EXCO Members – 2019

The Association of Human Resource Professionals (HRP) is the only professional network of practicing HR professionals in Sri Lanka. With its 19-year history , AHRP continues to make significant contributions to uplifting the standards of the HR profession in the country with a host of initiatives and interventions.

AHRP serves as a source of information and support for Human Resources professionals, as well as a forum for Human Resources Professionals to meet, fraternize and exchange ideas including thought leadership

In order to promote understanding, co-operation and partnership within Sri Lanka and across the South Asian region, the body continually seeks to collaborate or form strategic alliances with international experts in human resources and industrial relations, whilst also recognising industry leaders and rewarding ground-breaking initiatives in bringing HR to the strategic forefront of organisations.

AHRP New Executive Team: Expanding Vistas Beyond Profession & the Nation

The new Executive Committee of the Association of HR Professionals (AHRP) was formed at the last Annual General Meeting. Led by the newly elected President Ishan Dantanarayana, the Executive Committee comprises of highly experienced HR Professionals representing leading Corporates in Sri Lanka.

AHRP is the apex body representing practicing HR professionals in Sri Lanka. AHRP with a legacy of nearly two decades has significantly contributed towards uplifting the standards of the HR profession in the country with a host of initiatives and interventions over the years.

AHRP continues to be a catalyst in Sri Lanka’s talent management whilst uplifting HR practices by sharing global developments and best practices. AHRP also offers a world-renowned professional certification for HR practitioners through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest HR body. Significantly, SHRM was also introduced to Sri Lanka by the AHRP.



Association of HR Professionals EXCO members

Seated from left to right: Dinusha Jayamanne – Vice President, Chinthaka Premaratne – Vice President, Chandana Wijayanama – Senior Vice President, Ishan Dantanarayana – President, Roshan Kulasuriya –
Executive Vice President, Thushara Jayawardana – Vice President, Oshana Dias – Vice President, Sampath Alwis – Treasurer and Dilani Jayalath – Acting Secretary

Standing from left to right: Arjuna Rajawasan – Committee Member, Chethana Liyanage – Committee Member, Indrani Hissalle – Committee Member, Ransi Dharmasiriwardhana – Committee Member, Sarath Kumara – Assistant Treasurer, Dilrukshi Kurukulasuriya – Committee Member, Isuru Gunasekera – Committee Member, Ravi Jayasekara – Committee Member and Darshi Talpahewa – Committee Member
Absent: Pradeepa Kekulawala – Immediate Past President

Ishan Dantanarayana (President)

Chief People Officer Brandix Group & Member of Brandix Leadership Team. Formerly, Senior Director Human Resources – Virtusa for Sri Lanka, Asia & Europe, Global Head for Training & Development and the Global HR Processing Centre – Virtusa, Country HR Manager & Senior Regional Trainer – DHL Keells (Pvt) Ltd., Manager HR & Admin – MTV & MBC (Yes FM & Sirasa), Personnel/Admin Manager, Fern Tea Group. Newly nominated Member of the National Labour Advisory Council. Also serves in a couple of Boards in the Educational Sector.

Pradeepa Kekulawala (Immediate Past 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

Roshan Kulasuriya (Executive Vice President)

Director Business Integration and Human Resources Singer Group. Formerly, Human Resources Director- Coats Thread Exports (Pvt) Ltd., and Human Resources and Corporate Affairs Director – Fonterra

Chandana Wijayanama (Senior Vice President)
Organization & Human Resources Director – Siam City Cement,  Formerly,   General Manager HR – South Asia Gateway Terminals (Pvt) Ltd. Executive Vice President HR -Franke Asia, Hong Kong; Head of University relations and employment practices – Holcim Group Support, Switzerland and Vice President HR – Holcim Lanka Ltd.  Project Manager – Holcim Group Support, Thailand; IS Manager

Thushara Jayawardana (Vice President)

Head of Human Resources – South Asia Gateway Terminal, formerly, Head of HR/Asst. General Manager -Ambeon Group – Dankotuwa Porcelain PLC, Attorney at Law by Profession. Formerly General Manager HR – CIC Holdings PLC., Business Partner – Group HR Dialog Axiata PLC, Head of Training & Development/HR Operations Asian Alliance Insurance PLC, Manager Sales Administration Hemas Marketing (Pvt) Ltd.

