BCS Sri Lanka Section Committee

M.G.Tillekeratne, Chairman

Mr. M.G. Tillekeratne is a chartered member of the BCS and a chartered member of IESL. He graduated in the field of Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering from University of Moratuwa in 1978. He is currently the Additional General Manager (Distribution Division 4) at the Ceylon Electricity Board. He has worked as a communications engineer, Computer & SCADA systems engineer, Project Manager for digital microwave network project and the Deputy General Manager (Information Technology) before becoming an Additional General Manager in the CEB and has over 30 years of experience in the field of ICT and engineering. He has served as the Chief Judge in the Panel of Judges for NBQSA from 2008 to 2012. Mr. Tillekeratne is serving as a section committee member since 2006/07. He held the post of Treasurer from 2008/09 to 2011/12.

Ruwan Amarasekara - Hon. Secretary

Mr. Ruwan Amarasekara has been a Chartered member of BCS and obtained his MBA from University of Sri Jayewardenepura. He has a Post graduate Diploma in Marketing and is an Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK. He has been an Executive Committee Member of BCS Sri Lanka Section since 2004. He was extensively involved in many projects carried out by the Sri Lanka Section mainly organising and judging activities of National Best Quality Software Awards (NBQSA) competition. He has over 22 years of experience in IT industry in the areas of IT Project Management, Software Development, System Integration and IT consultancy with both service providers and user organisations. He is currently employed at IBM. Mr. Amarasekara is serving as a section committee member since 2004/05. He is holding the post of Secretary since 2007/08.

K V Kuganathan - Hon. Treasurer

Mr. K V Kuganathan is a member of the is a member of the British Computer Society. He holds B.Sc. (Hons) in Computing and Information Systems at the London Guildhall University and M.Sc In IT Consultancy with Distinction. He currently the Senior Manager – E Banking at Hatton National Bank PLC. He was working as a Technical assistant at Argos Business Solutions U.K.

He has over 16 years of experience in IT industry in the areas of IT Project Management, Software Development, and System Training. He has received further IT training in Singapore, UK, and India. In addition Certified Course Trainer on Appreciative Inquiry conducted by Appreciative Inquiry Committee, U S A in New York.

Professor Gihan Wikramanayake – Immediate Past Chairman (2007/08, 2009/10 - 2011/12)

Professor Gihan Wikramanayke has over 25 years of IT experience in diverse areas of the industry from systems design and development to ICT education. He is currently working as the director of the University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC). He served four terms as the Chairman of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT, Sri Lanka Section and has been with BCS executive committee since 2003. Prof. Wikramanayake also served the Council of BCS UK from 2011/12 to 2013/14.

Before becoming the director/UCSC, he was the deputy director and head of department of the UCSC and has played the role of the Academic Coordinator of the flagship Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) degree programme and the first Computer Science Special degree Programme at University of Colombo. Professor Gihan was a visiting researcher at Umea and Stockholm University, Sweden and at University of New Mexico, USA. As an academic he has published many important articles and book chapters on ICT. He has been a front line speaker at many National and international conferences. He has also served other associations such as CSSL and IEEE. Professor Gihan is also a board of director of the Sri Lanka Software Testing Board, Lanka Education and Research Network (LEARN) and Theekshana a UCSC Company where he is also the chairman. He has been the team leader of many national Olympiad teams and is associated with the National / International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), National / International School's Software Competition, National Best Quality Software Awards (NBQSA), Young Computer Scientist (YCS) and Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA). He is also an advisor for National Examinations, Sri Lanka.

Prof. Gihan holds a PhD and MSc in Computer Science from the University of Wales, United Kingdom. He acquired his BSc in Statistics and Mathematics from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Dr. Dileepa De Silva, Member, ExCO

Dr. Dileepa de Silva he is a well-known ICT Management Consultant and a pioneer in managing ICT education in Sri Lanka. He managed one of the largest ICT groups in Sri Lanka which has produced a large number of ICT professionals and graduates to the Industry. Dr. Dileepa de Silva was awarded the ICT Lifetime Achiever Award in 2008. He was a member of electronic committee of EDB in eighties which initiated the Vendors (SLCVA), Training (ACTOS) and Associations of Sri Lanka and founder member of INFOTEL. He was a past president of Sri Lanka Association for Software Industry (SLASI) and past Chairman of British Computer Society, Sri Lanka Section

Mr. Vajeendra S Kandegamage, Member, ExCO

Mr. Vajeendra S Kandegamage counts over Fifteen years of experience in Software Development, Project Management, Training, Consultancy and all related field of Information Technology. He holds professional qualification such as Australian Computer Society Examination (ACS) Member of British Computer Society (MBCS) and also holds Charted Status of British Computer Society (CITP).

