Sessions & Speakers
Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS)
Anushka is an economist and policy advisor, currently consulting with several international agencies including the World Bank and GIZ. He has published extensively in local and international publications, and government, multilateral, and private sector institutions regularly seek his insights.
Anushka was formerly Research Economist at the Institute of Policy Studies, where he headed the Industry, Competitiveness and Regulatory Policy Unit. He previously worked with the Presidential Commission on Taxation (2009-10), as Assistant Director of the Economic Affairs Division of the Peace Secretariat (2009), and the World Bank (2006 and 2007).
Associate Professor - Lee Kuan Yew
School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
Chairman Designate, Institute of Policy Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Prof Sally earned his PhD from London School of Economics. Formerly: research, teaching and advisory positions at institutes and think tanks in Europe, the US, Asia and South Africa; Faculty Member, London School of Economics. 2006, Co-Founder and current Director, European Centre for International Political Economy, a global economy think tank in Brussels. Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute, Washington DC. Chair: Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness, World Economic Forum; Mont Pelerin Society. Research and teaching focuses on global trade policy and Asia in the world economy. Has written extensively on the World Trade Organization, free-trade agreements, different aspects of trade policy in Asia, history of economic ideas, especially the theory of commercial policy.
Deshal de Mel
Mr. Deshal de Mel presently works for the Hayleys Group as its Senior Economist. Prior to joining Hayleys, he worked for the Institute of Policy Studies, Sri Lanka. His research has been published in a number of books and journals. Along with policy research, Mr. de Mel has also represented the Government of Sri Lanka in inter-governmental trade negotiations. He has a degree in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics from the University of Oxford, UK, and a Master's in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics, UK. He serves on the Board of Directors of Sampath Bank PLC as a Non-Executive Director, and also serves on the Economic, Fiscal and Policy Planning (EFPP) Committee and Export Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
Chamira P. Wijetilleke
Head of Corporate Banking
HSBC Sri Lanka and Maldives
Chamira Wijetilleke's banking career spans over 20 years, having entered the banking sector in 1993 as a Management Trainee in ANZ Grindlays, Colombo, He has also served as a member of the Corporate Banking Audit team in Australia with ANZ, and as Head of Corporate Banking in Standard Chartered, Jordan.
He joined HSBC in 2004 as Senior Manager - Corporate Banking, and was appointed Head of Corporate Banking in 2009. He holds a BSc in Finance from the University of Houston Texas and an MBA from the University of Western Sydney.
Etisalat Sri Lanka
Born in Kandy, a product of Trinity College, Riyaaz Rasheed takes with him 14 years of experience and
expertise in the Telco industry, as he becomes CEO of Etisalat (Pvt) Ltd. Previously Chief Financial
Officer of the company; he has a diverse academic background, boasting qualifications in Accountancy
(ACMA UK, FCMA SL), Science (B.Sc) and Business Administration (MBA). Despite all these qualifications,
he remains modest and amiable, characterized by his intelligent yet unassuming persona.
Here we have this corporate high flier and family man, talk about himself, the telecommunications industry, Etisalat's
presence in the market and the future prospects for the company, country and industry.