Dinusha Jayamanne (Vice President)
Human Resource Director – Fonterra Brands Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. Formerly, Associate Director – People & Culture (FBL), Manager – Talent Transformation (FBL). Held multiple roles in HR within the Brandix Group and was a practicing legal counsel prior to joining Brandix.

Oshana Dias (Vice President)

Senior Vice President – People Operations Fortude. Formerly, Head of HR at Brandix i3 and other senior positions at Brandix.

Chinthaka Premaratne (Vice President)

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.

Sampath Alwis(Treasurer)

Head of Human Resources Pan Asia Bank. Formerly, Senior General Manager – Group HR Operations – Brandix Group, Head of HR/Asst. Vice President – Aegis Services Lanka Ltd., Manager HR – Virtusa (Pvt) Ltd., Manager HR – WNS Customer Solutions/AVIVA Global Services Lanka Ltd., Head of HR (Retail Sector) – Richard Pieris Distributors Ltd

Dilani Jayalath (Acting Secretary)

General Manager HR, Group Human Resources, Aitken Spence Group and operationally responsible for L&D, Recruitment, Talent Management, HRIS, Internal Communications and HR Administration of the Group. Formerly, held other senior positions at Aitken Spence Group HR including the position as HR Partner of Aitken Spence Corporate Finance (Pvt) Ltd.

Sarath Kumara (Assistant Treasurer)

Executive Director Human Resources – 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.

Ransi Dharmasiriwardhana (Committee Member)

Head of Human Resources, Standard Chartered Bank Sri Lanka. Formerly HR Business Partner (SCB SL), Country Talent Acquisition Manager (SCB SL), Program Director, Global Learning and Talent Development (SCB Singapore), Project Director, Infoshare (a USAID/Microsoft funded project), Project Manager at the American Chamber of Commerce, Sri Lanka, and Manager – Hard Lines at KOHLS in Maryland, USA.

Chethana Liyanage (Committee Member)

CEO – Maharaja Institute of Management. Formerly, Director- Talent Management of the Capital Maharaja Organization Ltd., Manager- Training of MTV/MBC and Executive News Anchor of MTV Channel (Pvt) Ltd.

Isuru Gunasekera (Committee Member)

Executive Vice President and Head of Group HR, Sustainability, Enterprise Risk Management and Group Sourcing for the John Keells Group. Formerly, CEO of John Keells Logistics, and Mackinnons Travels, Head of Projects for the Transport Sector (John Keells) and was attached to J P Morgan Chase in both the USA and Sri Lanka in investment banking.

Dilrukshi Kurukulasuriya (Committee Member)

General Manager Human Resource, Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC, Attorney at Law. Formerly, HR Development Manager Avery Dennison Lanka and Head of Human Resources & Legal Ceylon Pencil Company.

Arjuna Rajawasan (Committee Member)

Director Human Resources, Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC, Colombo. Formerly, Head of Human Resources in the British American Tobacco Asia Pacific Regional Product Centre and Talent Manager & Marketing HR Business Partner for the North Asia Area which consist of South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

Darshi Talpahewa (Committee Member)

A Member of the Hayleys PLC Group Management Committee and responsible for Human Resources, Legal Services, Corporate Communications & Sustainability for the Hayleys Group. She is also a Board Director (non-executive) of Singer Finance PLC and the UN Global Compact. Attorney at Law.

Ravi Jayasekara (Committee Member)

Vice President of Human Resources at Union Bank of Colombo PLC. Formerly Head of HR for HSBC Sri Lanka and Maldives, interim Head of HR for HSBC Australia, Senior Manager Group HR Hong Kong and Head of HR for HSBC Mauritius and held multiple positions at Standard Chartered Bank and Standard Chartered Grindlays Bank.