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Hussein Cassim’s legendary journey

Views - 10304 Friday, 14 October 2016 00:01

   Q: Could you tell us about your childhood – your family, where you were born and where you grew up? A: I was born on 9 September 1925 and turned 91 last month. I was born the eldest in a family of six children


From humble beginnings to heady heights

Views - 5677 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 conglomerate, B.R.L. Fernando stepped down from his position as Non-Executive Chairman of CIC Holdings las


Ramya Weerakoon: Triumph through tragedy

Views - 23182 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 matter what. Seated in her Kadawatha office, Ramya is perfectly turned out and speaks ever-so-softly, b


Mahipala’s memories

Views - 20156 Wednesday, 4 June 2014 00:00

  Engineer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and wildlife enthusiast traces his journey over the years Chairman of BAM Holdings and Honorary Consul of the Republic of Madagascar in Sri Lanka, Bamunu Arachchi Mahipala is a firm believer in dis


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

Views - 12019 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, however she had no choice in the matter when she was compelled to take on the role of being her family


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

Views - 17001 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 was more demanding than her work schedule in office, but insists that looking back, she wouldn’t a


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

Views - 13041 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 conviction that she could greater things and make a mark led her to becoming an entrepreneur while r


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

Views - 15713 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 be a career woman. While she stepped back and chose part-time work when she became a mum for the firs


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

Views - 12925 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. “From a family perspective, my children have grown up to be very responsible and have become profession


“I always saw myself as a career woman”

Views - 11984 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 it’s important to remember that children will eventually leave and go their own way. You should n


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

Views - 11665 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 Kiriwandeniya, pointing out that women need to take care of the household economy, protect their chil


“Have a ‘never say die’ attitude”

Views - 14902 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 Service and her career trajectory over the years has been nothing short of impressive. She has held se


D.B.S. Jeyaraj’s journey home

Views - 38927 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, journalist D.B.S. Jeyaraj always dreamt of returning to Sri Lanka. That flame of hope flickered oc


“I’ve enjoyed every minute!”

Views - 13473 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 Nihal Senaratne commenced his career in the insurance industry, when he started work at Bosanquet &


Chandra: A cut above the rest

Views - 11796 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? A: I lived in Mt. Lavinia. I grew up born and bred in Mt. Lavinia virtually until I left school.


Building the ‘Harpo’ empire

Views - 14372 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 Lanka’s very first Entertainment Manager and then building brand ‘Harpo,’ Harpo Gooneratne is


A man of exemplary courage

Views - 4767 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 man like Auditor Lalith Ambanwela, who has paid the price for his commitment to uncovering corruptio


Doyen of design

Views - 5353 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, he recalled how he entered the field of design at a time it wasn’t heard of in the country – and


Down a memory trail with Olwyn

Views - 4080 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 Wadiya: “Necessity is the mother of invention” and “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”


Triumphant talent

Views - 3772 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). Doesn’t sound like the most interesting appointment in the world, does it? Well, that may be the fi


Muhsin’s memories

Views - 7361 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 a convenient time to meet, which finally arrived sandwiched between a full day conference and a fli


From desperation to daring dreams

Views - 1317 Monday, 3 January 2011 00:01

It was sheer desperation that drove him to embark on a tea trail way back in the dark and dismal ’70s, but today Chairman of HVA Foods Rohan Fernando is reaching for dizzy heights, with a firm foundation beneath his feet.


Banker extraordinaire

Views - 1945 Thursday, 28 October 2010 05:29

Rienzie T. Wijetilleke celebrates 50 years of banking Fifty years ago, on 31 October 1960, a young man walked into Bank of Ceylon to accept his letter of appointment. He started work at the bank the next day, 1 November. The young banker in


Sri Lanka’s iconic civil servant

Views - 3515 Tuesday, 19 October 2010 23:08

Deshamanya Bradman Weerakoon turns 80 today. He really needs no introduction, having done Sri Lanka proud on many occasions in his many capacities and served the nation to the fullest of his ability in public service for half a century. Here, he talk


A daring, defiant dreamer

Views - 1544 Friday, 15 October 2010 00:28

Winner of the SLIM Brand Excellence Brand Icon 2010 award, Dilmah founder Merrill J. Fernando is a man who has faced and overcome all challenges life has thrown his way, determined to realise his dream – that of having his own brand of tea, which w


Tourism’s trailblazer

Views - 1542 Tuesday, 15 June 2010 12:14

A colossus in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, Deshamanya Prof. M.T.A. Furkhan certainly needs no introduction. Having almost single-handedly set up the Confifi chain of hotels that put Sri Lanka’s southern cost on the tourism map, Prof. Furkhan is


A woman of substance

Views - 1056 Wednesday, 9 December 2009 12:07

colossus in the banking field, Rohini Nanayakkara completed 50 years of service as a banker in April this year. Having joined the Bank of Ceylon in 1959, becoming the first woman executive to do so in this country, Nanayakkara’s meteoric rise to th


A leader par excellence

Views - 1857 Wednesday, 2 December 2009 11:59

A man who has left a powerful imprint on Sri Lanka’s corporate landscape, Deshamanya Charitha P. de Silva is a corporate leader of yesteryear who raised the bar to heights that few can reach, even today. In fact, in the book titled The Ceylon Chamb


The man behind the legend

Views - 1111 Wednesday, 25 November 2009 12:10

Rienzie T. Wijetilleke needs no introduction. A giant in the local banking industry, Wijetilleke – who turned 70 two weeks ago – completes 50 years in banking next year. A man who has never bowed down in the face of adversity, Wijetilleke has con


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