism for All: Policy Implementation for  Touirsm Development
Hon. John Amarathunga  Minster Tourism, Lands and Christian Affairs    Tourism For All
Prof. dr. Lorenzo CANTONI Chair-holder, UNESCO Session I Sub-Theme Strengthening of Supply Chain: Strategic Policy Recommendations Role of ICT in Connecting Heritage Attractions for Tourism
Prof. Dr. Syed Rashidul Hasan,  Department of Tourism & Hospitality Management, University of Dhaka. Session I Sub-Theme Strengthening of Supply Chain: Strategic Policy Recommendations Strengthening of Supply Chain
Prof. Honggang XU School of Tourism Management-Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou Session I Sub-Theme Strengthening of Supply Chain: Strategic Policy Recommendations Strategic Policy Recommendations
Francis de Silva ILO (Chair)  Advisor Industry  Skills Development Bangladesh Skills Employment and productivity  Project  ILO Country Office for Bangladesh  Panel Discussion:    Theme Strengthening of Supply Chain: Strategic Policy Recommendations Theme Strengthening of Supply Chain: Strategic Policy - Penalists 
Prof. (Dr) Deyong  Xinog  Vice Director of the International Office, School of International Education, Tianjin Polytechnic University Tianjin, China  Theme Strengthening of Supply Chain: Strategic Policy - Penalists 
Mr. Gamunu Gunawardena Director of the Board of Aitken Spence Hotel Holding PLC  Theme Strengthening of Supply Chain: Strategic Policy - Penalists 
Miss Montira Intason Deputy Director of Student Affairs,Naresuan University International College,Thailand Theme Strengthening of Supply Chain: Strategic Policy - Penalists 
Mr. Malraj Kirella Director General  Sri Lanka Development Authority/Director International Relations  Theme Strengthening of Supply Chain: Strategic Policy - Penalists 
Mr. Sunil Dissanayaka  Chairman , Sri Lanka institute of Tourism and Hotel Management and Director General Theme Strengthening of Supply Chain: Strategic Policy - Penalists 
Prof. (Dr.) Pradeep Nair  Deputy Vice-Chancellor Taylor's University Sub-Theme:  Promoting Universal Accessibility for All Indicators and Good Practices for sustainable Tourism Development  Strategic Collaboration for Public, Private and People Partnership Tourism Development-To be remeobised
Prof. (Dr.) Sandeep Kulshreshtha Director, Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management   Comprehensive Implementation of Tour Management for All
Prof. (Dr). Therdchai  Choibamroong,  Dean: School of Tourism Management, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Thailand    Legal and Administrative Framework of Tourism for Fair Treatment for All. 
Prof. (Dr) Wang Chunhong,  Vice Dean of the School of International Education, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin, China Panel Discussion -Promoting Universal Accessibility for All Indicators and Good Practices for sustainable Tourism Development 
Miss Nattaporn Luangpipat Lecturer in Tourism Business Management Naresuan University International College,Thailand  Indicators and Good Practices for sustainable Tourism Development 
Dr Sepali Sudsinghe Senior Consultant- Sri Lanka Institute of Development Studies  Indicators and Good Practices for sustainable Tourism Development 
Prof. Dr. Chandi Jayawardene  The Principal of Chandi J. Associates Inc. Consulting in Canada and Consultant Director of Intelligent Hotels in UK  Indicators and Good Practices for sustainable Tourism Development 
Mr. Ajith Jayamanne Consultant Director Project Development of LOLC Leisure Ltd  Indicators and Good Practices for sustainable Tourism Development 
Mr. Ramzan Sariffo’deen   The Vice President Operations of Aitken Spence Hotels  Indicators and Good Practices for sustainable Tourism Development 
Mr. Rifan Razeen  The Executive General Manager ,Heritance Kandalama Hotel, Indicators and Good Practices for sustainable Tourism Development 
Mr. Hiran Cooray The Chairman ,The Jetwing Hotels Global Best Practices and Strategic Policy Decision- Panel Discussion (Maldives 35 years only 4 plans and Plan of the Philippines)  
Mrs Vidyani Hettigoda Director, Hettigoda Group Global Best Practices and Strategic Policy Decision- Panel Discussion-(Maldives 35 years only 4 plans and Plan of the Philippines)  
Dr. Iraivan Thiyagaraja CEO, Browns Hospitals Global Best Practices and Strategic Policy Decision- Panel Discussion-(Maldives 35 years only 4 plans and Plan of the Philippines)  
Mrs. Madhubhani Perera Director- Marketing, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Global Best Practices and Strategic Policy Decision- Panel Discussion-(Maldives 35 years only 4 plans and Plan of the Philippines)  
