Judges' profiles

Dr. Uditha Liyanage

Dr. Uditha Liyanage counts over fifteen years of experience in the industry, having held senior marketing management positions in three leading companies in Sri Lanka. He, thereafter, joined the academia and read for the doctoral program at the Postgraduate Institute of Management, (PIM) where he has been, Senior Faculty, Marketing over the past thirteen years, and now, the Institute's Head, Academic Affairs as well. He has published many articles on Branding and Strategic Marketing in leading journals, both here and abroad, and addressed numerous local and international conferences. He also holds an MBA and is a Chartered Marketer, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

Dr. Liyanage, is a Marketing Consultant to a number of leading local companies and international agencies and a developer of senior managers. He is on the boards of directors of Ceylon Cold Stores Ltd., Chemenex Ltd., Ceylon Leather Products Ltd and Q & E Advertising, DIMO, and a member of the Boards of Study of PIM and Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, and a member of the Standing Committee on Staff Development of the University Grants Commission. He was Chairman of the CIM Sri Lanka region, and a member of the international board of CIM.

Deepal Sooriyaarachchi
FCIM(UK)., MBA (Sri.J), Chartered Marketer,
Managing Director - Eagle Insurance

Deepal joined Eagle Inurance in 1990 as a Junior Manager Marketing Communications was responsible for the development and nurturing of the prestigious brand ‘Eagle’. Later he was appointed as the General Manager Personal Business. During his carreer he has displayed his skills as a visionary, proactive and caring leader who has successfully developed the business and the team. Under his leadership, company embarked on a major systems project over a period of two years introducing a new policy administration system in the area of Life Insurance. In 2005 , he was appointed the CEO of Eagle and when the company was acquired by Aviva International in 2006 Deepal was appointed as the Managing Director.

He is also an Alumni of National University of Singapore, Asian Institute of Management and the Stanford University USA . He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) UK, a Chartered Marketer and holds an MBA from the PIM University of Sri Jayawardenepura.

Deepal is a Committee member of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and an active member of the HR subcommittee of the CCC. He serves on the board of NERDC ( National Engineering Research and Development Centre) which is under the Ministry of scientific affairs. A Board Member of the AVIVA Global Services Lanka the Off shore operation of Aviva UK. Also serves on the Presidential Task force for promoting English as a Life Skill. He is also a renowned speaker and a trainer with several publications to his credit, mainly in the local language to support the majority of Sri Lankan businesses.

Kasturi Chellaraja Wilson
ACMA Chief Process officer- Hemas Holdings

Kasturi Chellaraja Wilson is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK. She has years of experience in Auditing, Consulting and Finance. Her management experience spans the industries of Financial Services, Hospitality, Courier and Freight Forwarding.

She has been employed in many senior positions in prestigious companies like Aramex, Confifi Group, Hem Tours etc. Currently she is employed as the Chief Process officer for financial services and group IT departments at Hemas Holdings.

© Vanguard Management Services (Pvt.) Ltd. All Rights Reserved.