University of Wales MBA Society to launch with “Encoro”

The official University of Wales- MBA Society in Sri Lanka was established for the first time to commemorate the seasoned professionals currently enrolled in the program as well as the highly recognized and competent alumni of the program scattered in various multinationals and blue chip corporates in Sri Lanka and overseas.

We believe that the University of Wales MBA Society- Sri Lankan Chapter will act as an integral part of the University of Wales MBA program and will distinctly stand out as one of the most prestigious and reputed MBA societies in the Sri Lankan business network.

The official launch of the University of Wales MBA Society will be held on the 28th May 2016 at the Kingsbury Hotel and will gather a large crowd of distinguished and notable individuals holding the University of Wales MBA.

The guest speakers for the night will be Mr. Kishu Gomes- Managing Director Chevron Lubricants Lanka and Dr. Gehan Dhameeth who is serving as the Assistant Professor of Business and Chair of the Business Program at Wells College, Aurora, New York. They will speak on the theme titled “the importance of a scholar’s contribution towards a fast growing economy in Sri Lanka in the new era”

This glamorous, high profile event is showcased under the theme “Encoro” (a wordplay on “encouragement and encore”) – towards a scholarly society; and will be attended by professionals and high flyers in the business community. There will be entertainment acts such as Latin dancing and a DJ booth with a dance floor to keep everyone entertained throughout the night with cocktails and dinner. A night that will have a mix of generations from yesteryear to the millennial of today; it will be the best opportunity to network with fellow business colleagues and enjoy the entertainment.

The University of Wales MBA offered by the Imperial Institute of Higher Education (IIHE) is the only validated centre for the University of Wales MBA in Sri Lanka for the last 20 years offering an MBA that is distinctly different from most other MBAs offered nowadays due to its challenging and dynamic approach to teaching and learning methods. This is not an MBA for the hasty learners.

The vision of the society is to set a high standard for the Sri Lankan business community to build a platform of professionals for networking, to add value to the business education gained, creating a community of like-minded professionals to come together to enhance and grow individually, as well as enrich society at large.

The First Annual General Meeting which was held on the 16th February 2016 unanimously elected Nalinda Jayalath as the President for the forthcoming year. The other office bearers elected at the AGM were Lasantha Waduge- Deputy President, Akalanka Yatiwelle- Secretary, Ilaciyah Pushparajah – Deputy Secretary, Neomal Perera- Treasurer, Thepul Isuru- Deputy Treasurer. The Executive Committee Members appointed were Prashan Dassanaeike, Bhagya Iddamalgoda, Prathme Rabeshen, Namal Fernando, Kelaa Nizam, Hifnaz Jeffrey and Malkan Cader with Dushinka Nelson as the Legal Advisor and Ruwan Weerasinghe as the Personal Relationship Official.

Following the official launch, the society aims to create maximum visibility by organizing networking/ social events, forums, industry insights through panel discussions and seminars, to name a few. There are also plans to launch an official University of Wales MBA Membership Card offering discounts and offers exclusive to card holders.

As the maiden committee in office with members working in diverse disciplines ranging from finance, management, marketing, IT, corporate governance, HR and administration the society aims to serve the best interests of the University of Wales MBA holders. Nalinda Jayalath, President of the Executive Committee University of Wales MBA Society-Sri Lankan Chapter said “We look forward to embarking on a journey together as a community engaging the society with its main stakeholders, the University of Wales alumni, present and future University of Wales MBA students, UoW and IIHE administration and officials to making the launch and the society a tremendous success”.

President- Mr. Nalinda Jayalath
Nalinda has over 17 years of FMCG/Retail experience working for 2 of the largest Global Multinationals in Travel retail namely World duty free Group and Dufry AG. Nalinda has held leadership roles in Sri Lanka as well as in the Middle East.

Presently he is attached to Perpetual Holding as Country Manager for Bacardi Sri Lanka Operation, with responsibility for Volume and EBIT delivery and managing rapid change to facilitate aggressive growth in a fiercely price competitive environment.

Secretary- Mr Akalanka Yatiwelle
Akalanka is a proud product of St Sylvester’s College-Kandy and has over 11 years of pharmaceutical experience . He has served for many reputed multinational pharmaceutical companies in Sri Lanka and has been working for Sanofi Pasteur for last eight years with outstanding career achievements. Currently he is the Business Manager for Vaccine division of Sanofi Lanka Ltd which is a direct appointment of Sanofi- France. Sanofi is the second largest pharmaceutical operation in the world and t Sanofi Pasteur is the vaccine arm of the Sanofi- France.

Treasurer- Mr Neomal Perera
Neomal is a qualified charted management accountant holding membership from Chartered Institute management accountant’s (UK). His professional experience expands over 12 years and is currently employed as the Senior Manager/Reporting and Budgeting of Etisalat Sri Lanka.

(Press Release)