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AAT Sri Lanka Businesss Conference 2023- “Beyond Numbers : Building purpose driven businesses to create value”

Conference 2023 of AAT Sri Lanka was hosted on a highly relevant and sought-after theme “Beyond Numbers : Building purpose driven businesses to create value” as a hybrid event on 19th & 20th September 2023 at Hotel Galadari while a set of members participated virtually as well.

Mr. Reyaz Mihular,Chairman, Sri Lanka Telecom, as the Chief Guest and Prof. Rangika Halwatura, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa as the keynote speaker, inaugurated AAT Business Conference 2023. During his key note, Mr.Halwatura stated that present and the many years to come, sustainability has emerged as the most significant challenge. Real sustainability involves just utilizing natural or almost natural processes to meet our generation's requirements rather than disrupting the environment and implementing long-lasting solutions .

Eminent resource personnel presented thought-provoking Technical Sessions on the topics "Circular Business Models", ”Digital Transformation”, Building Resilient Organizations” and Entrepreneurial Mindset and Leadership all of which coincided with the theme's substance and significance.

The opening session was presided over by Dr.Sugeeth Patabendige Senior Lecturer, University of Kelaniya, Mr.Sanjeewa Chulakumara, CEO/Director,Environs Lanka (Private) Limited delivered an inspiring lecture on cirucular business models and the importance of it towards a better future. The conversation is also joined by Mr.Emmanuel Susitha, General Manager, Star Garments Group .

The second session, titled " Digital transformation " was chaired Dr. Nayana Dehigama, Chairman/ Managing Director, EPIC Technology Group. The presentation was made by Mr.Nalaka Umagiliya, COO - Group Information Technology, Senior Vice President John Keells Holdings PLC. In his talk, he discussed.

Following the presentation, Mr.Kalhara Gamage, Genaral Manager, SLT Group Smart Solutions & Mr. Shakila Wijesinghe, General Manager-Business Planning, Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka (Private) Limited has joined the panel discussion.

3rd session, which was held under the topic " Building Resilient Organizations” Mr. Channa Gunasekera, Group Chief Financial Officer, Wardena Venture Holdings (Pvt) Ltd chaired and Mr.Dhananath Fernando, Chief Executive Officer, Advocata conducted a wonderful presentation on Building insights on formulating strategies that go beyond policies and programs and learn how to create a positive work environment that elevates engagement, productivity, and attracts top talent. Mr. Kamal Geeganage,Chief Operating Officer,CBL Foods International (Pvt) ltd & Mr. Tesman A J Maloney, Founder Director/Chief Executive Officer, M I Synergy (Pvt) Limited also joined the discussion.

Final Session of the conference held under the topic “Entrepreneurial Mindset and Leadership “ was moderated by Dr. Chamara Bandara, Founder/Consulting Entrepreneur, Corporate Doctors (Pvt) Ltd eminent panel includes Mr.Heminda Jayaweera, Co-Founder, Thuru and Venture Frontier Lanka, Mr.Chaaminda Kumarasiri ,Chairman/Principal Consultant, H C P Consulting, Dr. Dilesha Perera, Co-Founder/ Chairperson, La Vivente (Pvt.) Ltd, Dr.Sanath Divakara, General Secretary, Institute of Supply and Materials Management of Sri Lanka. According to the panel, as Sri Lankans, we must change our mindsets and thinking patterns so that the changes we make today will be investments for future generation.