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TEDxColombo 2017 | Connecting Dots - Speakers
Anish Wijesinghe

Anish Wijesinghe

Entrepreneur/Musician and CEO of Motion Miracles

Anish is essentially a video game expert with his own game design company in which he tries to empower and educate people. While venturing in 3D designing and starting his first business at the age of 13 he also experimented with building his mind through music. Claiming guitar as one of the most versatile instruments out there, he experimented with various styles of guitar. Now having performed for over half a million people on YouTube and television he continues to compose elegant pieces that captivates all audiences. However, seeing as the guitar didn’t quench his lust for experimentation, he leveled up by trying his hand at beatboxing and hasn’t stopped since.

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Aritha Wickramasinghe

Aritha Wickramasinghe

Lawyer - Social Education/i-Probono

Aritha is an international banking lawyer, the founding trustee of the global education initiative Think Equal and a director of iProbono’s Justice Programme.

Think Equal is introducing a new subject into schools across the world that teaches children values and skills. Aritha moved back to Sri Lanka from the U.K. last year to introduce the programme to the island. Sri Lanka became the first country to pilot the Think Equal subject in 2017 and will begin rolling it out across all schools from 2018.

iProbono is an online tech platform that connects people who need legal help but cannot afford it with lawyers who help for free. Today, iProbono has 60,000 lawyers in over 30 countries helping to improve access to justice for the most vulnerable.

Having formerly been a lawyer at Clifford Chance and K&L Gates in London and the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania, Aritha has advised various Governments and UN agencies on education and economic reform and human rights issues.

For his work, Aritha was ranked No.1 Future Leader by the international newspaper Financial Times in their 2015 OUTstanding List alongside Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Lloyds CEO Inga Beale.

The UK’s Attitude Magazine ranked Aritha as the 15th most eligible bachelor in the world in their 2017 Bachelors List, ahead of well-known global celebrities Sam Smith, Adam Lambert, Wentworth Miller and Sir Ian McKellen.

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Bhanuka Harishchandra

Bhanuka Harishchandra

CEO of SurgeViral

A passionate Marketer & Entrepreneur, Bhanuka specializes in Growth, Inbound & Content distribution. He is the CEO of SurgeViral, a digital marketing agency that works with startups and Fortune 500 companies around the world. Helping them grow and scale through Content, Social, Search, and everything in between. Figuring out how business can leverage the internet and reach more people through digital storytelling is at the core of SurgeViral.

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Harinda Katugaha

Harinda Katugaha

CEO of Idama.lk

“If you only read books or hang with people who agree with your ideologies, then you are committing mental incest.”
Living by the words of Tim Mann, Harinda describes himself as a Perpetual Student. Having learnt that growth happens where discomfort begins, Harinda has traveled from orthodox to unorthodox destinations such as Libya during the Arab Spring and North Korea for Kim Il Sung’s 100th Anniversary celebration.

He has worked with the United Nations, IDLO, BMW and General Motors before starting his first entrepreneurial venture – IDAMA.lk; and is currently in the process of building two distinct new technologies, using Artificial Intelligence and Materials sciences.

Re-drawing the boundaries of his life through extraordinary experience and people, his thinking starts out of bounds and works its way back in, creating new areas and opportunities. To feed his learning spirit, he pursued an Executive MBA from INSEAD and is currently a Doctoral candidate at Bocconi University.

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Krishan Maheson – Kingsouth

Krishan Maheson – Kingsouth

Musician / Rapper

Krishan Maheson a.k.a Kingsouth is the founder of Thamizh hiphop music in Sri Lanka. Launching his career as a rap vocalist in 1998 and is now an award winning musician with international exposure. He is the first Sri Lankan artist to release an album with Universal Music in 2005. Kingsouth has been featured on Kollywood movie soundtracks, International Radio stations, World music compilations and is currently exploring a role as a music director on an upcoming Kollywood Movie project.

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Peter D’Almeida

Peter D’Almeida

CEO at N*able

Peter D’Almeida is the Managing Director and Chief Executive of N*able, a technology services company which today employs over 180 people. With a career that spans nearly three decades in a series of industries both locally and abroad- he was also the CEO of Millennium ESP.

Alongside IT, and his involvement with the labour rights movement in the 1980s, Peter has had a parallel career in the Arts, as an actor and a director. He has starred in plays, television dramas and films.

Today, Peter has gained traction as a public speaker for a variety of forums across the education, business and technology sectors, focusing on the importance of creativity and the need to push past the narrow boundaries that confine our personal, professional and political lives.

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Smriti Daniel

Smriti Daniel

Journalist

Smriti Daniel has made a career out of talking to strangers. In over a decade as a prolific feature writer, she has followed her diverse interests across a number of subjects ranging from the arts, in particular literature, to science reportage and travel writing. Her longform pieces have explored the intersections of culture, politics, development and history.

Having been a contributing writer for world-renowned publications such Al Jazeera, VICE, and a whole lot more; she has also made her film debut in Oscar-winning director Gerardine Wurzburg’s documentary Wretches and Jabberers.

Smriti is also proudly a Falling Walls Science Journalism Fellow and a Gabriel García Márquez Cultural Journalism Fellow; gaining the titles from her many achievements in the industry over the years.

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Vidusha Nathavitharana

Vidusha Nathavitharana

CEO - High Five Consultancy

At the age of 28, Vidusha founded High5 Consultancy and Training- a firm that now runs assignments in 7 countries regionally. Prior to that, he headed HR and HRD for the local arm of a Fortune 500 company, possibly rendering him as the youngest HR Manager to date for the organization, winning accolades locally and internationally for a series of corporate achievements.

He was also a lecturer for the CIM program, a Talk Show Host (of ‘Nothing Personal’) and a founding Director of Chrysalis – a Social Enterprise.

Hailing from the University of Lincoln and University of York St. John with both a bachelor’s and a Masters in Leading Innovation and Change, Vidusha prefers to be identified as a son, a husband and a father : the three ‘titles’ he works hardest to live up to, and derives greatest joy and satisfaction from.

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