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BOARD OF MANAGEMENT

WA-100x125 MANAGING DIRECTOR
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Hiran Hewavisenti ACA
A member of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and Australia, and a former Senior Manager of PricewaterhouseCoopers, in Australia. Hiran has worked in England and Australia, with short stints in the United States. He is a product of Royal College and the City University London. Hiran’s hobbies include cricket (his religion), tennis, squash, travelling and work (LMD!). He founded LMD, in 1994.
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Brian Emmanuel MBA
An associate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK), Brian holds an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management – University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Brian is a member of a sub-committee at the Chartered Institute of Marketing (Sri Lanka) and a long-standing Rotarian – he was the President of the Rotary Club of Cinnamon Gardens, in 2006/07. An old boy of St. Peter’s College, Brian loves music, sports and travel. Formerly of Commercial Stock Brokers, he joined the ranks of Team LMD in 1998.
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Anil Boudewyn
Having spent over two decades in South-East Asia – in Thailand and Singapore, in the publishing industry – Anil relocated to Sri Lanka to join Media Services in 2009. He is an old boy of Wesley College, and enjoys the club scene and travelling around Sri Lanka, with the hill country being a favourite.

HEADS OF DIVISIONS

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Tania Manthri
With a Preliminary Certificate in Marketing (SLIM) and CIM part-qualification, Tania has over five years’ experience in the publishing industry – and joined Media Services in 2006. Tania was educated at St. Lawrence Convent and Holy Family Convent. Being a lover of music, she hopes to master the guitar and drums someday (she likes banging on things!). Tania spends her off days cooking and baking, and she loves Japanese food.
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Wasantha Amarasinghe
Wasantha has extensive experience in layout designing and the printing industry, and has been a member of Team LMD since 1999. An old boy of President’s College and Ananda College, he has completed a number of courses in graphic designing. Wasantha also edits Media Services’ Sinhala-language magazine Dirimaga. An amateur photographer, he enjoys watching cricket and playing badminton. Wasantha has captained Media Services’ cricket team for many years.
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Sharon Thiele
Sharon’s career commenced in the hair and beauty field, and she’s worked in broadcasting, advertising, logistics and the media since then. She spends her free time reading soppy romantic novels, watching movies and travelling. Educated at Holy Family Convent, Sharon is a qualified hairdresser and beautician. She joined the ranks of Team LMD in 2008.
MS-100x125 DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER (PUBLIC RELATIONS)
Mishal Senapatiratne
Mishal has worked in the corporate sector for over two decades, and holds a Diploma in Business Administration from the Association of Business Executives (UK). Her hobbies include handcrafts, music and gardening, and she enjoys outdoor activities such as camping and hiking.
KS-100x125 DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER (FINANCE)
Kamal Saseedaran ACA
An ex-LMDer, Kamal returned to Media Services after a stint overseas, having worked at Global Morning Development in Oman. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka), and has also worked at KPMG Sri Lanka and CA Sri Lanka. An old boy of Isipathana College, Kamal enjoys camping and hiking in his leisure time.

TEAM LMD

EDITOR-AT-LARGE
WDC_jan18-1 Wijith DeChickera MA
A career/senior journalist, Wijith is an amateur psychologist and parttime trainspotter. He believes that philosophy offers an arena for competing worldviews such as science and religion, governance and politics. An Editor of LMD in a previous avatar, he still pursues the prophetic call he heard as a young writer to be a voice in the wilderness by speaking truth to power through his contributions in some incarnations of the free media.
EDITORIAL

