Written by – Siyathma at OmeBiz
ICC and CIMA have collaborated to bring together the event of the year! ‘Fireside Chat with Six Successful Sri Lankan Entrepreneurs’. The event will be held at the Grand Ballroom, Hilton Colombo on the 29th August 2018 from 5:30 pm. Prior to the Fireside Chat, there would be refreshments and a valuable networking session. Omentra Events is the e-ticketing partner for this event.
The Corporate Giants
Harry Jayawardena is one of the most influential business tycoons and investors in Sri Lanka. He was listed as one of the richest Sri Lankan’s. Harry Jayawardena served as the Director of HNB and was the former Chairman of Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and Sri Lankan Airlines.
Currently, Harry Jayawardena is the Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Stassen Group, which is one of Sri Lanka’s premier conglomerates. He is also part of the board of directors in companies such as Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka PLC, Aitken Spence, Lanka Bell and many more.
Moreover, Harry Jayawardena was the only Sri Lankan to be bestowed the Knight Cross of Dannenberg for his outstanding contribution to Denmark and for nurturing ties between Sri Lanka and Denmark.
Sumal Perera is the Co-founder and Chairman of Access Group of companies which was founded in 1989. It is one of Sri Lanka’s fastest growing conglomerates. Moreover, he is the Chairman of acclaimed companies such as AEL, Sathosa Motors Plc, and many more.
Dhammika Perera is currently the richest man in Sri Lanka and one of Sri Lanka’s most successful businessmen. He was the chairman of Sri Lanka’s Board of Investments for 3 years, he served as Sri Lanka’s secretary of transport and he was also a member of the Strategic Enterprise Management Agency.
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Merrill Fernando is the Founder and Chairman of Dilmah, one of the top tea brands in Sri Lanka. His journey started off by him being a tea taster at Ceylon Tea. He was one of the first Sri Lankan tea tasters to be selected to learn about tea in Mincing Lane, London.
He was awarded the first award for ‘Responsible Capitalism’ which recognizes business ethics. He is a well-known philanthropist as he donates his profits to the MJF Charitable Foundation. The foundation works towards nurturing children, empowering women, creating entrepreneurs and many more.
Moreover, he also won awards for Business for Peace Award in Oslo, Norway. Also, in September 2016 Merrill was honoured with the Global Businessman Award at the Ada Derana Sri Lankan of the Year 2016.
Ashok Pathirage is the Founder and Chairman of Softlogic Holdings. Softlogic Holdings is one of the most reputable conglomerates in Sri Lanka. They are involved in sectors such as ICT, Healthcare, Retail, Financial Services, Automobiles and Leisure.
They acquired ODEL from Otara Gunewardene in 2014. They are currently constructing the ODEL mall which would be one of Sri Lanka’s new innovative developments that will be booming in Colombo.
Moreover, he is also the Deputy Chairman of National Development Bank PLC.
Janak Hirdaramani is a Director of Hirdaramani Group, which is a well-known family business. The conglomerate has sectors in Apparel, Power, Leisure, Retail, IT and Financial Services.
If you are interested in getting to know more about these very successful businessmen and their valuable insights, you would definitely be interested in this event. For ICCSL/CIMA members the investment is LKR 7,500, and for Non Members it will be LKR 8,500 for a ticket.
If you are interested in buying a ticket – CLICK HERE