Mr Janaka Ratnayake is a successful and award-winning entrepreneur of Sri Lanka. He earned his Master of Business Studies from the University of Colombo in the year 2010 and obtained BSc (Public Administration) degree from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura in the year 1990.
He also earned Executive Education “Marketing Corporate Boards more effective” from the Harvard Business School in 2008 and Diploma in Russian language and International Relationship from Russia in 1985.
Mr Ratnayake is the Chairman and Chief Executive of Trillium Property Management & Services Ltd., City Housing and Real Estate PLC, Rent a Comp Services (Pvt) Ltd. and Trillium Hotels.
Mr Ratnayake was appointed as the Chairman of Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka (MBSL) in year 2008 by the Government of Sri Lanka. During his successful tenure at MBSL, the institution thrived and Mr Ratnayake successfully stabilized the financial turbulence faced by The Finance PLC, Asian Finance, Ceylinco Sussex College, Finagara Town & Country Club, Ceylinco Housing & Real Estate PLC through the active restructuring process.
Mr Ratnayake was also appointed as the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Export Development Board of Sri Lanka (EDB) in the year 2010 to 2013. During his time with EDB, Mr Ratnayake was able to host the largest Export Symposium – EXPO 2012 which gave a platform for Sri Lankan exporters to showcase their products for local and foreign investors and clients with the purpose of developing foreign exchange for Sri Lanka.
Prof. Janaka Ekanayake
Janaka Bandara Ekanayake is the Chair Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Peradeniya. He is also a visiting professor at the Institute of Energy at Cardiff University, UK. Further, he served as a Visiting Professorial Fellow of the School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunication Engineering, the University of Wollongong, Australia for the period 2017 – 2020 and the Stratergic Professor of Universiti Tenaga National, Malaysia for the period 2018 – 2021. He obtained BScEng with a First Class Honours from the University of Peradeniya in Feb 1990 and the PhD from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK in 1995.
Prof. Ekanayake is a Fellow of IEEE (USA), IET (UK), and IESL, Sri Lanka. He is also recognized as an IEEE PES distinguished lecturer (DLP). He is the only Sri Lankan to hold fellowships of all three major electrical engineering professional bodies and to join the list of 95 DLPs from all over the world. He has been a Royal Society and Commonwealth Fellow at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK in 1997 and 2001. He is also a Charted Engineer of the UK and Sri Lanka. He is recently being recognised as a scientists among top 2% in the world by a database developed by a group of researchers from Standford University.
His main research interests include renewable energy generation and its integration and Smart Grids. He has published more than 80 papers in refereed journals, more than 100 papers in conferences and has also co-authored 7 books. The key books to which he contributed are Renewable Energy Engineering (2017), Cambridge University Press; Smart Electricity Distribution Networks (2017), CRC Press; Electric Power Systems (2012), Wiley; Smart Grid: Technology and Applications (2012), Wiley; Distributed Generation (2010), Institution of Engineering and Technology; and Wind Energy Generation: Modelling and Control (2009) Wiley. Some of his books are translated into Chinese.
Prof Ekanayake obtained CVCD Excellence Awards recognizing him as the most outstanding Senior Researcher in the field of Technology/Science/Engineering/Architecture/Quantity Surveying/Information in 2018. He also obtained NSF Research Awards for Scientific Excellence in 2018. Further, He obtained Presidential Awards for Research in 2002, 2003, 2007, 2015, 2016 and 2017. His research is recognized at the Vidulka National Energy Symposium, 2015, 2017 and 2019. Further, he has Google Scholar citations of 9465 and H-index of 43.
His professional involvements include a member of the editorial board of IEEE Transaction on Energy Conversion (2007 to date), IET Journal of Renewable Energy (2015 to date), Journal of Wind Energy (2013 to date), and Ceylon Journal of Science (2016 to 2018). He was the Organising Vice Chairperson of the First IEEE PES conference of Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (2012) which was held in Tianjin, China.
Mr. Udeni Wickramasinghe
Mr Samaranayake earned Bachelor of Arts (Special Degree in Economics) from the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya in the year 1973. He also followed the Regional Study course in Broadcast Journalism conducted by Asia/Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development, Regional Study course in Electronic Media in 1985, conducted by Asia/Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development – New Delhi, Diploma in Journalism at Institute of Journalism, Moscow in 1988 and Study Programme on Television Broadcasting in the USA in 1994.
Mr Samaranayake is presently the Director-General of the President’s Media Division of Sri Lanka and was also the Spokesman to the President of Sri Lanka from December 2012 to January 2015.
With four decades of experience in the field of journalism, Mr. Samaranayake entered the profession as a sub-editor for Dawasa newspaper. Thereafter, he served as an Assistant Editor (News) at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation and held the position of News Director at Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation for nearly five years. He later served as the Head of the United Nations Information Centre in Colombo for 15 years, and also served as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation.
Mr Samaranayake has authored the books, namely Economic Development and Foreign Investments in Sri Lanka and Challenges before the Non-Aligned Movement.
He was a member of the Governing Council, University of Peradeniya (2005- 2015), Member of the Board of Management, Sri Lanka Foundation (2005 -2011), Member of Public Performance Board (2010) and Member of Commercial TV Programs Review Committee (2007-2011).