Registration Of Participants
Overall briefing By Mr. Chris Obeyesekere
Great HR Practices, Case Study 1,2
Inauguration of National HR Exhibition 2017
Great HR Practices, Case Study 3,4
The Great HR Debate 2017
Tea Break/Registration of Invitees
Arrival of the Chief Guest/Guest of Honour and the Keynote Speaker
Lighting of the Oil Lamp / National Anthem / Welcome Dance
Welcome Address by the President, IPM Sri Lanka
Address by the Strategic Partner, NHRC 2017
Address by the Chief Guest, NHRC 2017
Address by the Keynote Speaker, NHRC 2017
Presentation of Awards - Segment 1,2
Vote of Thanks by the Chairman, NHRC 2017
Registration Of Participants - National HR Exhibition 2017 ...contd
Overall briefing By Mr. Ken Vijayakumar - Chairman , NHRC 2017
Session - 01Mr. Saman Wimalaratne
HR Analytics to optimize ROI
Saman Wimalaratne is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and counts over 15 years of financial and managerial experience in corporate finance and planning, corporate restructuring and investment banking related services facilitating and offer advice on complex group structuring, including mergers and acquisitions. In his capacity as a financial and management consultant, Saman has successfully completed a wide range of assignments in different industries: restructuring financially distressed companies to make them sustainable and viable business enterprises and offering advice to diversified conglomerates and investors on mergers and acquisitions as a part of their growth strategy. In his capacity as the project leader, advisor to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the Committee of Chartered Accountants, he was involved in strategizing, formulating and implementing payment plans to settle creditors of one of the largest companies in the Financial Services industry in Sri Lanka that faced a crisis. He has functioned as a project leader in establishing and implementing Enterprise Risk Management Frameworks and MIS Platforms for diversified conglomerates. Saman has been engaged in setting up Corporate Planning and Corporate Finance Frameworks and training of professionals. He is a much sought-after trainer for planning and finance for blue chips and multinationals. He has also actively involved himself in carrying out position audits, business due-diligence, business process re-engineering, company valuations, feasibility studies, corporate planning, including structuring project financing, trade financing and other finance facilities to fund new projects and start-ups. Saman is the Co-founder of SW & Associates of Sri Lanka, Founder of Serendib Investments Pte Ltd in Singapore, Cofounder of Guidance Sun Limited BVI and Cofounder/Director of Magnifier Inc. Pte Ltd Singapore. As a result of his more than decade long experience and exposure into business diagnostics, Saman was successful in creating the ‘Magnifier Business Diagnosis Tool’.
Session - 02Mr. Raj Raghavan
Managing innovative & disruptive talent in high-tech companies
Raj Raghavan is currently Amazon’s Head of Human Resources for Asia Pacific Region for their Retail, Devices and Content Businesses as well as Global Technology & Business Operations Centres spanning several countries across the region. He joined Amazon in early 2011 as their India Head of Human Resources and supported the launch of several businesses and technology development centres in the country. Prior to joining Amazon, Raj was the Head of Human Resources for GE’s Global Research and India Technology Centres. He initially joined GE in 1999 at GE Capital International Services (now Genpact) and held various senior HR leadership positions supporting several businesses in various locations. Commencing his HR career in the late 80’s, Raj has held several senior HR leadership positions across geographies in organisations such as Unilever, Ford Motor Company and HSBC. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of Forum for Women in Leadership and Society for Human Resource Management, India. Raj has earned his undergraduate degree in Economics and a Masters in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations.