Substantial part of his industry training was had at Hewlett Packard Singapore, Conrac Germany, and Seven Seas Computers UAE. Currently he handles the work load of Conrac Gmbh within Sri Lankan territory during 2004 - 2006.

Several leading high bracket Tourist hotels in Sri Lanka engaged him as their Consultant in management software due to his expertise in this particular field. He also holds the Product Specialist position of the SMART Management Software and the Director Projects & Planning at the Info Link Systems Lanka Ltd.

Mr. Vajeendra S Kandegamage is the Chairman of the NBQSA Sub Committee for 2009.

Mr. Shanaka Prassanna Rajapakse, Member, ExCO

Mr. Shanaka Prassanna Rajapakse is a member of the British Computer Society and a executive committee member for the last 2 years.

Shanaka has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry in the area’s including management, ERP and BI solutions’ project management etc...He was pioneered in implementing the software and automating the cold storage warehouse project which is owned by Finlay’s PLC Srilanka joint venture with Finlay’s U.K and Swire group. He headed the ERP project for Finlay Plantations which comprises of both Udapussellawa and Hapugastanne plantations joint venture with soft systems India.

He has been closely working with the BCS Srilanka NBQSA judging panel and was part of the organizing committee for workshops’ Ceo’s forum etc...He is currently heading the IT for both Agarapathna & Kotagala Plantations managed by Lankem Group.

He holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of KEELE, UK and is a Member of the Australian Computer Society too.

Mr. Alanzo Doll, Member, ExCO

Mr. Alanzo Doll has over 17 years experience in the IT industry in the areas of ERP & BI solutions, IT Project Management and Software development. He is presently employed by IBM World Trade Corporation Sri Lanka as their Software IT Architect.

His previous work experience includes Microsoft Sri Lanka where he was employed from the inception of its Sri Lankan subsidiary in 2004 up to 2009. He has been closely working with the NBQSA subcommittee for the past two years in Microsoft’s capacity as strategic sponsor.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from the University of Sunderland, UK and is a Member of the British Computer Society. He is also a NCC Diploma holder, Microsoft Certified Professional and has received further industry training in the United States and several countries in South East Asia.

Miss Kalani Samarawckrame, Member, ExCO

Miss Kalani Samarawckrame is a 22 year old final year student at Informatics Institute of Technology studying Bsc(Hons) Software Engineering from University of Westminister (UK). She had also completed BCS examinations and holds MBCS status. She is also a SCJP and studying for other Sun Certifications. She has worked at Epic Lanka(Pvt) Ltd. Kalani’s intereststed mainly in the fields of Image Processing and Artificial Intelligence.

EUR ING. Lakmal Senanayake, Member, ExCO EUR ING. Lakmal Senanayake is currently functioning as a Council Member BCS – UK and he is working as an Approved Chartered Membership Assessor for in Boards for Engineering Council - UK, Science Council - UK and BCS. Assessing levels of Chartered Engineer, Chartered Scientist, Chartered IT Professional, Incorporated Engineer and Chartered Fellow.

Additionally he has been appointed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology UK as International Professional Registration Advisor (IPRA) and Executive Committee Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology UK Sri Lanka Section.

He is currently the Senior Manager Hardware and Head of the Section - the National Savings Bank Sri Lanka and IT Consultant and Member of Technical Committees of State organizations in Sri Lanka.
EUR ING. Lakmal Senanayake has been a Chartered IT Professional Fellow of BCS and obtained these qualifications also European Engineer - European Federation of National Engineering Associations, Chartered Engineer - Engineering Council – UK, Incorporated Engineer - Institutions of Incorporated Engineers, MSc in Professional Engineering and Technology – University of London Met UK, MCGI in Engineering (Master Degree), Graduateship in Electrical Engineering (Honours Degree), Licentiateship in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and FTD Engineering from City & Guilds – London.

He is a Fellow Member of BCS UK and IET UK and also a Member of IEE UK, IIE UK, MIPE NZ, MIIE SL and ASOCET USA.

