Alumnus honoured for leadership

Dr Michael Nirmal De Silva (BBus(Mgt) 2003) has been recognised with the Sri-Lanka Australian Alumni Excellence Merit Award for Business Leadership at this year’s Australian Alumni Excellence Awards. The annual...

Dr Michael Nirmal De Silva (BBus(Mgt) 2003) has been recognised with the Sri-Lanka Australian Alumni Excellence Merit Award for Business Leadership at this year’s Australian Alumni Excellence Awards.

The annual awards, presented by the Australian Trade Commission in Colombo on 15 February, showcase Australia’s education excellence and recognise the achievements of alumni across a diverse range of fields.

The award acknowledges Dr De Silva’s more than 15 years of senior management experience in the Asia Pacific region across sales, marketing, business development, product management, operations and supply chain management.

Dr De Silva began his career as a sales manager for a computer sales company in the Maldives, quickly working his way up to a senior management role before taking up a position at logistics company, Ingram Micro Lanka Pvt Ltd.

He then took on the role of country head for Malaysia at hSenid Software International overseeing the company’s mobile, human resource management and outsourcing software solutions.

In 2011 he was responsible for establishing the Sri Lankan arm of Regus – a provider of flexible workplaces which operates in more than 100 countries worldwide.

He currently serves as the company’s country head in Sri Lanka responsible for all operations including the establishment of new in-country centres and networks.

In addition to his Monash degree, Dr De Silva holds a MBA from Edith Cowan University, a Doctorate in Business Administration from Aldersgate University Philippines, and a postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK. He is also a Certified Management Accountant.