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Prof. Soumitra Dutta (Professor of Management at Cornell University)

Prof. Soumitra Dutta

Professor of Management at Cornell University

Former Dean and currently a Professor of Management at the SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University. He is the co-editor of the Global Information Technology Report, published by the World Economic Forum and the founder of the Global Innovation Index, published by the World Intellectual Property Organization - two influential reports in technology and innovation policy. Previously, he has served for over two decades as the Roland Berger Chaired Professor of Business and Technology at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

Dr. Lourdes Casanova (Senior Lecturer and Director Emerging Markets Institute of SC Johnson School of Management)

Dr. Lourdes Casanova

Senior Lecturer and Director Emerging Markets Institute of SC Johnson School of Management

Lourdes Casanova, Senior Lecturer and Director Emerging Markets Institute, SC Johnson School of Management, Cornell University, formerly at INSEAD, specializes in international business with focus on emerging markets multinationals. Awarded in 2014 and 2015 one of the 50 most influential Iberoamerican intellectuals and in 2017 one of the 30 most influential Iberoamerican women intellectuals by Esglobal. Faculty Fellow at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Fulbright Scholar with Master degree from University of Southern California and PhD from University of Barcelona. Taught, directed executive programs at INSEAD for senior managers including Telefónica, BBVA and Cemex and Brazilian Confederation of Industries.

Dulith Herath (Founder & Chairman of

Dulith Herath

Founder & Chairman of

Founder of, Sri Lanka's largest e-commerce organization.

Heminda Jayaweera (Co-Founder of Venture Frontier Lanka)

Heminda Jayaweera

Co-Founder of Venture Frontier Lanka

Heminda is a serial innovator. He co-founded a medtech startup and, a GreenTech initiative. He is a Director of Effective Solutions, an IoT startup. In early 2017, Heminda founded Mora Ventures, a startup incubator based at the University of Moratuwa which has launched over 25 startups within its first year.

In 2018, he co-founded Venture Frontier Lanka, Sri Lanka's first integrated startup platform focused on the development of the complete startup life-cycle.

Heminda has a Bachelors in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from University of Moratuwa and has worked at the Axiata Group for over 10 years in the area of new product innovation with consulting experience in Malaysia, Bangladesh and Cambodia.

Dr. Harsha Subasinghe (President and CEO of Codegen)

Dr. Harsha Subasinghe

President and CEO of Codegen

Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of CodeGen Group of Companies. He founded CodeGen in year 2000, which has now grown to over five hundred staff members based in Sri Lanka, UK, Canada and the U.S.A. The company is renowned for delivering innovative, fully scaleable, high-performance solutions to leading travel organisations worldwide. Travelbox technology of CodeGen has become the leading solution for the travel industry around the world.

Apart from the primary business, he formed Vega Technologies, Ombo Technologies, Ceyco, Currymuch and Qube Studio and have produced some of the renowned brands such as Vega, Chargenet, CloudSchool, Qube and Ceyco.

Harsha holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Computing from the Middlesex University, UK. He then completed his Master’s Degree in Information technology and the PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Software Agents from the City University, London.

Anushka Wijesinha (Advisor at Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade (MoDSIT))

Anushka Wijesinha

Advisor at Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade (MoDSIT)

In his role at MoDSIT, Anushka works with partners across Government and private sector to implement new national initiatives on trade policy reforms, national export strategy, national innovation and entrepreneurship strategy, and positioning Sri Lanka has an attractive and competitive investment destination.

He is a Board Member at Seylan Bank PLC, Fairfirst Insurance Ltd, and HNB Grameen Finance Ltd.

He was also the Chief Economist & Head of the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce during 2015-2017.

Anushka has a BSc in Economics from UCL and a Masters in Economics and Development from the University of Leeds. He is an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education.