Session - 03Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri
“Touch-savvy” HR Leaders: Caring, Daring and Sharing "
Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri is the Director and the Chairman of the Board of Management of the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM), University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. He also serves as an adjunct professor in International Human Resource Management at the Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma, USA. He is the Honorary President of the Institute of Personnel Management Sri Lanka (IPM Sri Lanka), the largest HR professional body in Sri Lanka. He was also appointed as a Vice President of the Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resource Management (APFHRM) recently. He has over two decades of both private and public sector working experience in diverse environments including Unilever and Nestle. He has engaged in consultancies in fifteen countries in Africa, Asia and in the Middle East. He serves in the Boards of National Institute of Business Management (NIBM), Softlogic PLC, Citizens Development Business Finance PLC (CDB) and the Association of Management Development Institutions of South Asia (AMDISA). He is a Commonwealth AMDISA Doctoral Fellow and a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow. He holds a Ph.D. and an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Moratuwa. He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management, UK as well. As an academic scholar, he has presented research papers at international conferences in more than ten cities in Asia, America, Australia and Europe. He has published articles in local and foreign journals, and is also an author of six books. He has won many accolades including gold medals for best papers in two international management conferences, Emerald Best Paper Award in 2014, and in 2010, the Platinum Award by the Alumni of the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIMA) for outstanding academic contribution. He also won the prestigious IPM Lifetime Gold Award 2014, the highest honour for an HR professional in Sri Lanka. He is a fellow member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Training and Development (SLITAD). He also functions as a certified Peer Reviewer of the South Asian Quality System (SAQS) and an advisor to the Old Royalists’ HR Professional Association (ORHRPRA). Prof. Dharmasiri likes to identify himself as one who transitioned from being an “Engineer of Electrical” to an “Engineer of Hearts and Minds.”
Session - 04Ms. Mara Tolja
Working Out Loud and the Future of Work
Mara Tolja has more than 20 years of social technology experience, acquired in Asia-Pacific region and Europe. She has an IT and communications background, specialising in the financial services industry. She is best known for her work in leading edge communities and working out loud in large, global organisations. Mara Tolja was Vice President and Global Head of the Collaboration Centre of Excellence at Deutsche Bank and is now Managing Director at WorkWell.co, helping organisations transform work, become more responsive and unlock human potential. As Community Manager at Connectle.com, she helps professionals connect and practice new ways of working. Working remotely from New Zealand, Mara is an active member of several prominent social media communities and is regularly called on to consult, coach and speak on Working Out Loud and the Future of Work.
Management Skit By Dominic and Asanka
Session - 05Ms. Esther Mclntosh
Developing a New Generation of Youth Employees for Growth Sectors of the Sri Lankan Economy
Esther McIntosh is a Governance and Development Specialist who has extensive experience in the area of democratic governance and reform, specializing in local and community governance, civil society development, citizen participation and engagement. She has experience in assessing and strengthening institutions to support democratization, post conflict stabilization and service delivery in rural/remote areas. She is a PhD candidate and has submitted a thesis on Local Democracy in Post- War Sri Lanka to the University of Leiden (The Netherlands). Esther McIntosh has been the Country Director of World University Service of Canada (WUSC) since June 2015. WUSC is a Canadian non-profit Organization, committed to creating a more equitable and sustainable world. With a particular focus on youth and women, WUSC provides education, employment and empowerment opportunities to lift individuals and communities out of poverty. With over 55 years of experience, WUSC is a trusted partner in improving the lives of millions in Africa, Asia and the Americas. WUSC has been delivering development programming in Sri Lanka since 1989. Currently WUSC Sri Lanka is implementing two projects; Advancing Specialized Skills for Economic Transformation (ASSET), which is a multiyear vocational training reform project, delivered in collaboration with the Sri Lankan Ministry Skills Development & Vocational Training (MSDVT). The second project is Uniterra. This is a volunteer cooperation and international development programme, jointly implemented by WUSC and Centre for International Cooperation (CECI). The objective of this project is to increase the capacity of Sri Lankan partners by making use of skills and expertise of qualified Canadian Volunteers.
Panel DiscussionMr. Ajith Bopitiya
Mr. Ajith Bopitiya, Chief Executive Officer, TRIKONSULT
PanellistsMr. Carl Cruz, Chairman, Unilever Sri Lanka
Mr. Jagath Pathirane, Chief Executive Officer of Expo Freight (EFL), Sri Lanka
Ms. Bindu Vinodhan, Founder of The Institute of Leadership Learning and Transformation, Mumbai, India
Ms. Smitha Murthy, Leadership and Organization Development Consultant, Bangalore, India
Ms. Shehara Jayawardana, Group Joint Managing Director, McLarens Holdings Limited