Mr. Wilhelm Brown General Manager, Alpha Travels & Holidays Global Best Practices and Strategic Policy Decision- Panel Discussion-(Maldives 35 years only 4 plans and Plan of the Philippines)  
Dr. Rohantha Athukorala(Panel Chair)  Chairman, Sathosa Sri Lanka Panel Discussion-4thindustrial Revolution - 4thindustrial Revolution -  Case Study of Haputale Hotel Operation        
Mr Hashan Chamara  Chairman, Mount View Hotel 4thindustrial Revolution -  Case Study of Haputale Hotel Operation        
Dr. Lalithasiri  Gunaruwan   Senior Lecturer, University of Colombo 4thindustrial Revolution -  Case Study of Haputale Hotel Operation        
Mr. Dileep Mudedeniya -   Vice President, John Keels Group 4thindustrial Revolution -  Case Study of Haputale Hotel Operation        
Mr. Rohan Jayaweera -   Director, Antyra Sollution 4thindustrial Revolution -  Case Study of Haputale Hotel Operation        
Mr,TBB Sumith    Director Operations- Prgauna Managemnt Consulatnts Panel Discussion- Promoting Tourism Products;  Promoting Tourism Products; Communication and Promotion Policy and Advertising  -Panel Discussion 
Dr Sharmini perera (panel Chiar) -   Senior Lecturer-  Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology  
Mrs. Neela Markaar -   Chair Person / MD, Grant Group of Companies  
Mr. Saman Maldeni -   Director- Export Services, Sri Lanka Export Development Board  Promoting Tourism Products; Communication and Promotion Policy and Advertising  -Panel Discussion 
Mr. Steven  Bradie Miles -   CEO William Angliss Institute Sri Lanka,CAHM @ SLIIT  Promoting Tourism Products; Communication and Promotion Policy and Advertising  -Panel Discussion 
Buddika Hewawasam  Deputy General Manager- Promotions Sri Lankan Avition  College-Sri Lankan Airlines  Promoting Tourism Products; Communication and Promotion Policy and Advertising  -Panel Discussion 
Ms. Shipra Kulshreshtha Senior member of tech staff -II at Mavenir- INDIA  
Prof: Sirimal Abyratne Senior Lecturer, University of Colombo  Promoting Tourism Products; Communication and Promotion Policy and Advertising  -Panel Discussion 
Dr Mrs Sunita Bansal - Co Founder at Uddeshya Education-India Panel Discussion-Vulnerabilty of Tourism an Vulnerability of Tourism  and Resilient Building - Panel Discussion 
Mr Upali Rathnayake ( Panel Chair) -   Director-Tourism Planning and Development, Sri Lanka Tourism Panel Discussion-Vulnerabilty of Tourism an Vulnerability of Tourism  and Resilient Building - Panel Discussion 
Mr.Kasun Abeynayaka Senior Lecturer/Events Specialist,William Angliss Institute at SLIIT Panel Discussion-Vulnerabilty of Tourism an Vulnerability of Tourism  and Resilient Building - Panel Discussion 
Mr. K M Mubarak -   Senior Lecturer,  South Eastern University of Sri Lanka Panel Discussion-Vulnerabilty of Tourism an Vulnerability of Tourism  and Resilient Building - Panel Discussion 
Mrs.Zaharine Hameen  Deputy General Manager- Marketing, Aitken Spence Travels Panel Discussion-Vulnerabilty of Tourism an Vulnerability of Tourism  and Resilient Building - Panel Discussion 
Mr. Senaka Fernando  Former Senior Management, Sri Lankan Airlines Panel Discussion-Vulnerabilty of Tourism an Vulnerability of Tourism  and Resilient Building - Panel Discussion 
2017
NTO's FORUM
Malik Fernando Director Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company Panel One-A Contemporary Review of Sri Lanka Tourism Vision 2025 A Contemporary Review of Sri Lanka Tourism Vision 2025- Moderator
Dr(Ms) S.R.S.N. Sudasinghe  Senior Consultant. Sri Lanka Institute of Development Admisntartion  Untapped Potential Of Sri Lanka Tourism Policy and Vision 2025
Mr. Kavan Ratnayaka The Chairman, SLTDA Improving Governance and Regulation of Sri Lanka Tourism Policy
Mr. Udaya Nanayakara The Chairman,SLTPB Positioning the Tourism Strategic Plan
Mr. Prema Cooray The Chairman ,SLCB Lifting Sri Lanka Tourism to Global Standards
Mr. Sunil Dissanayake The Chairman,SLITHM  Engaging the Work force and Communities for Sri Lanka Tourism
Dr. D.A.C Silva University of Colombo Private Public Partnerships for sustainable Tourism in Sri Lanka
CEO'S FORUM
Mr Prasanna Welangoda  Marketing Manager, Jetwing Hotels  Panel Discussion Two: Challenges, Collaborations and Partnerships for Sri Lanka Tourism Challenges, Collaborations and Partnerships for Sri Lanka Tourism- Moderator 
Mr. Rohan Abeywickrama The Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Tourism Sri Lanka The Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Tourism Sri Lanka
Mr. Harith Perera   The President -The Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators Positioning Sri Lanka as One of the Finest Island Destinations of the World 
