Sri Lanka Retail Forum 2017, which was inaugurated last evening, has lined up 20 best global and local retail industry minds to share insights, make recommendations and discuss how Sri Lanka can transform itself into a regional retail hub, during today’s sessions. The forum, organised by the Sri Lanka Retailers’ Association, an affiliated trade body of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, is the first such event to be held in Sri Lanka, focusing in-depth on the country’s retail sector.
The highly reckoned resource persons, who will take the centre stage during the event, represent the multi-disciplinary segments of the retail sector and will speak across the planned five sessions, which are titled as ‘Changing Dynamics of the New Consumer’, ‘Reaching the New Consumer with Digital Dynamism’, ‘Innovation in Retail Operations’ and ‘Masterclass on Emerging Issues’.
Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Honorary Chairperson, Central, Pattana, Thailand, former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and former Secretary General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development, will deliver the keynote address.
The others lined up to speak at the sessions are: John Glover, Founder and CEO of Global Consulting Services and former Head, Woolworths, Australia; Sharang Pant, Country Director, A. C. Nielsen; Ruvini Fernando, Director/CEO, Guardian Fund Management; Fazal Ashfaq, Country Lead, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, Google; Tina Doran, Vice President, Merchant Development and Acceptance AP, MasterCard Singapore; Uma Rajamantri, CEO, Splendor Media; Suren Sornalingam, Vice President, Sales and Operations, Info-CTRL, former Head of Operations, Kingfisher PLC, UK; Dr. Ranjiva Munasinghe, Managing Director, Argyle X; Steven Mayes, Managing Director, Jones Lang Lasalle; Prof. Tony Bendell, Leading Trainer, The Anti-fragility Academy and MD at Services Limited; Nissanga Warnapura, Head of Innovation, Hela Clothing and Sankalpa Gamwarige, Vice President Engineering, Zone 24x7.
Murali Prakash, Group Managing Director, CEO, Taprobane Holdings PLC and Lanka Century Investments PLC; Mehraj Sally, Group Director, CMO, MyDeal.lk Private Limited and Ajith Amarasekera, CEO, Swarnamahal Jewellers Limited, will moderate the sessions
The welcome remarks will be delivered by Hussain Sadiq, Chairman, Sri Lanka Retailers’ Association and the introductory remarks will be given by Sidath Kodikara, Chairman, Organising Committee, Sri Lanka Retail Forum 2017. The 350 retail and associate sector representatives are taking part in the event.