Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri
Ajantha Dharmasiri, B.Sc.Eng. C.Eng., MBA, Ph.D.(PIM-SJP), FCIPM (SL), CMgr, FCMI (UK), is a Professor at the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayawardenepura, and an Adjunct Professor at the Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma. Introducing himself as a rare combination of being a Chartered Manager, Chartered HR Professional, and a Chartered Electrical Engineer, he serves as a conference speaker, corporate trainer, strategy consultant, and an academic. Prof. Dharmasiri was the recipient of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management Lifetime Gold Award 2014. The positions he held include the Director and Chairman of the Board of Management of Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Director of the National Institute of Business Management and Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA), and an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Softlogic Holdings PLC.
Prof. Chandrika N Wijeyaratne
Chandrika N Wijeyaratne, MBBS, MD, DM (Colombo), FRCP, is a Senior Professor in Reproductive Medicine and Endocrinology and the 18th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She was the first Endocrinologist in Sri Lanka to be appointed to an academic position, and has the distinction of being a pioneer Physician in Women’s Health in the South Asian region. Her contribution to the field of Endocrinology was celebrated internationally with the prestigious Laureate Award for International Excellence in 2017 by the Endocrine Society of USA, the only such award to date for South Asia. Prof. Wijeyaratne has served on many international scientific working committees and affiliated organizations as an invited expert. These include the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, London, International Consensus Groups on PCOS by ESHRE/ARSM, AEPCOS USA and the expert group led by the University of Monash, Australia. Engaged in a spectrum of activities related to supporting issues of national relevance that benefit society at large, she has spearheaded many social interventions at grassroot level by engaging with multiple sectors along with undergraduate participation.
Prof. Malik Peiris
Joseph Sriyal Malik Peiris, MBBS, FRCPath, DPhil (Oxon), FHKAM (Path), FRCP, FRS, is Tam Wah-Ching Professor in Medical Science and
Chair of Virology at the School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong. He co-directs the WHO H5 Reference Laboratory and the WHO SARS-CoV-2 reference laboratory at The University of Hong Kong. Currently, he serves on many Hong Kong and WHO advisory committees, including the WHO International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on COVID-19. He is a clinical and public health virologist with a particular interest in emerging viral diseases at the animal-human interface, using a “One-Health” approach. His research encompasses the pathogenesis, innate immune responses, transmission, ecology and epidemiology of human and animal influenza viruses such as avian influenza subtypes H5N1, H9N2 and H7N9, the emergence of the 2009 pandemic H1N1 from swine, and coronaviruses such as SARS-CoV-1, MERS-CoV, and SARS-CoV-2.