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University of Colombo MBA Alumni partners with Fireside Chat 2019

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Following the success of Fireside Chat 2018, with six bold and daring Sri Lankan entrepreneurs, ICC Sri Lanka and CIMA Sri Lanka will come together again to jointly host Fireside Chat 2019, featuring leading foreign envoys in Sri Lanka. The theme of the event is ‘An International Perspective on Sri Lanka’s future’. Fireside Chat is organised by ICC Sri Lanka, together with CIMA and Daily FT.

This year’s Fireside Chat, on 19 March at the Hilton, Colombo, will feature leading foreign envoys in Sri Lanka. The event will feature nine foreign ambassadors, from the UK, China, EU, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, Netherlands, Canada, and Switzerland. The envoys will provide an international perspective on Sri Lanka’s future, and the discussion will be moderated by ICC Sri Lanka Chairman Dinesh Weerakkody and Daily FT Editor Nisthar Cassim.

The highlight of the event will be the closing session with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who will discuss some of the key challenges facing Sri Lanka, and the way forward.  Dhammika Perera, a prominent entrepreneur and investor in Sri Lanka will join the closing session at the upcoming Fireside Chat 2019, to be held for the second consecutive year. Dhammika Perera will thereafter join the Prime Minister for a joint session to discuss challenges and opportunities in the business sector in country. Perera is a first generation entrepreneur in Sri Lanka and the driving force behind a syndicate of companies in the country. 

His business interests include hydropower generation, shipping, manufacturing, hospitality, entertainment, banking and finance. His holding company, Vallibel One Group, has stakes in all these sectors, through its various subsidiaries, which employ 60,000 people, with 1880 based in countries other than Sri Lanka.

This exclusive event will draw a large number of corporate and business leaders in Sri Lanka. Part of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Cancer Hospital.

MBA Alumni Association of University of Colombo is proud to be associated with the Fireside Chat as the Higher Education partner. The MBA Alumni Association - University of Colombo is a professional body comprising of MBA Graduates of the University of Colombo. It is an independent body affiliated to the University, and it has been in existence since 1997. The Association has established itself as a well-known association of professional managers, with its members holding key responsible positions in the areas of Management, Banking & Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Engineering and IT in reputed organisations in the corporate and state sector. Its plethora of membership activities includes developing management skills of its members, MBA students and other corporate executives. The Association also contributes to the general socio-economic development of the country through various programs and flagship programs includes Pre-Budget and Post Budget Forums, and Management Conferences for the general public and the community at large.


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