Mr.Sanath Ukwatte The president of The Hotel Association of Sri Lanka Positioning Sri Lanka as One of the Finest Island Destinations of the World 
Mr. Wilhelm Brown  The President of Travel Agents Association of Sri Lanka Exploring the Changing Customer Expectations of Future Tourism
Mr. Ziayan Ameen Sri Lanka Assocoation of Professional Conference and Event organizers Innovative Strategies for Yield Management and Higher Profitability in Hotel and Tourism Industry
Mr.Ali Nishan  The Chairman Maldives Tourism Development Corporation Panel Discussion Three:
Forum for Global Best
Tapping the High-End Tourism
Mr.Sutheash Balasubramaniam Manging Director, SLTPB Wonder of Asia or any other 
Mr. Malraj Keiriella Director General ,SLTDA  Way forward for Sri Lanka Tourism - Way forward for Sri Lanka Tourism Public Sector perspective 
Mr.Buddhika Hewasam Director General-SLITHM Global Best Practices in Training and Skill Development for Sri Lanka 
Dr. Chandana (Chandi) Jayawardena  International Ambassador & Past President - Institute of Hospitality (HCIMA), UK  Global Best Practices for Tourism and Hospitality Research
Mr. Steven Bradie Milles CEO William Angliss Institute Sri Lanka,CAHM @ SLIIT Global Best Practices for Tourism and Hospitality Education
DIPLOMATS' FORUM
Mr. Esala Weerakoon The Secretary,Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs Panel Discussion Four
Successful Tourism promotion via Diplomatic Mission
Successful Tourism promotion via Diplomatic Mission - Moderator
H.E Mr.James Dauris Brithish High Commissioner  for Sri Lanka Role of a Diplomatic Mission for Sri Lanka Tourism
H.E. Ms. Joanne Doornewaard Ambassador of Netherlands for Sri Lanka Role of a Diplomatic Mission for Sri Lanka Tourism
H.E  Mr. Jörn Rohde   The German Ambassador for Sri Lanka Role of a Diplomatic Mission for Sri Lanka Tourism
H.E Bryce Huthesson The Australian High Commissioner In Sri Lanaka and Maldives Role of a Diplomatic Mission for Sri Lanka Tourism
Mr.Kasun Abeynayaka Senior Lecturer/Events Specialist,William Angliss Institute at SLIIT  
Ms. Tatiana Nenova Program Leader of Trade & Competitiveness of World Bank, Colombo International Financial and Trade Organizations for Sri Lanka Tourism
BUSINESS LEADERS' FORUM
Mr.Dinesh Weerakkody   Chairman at the National Human Resource Development Council of Sri Lanka Panel Discussion Five
Innovations, Strategies and Implementation for Sri Lanka Tourism Strategy 2017 - 2020
Innovations, Strategies and Implementation for Sri Lanka Tourism Strategy 2017 - 2020
Mr.Timothy Wright  Vice President/General Manager Shangri  La  Hotels  &  Resorts  Sri Lanka Innovations, Strategies and Implementation for Sri Lanka Tourism Strategy 2017 - 2021
Mr.Thilak  Weerasinghe   Chairman  -  Managing  Director  Innovations, Strategies and Implementation for Sri Lanka Tourism Strategy 2017 - 2022
Mr.Dhammika  Perera   Chairman Kingsbury Hotels  Innovations, Strategies and Implementation for Sri Lanka Tourism Strategy 2017 - 2023
Prof. Mohan De Sliva The Chairman University Grants Commission Innovations, Strategies and Implementation for Sri Lanka Tourism Strategy 2017 - 2024
WOMENS' FORUM
Joanne  Doornewaard Ambassador of Netherlands for Sri Lanka    
Rosy Senanayake  Key Note Speech  Gender Equality Why it Matters to Leadership  
Ms.Carmen Niethammer Programm Manager. Women in work  Panel One - Women in Leadership  Challenges in Women Leadership
Dr(Ms) S.R.S.N. Sudasinghe Senior Consultant - Additional Director General School of Postgraduate School- Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration Women Leadership in Public sector
Ms.L Chiranthi Cooray Chief HR Officer/ DGM HR HNB PLC  
Ms. Salome Senaratne, Area Director, Human Resources Amari Galle, OZO Colombo, OZO Kandy  
Ms. Manik Suriarachi Managing Director Omega Global/ ANC Omega -Local partner for Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management  
Ms.Anshika De Zylva Research Associate at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute  of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKI)  
Mr. Kasun Abeynayaka Senior Lecturer/Events Specialist,William Angliss Institute at SLIIT    
Gayangi Wirasinha Managing Director, Abercrombie & Kent (Pvt) Ltd Colombo Gender Equality in Tourism and Hospitality Industry  
Ms. Irandi Wijegunawardane Assistant Vice President of Accommodation sector -Sri Lanka and India Aitken Spence Hotel Management  
Ms. Rookamanie Fernanado General Manager -Jetwing Colombo -07  
Ms. Achala Soyza Director, Human Resources Hilton Colombo  
Ms.Mahika Chandrasena Director Of Public Relations at Shangri-La Colombo  
Ms. Ayanathi De Silva Business Development and Training Operations Manager (SLAC) | SriLankan Airlines Ltd