Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne
(President, Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamaya)
Born November 5, 1931, Dr. Ahangamage Tudor Ariyaratne is the founder of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka. A former high school teacher at Nalanda College, he conducted the first shramadana work camp in 1958, which eventually lead to the establishment of the largest non-government organization in the country. The father of six distinguished adult children, he has led tens of thousands of “family gatherings” and meditations with millions of people throughout Sri Lanka and other parts of the world.
He received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 1969, the Gandhi Peace Prize from the government of India in 1996, the Niwano Peace Prize in 1992, the King Beaudoin Award and other international honours for his work in peace making and village development. In 2006, he received the Acharya Sushil Kumar International Peace Award for the year 2005. Other recipients of this award include John Polanyi and then in 2004, his Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. In 2007 Ariyaratne received the Sri Lankabhimanya, the highest National Honour of Sri Lanka.
Prof. Rohan Samarajiva
Rohan Samarajiva is founding Chair of LIRNEasia, an ICT policy and regulation think tank active across emerging Asia and the Pacific.
Samarajiva was Team Leader at the Sri Lanka Ministry for Economic Reform, Science and Technology (2002-04) responsible for infrastructure reforms, including participation in the design of the USD 83 million e Sri Lanka Initiative. He was Director General of Telecommunications in Sri Lanka (1998-99), a founder director of the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (2003-05), Honorary Professor at the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka (2003-04), Visiting Professor of Economics of Infrastructures at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands (2000-03) and Associate Professor of Communication and Public Policy at the Ohio State University in the US (1987-2000). Samarajiva was Policy Advisor to the Ministry of Post and Telecom in Bangladesh (2006-09).
He serves as Senior Advisor to Sarvodaya (Sri Lanka’s largest community based organization) on ICT matters and on the Steering Committee on Infrastructure Development of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. Samarajiva is a Board Member of Communication Policy Research south, an initiative to identify and foster policy intellectuals in emerging Asia. He is a member of the Board and former Chair of the Lanka Software Foundation and Board Member of Research ICT Africa. He serves on the editorial boards of five academic journals.
Mr. Madu Ratnayake
(General Manager, Virtusa)
Executive Vice President and Head of Digital, Virtusa. Madu is responsible for Virtusa’s digital business strategy where he focuses on pioneering social enablement of core business processes to transform the way Virtusans work, learn, share and connect with each other and with clients. He heads the IT, Enterprise Applications, and Quality & Process groups at Virtusa. Madu also heads Virtusa Sri Lanka operations. Madu is the Chairman of Sri Lanka Association for Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) and Sarvodaya Fusion, the ICT4D arm of Sarvodaya, the largest NGO in Sri Lanka; and Co-chairman of the National Council on ICT and Space Technology for The Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI) in Sri Lanka. He is also a member of the advisory board for ICT at the Export Development Board (EDB) and represents the IT industry on the boards of several leading universities. He is a Charted Engineer, Certified Gamification Master and holds an MBA and a First Class Honors Degree in Software Engineering.
Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne
(General Secretary, Sarvodaya)
Dr.Vinya S. Ariyaratne, is the General Secretary of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka, the largest non-governmental development organization in Sri Lanka. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Community Medicine.
Dr.Ariyaratne obtained his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Degree from the De La Salle University in the Philippines (1989) and his Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree from the Johns Hopkins University U.S.A. (1990). He also holds the Degrees of Master of Science (M.Sc. – 1996) and Doctor of Medicine (MD) in Community Medicine (2003) from the Post-Graduate Institute of Medicine of the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, U.K. (1992) and a Chevening Fellow at the Nuffield Institute of the Faculty of Medicine and Health of the University of Leeds, U.K. where he obtained with Distinction the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Management, Planning and Policy.
Dr.Ariyaratne started his career as an Intern Medical Officer in a rural hospital in Sri Lanka. After a brief spell serving in the Government Department of Health and overseas fellowships and training in public health, in 1995 he joined the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Sri Jayawardenepura as a Lecturer in Community Medicine. After serving in the academia for 5 years, in July 2000, Dr.Ariyaratne resigned from the University and became the Executive Director of Sarvodaya, the position he occupied up to December 2010. As the Executive Director of Sarvodaya, Dr.Ariyaratne was responsible for the implementation of the island-wide integrated development programme of Sarvodaya through a network of over 50 district centres and training institutions with a full time staff of over 600.
In January 2010 Dr.Ariyaratne was elected by the membership of the Sarvodaya Sangamaya as the General Secretary of Sarvodaya.
Dr.Ariyaratne has been extensively involved in health programmes related to the war affected communities in Sri Lanka. In the early 1990’s, at the height of the separatist war in Sri Lanka, he initiated an innovative programme to address the psycho-social effects amongst children affected by the war. This programme which adopted a community based, non-medicalized approach to healing, helped thousands of children belonging to all ethnic groups, to recover from the trauma of war. He was also instrumental in planning and delivering services for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and continues to work on health issues related to war affected civilian populations.
