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Mr. Dhammika Fernando elected President of IPM Executive Council for 2018/19

Mr. Dhammika Fernando is the  Executive General Manager of Tropical Findings (Pvt) Ltd., a Japanese multinational company operating in the FTZ Katunayake for 38 years. He functions as its local Chief Executive Officer mainly responsible for HR, Finance, Facilities, Logistics, and Administration. He joined the company as it's Manager - HR & Administration and steadily climbed the career ladder to reach his current position. He was the past Chairman of the “Free Trade Zones Manufacturers’ Association” (FTZMA) for five consecutive years and was in office till March 2015.

He is also a member of the “National Labour Advisory Council” to the Minister of Labour since 2010 and a member of the “National Wages Board” for the Apparel Trade. Currently, he is an IPM nominated Vice President of the OPA. Mr. Fernando currently serves as the Chairman of “The Management Club”, Negombo Chapter; President of the Lions Club of Katunayake Seeduwa; Vice President of the Alumni of his Alma Mater and a member of the Alumni of the University of Moratuwa. He possesses a multitude of experience in the TV broadcasting industry, light engineering and electrical switchgear industry as well. He completed his primary and secondary education at Maris Stella College Negombo; had his academic education at the University of Moratuwa in the field of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering; professional education at IPM Sri Lanka (NDHRM) and postgraduate qualification from the Open University. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in HR from the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL), an MBA, a two-year research degree from OUSL specialising in HR.

A Corporate Member of IPM since 2002, he was first elected to the Governing Council in 2007 and has since served in many capacities throughout his illustrious career in the Council as the Chairman YMF (2008/09), Hony. Secretary of IPM (2009/10) and Hony. Vice President from 2010 to 2012. During his tenure, he has chaired the IPM International HR Conference in 2012 which is one of the most successful conferences of the Institute and has represented IPM at the CIPD Conference UK, Hong Kong International HR Conference & Bangladesh HR Conference of BSHRM. Prior to joining the council, he has served in several standing committees of IPM including the first ever marketing committee. He also partnered Mr. Chandra Hewapattini to introduce “the Great HR Debate” as a novel feature to NHRC. He further chaired the Audit Committee and Finance and Admin Committee. During his tenure as the Chairman of the Members’ Lounge Development and Premises Maintenance Committee, the lounge kitchen was fully equipped whilst also installing a music system at the lounge. In his capacity as Co-Chairman of the External Affairs Committee (2017/18) of IPM, he has been elected to the Board of the ‘Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resources Management’ (APFHRM) this year and was instrumental in winning the hosting rights of World HR Congress 2020 for IPM Sri Lanka. Mr. Fernando was also awarded the “Global HR Excellence – HR Leadership Award” at the Asia Pacific  HRD Congress in 2010. 


  Executive Council 2018/2019

President - Mr. Dhammika Fernando - MIPM
Immediate Past President - Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri - FIPM
Vice President - Mr. Sarath Jayasinghe - MIPM
Hony. Secretary - Mr. Ken Vijayakumar - MIPM
Hony. Assistant Secretary - Ms. Wasanthi Vithanage - MIPM
Hony. Treasurer - Mr. Ajith P. Bopitiya - MIPM
Hony. Assistant Treasurer - Mr. Jayantha Abeyrathna - AMIPM
Hony. Editor - Gp. Capt. Manoaj Keppetipola - FIPM

Council Members:

Mr. Priyankara Seneviratne - MIPM
Mr. G. Weerathunga - FIPM
Mr. Jayantha Amarasinghe - FIPM
Mr. Priyantha Ranasinghe - MIPM
Ms.Shiwanthie Wijesuriya- MIPM
Mr. Namal Jayaweera- AMIPM

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