CA Sri Lanka’s 39th National Conference in October

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  • Conference to be held 8-10 October in BMICH
  • Influential list of speakers and panellists to hold sessions 
  • Tickets for the conference to be available later this week


By Ruwandi Gamage 

The National Conference of Chartered Accountants organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) is geared to inspire Chartered Accountants in October with a host of top experts, entrepreneurs and policy makers to embrace challenges and thrive in a complex business environment. 

The National Conference, themed ‘Hyperleap’ will commence from 8 to 10 October at the BMICH for the 39th consecutive time. The three day conference comprised of two days of technical sessions, is bringing together an impressive list of local and foreign speakers and panellists to share their insights on how they’re thriving in their profession despite the challenges they had faced, due to the bold initiatives taken. 

Tickets for the conference will be available later this week and CA SL members will be notified via a flyer that will be circulated.

Unveiling the theme of this year’s conference and introducing the speakers and the panellists this week at a press con, National Conference Technical Committee Chairman Moiz Rehmanjee explained the rationale behind this year’s theme. 

“As professionals, we must boldly go forward, and not be shackled by the ever changing technologies and demographics. We must all embrace challenges and spin them into opportunities and be ready to take that leap, boldly,” he said.

Hemas Pharmaceuticals and Hemas Holdings Logistics and Maritime sector Managing Director Kasthuri Wilson, SimCentric Technologies CTO/Co-Founder Romesh Ranawana, KPMG Sri Lanka and Maldives Head of Audit Suren Rajakarier, Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Director D. M. Rupasinghe, Vallibel One PLC Chairman Dhammika Perera and N-able Managing Director and Chief Executive Peter D’Almeida will be the speakers during the sessions. The focus will be upon the increasing technological disruption, future HR challenges and changes to the global economy and the role accountants have played and must play to continue to be relevant in helping boost the growth of business.

University of Sri Jayewardenepura Postgraduate Institute of Management Board of Management Director and Chairman Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri, Accenture Operations, Accenture India Managing Director and Lead Suvasish Mohapatra, PickMe Founder and Chief Executive Officer Jiffry Zulfer, MAS Holdings Chief Digital Officer Jehan Mutaliph, PepsiCo Asia, Middle East and North Africa Director Supply Chain Planning and Logistics Ishan Gunatilleke, Cargills Bank Ltd. Managing Director/CEO Rajendra Theagarajah, Property Group at John Keells Holding Sector Head Nayana Mawilmada will be the panellists at the three-day sessions to be held at the conference.Accommodations to offer the conference via webcast for the overseas Chartered Accountants have also been set, as well as an alternate location to host a live broadcast for those who is unable to get a hold of tickets for the conference.

Speaking at the press conference, CA Sri Lanka President Jagath Perera, emphasised the vast changes brought in about the accounting profession as a result of the technological developments taking place in the business world.

“The challenges and complexities we face as a profession, has renewed the need for us as professionals to adapt to new trends, technologies and methodologies, if we are to remain relevant as a group of specialized professionals. This is why CA Sri Lanka has been spearheading various initiatives to ensure our members are not just qualified, but they are also given a platform to evolve and thrive in today’s context,” he said.

National Conference Committee Chairman Dulitha Perera also addressed the media and emphasised that Chartered Accountants had always played a pivotal role in the private and public sector in propelling economic development and noted that the conference would serve as the perfect platform to stimulate the thinking and develop the mind of Chartered Accountants.

Pic by Ruwan Walpola