Debbie Edirisinghe is the Founding Director of Child Action Lanka. She
also holds the position as Director at Anugra Asia (Pvt) Ltd, Asia
Director at Epiphany Trust and she also actively works with Global
Goodwill Ambassadors, Female Wave of Change and ALL (All Ladies
League). Currently reading for her PHD at Durham University she also
holds a BA (hons) in Business management and administration from
Birmingham City University and Master of Business Administration
from Cardiff Metropolitan University and MBA in Human Resource
Management with the Open University of Sri Lanka.
Debbie is the recipient of many awards such as Keerthishri
Deshamanya (by The Government of Sri Lanka) , Zonta Centennial
Award - Sri Lanka , Lifetime achievement award (Women World
Awards 2019), Female Achievers-Lifetime Achievement Award
(Women World Awards - USA 2019), Champion of the year and
Female Entrepreneur of the Year (Women World Awards – USA 2018).
Dilshan Edirisinghe completed his education in Christian theology in
Australia. Currently he is the senior pastor of the c3 church Kandy, Sri
Lanka and has been serving in ministry for over 20 years. He also has
a business background working in aqua culture and specialises in
prawn breading. With a deep passion for construction that he acquired
from his family business, Dilshan also has a keen eye for planning,
layouts and building structure.
Being a part of the Child Action Lanka pioneering team, Dilshan has
been a key leader for CAL from the very beginning. He also has been
essential in maintaining strong ties with Australia for CAL.
Dian Gunatilake is a Senior HR professional with a MBA in HR, and accounting for more than 40 years of experience of which 13 years in Managerial
capacity and 22 years in Director capacity. He is presently the Regional HR
Director of Trelleborg Wheel Systems (a Swedish multinational company)
overlooking the Manufacturing Plants in Sri Lanka and also overseeing the
APAC region Sales & Marketing covering 9 countries including; Australia, New
Zealand, China, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea & India.
His areas of expertise are the following; Human Resource Management &
Development covering Recruitment and Selection, Talent Management, Competency based training & development , Performance Management Systems,
Formulation of HR policies, Grievance handling, Industrial Relations, handling of Labour Tribunal cases and Labour Department inquiries, Disciplinary
Management, Staff Welfare, Personnel Administration, preparation of HR
Budgets and HR plans and identifying HR requirements of new acquisitions.
His career has led him to work with many global leading companies such as
Taj Samudra Hotel, Senok Group of Companies, MAS Bodyline Private
Limited , John Keells Holdings Limited and Richard Peiris & Company Limited.
Roshanie Jayasundera-Moraes, Executive Vice President of the John
Keells Group, currently serves as the President of the Council for
Business with Britain and the Chairperson of the Association of
Shopping Malls in Sri Lanka. Initially, she held the position of Joint Managing
Director of the Airline Division of the Transportation Group and, before
taking over the current role in the Property Sector, led the Retail Sector
as its Sector Head. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of
Marketing (UK) and holds a MBA from the Post Graduate Institute of
Management (PIM) of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura Sri Lanka.
Carina Nesbitt is currently the Global Talent Development Manager for
Ingka Centers (IKEA – Ingka Group). She previously has worked as
the Group Talent Management Director for Trelleborg AB, before
joining Trelleborg she has worked as Human Resource Director at
John Bean Technology Corporation, Learning & Development
Manager, at Vestas Northern Europe AB and prior to that she has also
worked as HR Business Partner at AstraZeneca, in Sweden.
She is a dedicated Senior HR leader with over 20 years of experience
in Human Resource Management, having a strong drive and passion
for leadership development, talent management and diversity & inclusion. She holds a Higher Diploma in Strategic Human Resources and
Coaching Certification. She is also an active speaker at different
events within the area of Leadership, Talent Management and
Diversity & Inclusion. She is a speaker at both Nordic as well as Global forums.
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Jonathan Leweis is the Director of Pastoral Education at Nord Anglia
Education, China. He has 30 years of experience in the education field
which includes working as the Director of Student Affairs and Head of
Boarding at Basis International School, Nanjing, China, Deputy Head
Pastoral at Wellington College, Tianjin, China, Director of Learning
Support at Tonbridge School, UK.
Over the course of his career Jonathan has played many roles such as
Rugby Coach, Professional Development Coordinator, Curriculum
Coordinator, Outreach Programme Lead, tutor and mentor giving him
the opportunity to work with children ranged from those with profound
and multiple learning difficulties to candidates securing positions at
Oxbridge and Ivy League Schools. He also has experience in dealing
with issues regarding to child protection and welfare of children.
Janek Jayasekara is a Director and Group Chief Operating Officer of
the Akbar Brothers Group of Companies. He is a Senior Management
Professional and Chartered Accountant by profession with over two
decades of experience. Janek is also a Director at Sunshine Healthcare Lanka Ltd, Healthguard Pvt Ltd, Akbar Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd,
Lina Manufacturing Pvt Ltd, Lina Spiro Pvt Ltd.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Colombo, and a Master of Science Degree in Accountancy and Finance from
the UK, a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management
Accountants UK, an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered
Accountants of Sri Lanka, a Fellow Member of the Certified Practicing
Accountants of Australia and an Associate Member of the Chartered
Institute of Marketing, UK.
Janek has worked at Ernst & Young, John Keells Group, the Richard
Pieris Group, Standard Chartered Bank and Al Rajhi Bank covering
multiple sectors such Banking, Financial Services & Audit,
Manufacturing, Transportation & Logistics, Retail & Distribution, Food
& Beverage, Leisure, Exports, and Construction having worked in both
global and local institutions which are leaders in their respective
He serves on the Advisory Committee on Training and Development of
the International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka. Further he serves
as the Honorary Treasurer of the Alumni Association of the University
of Colombo, a Mentor for the Members of the Chartered Institute of
Management Accountants–UK, among other honorary appointments.