Twenty-six top woman business and professional leaders will have their say as to what the Government should consider priorities in the 2019 Budget, at an exclusive forum organised by the Daily FT and the Colombo University MBA Alumni Association, in partnership with Standard Chartered Bank.
The unique pre-Budget forum, held for the eighth consecutive year, for the first time brings together women leaders, given their significant contribution to the national economy, and recognises the role women can play in policy making.
State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne will be the Chief Guest at the event at Hilton Colombo, whilst Senior Advisor to Finance Ministry Mano Tittawella will be the Guest of Honour. Several other officials of the Treasury will be present as well. At the forum, each woman leader will be given an opportunity to list one to three ideas or recommendations of their choice for the Government to consider when finalising the 2019 Budget, which will be presented by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera in Parliament on 5 November.
The participating women leaders are: Hayleys PLC Director Jayanthi Dharmasena; Jetwing Travels Ltd. Managing Director Shiromal Cooray; Sanasa Development Bank Chairperson Samadanie Kiriwandeniya; Prime Land Group Deputy Chairperson Sandamini Perera; Chartered Architect Prof. Chitra Weddikkara; Iron One Technologies Chief Executive Officer Lakmini Wijesundera; Fashion Market.lk Founder / Managing Director Linda Speldewinde; Astron Ltd. Chairperson Marise Deckker; Aitken Spence PLC Chief Financial Officer Nilanthi Sivapragasam; Sampath Bank Senior Deputy General Manager Shashi Kandambi Jassim; Hatton National Bank Chief Human Resource Officer Chiranthi Cooray; Buddhi Batiks Design Director Darshi Keerthisena; Chartered Institute of Logistics Sri Lanka Chairperson Gayani de Alwis; Sun Match Company Director Gowri Rajan; Philips Hospital Managing Director Indrani Fernando; John Keells Holdings PLC Executive Vice President Roshanie Jayasundera-Moraes; 99X Technologies Ltd. Chief Operating Officer Shehani Seneviratne; McLarens Group of Companies Group Joint Managing Director Shehara Jayawardana; Janet Group of Companies Director Sherine Balasuriya; Virtusa Ltd. Global Internal Audit Department Senior Director/Head Sonali Wickremaratne; International Advertising Association Sri Lanka President Laila Gunesekere; NDB Securities Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Prasansini Mendis; Good Karma Consultancy Business Partner Sandya Salgado; Women in Management Chairperson Sulochana Segera; Allianz Insurance Lanka Ltd. Managing Director Surekha Alles; S A Perera & Company Director Sushanya Samarakkody; and Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce Chairperson Chathuri Ranasinghe.