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Zulfath Saheed
With experience in investment research and analytics, and business/financial journalism, Zulfath is an affiliate of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a product of Ladies’ College. She spends her off days travelling, reading and watching movies.
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Ruwandi Perera
Having worked in marketing and sales for corporates such as Aitken Spence Technologies, John Keells Computer Services and Unilever Sri Lanka, as well as lecturing for CIM at NEXT Campus, Ruwandi decided to join the media to pursue her undying love for writing. A product of Holy Family Convent and the University of Colombo, Ruwandi is currently reading for her MBA from Birmingham City University (UK). Her interests include singing (which she does excessively!), music, drama, photography and travelling.
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Nicola Jayasundera
A student of Ladies’ College, Nicola has a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Marketing, from Edith Cowan University (Australia). Media Services is her first workplace. She was selected to represent Sri Lanka at the Presidential Classroom Future World Leaders Summit, in Washington D.C. Nicola loves nature/wildlife photography, creative designing, handcrafts, art and cooking; and her hobbies include travelling and watching anime/j-drama/k-drama. She’s a passionate cat lover!
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Lourdes Abeyeratne MBA
Educated at St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Dubai, Lourdes worked at MAS Kreeda before joining LMD. She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Australia), and a Bachelor of Commerce in Management from the University of Wollongong (Dubai). In her spare time, Lourdes likes to catch up on her reading, music and video games.
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Dananji Samarakoon BA (Hons)
A past student of Mahanama Maha Vidyalaya (Anuradhapura), Dananji holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colombo. Before joining the team at LMD House, she worked at Global Media Networks. Dananji enjoys travelling, and when at home, she chills out by reading and watching TV.
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Saro Thiruppathy
Saro has experience in writing, editing, project management, research (almost all focussing on the rights of children, women, labour and languages). Her foreign exposure spans Thailand, the United States, China, India, the Maldives, Pakistan and Nepal. With an enthusiasm to read and write, she is a strong believer in the ‘right to life.’
QUALITY ASSURANCE
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Edine Weerawardane
Edine has worked for over two decades in the United Arab Emirates, and possesses considerable overseas experience. She received her education at Holy Family Convent (Dehiwela) and St. Paul’s Milagiriya. A dog lover, Edine enjoys reading and listening to music. She joined Media Services in 2005.
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Anushan Selvarajah
Having worked in diverse sectors, in various positions – including a stint at the Australian High Commission in Sri Lanka – Anushan has been an LMDer since 2007. An old boy of Royal College, he loves theatre, travelling, baking and rowing – in addition to partying! Anushan is a wildlife enthusiast, photographer and stage actor, and an animal lover. He is a co-presenter of Benchmark, the TV programme compiled by Media Services.
GRAPHICS

 

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Lakmal de Silva
Trained in graphic designing and page layouts at Wijeya Graphics and IDM Computer Studies, Lakmal has been a member of Media Services since 2004 – he says these years have been the best in his working life. An old boy of President’s College, Lakmal is a former Image Setting and Pre-Press Manager at Sarvodaya Vishva Lekha.
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Chamikara Jayawardana
He has worked in the ad industry for over a decade, and schooled at Galahitiyawa Central College. Chamikara has completed courses in graphic designing and IT. He enjoys hiking, playing the guitar and wildlife photography. His bucket list includes an ambition to visit all the jungles of the world, in addition to writing his life story.
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Sanjaya de Silva
Sanjaya has been an LMDer since 2007, and captained the company’s cricket team. He has completed courses in digital animation and professional photography. Sanjaya has a penchant for travelling (for photography), and his hobbies include collecting antiques and listening to local music bands. Educated at President’s College, he hopes to hold a photography exhibition someday.
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Eshan Silva
A videographer and sales representative (in consumer products and pharmaceuticals), Eshan has experience in video editing, and is a photographer. Educated at St. Sebastian’s College (Moratuwa), he loves playing the guitar and keyboards, in his free time.
MARKETING

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Frank Gabriel
Experienced in MIS and brand management, Frank worked for multinational firms in the food and beverage industry for two years, before joining Team LMD. He holds a Diploma in Marketing (SEGi – Malaysia) and was a student of St. Anthony’s College.
MANAGER
Sasha Goonasekera
Educated at Methodist College, Sasha worked at Asia Broadcasting, Colombo Communications and Ikman.lk before joining the team at LMD House. A resident of Koswatta, Sasha likes to catch up on her reading in her spare time.
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Shiyendra Colombage BBA
Shiyendra worked at HSBC, Preferred Mortgages (UK), Bupa International (UK), George Steuarts Financial Services and HSBC Global Publishing among other multinational companies prior to joining LMD. An old boy of S. Thomas’ College, Shiyendra has a BBA in International Business, and has completed a series of studies in IT and accounting. His hobbies include modifying vehicles, listening to music and watching movies.
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Andrew Clint DipM, MCIM (UK), MBA (UK)
A member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK), Andrew worked at MJF Group before joining the team at Media Services. Educated at Trinity College, he has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. He has also studied digital animation, 3D advertising and project management. He is a member of his church worship team and acts as a catalyst for new talent. In his leisure time, Andrew enjoys reading, music production, graphic design and photography.
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Sachith Rajapakse
Educated at Lyceum International School, Sachith has completed a series of studies in Information Technology and Networking. Prior to joining the team at LMD House, he worked at Fox Entertainment, Asset Radio Broadcasting, ikman.lk and ABC Radio Network. In his spare time, Sachith enjoys writing and working out.
Devon Ephraums SENIOR EXECUTIVE
Devon Ephraums
Educated at Royal College, Devon worked at Technomedics International, The Capital Maharaja Organisation, Qatar Airways and TNL Radio Network before joining Media Services. His leisurely pursuits include boxing, mixed martial arts, fishing and modelling.
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Asha Greig
Asha has worked in the advertising industry since 2000. CIM (UK)-qualified, Media Services represented her foray into the marketing profession. Fluent in English, Sinhala and Arabic, she speaks Malay and Tamil, and holds Diplomas in French, English Literature and Islamic Civilisation. Asha loves reading, gardening and cooking, and is a top-notch seamstress (she’s been working on completing a quilt… since 2008!). Asha has been an LMDer since 2008.
COMMUNICATIONS & PR

