To be a significant contributor to the mitigation of climate change by helping the corporate sector processes turn truly green, cost effectively or ***** CATION
1989- GCE Ordinary Level Examination, D. S. Senanayake College, Colombo 07.
1991- Advanced Level Examination in Mathematics and Physics, University of London
1996- Associate of Science Degree in Mathematics and physics, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, California, USA
1997- Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Systems with a minor in Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley.
2011- Master of Business Administration degree, Postgraduate Institute of Management- University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka
EDUCATION IN PROGRESS
Currently completing my dissertation for a Master of Science degree in Project Management at the Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia
Reading for the Master of Science degree in the field of Environmental Forestry, to be followed on by a PhD, at the University of Peradeniya -Sri Lanka, Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture, faculty of crop science
1991 — 1993 CTC Eagle Insurance Company Ltd.
Contractual position as a school leaver pending university admission – was involved in developing 2 software programs for the life department attenuating back logs in endorsement issuing, and
resolving lapsed/pending policies and the appropriation account. I had a knack for systems design and programming even prior to my professional qualifications.
1995 — 1997 Sun Microsystems, Palo Alto, California, USA
Internship and Engineering Assistant - was involved in designing and running simulations, testing and making theoretical corrections under the guidance of the senior engineer, in the microchip design industry.
Work Experience in the Agricultural/Environmental Sector :
1998 onwards Switched to environmental engineering researching and reading for eco-systems development.
In 1998 formed a partnership under the name of ***** . In 1998 ***** worked mainly in the field of artificial soil substrates for controlled agricultural activity, and in the field of erosion control. In 2000 I moved on to the research and development of commercial models of agriculture for the renewable power and energy and bio fuel sector under the brand name ***** . Undertook implementation of projects of an environmental and agricultural nature.
1999 — 2001 Design and implementation of a maize project 5000 acres in extent (2500 owned land, 2500 contract farming) for a JV between Sass (Pvt) Ltd & Ceylon Grain Elevators Ltd. – Sri Lanka
2001— 2002 Design and implementation of a Gherkin cultivation project, over an extent of about 300 acres, by contract farming, for a ***** company in Sri Lanka
2002— 2004 Worked in partnership with several ***** parties in India (Rajasthan, Maharashtra) to study Jatropha, establish nurseries and plant saplings in the filed, using an out-grower model.
2004— 2007 Commenced research and development and pilot scale trials of ***** ES, and ***** ES-FEE (beginning of 2007)
2007—2009 ***** was upgraded to ***** ( ***** ) *****
Entered a JV between Earthoils Lanka ( ***** ) ***** for the seed sourcing, nursery establishment, commercial scale deployment of oil seed crops in Sri Lanka under ***** ES systems. The company had 200 ha of plantations, with 600, 00 Jatropha saplings standing by in the nursery for the next rains by mid 2008. The program follows an unique out-grower model specifically developed for the project. By December/February 2008 the project aims to
bring a total of 600 ha under cultivation. Representing ***** , I handled the agronomy and program management aspects.
Consultation Experience in the Agricultural/Environmental Sector :
2003 Conducted feasibility study and drafted project proposal for a biomass to biogas fueled electricity generation project for Ravana Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, a Board of Investment of Sri Lanka registered Company based on Straw as the primary feed stock.
2004 Conducted feasibility study and drafted investment proposal on behalf of Sass (Pvt) Ltd. – Sri Lanka, for the acquisition of controlling stakes & the restructuring of Elkaduwe Plantations Ltd. , a Government of Sri Lanka owned 10, 00 acre plantation of tea, rubber, coconut and spices, year marked for privatization by the Public Enterprise Reforms Commission (PERC)
2004 Developed an automated, high density vertical farming technique on animal husbandry (Goats and Chicken) for a Malaysian ***** venture
***** Conducted feasibility study and drafted project proposal for a biomass to biogas & producer gas fueled electricity generation project combined with an natural anaerobically digested industrial grade fertilizer project for F&G property developers, a member of the Ceylinco group, based on straw and paddy husk as the primary feed stock.
2010-to date Consultant to the Wild Life and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka on conservation and re/aforestation projects. Currently the society is involved in the reestablishment and conservation of the whole catchment area of the Deduru Oya irrigation project, and the Diyakothakanda reforestation project of which I am a consultant.
The society also intends to involve the Sri Lankan corporate sector in future projects of nature conservation, climate change mitigation and social responsibility projects to mutual advantage. One of my tasks is to engineer such projects in consultation with the corporate sector such that both the corporate sector branding and environmental sustainability objectives are met together with the society policies and objectives.
2010-to date Technical advisor to BVA Renewable Energies (Pvt) Ltd. in the capacity of my intellectual property rights, for the establishment of a methane based 1. 5MW power plant expandable to 20MW in the North Western Province.
Non Agricultural/Environmental Consultation Experience:
2002 — 2004 Consultant for Global Switching Ltd. UK.
Global Switching Ltd. is a UK based telecommunications services provider who was working together with Sri Lanka Telecom. I over looked the project from design to completion over the above period. Here, though not involved directly in technical configurations, my technical background helped a great deal in making vital strategic decisions that made the project execution efficient and added to enhanced profitability. I was even able to propose a strategy and win approval to introduce cost reduction processes in to the design and general workings of the project, by maximizing the use of the equipment setup over several time zones that would have been otherwise redundant and idling over off peak hours.
2005 — 2007 Asia Control Systems Ltd. (IMPAC)
Lead Engineer, Productivity Specialist and Project Director for Integrated Control Systems Inc. USA, Asia division, better known as IMPAC. IMPAC is an acronym that stands for Improved Management, Productivity and Control. The company consults in a wide variety o ***** , from technology to garments to farming. In fact, any business that has a process and human resources to execute the processes. Having analyzed the potential clients
operation at its own cost, the core business of IMPAC is to find savings for the client. IMPAC guarantees at least the cost of the project in savings, and promises to find a 250% ROI on savings.
I have worked with the Analysis teams under the CEO & Chief Analysts, as well as directed the project executions as the Lead Engineer, Productivity Specialist and Project Director. The position is consultative, and short-termed based on the duration of the project, on a case by case basis.
This type of consultation work was undertaken to supplement my M. Sc. program in Project Management
Be involved in Social Responsibility and Climate Change Mitigation via Environmental Forestry & Engineered Ecological Approaches
In my view the best approach to climate change mitigation is forestry. This has a proven track record of over 450mn years. If deforested land is re/aforested with a forestry configuration of agricultural crops that have specific industrial purposes like pharmaceuticals, renewable energy, industrial raw materials etc. via its produce then this enables sustainable forestry. Sustainable forestry leads to climate change mitigation by carbon neutral and carbon sequestering mechanisms.
Establishment of sustainable forests leads to water management techniques such as the Wewa Cascade System, which can alleviate global freshwater stress concerns.
Entrepreneurship is a good method for poverty alleviation especially when promoting income earning opportunity at the BOP. Better if this income can be channeled to the hands of the rural woman, via the formal banking sector. Given that a majority of the world’s poor fallback on agriculture as a default income source, the promoting of sustainable forestry agriculture in an entrepreneurship is a viable solution.
Brining these key ingredients together in a for-profit organizational configuration enables the solving of many key issues such as climate change, poverty alleviation, the energy crisis, food crisis etc. which leads to global sustainable development, and thereby corporate social responsibility obligations being met for the corporate sector.
My plans are to be a significant contributor towards the creation of such organizational configurations through Engineered Ecological Approaches.