Marianne David

From humble beginnings to heady heights

/ Friday, 5 September 2014 00:48

A highly-respected business leader in Sri Lanka who spearheaded CIC Holdings’ transformation from a chemicals-oriented company into a leading conglo...


Ramya Weerakoon: Triumph through tragedy

/ Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:01

Listening to Ramya Weerakoon as she tells her tale of triumph through tragedy, it is obvious that she is a woman who was determined to succeed, no mat...


Mahipala’s memories

/ Wednesday, 4 June 2014 00:00

  Engineer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and wildlife enthusiast traces his journey over the years Chairman of BAM Holdings and Honorary C...


“Do not compromise yourself, your family or your values”

/ Friday, 9 May 2014 13:11

Vice President – Business Development of Infotechs and Director of Infotechs Travels Ramya Weerakoon never planned on becoming a working mother, how...


“It’s important to create an identity for yourself”

/ Friday, 9 May 2014 13:03

Country Head for ACCA Sri Lanka and Maldives Nilusha Ranasinghe says she’s had days, months and maybe even years when the second work shift at home ...


“Life’s just too short to play small with your talents and potential”

/ Friday, 9 May 2014 12:53

Co-Founder and CEO of zMessenger Jayomi Lokuliyana firmly believes that life’s just too short to play small with your talents and potential and her ...


“It’s not about being a perfect mum or perfect career woman”

/ Friday, 9 May 2014 12:44

Managing Director of Hemas Transportation Sector and Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Kasturi C. Wilson always wanted to b...


“Life is a challenge whether you’re a man or a woman”

/ Friday, 9 May 2014 12:37

HDFC Bank Chairperson Siromi Wickramasinghe says her key inspiration as a career woman is the work-life balance she has achieved over the years. “Fr...


“I always saw myself as a career woman”

/ Friday, 9 May 2014 12:29

Neela Marikkar always saw herself as a career woman and considering anything else was never an option. “Women sacrifice a lot to be a homemaker. But...


“Learn to balance not only your work, but also your soul”

/ Friday, 9 May 2014 12:11

Society should seriously consider if they need children raised in a safe and healthy environment, says SANASA Development Bank Chairperson Samadanie K...


“Have a ‘never say die’ attitude”

/ Friday, 9 May 2014 12:07

Insurance Board of Sri Lanka Chairperson Indrani Sugathadasa Weeratunga entered the work force in 1997 when she joined the Sri Lanka Administrative Se...


D.B.S. Jeyaraj’s journey home

/ Wednesday, 26 February 2014 00:00

Journalist in exile visits Sri Lanka for the first time in 25 years Forced into exile 25 years ago and compelled to stay away in order to survive, ...


“I’ve enjoyed every minute!”

/ Friday, 1 February 2013 00:01

 Nihal Senaratne marks diamond jubilee in insurance industry today 60 years ago today, on 1 February 1953, Chairman of Senaratne Associates Nih...


Chandra: A cut above the rest

/ Tuesday, 15 May 2012 00:16

Q: Going back to the early years, could you tell us about your childhood – where you grew up, about your siblings and parents and what life was like...


Building the ‘Harpo’ empire

/ Thursday, 29 March 2012 00:00

From cycling to events on a push cycle as a DJ at a time when DJs were unheard of in Sri Lanka and the line of work was frowned upon, to becoming Sri ...


A man of exemplary courage

/ Thursday, 8 December 2011 00:00

As the nation races towards rapid development and hub status with a vision of becoming the ‘Miracle of Asia,’ Sri Lanka cannot afford to forget a ...


Doyen of design

/ Monday, 28 November 2011 00:00

Legendary couturier Kirthi Sri Karunaratne turns 80 today. Tracing his journey over the years in an interview with the Daily FT last Friday morning, h...


Down a memory trail with Olwyn

/ Thursday, 3 November 2011 00:00

There are two lines that constantly make an appearance during chats with the legendary Olwyn Weerasekara, the founder and owner of the iconic Beach Wa...


Triumphant talent

/ Wednesday, 8 June 2011 00:49

It was a rainy Monday morning and I had an early interview lined up with the Vice President – Head of Group Tax at John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH). D...


Muhsin’s memories

/ Friday, 25 February 2011 00:01

The opportunity to interview M.V. Muhsin isn’t one that comes by all the time. And having received his okay, it came down to constantly checking for...


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