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About the conference

The conference aims to showcase the current research in management by bringing together academics, practitioners, policy-makers and interest groups from diverse regions and perspectives. In particular, the conference addresses some of the more pressing themes in developing countries, with a special focus on emerging economies. This will provide the arena to discuss and debate how knowledge created through current research and theories can be transformed to tangible actions to address contemporary challenges. In doing so, the conference facilitates knowledge sharing between countries of distinctive cultures and political styles, and an opportunity to learn from each other in building our capacities and cementing even closer ties in the region at sub-government level.

Associate Professor Ramanie Samaratunge

Dr Ramanie Samaratunge is an Associate Professor at Monash Business School, Monash University, Australia. She is an internationally renowned management scholar with 30 years’ experience working in the public and private sector, including consultancies in Australia and Asia. She was previously at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, from which she also graduated with first class honours in Public Administration. She holds a PhD from Monash University, Australia. She has served on international and local advisory bodies and is a member of many international professional bodies. Her research focuses on humor in management, governance, entrepreneurship and Asian immigrants.

Associate Professor Samaratunge has published a number of book chapters, several government and industry reports, and journal articles in leading international management journals such as International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Australian Journal of Management, Journal of Business Ethics and Human Relations. Her recent book (co-authored with Charmine Härtel & Candy Yin Lu) on “Skilled Migration, Expectation and Reality: Chinese Professionals and the Global Labour Market” was published in 2015. She is represented in conference proceedings and invited keynote speeches. She also reviews for many top-ranking journals.

Since 2010, she has been instrumental in establishing and leading Monash University programs in partnership with the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration and with funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia. These programs have significantly enhanced the operational and research capacity of public officials in Sri Lanka and become model programs for a number of other developing countries including Bangladesh and Nepal.

Dr Nilupama Wijewardena

Dr Nilupama Wijewardena is a lecturer in the School of Management at RMIT University in Australia. She has a first class honours degree in Public Administration from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. She completed her PhD specializing in Organizational Behavior at Monash University, Australia. Her research interests are varied and include humor at work, emotions in work life, creating positive work environments, entrepreneurship and public management. She has published in top tier journals such as Human Relations, Australian Journal of Management and International Journal of Public Administration and has also contributed to edited books. She also acted as a columnist for the Sri Lankan Daily Mirror from February-September 2011. Her book (co-authored with Ramanie Samaratunge & Charmine Härtel) titled “Managing with humor: A novel approach to building positive employee emotions and psychological capital” was published by Springer Singapore in 2019.

Dr. Anura Kumara

Dr. Anura Kumara is a well-versed Educator, Administrator and Economist with an academic, research and business experience of over 25 years. He currently holds office as the Dean of Sri Lanka’s Pioneering and Largest faculty for Management Education which is also recognized to be the Center of Excellence for Management Education in the Country, – the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJ). Dr. Anura’s academic career is also a rare brilliance of its own; wherein his foundation in Economics had been strengthened with a solid exposure into the fields of Statistics and Operations Management. This diverse learning experience has therefore nurtured his ability to transcend across vistas of both Social Sciences and Engineering.

From the very inception of his career, Dr. Anura has demonstrated a keen interest towards research in the areas of Sustainable Development, Knowledge Economics, and Operational Management. As a result, he has strived to establish a knowledge-transfer mechanism among the academia, industry and community whilst being accountable for a number of individual and collaborative projects oriented towards nation building and improving the livelihood of people. Dr. Anura has also contributed to research platforms by chairing sessions, engaging as a member of editorial boards and serving as a member of national and international scientific research paper reviewer panels.

Conference Executive Committee

  • Associate Professor Ramanie Samaratunge

    Monash Business School, Australia

  • Professor Gary Magee

    Monash Business School, Australia

  • Professor Sampath Amaratunge

    University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

  • Dr Anura Kumara

    University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

  • Ms Kumari Jayasekera

    Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration, Sri Lanka

Organising committee

  • Associate Professor Ramanie Samaratunge

    Monash Business School, Australia

  • Dr Nilupama Wijewardena

    RMIT University, Australia

  • Dr Lakmal Abeysekera

    Monash Business School, Australia

  • Ms Rangika Palliyaarachchi

    Monash University, Australia

  • Ms Chathuri Gajaweera Arachchige

    Monash University, Australia

  • Mr Chanaka Wijewardena

    Monash Business School, Australia

  • Dr Dushan Chaminda

    University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

  • Dr Upuli Perera

    University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

  • Dr Mahesh Fernando

    University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

  • Dr Chamarie Jayasinghe

    University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

  • Mr Prasanna Chandith

    Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration