Western Province

The ITU “Girls in ICT Day” is held annually on the fourth Thursday in April and this year it was held on the 28th of April. Just like the other countries that have hosted this event, Sri Lanka too, hosted it eventfully. In Sri Lanka, the tendency to pursue ICT as a career is far less in the minds of girls than boys. However, there have been a few success stories where women have excelled in pursuing ICT careers and TRC decided to bring them forward on this day to enlighten the minds of the girls who have chosen ICT as a stream for their G.C.E Advanced Level Examination, which is the primary qualification for their career. Before the program began, during registration we interviewed a few invitees, teachers and students at random about their current experience on ICT and after the event they were interviewed again on whether this event has helped them in dispelling any doubts or fears they had about ICT when they first entered the hall .

The following events took place throughout the day.

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Opening a web portal
  • Keynote Address
  • Panel Discussion
  • Q&A
  • Appreciations
  • Interviews
  • Profiles
The opening ceremony took place according to the traditional Sri Lankan customs, starting with the playing of the national anthem and lighting the oil lamp. Afterwards, the Director General of TRCSL Mr. Sunil S Sirisena delivered the welcome speech, followed by a speech by the Guest of Honour Mr. W M Bandusena who is the Secretary of the Ministry of Education. Mr. Kumarasinghe Sirisena, Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom PLC and Dr. Prasad Samarasinghe, Managing Director of Lanka Bell Limited graced the occasion.
A new web portal titled “Girls in ICT” was launched by the Director General to inspire each and every student for a career in ICT. The web was designed by Mr. Tharindu Rajakaruna, Web Master from the University of Colombo School Of Computing and the content was drafted by Ms. Tharalika Livera from Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, Ms. Shenuka Jayalath, Legal Officer of Dialog Axiata PLC and Ms. Nirmaleen Balaratchchi, Senior Legal Officer of Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd.
The keynote address was delivered by Ms. Dedunie de Silva, Head of Legal & Regulatory Affairs, and Etisalat Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. Her speech focused mainly on why there is a need to make people aware about the leading roles girls can play in the field of ICT. Women have so many diverse and different capabilities, which would enhance and be complementary to men. Therefore, the keynote speaker addressed the line of events that the day would uncover and how to succeed in this field as an empowered woman. The summary of her speech is set out in point form below;

  • The European Commission reports that out of the 7million persons working in ICT, only 30% are women.
  • There are many reasons for the disparity between the sexes, starting from the socialization process which begins at birth, where girls are brought up very differently to boys. And this distinction continues throughout their life, so much so that it is ingrained to their minds, mainly by women themselves, and girls actually believe they cannot and should not, behave, dress or speak in a particular manner or study and work in particular fields.
  • Traditionally men were assigned the role of provider and associated with all physical and mental abilities, whilst women were assigned the role of caregiver and associated with domestic, household chores.
  • With time, these traditional, archaic mindsets were mandatorily changed and reversed as girls gained access to education, right to vote, right of choice etc. It was identified that women have so many diverse capabilities, which would enhance and be complementary to men.
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd wave feminists sacrificed a lot, in many cases their lives, to earn these rights for women,
  • What we can do, as girls in ICT, is to ensure that we don’t let the restrictions placed on us by society, limit us into doing what we want to do, as opposed to what we are told to do.
  • We need to break the shackles, have courage, be strong willed and pass this message on to encourage other girls.
A one-hour panel discussion focused on the following five topics:
  • Changing Attitudes
  • Facing Challenges
  • Expanding Horizons
  • Career Paths
  • Women in Business
  • The panelists at the session were Dr. Pradeepa Samarasinghe, Mrs. Deduni De Silva, Mr. Harindu Nanayakkara, Mrs. Shakila Kamalendiran Attanayake, Mrs. Nadeesha Sanjeewani and Mrs. Thushari Seneviratne. The moderator was Mrs. Tharalika Livera. Their individual profiles are mentioned at the end of this brief note [Note 2].

    • Changing Attitudes by Mr. Harindu Nanayakkara

    Question by the Moderator: Where do you see attitudes as a problem which has created this gap in the ICT field in Sri Lanka?

    Answer by the Panelist:

    I would like to draw your attention to recent statistics on undergraduate enrollments, before answering the question on Gender Gap. The ratio of Female participants to Male for Engineering and IT related fields is in the range of 3-4 compared to almost a 1:1 ratio for other fields in Sri Lanka. This provides you with a clear idea that there is a gender gap in terms of participation of female students in ICT related fields compared to other fields of study. In terms of participation of female students in primary and secondary education in Sri Lanka looking at the statistics we can conclude that it is equally good or better than male participation. This shows that there is no concern or issue with girls in terms of participation in education or ability to face the challenges in education. Divergence starts when students are requested to choose a specialization stream in which male participation outnumbers female participation. This issue gets amplified when they start on their tertiary education which is mainly driven by attitudes towards ICT related fields. I will give you a good personal example about the ability of girls to face and excel in ICT fields. The Engineering intake in our batch at University had approximately 70 girls out of a total intake of 550 and in 6 out of 7 specializations the students who topped the batch were girls.

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    Question by the Moderator: How do you see the evolving role of women in the ICT industry and changes of attitude needed not only from Girls but from everybody?

    Answer by the Panelist:

    I will approach the question by sharing 3 point of views. How I see girls in ICT as a friend during my school career, a friend in university and colleague at work and how society reacted to the same. Girls who were leaning towards IT or Engineering related subjects at the later part of our schooling career were viewed with judgment and always compared with boys. This was evident in the way society reacted to a girl who opted to follow the physical science stream. From there onwards, when they get into university, people perceive that girls should do soft engineering subjects. However, I have noticed during the time spent in the university how the point of view towards girls has changed in recent times and how people have started respecting their choices. When it comes to the telecommunication industry which I represent, there was a complete change in attitudes towards female workers. I have not seen anyone calling for a men only project disregarding the participation of female workers.

    Question by the Moderator: Changing the attitude of people may be easier said than done. Can you elaborate with examples to support your argument?

    Answer by the Panelist:

    I need to highlight that this is not an issue confined to Sri Lanka. If you look at the world, each country has instances where there is inequality in the ICT field. There are many Global examples which I can give you where females paved their way to the top in top ICT related firms in the world. Take some examples like, Facebook where operations is headed by Sheryl Sandberg, IBM headed by Ginii Rometty etc. There are many more example which I can draw your attention to in proving that changing the attitude towards girls/ladies is possible and has been done in the rest of the world successfully. I will explain that this is a global issue mainly driven by attitudes and what a better world we would have if we can change the attitude about women/girls not only in ICT but in everything.

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      • Facing Challenges by Dr. Pradeepa Samarasinghe

      Question by the Moderator: Are there any major factors affecting girls in Sri Lanka in choosing ICT as their stream of education?

      Answer by the Panelist:

      ICT is a new stream of education for Sri Lankans, especially the girls in Sri Lanka as opposed to the traditional education streams such as Art, Commerce and Bio Science. Most of the parents and adults who are not educated about the ICT stream have the perception that ICT is more suitable for boys rather than girls. So the main factor affecting girls in choosing ICT as their education stream is the challenge of educating the parents and adults about ICT and its benefits to girls.

      In addition, the schools in remote areas of Sri Lanka do not have adequate infrastructure and facilities including teachers. Due to this, students in rural areas are not exposed to the opportunities of the ICT stream of education.

      Most of the students who choose ICT stream are taking ICT for consumption but not for creation. Changing this attitude and making the students aware of new innovations and how they could create IT and not just consume is also a major challenge.

      Question by the Moderator: In pursuing higher education in ICT what are the main challenges faced by girls in Sri Lanka?

      Answer by the Panelist: The graph below shows the current trend of choosing ICT for higher education among female and male students.

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    The bar chart evidences that the female percentage in ICT and Engineering fields is considerably lower when compared to the other streams of education. Even though the numbers are less, girls have performed equally or better in ICT and Engineering field as shown in the chart below. Hence the main challenge facing the education sector of Sri Lanka is to educate the girls and their parents on ICT and show how they have performed better in their higher education through ICT. Another main challenge is to let the students combine ICT with different disciplines, so that the girls can be creative and innovative in the field they appreciate. For example, the girls who are good in Arts discipline should be given the opportunity to bring out their creativity through a programme design based on the Arts discipline. At the moment, the state universities are not offering different degree programmes based on a combination of disciplines in ICT. The University Grants Commission (UGC) of Sri Lanka should provide facilities to state universities to introduce more ICT related degree programmes with different flavors.

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    Question by the Moderator: Is ICT a better option for girls?

    Answer by the Panelist:

    Yes, especially for girls in Sri Lanka. The girls and mothers in Sri Lanka play a major role in managing the family. Most of the girls find it difficult to have a well-balanced work life. We should educate the girls on how ICT can be used to have a proper balanced work life with flexible hours and working from home. Also as Sri Lanka is taking major steps to support the connectivity and mobile penetration even to the remote areas, this will give many opportunities for the girls to manage their family life with better career options. The challenge for us here is again educating and getting the girls all over the country to engage in development through ICT.

    • Expanding Horizons by Ms. Thushari Senevirathna

    Question by the Moderator: In your opinion, are there any challenges women have to overcome in order to be successful in the world of ICT?

    Answer by the Panelist: Yes

    Question by the Moderator: As a woman yourself, do you believe it is possible to overcome them?

    Answer by the Panelist:

    Yes, as I told you we are seated here because we have succeeded in the ICT field. Our panelists explained to you about how to change attitudes, limitations and how to overcome them. By overcoming all these barriers and limitations we can expand our horizons to become experts in our field and smart people.

    • Powerful

    First of all we have to think as powerful girls/ ladies not only in mind but also show it.

    • Away from traditional thinking

    As Sri Lankans we have a proud history but traditional culture. So we have to expand our horizons by breaking away from some of these traditional thoughts in a non-violent way, Away from traditional job seeking like traditional teaching, Away from comparing girls and boys, Not to be a traditional mother, gather knowledge to be an expert in any job, any position, Always gather knowledge from ICT to be an expert, Don’t stay with lack of knowledge, Earn your dream job not only the ICT field like system operator, software developer etc. but even be a teacher or a doctor with expert in subject knowledge

    • Be updated with current affairs

    Always practice the “find & search” concept and share your knowledge with others, Be a solution provider for anything new not only with past experience but also with your knowledge, Once you are familiar with ICT it is easy to reach any target in your life, you can be confident to do anything, because you know that you can do it

    • Don’t waste your valuable, limited time

    Play games during your leisure time but not the whole day, Enjoy with Facebook to share information but not to punish, discourage or mentally judges others

    Question by the Moderator: In overcoming these challenges, how can a woman master her future career in ICT?

    Answer by the Panelist:

    Because you are an expert, you can be a smart person. You always have a solution. You are a solution provider for new things. Because of all these you have self-satisfaction about your life. Finally you are powerful to change the world

    • “Yes I Can” by Ms. Nadeesha Sajeewani Rajapakshe

    Question by the Moderator: How challenging was the career adaptation?

    Answer by the Panelist:

    Moving from the field of Mechanical Engineering to Software Engineering was challenging. Being equipped with an education in Mechanical Engineering and starting the career in ICT gave me a challenging start. But I was able to manage and overcome these career challenges by making myself fully aware on the environment. As per my findings ICT is a multi-dimensional and transformational field in which you can obtain vast experience. I believe that if I could accomplish an 80% of the success rate, you can achieve 200% given that all of you are equipped with ICT fundamentals.

    Question by the Moderator: What can women do differently?

    Answer by the Panelist:

    When it comes to females, there are hidden capabilities and talents which we can use to excel in the ICT sector. Especially multi-tasking ability, systematic and methodical approach, teamwork, patience and artistic ability are very important and are valued in this sector. I believe as a female you can use your artistic ability to become a graphical designer, user experience designer or even a customer digital experience specialist as you have the ability to put yourself into the customer’s shoes.

    Question by the Moderator: How did IT impact your personal life?

    Answer by the Panelist:

    As a woman ICT employee it is very important to use ICT in your day to day life in order to make it easy. This is basically ICT as a career path as well as ICT as a life changing factor. Just go for these highly automated, electronically empowered solutions, they will make your life easy. As an ICT employee you have a guarantee that these solutions work well so there is no need to hesitate as non-ICT educated females. So just do it! It will help to improve your personal life!!!

    • Women in Business in Sri Lanka by Ms. Shakila Kamalendiran Attanayake

    Question by the Moderator: In Sri Lanka, do we have women in leading ICT roles?

    Answer by the Panelist:

    In Sri Lanka, the ICT industry is currently being dominated by men, however we do have power ladies who have taken this upon themselves and do have successful careers. Some examples are as follows:-

    1. Those who execute ICT roles within the ICT industry.

    Ladies such as Mrs Chitranganie Mubarak – Chairwoman of ICTA Sri Lanka and Mrs Lakmini Wijesundara Founder and Global CEO of IronOne Technologies have dedicated their lives towards ICT. Mrs Wijesundara has over 18 years of experience within various ICT organizations.

    Head of Service Delivery

    N-Able Private Limited

    BSc in IT, Computer Science & Management

    We also have Ruwanthi Ferando, Head of Service Delivery of N-Able (Pvt.) Ltd., and Shehani Seneviratne Chief Operating Officer of 99X Technologies who have ICT qualifications and hold senior positions within the ICT industry.

    1. Some who work in ICT roles in non ICT industries

    Roshni Gunawardena is the Head of Faculty at ICBT Campus, while Ama Ekanayake is the Head of IT at Lion Brewery in Sri Lanka. Both of them have ICT qualifications and have taken up ICT roles within non ICT industries.

    1. Some of these ladies have ICT backgrounds in terms of a qualification, but are in non ICT related roles.

    With a Masters in Telecom and Engineering, Dr Madhu Fernando chose to be a motivational speaker, lecturer, entrepreneur, management thinker and writer whilst Ms Bani Chandrasena chose to take up Human Resources as a profession even after completing her higher education in IT. With an ICT qualification, I too have taken up a profession in Corporate Communication which is different to the course I have studied.

    1. Some are leading ladies within the ICT organizations with no ICT qualifications

    Leading iron ladies such as Mrs. Amalie Nanayakkara the Past CEO of Bharti Airtel Lanka and the current Group Chief Marketing Officer of Dialog Axiata, Mrs. Jean Fernandez, the Senior General Manager of Mobitel Sri Lanka and Mrs. Anoushka Pathirana, the Head of Human Resources of Bharti Airtel Lanka are ladies who have made a name for themselves within the ICT industry and have been responsible for the growth of those respective organizations. Mrs. Jayomie Lokuliyana, the Co-Founder and CEO of zMessenger and Mrs. Linda Speldewinde, the Founder and Managing Director or fashionmarket.lk have no ICT qualification or background. However, as successful entrepreneurs, they have used ICT for their advantage and today they manage successful businesses.

    Question by the Moderator: Is it that easy within the Corporate Sector?

    Answer by the Panelist:

    Life is not that simple within the Corporate Sector. As girls/daughters, we are sheltered by our parents and teacher. However, when we take our first steps into the corporate sector, it is quite tough. It is like, pushing one into the deep end of a swimming pool and telling him/her to swim to shore. We compete with boys/men at all levels-when we apply for a seat at university, go for our first interview or receive that first promotion. There will always be back biting, favoritism and unfairness in all industries, in all roles. These are hurdles which are common to both men and women, it is the way of life, the hard truth and it is up to us to overcome it. As women, being a woman, we cannot use this as an excuse to avoid such situations. We need to face them, break boundaries, work smart and work hard. It is up to us to pick up the opportunities, prove ourselves and progress forward. If these leading iron ladies can do it, so can you.

    For this Q&A session we invited officials from the Education Ministry, National Institute of Education, University Grants Commission and a few Universities all of whom are related to the field of ICT. This granted the children the opportunity to resolve many of the problems they had regarding their school curriculum, higher education and career paths. What followed was an interesting and interactive session, where students and teachers were able to raise and resolve many of their issues and concerns
    During registration each student and teacher received a flash drive and a copy of the book “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg, for each school courtesy of TRCSL. They also received corporate gifts from PSTN operators. After the Q&A session, a token of appreciation was awarded to each of the panelists, teachers and students. In addition, the students were given a certificate for their participation.

    The event was a success. The students and teachers appreciated everything they experienced and gathered knowledge on. They further requested that this event be held in other provinces in the country, but it had already been included in our action plan.

    The entire event was coordinated by Mr. Mohan Jayasekara, Director/Policy International Relations & Licensing Administration of Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka and supported by the Officers of Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka.

    Question

    What is your experience in teaching ICT for girls? What do you think of their capability?

    Answer (Teacher)

    I have enjoyed teaching this subject to girls and I believe they are capable of excelling in this field. But, students lack having discussions or interactions with their respective teachers in relation to the subject and its scope. I.e. I find students as passive learners. Therefore, I highly urge students to concentrate on the practical aspect as well. Having constant interactions would provide an opportunity for teachers to share their experience with students. On the other hand, teachers can hear their students’ view on ICT and help them in developing their interest or future career in this field.

    Question

    What would you do to enhance the ICT education of girls in Sri Lanka?

    Answer (Teacher)

    I believe apart from teaching students, they also require immense practical experience in order to develop their knowledge in ICT. Therefore, attending more workshops, such as this event – “Girls in ICT”, and conducting other practical events, competitions etc. would be very much beneficial for students.

    Question

    What do you think of a female IT professional in Sri Lanka? (Do you think women are capable of doing IT related activities in the same way men do?)

    Answer (Student)

    I believe women are highly capable of doing and succeeding in IT related activities / jobs. There are many sectors within IT, in which women have continued to excel and develop their skills. If women are given more opportunities then they surely can contribute towards the success of this industry, on a large scale.

    Question

    Why did you select ICT as a subject and what are your expectations in learning ICT?

    Answer (Student)

    I chose ICT as a subject because of my interest in this field. In addition, there is constant development in terms of technology. The interest of learning such new developments too enhanced my decision in choosing ICT as a subject. Furthermore, the variety of job opportunities and the wide scope of this subject too persuaded me in choosing ICT as a subject.

    Question

    Are you aware of the job opportunities available for a female ICT student in the field? (If so could you please elaborate?)

    Answer (Student)

    Yes, I am aware of the job opportunities available for a female ICT student. There are many opportunities for women in this industry. Attending workshops and related events would further assist us in obtaining a detailed understanding of the job opportunities.

    Question

    What was the motivation for you to select ICT as a subject for the advanced level?

    Answer (Student)

    I chose ICT as a subject in my ordinary level examinations and I wanted to continue it in my advanced level too. In addition, the intellectual challenge, the diverse and constantly evolving subject matter, and the good career prospects motivated me in selecting ICT as a subject for the advanced level.

    Question

    Are you aware of the courses that you could follow after sitting for the advanced level in ICT stream?

    Answer (Student)

    Yes, I’m aware of the course available in ICT stream. National universities such as University of Colombo, University of Moratuwa, University of Kelaniya, etc. have courses in relation to ICT. In addition, private institutions, such as the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, too have courses with regards to ICT.

    Question

    What was the reason for organizing a Girls in ICT day event?

    Answer (Mr. Sunil S. Sirisena – Director General / Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka)

    I believe it is important for us to conduct such an event to enhance the knowledge of girls in ICT. Girls too should be given equal opportunities and we should motivate them to be a part and contribute towards the success of this industry. In addition, conducting an event such as the Girls in ICT day would give us an opportunity to change the negative attitude and encourage girls to be more active in this field. Furthermore, we look forward to conducting similar events on a regional basis to encourage girls to excel in ICT.

    Question

    How does the Education Ministry contribute towards popularizing ICT among students, specifically girls, as a subject?

    Answer (Mr. Niel Gunadasa – Director ICT / Ministry of Education)

    The Education Ministry has contributed immensely on this subject matter. There are many state universities such as the University of Colombo, University of Moratuwa, University of Kelaniya, etc., which offers courses in relation to ICT. In addition, we have constantly conducted educational events to assist students academically and with their future career prospects. The Education Ministry hails this initiative of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) and we look forward to supporting and working in conjunction with TRCSL, in the future, to popularize ICT as a subject among students, specifically girls.

    Key Note Speaker Mrs. Dedunie de Silva, Head of Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Etisalat Lanka (Private) Limited

    A graduate from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka with a B A (Hons) degree in English. She is an Attorney at Law with a professional qualification from the Sri Lanka Law College.

    Moderator Mrs. Tharalika Livera, Deputy Director Compliance, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka

    She is a graduate from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in BSc Engineering (Electrical and Electronics), Mrs. Livera was the moderator for this event. She completed her MSc in Electronics and Telecommunication from Sheffield Hallam University of UK. She is a Charted Engineer and a Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology UK. She is the Vice-Chairperson of Asia Pacific Telecommunity Policy and Regulatory Forum (South East Asia) and Vice-Rapporteur of Question 2 and Question 5 of ITU-D Study Group 1. She has 22 years of experience in telecommunication regulations.

    Panelists Dr. Pradeepa Samarasinghe, Head of the Information Technology Department, Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology

    Dr. Samarasinghe graduated from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka following Bachelor of Science in Engineering specialized in Computer Science. She completed her MBA in Information Technology at the same university. Dr. Samarasinghe completed her doctoral study at the Research School of Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra. She specialized in image restoration in the field of image processing. In addition to being an academic, Dr. Pradeepa Samarasinghe also has more than eight years of industrial experience in the field of software architecting and development at the leading software development company Virtusa (Pvt.) Ltd (www.virtusa.com).

    Mr. Harindu Nanayakkara, Manager overseeing Regulatory and Corporate Planning, Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd,

    A graduate from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in the field of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering with a First Class honours pass. He is also a CIMA finalist from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Currently he is reading for the Attorneys at Law and working as a Manager overseeing Regulatory and Corporate Planning in Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd, a leading Mobile operator in Sri Lanka. He has over 4 years of experience in the Telecommunications Field.

    Ms. Shakila Kamalendiran Attanayake, Head of Corporate and Internal Communications

    Bharti Airtel Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd.

    With over 12 years’ experience in the areas of Customer Service, Brand Management and now Corporate and Internal Communications in industries such as Advertising, Airline, Education, FMCG and now Telecommunications, Shakila holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Information Systems from Staffordshire University UK, a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. She is also a member of (MCIM) of the Chartered Institute of Marketing U.K and the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing. She is responsible for building and managing the reputation of Airtel Lanka by leveraging media to reach out to all key stakeholders. She is also the Champion for crisis management for the company and is also responsible in developing, driving and executing internal communication strategy which helps drive employee engagement and motivation.

    Ms. B K L T Thushari Senevirathna, Assistant Engineer and Trainer at Sri Lanka Telecom PLC.

    Thushari has successfully completed the National Diploma in Technology (NDT) 3 years full time course in Electronics & Telecommunication conducted by the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Successfully completed CEI Part I & II, Engineering Council UK & IESL Part II & Part III (Electronics & Telecommunication Field). In year 2015 she successfully completed the City and Guilds Train the Trainer program (level 6). She started her career by joining Sri Lanka Telecom PLC in 2004.

    Ms. Nadeesha Sajeewani Rajapakshe, Unit Manager/Information Technology Division, Dialog Axiata PLC.

