CIMA Business Leaders Summit 2011: The right changes for a successful transformation

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The CIMA Business Leaders Summit 2011, a two-day flagship event in the CIMA calendar is expected to draw hundreds of diverse groups from across the corporate, business and professional sector with its innovative and apt new theme: ‘Changing Challenge-Challenging Change’.

According to officials at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the event is to draw focus on the new challenges faced by individuals, businesses and nations which will push these entities to collectively challenge a rapid speed of change underway, in order to survive.

In this backdrop, CIMA have sought international and local speakers to share their thoughts on how survival is possible by challenging changes in a changing, challenge environment.


Part of a lively mix of local and global personalities taking the stage at the summit, is the Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka.

Minister Ranawaka will address the audience on 22 June in a discussion on the financial transformation of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB).

The topic aims at providing an insight to the changes that led to a successful turn-around that the CEB underwent.

Minister Ranawaka is the current cabinet Minister of Power and Energy in Sri Lanka and he is also the General Secretary of Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU). He is an electrical engineering graduate of the University of Moratuwa and an honorary Fellow of the Institute of Engineers – Sri Lanka.

He has also previously served as the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of Sri Lanka from 2007 to 2010 and also as the President of the 8th Conference of Parties to the Vienna Convention on Climate Change during the period 2008-2010.

To his credit, Minister Ranawaka has published research papers covering a wide range of topics such as Vedic mathematics, total productivity, relativity and Buddhist philosophy, sustainable development paradigm, and the roots of ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka.

The CIMA Business Leaders Summit 2011 is scheduled to take place at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo from 21 to 22 June.