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Rizla Jaleel
Having grown up in Kandy, Rizla now lives in Colombo, where she enjoys playing badminton, Zumba and reading, in her leisure time. Rizla has completed courses at NIBM and CIMA, and is currently following an Executive MSc in Strategic Marketing.
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Glenise Candappa
Glenise is a student of St. Paul’s Balika Maha Vidyalaya, Kelaniya. She has done a series of studies in business, secretarial and nursing since leaving school. Glenise, who recently worked at Leo Burnett Solutions and Video Image, loves to chill out listening to music and enjoys dancing in her free time.
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Andrea Melisa BSW, MA
Following her education at Riverside Public School, Andrea went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Stella Maris College (India) and a Masters in International Studies from Christ University (India). Her previous employers include All India Radio, Yuvaparivartan and Edelman India. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys singing, dancing, acting and working out.
JS EXECUTIVE
Jeba Samarakoon
Educated at Hillwood College in Kandy, Jeba studied HR management and followed secretarial courses after leaving school. Prior to joining the team at LMD House, she was employed at the University of Peradeniya, Hyundai Lanka and Douglas & Sons. Jeba enjoys movies, classical music and sewing, and also devotes time to charity work.
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Saseena Haleem
With a background in HR, advertising and the construction industry, Saseena plans to complete her MBA someday. Having returned to Sri Lanka after a 15-year stint in Dubai, Saseena is interested in art – she spends her spare time designing cards for special occasions.
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Harshini Amarasinghe
Harshini worked in the import-export and IT sectors, prior to joining Media Services. A product of Dharmapala College, Pannipitiya, she has completed courses in Executive Secretarial, Microsoft Office and Typesetting.
FINANCE

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Sakitha Garusinge ACA
A student of Ananda College, Sakitha has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Prior to joining LMD, he worked at Trillium Property Management & Services, Asian Alliance Insurance and KPMG Sri Lanka. A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka), Sakitha enjoys tennis and cricket in his spare time.
SENIOR EXECUTIVE
Hafiz Hassan ACMA, CGMA
Hafiz worked at Digital Mobility Solutions Lanka and KPMG Sri Lanka prior to joining the team at LMD House. Educated at Isipathana College, he is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA – UK) and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (BBA) from Northwood University. A resident of Dehiwela, Hafiz enjoys travelling, and watching cricket, rugby, football and movies.
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Chamath Jayasekara
Chamath holds a Diploma in Management Accounting, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He worked in the banking sector, prior to joining Media Services. Educated at Thurstan College, he is an experienced cricketer. Chamath enjoys PC games and watching movies, when he takes time out.
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Rageesha Peiris
A resident of Wellawatte, Rageesha received her education at St. Clare’s College. Her previous employers include Mercury Institute of Management and RJ Accounting Solutions. Rageesha spends her leisure time with her two small children, and likes to relax to her favourite music in her spare time.
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Sandeepa Mihindukulasooriya
A student of Badulla Central College, Sandeepa is in her final year of undergraduate studies in Finance at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. She is also a Strategy Level student of CIMA (UK). In her spare time, Sandeepa likes to catch up on her favourite TV programmes and the latest movies.
IT & ADMIN

