Speakers at TEDxColombo 2016 — Part 01

TEDxColombo 2016 is almost here and the team is working hard with preparations for the event to be held on the 21st of August 2016 at Nelum Pokuna, Colombo.

This Year’s Theme is Blueprint for Change and we have lined up some wonderful speakers to speak on the selected theme. Last week we started unveiling the Speakers who would be speaking at the event in August.

Speaker 01 — Chandila Fernando — Entrepreneurial Economist

Having graduated from Royal Holloway College, University of London with a BA (Hons) in Politics and Social Policy, Chandila started his journey by setting up a cell phone company at 19. Having failed in a series of other businesses and seeing the financial independence of innocent people evaporate during the economic crash of 2008; his inner belief was reinforced that bad debt dis-empowers people and takes away human dignity. Gaining significant insight from his own failures, he became CEO of the UK’s No. 1 Aero Medical Business, worked with the government of Sri Lanka and then went on to advise a former Prime Minister’s private office; all before the age of 40. His curiosity also led to trying his hand at politics, entitling Chandila with the record for being the youngest person in British history to run for President of a national, political party.

Chandila Fernando — Entrepreneurial Economist

Speaker 02 — Asoka Obeyesekere — Executive Director of Transparency International Sri Lanka

Asoka is a Barrister, Political Scientist and “Professional” Asset Declaration Hunter.

He is the Executive Director of Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL), a civil society organisation focussed on tackling corruption and improving governance. Most recently he has guided TISL in supporting the Sri Lankan RTI Bill in the Supreme Court as well as championing a draft Bill seeking to change Sri Lankan Asset Declaration Laws. He had previously worked at Verité Research where he founded Manthri.lk — Sri Lanka’s only parliamentary tracking system.

Asoka holds an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, an LLB from Queen Mary College, London and was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple.

Asoka Obeyesekere — Executive Director of Transparency International Sri Lanka

TEDxColombo is organized by a group of young individuals to provide a platform for various leaders and thinkers to come and share their ideas.

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