HRP forges ahead leading the people transformation towards the 4th industrial revolution”

At the Annual General Meeting of the Association of HR professionals held in September 2017, a new Executive Committee was elected for the year 2017 to take the organizations objectives forward. Led by Pradeepa Kekulawala - Head of Human Resources of Srilankan Airlines, the committee comprises of highly experienced HR professionals

Association of HR Professionals EXCO members

Seated from left to right: Oshana Dias - Vice President, Thushara Jayawardana - Vice President, L. Chiranthi Cooray – Immediate Past President, Pradeepa Kekulawala – President, Ishan Dantanarayana – Executive Vice President , Dinusha Jayamanne – Vice President, Chandana Wijayanama – Vice President, Roshan Kulasuriya – Senior Vice President.

Standing from left to right: Dilani Jayalath - Committee Member, Paduma Subasinghe – Committee Member, Thilanka Jayathilake - Secretary, Sarath Kumara – Committee Member, Chinthaka Premaratne – Assistant Secretary, Chandi Dharmaratne – Assistant Treasurer, Sampath Alwis – Treasurer, Indrani Hissalle - Committee Member

Pradeepa Kekulawala (President)
Head of Human Resources, Sri Lankan Airlines Ltd with diverse cross industry HRD experience having served formerly, Group Director HR BAM Holdings Group (apparel), Director Group HR and Admin - BMI Group (Engineering ) , AGM Group HR - Metropolitan Group (office automation/IT) and Director Operations Kent Academy of Career Training whilst being a corporate trainer and HR consultant over two decades

Ishan Dantanarayana (Executive Vice President)
Chief People Officer Brandix Group, Member of Brandix Senior Leadership Team. Formerly, Senior Director Human Resources – Virtusa, Country HR Manager - DHL Keells (Pvt) Ltd., Head of HR & Admin - MTV & MBC

L. Chiranthi Cooray (Immediate Past president)
Chief HR Officer/DGM HR. Hatton National Bank PLC. Formerly, Director Human Resources and Planning at Voice of Asia Networks, General Manager-Human Resources at McLarens Group, and senior HR roles including that of HR Manager, Eagle Insurance Ltd.

Roshan Kulasuriya (Senior Vice President)
Human Resources Director- Coats Thread Exports (pvt) Ltd. Formerly, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs Director - Fonterra

Chandana Wijayanama (Vice President)
General Manager HR – South Asia Gateway Terminals (pvt) Ltd. Formerly, Executive Vice President HR -Franke Asia, Hong Kong; Head of University relations and employment practices – Holcim Group Support, Switzerland and VP HR – Holcim Lanka Ltd.

Thushara Jayawardana (Vice President)
GM HR - CIC Holdings PLC., Attorney at Law by Profession, Formerly, Senior Management roles at Hemas Holdings and Dialog Axiata PLC.

Dinusha Jayamanne (Vice President)
Human Resource Director – Fonterra Brands Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. Formerly, Associate Director - People & Culture (Fonterra Brands Lanka) , Manager - Talent Transformation (Fonterra Brands Lanka), Manager- Talent Engagement & Development (Brandix Casualwear Ltd), Assistant Manager- Corporate HR (Brandix Lanka Ltd)

Oshana Dias (Vice President)
Vice President - Human Resources Fortude. Formerly, Head HR at Brandix i3 and other senior positions at Brandix i3

Sampath Alwis (Treasurer)
Senior General Manager - Group HR Operations -Brandix Group. Formerly, Head of HR/AVP - Aegis Services Lanka Ltd., Manager HR – Virtusa (Pvt) Ltd., Manager HR - WNS Customer Solutions/AVIVA Global Services Lanka Ltd., Head HR (Retail Sector) - Richard Pieris Distributors Ltd.

Paduma Subasinghe (Committee Member)
Senior Vice President Group HR Browns & Co. Plc. Formerly, DGM HR – Airtel Lanka (Pvt) Ltd

Thilanka Jayathilake (Secretary)
Human Resources Business Partner - Fonterra Brands Lanka. Formerly, Human Resources Business Partner- Unilever Sri Lanka Ltd.

Chinthaka Premaratne (Assistant Secretary)
Group Director HR - Fairway Holdings. Formerly, Head of HRD - Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd, Head of HRD Services - Dialog Telekom PLC, Regional manager HR - Lanka Bell, AVP - HR - HSBC Data Processing Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.

Chandi Dharmaratne (Assistant Treasurer)
Senior Director HR- VirtusaPolaris. Formerly, General Manager Group learning and development MAS Holdings, and senior roles at COSI Inc. in Manhattan New York USA

Dilani Jayalath (Committee Member)
General Manager - Human Resources, Aitken Spence Group.

Sarath Kumara (Committee Member)
Executive Director Human Resource- Camso Loadstar Private Limited. Formerly, Manager Human Resources Ansell Lanka Private Limited, Manager Human Resources Loadstar Private Limited and Deputy Project Director Hambantota Integrated Costal Resources Management Project.

Indrani Hissalle (Committee Member)
Chief Human Resources Officer- Sri Lanka Telecom Pvt LTD.


The Association of Human Resource Professionals (HRP) is the only professional network of practicing HR professionals in Sri Lanka. HRP with its 17-year history has made significant contributions to uplifting the standards of the HR profession in the country with a host of initiatives and interventions over the years.

Amongst the activities for the year HRP continues to be a catalyst in nations human talent building, share the latest best practices amongst the member fraternity and offer a world recognized professional certification for HR practitioners in the country.