Sri Lanka’s talent pool to get a reality check at Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2016

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Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2016 will commence its second and the final day with a session dedicated for a reality check on the country’s existing talent pool, with the participation of top corporate executives and government officials, both from local and overseas. The session five of the summit ‘Growing Sri Lanka’s Talent Pool – Reality Check and Pragmatic Options’ has lined up Dr. Mohd Gazali Abas, Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Human Resources of Malaysia and Rajan Anandan, Managing Director, Google India delivering the keynote speeches.
Dr. Gazali, who will start the session with a keynote speech, holds a PhD in economics from the Waseda University, Japan, and was once the Director of the Human Capital Development Section of the Economic Planning Unit, of the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Department.
Anandan, who will follow Gazali with another keynote presentation is responsible for Google sales and operations in the South Asian region and has held leadership positions in globally acclaimed firms such as Microsoft, Dell and McKinsey before joining Google. Following the keynote speeches, Ashroff Omar, Chief Executive Officer of Brandix Lanka, Keith Modder, Chief Operating Officer of Virtusa and Ranjith Gunatilleke, Managing Director of Sanken Lanka, will join in for a panel discussion, which would be moderated by Shamindra Kulamannage, Editor-In-Chief of Echelon Magazine.
Among the panellists, Ashroff Omar is a leading industrialist and a prominent figure in the local apparel industry. Omar was a key player behind the formation of the Joint Apparel Association Forum of Sri Lanka and once functioned as the head of the forum. Keith Modder, a 25-year veteran in the IT industry has been with Virtusa since 2001 and has also worked for the John Keells group where he simultaneously held Managing Director/Chief Executive positions for an IT systems integrator and office automation company. Ranjith Gunatilleke has been with Sanken Construction since its inception. An engineer by professional, his expertise and liaisons in the field of engineering had been proven to be a source of strength for company’s performance.
The session ‘Growing Sri Lanka’s Talent Pool – Reality Check and Pragmatic Options’ will look at the new talent and skill needs of Sri Lanka and also the required policies and possible strategies that needs to be adopted to meet the demand.
Hayleys PLC and Pyramid Wilmar are platinum sponsors of the Sri Lanka Economic Summit, while Sunshine Holdings and CIC have come forward as the Gold sponsors of the event. Dialog has sign in as the Silver sponsor and First Capital is the Strategic sponsor of the summit. If you wish to reserve a seat for the August 2 and 3 event, which will be held at Cinnamon Grand Hotel, please call on 0115588852 or email 

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