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Naushan Sariffodeen
Having worked for a software development company for more than three years, Naushan joined Team LMD in 2001. Educated at St. John’s College (Nugegoda), he has completed the ACS examination and holds a Diploma-level Certificate for Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT), from the University of Colombo. He likes to play computer games, when he’s free.
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Rohan De Silva
Rohan has 15 years’ work experience in Bahrain, and also worked for three years in the IT industry in Sri Lanka. A product of Wesley College, he holds Diplomas in Programming and Advance Programming, and has completed courses in Windows Server Networking and Android App Development. He enjoys travelling, cycling, and reading about trains and railways, when he’s not working. Rohan joined Media Services in 2008.
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Murugesampillai Subramaniam BEng (Hons)
Educated at Royal College, Subra – as we call him – has a BEng (Hons) in Software Engineering from the University of Westminster and is currently reading for his MBA from the University of Moratuwa. He has worked at Express Newspapers, Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) and Centre for Children’s Happiness (CCH), as well as a stint at LMD House in the past. In his spare time, Subra enjoys drawing, watching movies and his favourite TV series.
Sachira EXECUTIVE
Sachira De Silva
Following his education at Ananda College in Colombo, Sachira studied software engineering and computer systems design, and worked as an intern at Agaya Holdings before joining Media Services. A resident of Boralesgamuwa, Sachira enjoys table tennis, cricket, hiking, gaming and watching movies in his spare time.
LOGISTICS
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Gopalsamy Selvakaran
Selva has been a member of Team LMD since 2005. A product of Isipathana College, he is a gifted guitarist and singer. He likes playing cricket and spending time with his family, in addition to fishing and maintaining his home aquarium.
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Pradeep Kanth
Educated at Isipathana College, Pradeep has worked in many positions, in a number of diverse sectors – including restaurants, textiles, timber and jewellery. He has a thorough knowledge of motor mechanism. Pradeep spends his free time fishing, playing hockey, watching rugger matches and movies, and tending to his aquarium.
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Sanmugavel Thiyagaraja
Educated at Hindu Senior College in Kandy, Thiyagaraja worked at the National Industries Company in Kuwait prior to joining Media Services. A resident of Dehiwela, Thiyagaraja likes to watch TV and has a keen interest in current affairs.
DISTRIBUTION
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Lahiru Kothalawala
With a Preliminary Certificate in Marketing (SLIM), a course in Quality Control and an Electricians’ course at the Vocational Training Centre, Lahiru has worked in the insurance and apparel sectors. He studied at St. Mary’s College (Dehiwela) and Lalith Athulathmudali College (Mt. Lavinia). Lahiru spends his free time listening to music, watching dramas and maintaining his aquarium at home.
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Gayan De Silva
Hailing from Hanwella, Gayan’s work experience has been in the courier field, having worked at Mountain Hawk Express (FedEx) for many years. An old boy of St. John Bosco’s College and St. Aloysius Seminary, he was a member of the school cricket team.
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Jagath Perera
A product of Bandaranayake Maha Vidyalaya (Payagala), Jagath has worked in the courier field, having been employed at TNT for many years, before joining Team LMD. In his free time, Jagath enjoys cycling and playing cricket with his friends.
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Kusuma Perera
Kusuma has worked in the apparel and hospitality sectors, including many years in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Educated at Parakumba Maha Vidyalaya (Rajagiriya), her free time is spent sewing, and making cakes and sweets. Kusuma enjoys gardening, and keeping the environment clean.
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
savithri Savithri Rodrigo
Savithri is Benchmark’s and LMD’s Special Correspondent. She is a freelance electronic and print-media journalist who has won Presidential and Zonta Women of Achievement awards. She has been a news presenter for state television and radio, and is a Fellow of the ICSA (UK).
CONTRIBUTING EDITORS
angelo Angelo Fernando
Angelo has been writing for LMD since its inception in 1994 (he blogs at hoipolloireport.com and can be reached on angelo@publicradius.com).
ys Yamini Sequeira
Yamini is one of LMD’s Contributing Editors and a regular contributor to the magazine.
CONSULTANT PHOTOGRAPHER
ys Prishan Pandithage
Prishan is a graduate of the prestigious Hallmark Institute of Photography, Massachusetts (USA). He has over 10 years’ experience in commercial photography and motion pictures, having worked in New York and Colombo.