    Nadeesha graduated from University of Moratuwa in the field of Mechanical Engineering in 2007 and her started career at Suntel Limited as a Software Engineer. With Software Engineering experience she grew up in the ICT career ladder and moved to Dialog Axiata PLC in 2012. In 2013 she obtained a Master in Business Administration from University of Moratuwa and in the same year she was able to obtain Project Management Professional credentials from the Project Management Institute in USA

    Interviewers/Compeers Ms. Sujeewa Rodrigo, Assistant Director/ Legal – Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka

    She is a Lawyer by profession. Having obtained her degree in Bachelor of Laws, completed the Sri Lanka Law College final examination with honors pass, and has enrolled as an Attorney-at –Law in the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. She has over 16 years’ experience in the field of law. Joined Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka in 2005.

    Mr. Raveen Gunaratnarajah, Legal Officer – Group Legal & Regulatory, Dialog Axiata PLC

    A graduate from Kingston University London in law [LL.B (Hons)], Mr. Gunaratnarajah conducted interviews prior to the commencement of this event. He obtained his LL.M in International Commercial Law from Cardiff University. In addition, he has gained more than five years of experience in the legal industry and plays a pivotal role in the day to day operations of the regulatory department at Dialog Axiata PLC.

    Ms. Duneesha Fernando

    Undergraduate in Computer Science, University of Colombo. She was the first in the Island in the ICT stream at the 2013 Advanced Level Examination.

    Ms. Sajini Koongahawattage

    Undergraduate in Computer Science, University of Colombo. She is also the Deputy leader -public speaking WIE Affinity group, National finalist at Imagine cup in 2015 and 2016, 1st runner up – Gaming category and 2nd runner up -Innovation category.

    Ms. Akhila Wijewardana

    Undergraduate in Computer Science, University of Colombo and she is a Member of WIE student branch affinity group University of Colombo School of Computing.

    Ms. Chanduni Wickremarasinghe

    Undergraduate following the Information Systems (Honours) Degree programme at the University of Colombo and she is a member of WIE student branch affinity group University of Colombo School of Computing.

    “Girls in ICT Day” TRCSL Team Members Mr. Mohan Jayasekera – Director / Policy, International Relations and Licence Administration

    Has been with regulators for over 22 years. His a first degree is in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Moratuwa and thereafter a Masters Degree in Computer Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Science. He is a Chartered Engineer and a member of IET. He has also worked as the Telecommunications Regulatory Advisor for the Public Utilities Commission of the Bahamas for 2 years on a Commonwealth Fund for technical Corporation (CFTC) assignment through the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.

    Mr. Jagath Rathnayaka – Deputy Director/Policy

    Graduated from the University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka with a BA and MA degrees in Sociology. He has over 18 years’ experience with the telecommunication regulator. Co-ordinated the ITU projects “Connect a School: Connect a Community”, “ICTs for Disabled and Marginalized Communities”, and ITU NIA Korean Volunteers Programs.

    Ms. S.A.R. Kamalanayana -Deputy Director/Spectrum Management

    She is a graduate from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in BSc Engineering (Electronics and Telecommunications) and a Member of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka. She is a Charted Engineer with more than 15 years’ experience at TRCSL.

    Ms. M R N Perera- Development Officer

    An Economic Special Degree holder from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka with 10 years experience at TRCSL.

    Mr. W K N Pradeep –Development Officer

    A BA graduate from University of Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka with 10 years’ experience at TRCSL.

    Ms. D K Perera – Development Officer

    A BA graduate from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka with 10 years’ experience at TRCSL.

    Mr. G C S Fernando –Development Officer

    A BCom Special degree holder from University of Ruhuna and Post Graduate in MIS from University of Colombo with 10 years’ experience at TRCSL.

    Mr. A T L D Samarasinghe, Telecommunications Officer

    An Electronic Engineering graduate from Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

    Support Staff of TRCSL Mr. T.G. Premarathna

    Mr.A.J.M.L.H Jayasundara

    Ms. Suramya Dias

    Mr.Mahesh Ahinapola

    Ms. G.W. Malani

    Mr.E.B.H .Thilakasena

    Mr.U.I.Mahawatta

    Mr.L.R.C.M .Lekamge

    Mr.S.A.B.A.K.Senanayake

    Mr.L.P.Asanka Senarathne

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