South Asia’s largest HR conference by IPM on 16-17 June

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From left: Ms.  Dayaleni Pasangna, Chairperson, HR Service Providers’ Exhibition 2015; 

Ajith De Costa, Chairman, National HR Excellence Awards 2015/People Leaders Awards 2015; Mrs. Nimali de Zoysa, General Manager - Human Resources - Sri Lanka Telecom, Strategic Partner – NHRC 2015; Shanaka Fernando, Hony. Secretary, IPM Sri Lanka; Rohitha Amarapala

President, IPM Sri Lanka; Dr. Ajantha Dharmasiri, Chairman, National HR Conference 2015; 

C.Gannile, Vice President, IPM Sri Lanka; Bhathiya Hettiarachchi, Chairman, Great HR Debate and Dyan Seneviratne, Chief Executive Officer, IPM Sri Lanka



IPM Sri Lanka, the nation’s leader in Human Resource Management has announced the launch of National HR Conference 2015 which will be held under the theme, ‘HR for National Prosperity, Insights, Initiatives and Implications’.

As the torchbearer of the country’s HR profession, IPM Sri Lanka has aptly dedicated this year’s conference to educate the citizenry on the role played by ‘human resources’ in ushering national prosperity. Accordingly, the conference will create a platform for the country’s HR fraternity to deliberate upon the Insights, Initiatives, and Implications of people management practices that can deliver prosperity to both the people and the country at large.

Addressing the media, IPM Sri Lanka President Rohitha Amarapala averred that national prosperity encompasses a variety of aspects including economic development, social wellbeing, environmental protection and peaceful co-existence, and hence both public sector administrators and private sector managers have a crucial role to play in ushering a prosperous nation. “This is more critical in the post-war Sri Lanka with accelerated development taking place in all fronts. Human Resources (HR) as a profession cannot operate in isolation ignoring these realities,” he added.

NHRC 2015 Chairman Dr. Ajantha Dharmasiri who spearheads both the Conference Committee and Technical Committee stated that National HR Conference which is tagged as South Asia’s biggest HR event is going to be even bigger, better and brighter. 

“It will feature a combination of eminent international and local speakers with private and public sector collaboration. Insights, Initiatives and Implications with regards to HR for National Prosperity will be the subject area in focus. A novel session line up with more time for discussions will make the participants actively involved in the proceedings and I can assure all participants a refreshing difference,” stated Dr. Dharmasiri giving an overview of the Conference.

He further added that the Institute of Personnel Management (IPM) Sri Lanka, being responsive to the national needs, decided to focus this Year’s National HR Conference to reflect on and relate to its obligations to the nation. 

“HR can be a bridge between private and public sectors as its key functions have an overarching effect on utilising the most precious resource of any organisation. Ironically, we have an over-emphasis on private sector HR with less focus on the public sector. This should be rectified through a sensible dialog on best HR practices and their applicability to both private and public sectors alike. National HR Conference (NHRC 2015) intends to fill this void in a meaningful and memorable manner,” he revealed.

The organising committee of NHRC 2015 has put together an exciting array of technical sessions to showcase the public and private sector perspectives relating to HR with the participation of renowned local and international resource personnel who are proven experts in their chosen disciplines.

Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore Associate Professor Prof. Raghavan Srinivasan, Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resource Management (APFHRM) President Md. Musharrof Hossain, National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM), India President Somesh Dasgupta, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, UK International Director Alan Ovens and the keynote speaker WNS Group Chief People Officer R. Swaminathan, are among the high profile foreign speakers who will grace the occasion. Higher Education Consultant Dr. Chandra Embuldeniya, GlaxoSmithKline Supply Chain Director Rajeeve Goonetileke, Virtusa Senior Vice President and Head of Digital Madu Ratnayake, Loadstar Ltd Central Human Resources Division Executive Director HR & Administration/Safety Health and Environment Sarath Kumara, Freight Links International Vice President Ravi Edirisinghe, Postgraduate Institute of Management Program Director, Public Policy Dr. Lloyd Fernando, Sensei International Consulting Partner Ranjan de Silva and The Saudi Investment Bank Senior Human Resources Specialist C. Hewapaththini are our very own Sri Lankan experts who will present their viewpoints during the two-day conference. 

Renowned HR personality, Kent-Ridge Director HR Services Janaka Kumarasinghe is also tipped to join in as the Moderator of the Panel Discussion.

Following are some of the featured events that will decorate this year’s National HR Conference:

• HR Service Providers’ Exhibition – showcasing the greatest and latest HR solutions

• The Great HR Debate – the only debating contest dedicated to the HR community

• National HR Excellence Awards – rewarding the ‘Best of Best in HR’

• IPM Sri Lanka People Leaders’ Awards – recognising ‘People Leaders’ representing diverse disciplines

South Asia’s largest HR event, the National HR Conference 2015 is expected to unfold on

16 and 17 June at the BMICH, Colombo amidst a large gathering of top people managers, including company chairmen, directors, sector heads, top business and HR executives, entrepreneurs and academics whose active support and contribution are of paramount importance to achieve sustainable national prosperity.

The Organising Committee of NHRC 2015 requests all valued stakeholders of IPM Sri Lanka to join hands with the institute in making NHRC 2015 a success.

Further details relating to NHRC 2015 can be obtained from IPM Sri Lanka, HR House, at No.43, Vijaya Kumarana-thunga Mawatha, Narahenpita, Colombo, 5 or by contacting Himali – 0713 922 933 or Chapa – 0712 744 355.