He has over 18 years’ experience in national and international level leadership in the Government and Corporate sector and in large scale complex ICT, EEEng, ElectroMech Engineering, Banking System and Data Centre related projects by making decisions, critical to organizational success, Influences developments within IT industry at highest levels, Advances exploitation of IT within more organizations and the advancement of knowledge, long term strategic plan industry leaders.

Mr. Aruna Perera, Member, ExCO
Mr. Aruna Chandralal Perera. is a Chartered Member of BCS, obtained Special Degree in Computer Science from the Department of Statistics and Computer Science, University of Colombo in 1995. He also poses a Masers Degree in Business Administration specializing in Management of Technology from Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa. He had gone through training in IT project management at NTT corporation,Japan as well as on Computer Application Techniques in Huazhong University of Science and Technology in PR of China.

He has been working as the Unit Head for a large scale ERP development/implementation project in Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) having in-depth expertise in systems architecture, systems development methodologies, systems implementation, change management, technology evaluation, project management and server administration so on. He has also involved with complicated problem solving assignments with respect to new systems developments in areas such as energy billing, web design as well as power station automation at CEB. Before joining CEB, he had worked as the Consultant for a computerization project for SANASA Federation, being appointed by CINTEC.

Mr. Lakmal Embuldeniya, Member, ExCO

Mr. Lakmal Embuldeniya has been a Professional member of BCS, CIIT since 2009. He graduated from Curtin University of Technology, Australia in the field of Computer Systems & Networking. He also obtained Special Honors in IT from the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) in 2009. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and serves as the Marketing Director of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Sri Lanka Chapter since 2013. He was extensively involved in many projects carried out by the Sri Lanka Section mainly organizing activities of National Best Quality Software Awards (NBQSA) competition. He has being working as a Systems, Technical Support and Customer Care Specialist for nearly 8 years and currently involved as a visiting lecturer for Computer and Information Systems related subjects as well. He is currently employed at Creative Solutions.

Mr. Sanharsha Jayatissa, Member, ExCO

Mr. Sanharsha Jayatissa is a Fellow Member (FBCS) of the British computer society. He has 10 years experience in the area of Information Technology Management. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Information Systems from The Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) as well as two masters degrees, an MSc in Information Technology & Management from Keele University (UK) and an MBA in General Management from the Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK). He also holds a Diploma in Project Management and a Yellow Belt in Six Sigma.

He started his career at DSI Samson Group as a Management Trainee in 2006 and is currently the Assistant General Manager – IT. Sanharsha lead the DSI Samson Group to win several IT related awards including a Gold Award at the National Best ICT Awards 2012 (NBQSA) and to represent Sri Lanka at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) in 2012.

Currently he is managing 300 locations island wide which is one of the largest networks in Sri Lanka; and has successfully conducted large scale ERP implementation under his supervision. He pioneered in implementing a fully flagged Disaster recovery system, eCommerce/Digital Advertising, server visualization, SMS based applications etc at his company.

Deshmanya Dr. Viraj Pinto, Member, ExCO

Dr. Viraj Pinto Jayawardena, is a Chartered Member of the BCS, Member of the IEEE and further received a honorary doctorate in IT and Services and further obtained a national recognition for the services rendered to the nation for over 17 years in Education and Services. Being one of the pioneers in Education and Training and is now one of the most senior Lecturers for IT in the private sector.

He is currently the Vice President of the Federation for IT Industries Sri Lanka (FITIS), Education and Training chapter, head of the ICIT Program representing FITIS. Currently is the mentor for the University of Kelaniya for the Universities internal software Competition (KBQSA), has been a presenter for over 40 schools and over 6 universities in IT, career Development and Management. Further was in the judging panel for NBQSA 2013, under Tertiary Education Project category.

Deshmanya Dr. Viraj Pinto Jayawardena, is currently the Chairman/Managing Director of MATRIX Institute of Information Technology (Pvt) Ltd and further MATRIX Total Enterprises solutions (Pvt) Ltd.

Ms. Niranjala Weerasinghe – Regional Manager

Ms. Niranjala Weerasinghe is a graduate from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka read for the International Relations, Political Science and Sociology in the General Degree in Arts passed out in 1994.

She started her first career in the Education Industry in 1996 at the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing which is a member of the World Marketing Association and the Secretariat for the APMF. She then moved to the Asia Pacific Institute of IT as the Academic Administrator cum Counselor. She joined BCS in 2004 as the regional officer and presently works as the BCS Regional Manager- Sri Lanka. She counts more than 12 years experience in the Education Industry.