After the Tsunami disaster in 2004, Dr.Ariyaratne was responsible for the overall coordination of the Sarvodaya’s emergency response and later the entire reconstruction programme which is one of the largest Tsunami recovery programmes in the country (a portfolio of projects worth over USD 15 million). In recognition of his dedication to humanitarian causes and peace initiatives, in February 2007, Dr.Ariyaratne was awarded the Degree of Civil Law (DCL) honoris causa by the University of Durham, U.K. When the large displacement from the Northern Province took place in early and mid 2009, Dr.Ariyaratne was coordinating the humanitarian relief efforts of Sarvodaya to assist the Health Ministry, the UN agencies and humanitarian organizations to provide services to nearly 300,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
Dr.Ariyaratne has extensive experience in working with governmental bodies, UN agencies, multilateral agencies such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, national and international non-governmental organizations as well as the private sector in matters related to national development and policies. He serves in several senior governmental advisory committees.
Dr.Ariyaratne has also been involved extensively in civil society peace and reconciliation initiatives in Sri Lanka. He provided the operational leadership to all the landmark peace events organized by the Sarvodaya Movement since 1999 to date, which included mass peace meditations, peace and interfaith dialogues, peace marches and peace education programmes. Dr.Ariyaratne authored the “Sarvodaya Peace Action Plan” (2001).
Dr.Ariyaratne also engages in teaching assignments related to peace building, conflict resolution and reconciliation. He has been a Visiting Faculty Member of the European Peace University (EPU) in Statdschlaining, Austria in its Masters Degree Programme on Peace Studies between 2004 -2008 and presently holds a Visiting Lecturer post in the World Peace Academy (WPA) in Basel Switzerland in its Master of Peace Studies Degree Programme.
Dr.Ariyaratne serves as the independent Lead Facilitator for the Sri Lanka One Text Initiative (OTI), a back channel multi-party political dialogue which aims at building consensus amongst key political stakeholders towards meeting the aspirations of all communities living in Sri Lanka.
Dr.Ariyaratne has been actively involved in the Global Network of Religions for Peace (GNRC), an initiative by the Arigatou Foundation of Japan since its inception in the year 2000 and serves as its South Asia Coordinator. He also serves in the Boards of several national and international civil society organizations.
Mr. Rohan Pandithakorralage
(Director, Human Resources, Aitken Spence)
Mr. Rohan Pandithakoralage was appointed to the board in 2013. He is the Director/Chief Human Resources Officer of Aitken Spence Group Ltd. He is also a Director of Aitken Spence Corporate Finance (Pvt) Ltd., Aitken Spence Insurance Brokers (Pvt) Ltd., Vauxhall Property Developments Ltd., Aitken Spence Technologies (Pvt) Ltd., Colombo International Nautical & Engineering College (CINEC) & few other companies as well.
He is a Business graduate of Victoria University – Australia with Executive training at NUS Business School in Singapore and has received extensive management training at Nippon – Keidanren International Cooperation Center (NICC) in Japan. At present, he is a member of the Board of Governors of National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS), National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) and the Council of the Employers Federation of Ceylon (EFC). Recently he was appointed to the Board of CSR Lanka (Guarantee) Ltd. He is also a past President of the Welfare Association of the Holy Family Convent (HFC) & a committee member of the Welfare Association of the St. Joseph’s College (SJC). He is a past President of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources – (IPMA-HR) Sri Lanka Chapter and an Executive Committee Member of the IPMA-HR Asia Network. He is a founder/ Fellow member and a past President of the Association of Human Resource Professionals in Sri Lanka (HRP). He was the Chairman of the Executive Committee of HRM Awards 2010. He was a visiting lecturer at the University of Colombo and University of Ruhuna and also, he is the academic adviser to the Human Resource Management Institute (HRMI) – Colombo. He won the Prestigious HR Leadership award at the Asia Pacific Congress (APHRM) 2007/08. He was recognized under the global HR excellence category, for the contribution made to HR for the economic development of the country.
Mr. Shakila Wijewardena
Chairman/ Senior Consultant at Martin & George (pvt) Ltd, Former CEO, Etisalat Sri Lanka
Mr. Saman Senadheera
Dr. Harsha Liyanage
Harsha is the Founder of Sarvodaya-Fusion, the ICT4D program of Sarvodaya, Sri Lanka. He had been the Managing Director from 2007 to 2015. He now serves as an advisor to Sarvodaya-Fusion.
Dr.Harsha is a well recognized ICT4D sector expert with 15+ years experience in a variety of industries including: wireless, telecentres, start up social enterprises, multi-stakeholder partnerships, donor relations, social impact assessment, project design and economic sustainability.
He had been a Visiting Research Fellow to IDRC, Canada (2007 – 2008 Oct), and South Asia Regional Coordinator for GKP (Global Knowledge Partnership) (2006 – 2008). He holds a PhD in Biotechnology (Tissue Culture) from University of Tokyo, Japan, currently reading for an Executive MBA, at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. His long involvement with grassroots sector as Deputy Executive Director (1994/2004) and a honorary Vice President to Sarvodaya had led him to become a consultant for organizations including the UN, IDRC and many other International Development Organizations.