Judging for premier ‘Woman Entrepreneur of the Year awards’ draws to a close

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Judging for the ‘Woman Entrepreneur of the Year’ awards ceremony, to determine the best performing women-owned businesses, has drawn to a close. 

An impressive line-up of carefully selected judges spent three days pouring over many applications and has arrived at the finalists and category winners. The exceptional performance of women in the business of exports has also been identified, with the Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce (WCIC) Sri Lanka getting ready to hosting the country’s premier national woman entrepreneur awards on 5 August.

This year’s judging panel comprised corporate bigwigs such as Commercial Bank Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director Sivakrishnarajah Renganathan, Triad Group of Companies Co-founder and Joint Managing Director Varuni Amunugama Fernando, National Chamber of Commerce, Sri Lanka (NCCSL) Past Chairman and Hettigoda Group of Companies Managing Director Asoka Hettigoda, Industrial Development Board (IDB) former Director Geoffrey Tillekaratne who has served the Export Development Board (EDB) in export promotion and development for over three decades and Ceylon Biscuits Group Managing Director Sheamalee Wickramasingha. 

President Maithripala Sirisena will grace the occasion as Chief Guest at WCIC’s bi-ennial gala Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, on 5 August. Sri Lanka’s prestigious national awards that celebrates the achievements of outstanding businesswomen, has on board Dialog Axiata as its principle sponsor among a host of other corporate sponsors. Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEDB) has come forward as the principal sponsor for ‘Woman   Exporter of the Year’ award, the category of which was introduced just this year.  

“WCIC, through these awards have been recognising the contribution of women entrepreneurs and their contribution to the economy of our Country. We look forwards to celebrating the stellar performances and achievements of exceptional women entrepreneurs on 5 August,” stated WCIC Chairperson Rifa Musthapha. 

“It will be a celebratory evening of recognising success by building and leading entrepreneurial ventures that have made a significant impact on the economy and the community. Now it’s time we salute and support such women entrepreneurs from our midst,” she concluded.