CA Sri Lanka 40th National Conference begins tomorrow

A diverse portfolio of some of Sri Lanka’s well-known names including corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, famous mountaineers, and a legendary cricketer will take the stage at the 40th National Conference of Chartered Accountants which begins tomorrow (14) to help professionals re-discover their passion and purpose to ensure they reach the pinnacle of their professional success.

The National Conference organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka), will feature Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Chairman and Axiata Group Berhad Chief Executive Officer – South Asian Region and Corporate Executive Vice President Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya, who will set the momentum of the conference by delivering the keynote on the theme “Finding your mojo” on 14 October 2019 at Waters Edge, Battaramulla. The conference will conclude following two days of technical sessions on 15 and 16 October.

Sri Lanka’s popular Mount Everest duo, Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala and Johann Peries, will kick off the first session on “Self mojo”, which aims to look at how professionals can rise up from their negative mindset to take charge and become an effective part of change.

The second session titled “In search of a nation’s magic that has sustained in most of its history” will feature Founder of the global brand Dilmah and pioneer of Sri Lankan Tea Merrill J. Fernando as the speaker. 99X Technology Ltd.

CEO/Co-founder Mano Sekaram, JB Securities CEO Murtaza Jafferjee, and Chartered Clinical Psychologist Dr. Malkanthi Hettiarachchi, a counterterrorism researcher and instructor, will join the session as panellists to help participants understand how to regain their lost mojo, which is defined as the internal magic that translates to external success. This session will be moderated by management consultant, trainer, author, speaker, and accredited master coach Deepal Sooriyaarachchi.

The third session on “Mojo in one’s career – how do you fall back in love with your job” will feature Capital Maharaja Organisation Ltd. Executive Group Director Chevaan Devavarathan Daniel, who will be joined by Daraz Sri Lanka Managing Director Rakhil Fernando and MAS Holdings Director – Group Human Resources Dinali Peiris, who will share their insights on how to look beyond the daily tribulations and seek purpose in one’s work, aspire to reach greater heights, and more importantly, fall back in love with one’s job.

Well-known entrepreneur and business leader Laugfs Holdings Ltd. Chairman/Group CEO W.K.H. Wegapitiya will steer the fourth session on “The enterprising mojo of family businesses”. The session will also feature CBL Group (CBL) Group Managing Director Sheamalee Wickramasinghe and Hemas Holdings PLC Executive Director Murtaza Esufally. The session will be moderated by Ernst & Young Sri Lanka and Maldives Senior Partner Arjuna Herath as he looks at how one of the oldest and most common models of economic organisations, family businesses, can teach participants lessons on building an enterprise with its own unique mojo.

Legendary cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan will take the stage during the fifth session on “It’s about how you play the cards you hold” to help participants understand the need to never give up despite the obstacles. During this session, he will share with the participants his road to success, despite the hurdles, and how he never threw in the towel and kept on playing to finally achieve his target.

The sixth session will bring forth two respected corporate leaders, KPMG Sri Lanka Managing Partner Reyaz Mihular and Softlogic Holdings PLC Chief Process Officer Indresh Fernando, who together with Russel Valentine, Nigel Wayne White, Sakina Juzar, Kaveesha Coswatte, and Shenellka De Silva will go in for a “rapid fire tango” titled “The future of mojo – it takes two to tango”. The session will help participants to understand the next generation and what they bring to the table and what their world looks like to ensure the older generation can gain a better understanding of the next generation and their expectations.