DHASHMA KARUNARATNE IS ELECTED AS WILAT SRI LANKA’S NEW CHAIRPERSON
Women in Logistics & Transport (WiLAT) Sri Lanka appointed its new Chairperson Ms Dhashma Karunaratne for year 2017 at the 4th Annual General Meeting held on the 27th April at the National Chamber of Commerce Auditorium amidst a large gathering of the industries eminent personalities.
Dhashma takes the helm from the outgoing Co-founder & Chairperson of WiLAT Ms Gayani de Alwis and will execute WiLAT’s advocacy initiatives, working closely with its parent body Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) & Global WiLAT Forum. In her professional career, she has held diverse roles, including Corporate Finance, Business Strategy, Management Accounting & Distributor and Project Management. In her current role she contributes towards the execution of the Commercial and Marketing Strategy of South Asia Gateway Terminals, of Port of Colombo, Sri Lanka and drives initiatives for business growth integrating contractual performance monitoring & compliance.
She is a member of CILT and is currently serving as a Member of the CILT council. She has been an active executive committee member of WiLAT Sri Lanka since its inception in 2013 and has been serving as the Vice Chairperson for Branding and Promotions since 2016. She has successfully executed effective programs to promote and position Women in Logistics & Transport, as an Integral part of the industry and the economy.
Ms Anoma Ranasinghe, Ms Niroza Gazalli and Dr Priyangani Jayasundara were elected as the Vice chairpersons and bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge of the industry. The newly appointed WiLAT Exco, will together stand stronger as a leading female advocacy group in Sri Lanka and the region.
The key note speech was delivered by Mr Kingsley Abeywickrema, Managing Director, APL Lanka Limited on the theme “Future outlook of the maritime industry”. He highlighted that all activities relevant to the maritime industry will be automated and integrated in the near future and concluded that Sri Lanka should focus on opening more Principals’ offices and continue to develop our ports and other infrastructure to be more competitive with other countries in the region.
Ms Gayani de Alwis, the Co-founder & outgoing Chairperson, in her speech thanked the past committees for supporting her during her four year tenure and wished the newly elected Chairperson and her committee and mentioned that she hopes, WiLAT Sri Lanka will continue the efforts and be the shiniest diamond in the Global CILT crown. She added that at a time when WiLAT Sri Lanka is in a very strong position, she is confident that the new committee under the able leadership of her successor would be able to translate vision and strategy in to world class execution and bring together all females in the Logistics & Transport Industry to create value to the economy.
The new Chairperson Dhashma Karunaratne concluded by, standing together in one spirit contending as one, for the empowerment of all women is what she would strive to pursue during her tenure.
The key feature of this year’s newly elected council is the presence of women from all sectors (aviation, maritime, land transport and supply chain) of the logistics and transport industry and representation from academic institutions. In order to attract millennial, a young female student representative each from the four universities offering supply chain and logistics degree programs were co-opted once again.
WiLAT is the women’s forum of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and is part of an ever expanding global network. WiLAT is considered as a live wire of the institute. The main objective of WiLAT is to promote and encourage the art and science of logistics and transport among women. Currently WiLAT is present in 18 countries with over 1800 members in the global network which is expanding rapidly. WiLAT Sri Lanka is one of the five pioneering fora of the global network and was established on 21st March 2013. WiLAT membership is open to all women working in public and private sector and in academia in the areas of logistics, transport, supply chain and supporting functions in organizations. WiLAT Sri Lanka forum is expected to provide a platform for women engaged in the industry to maximize their true potential both professionally and personally WiLAT Sri Lanka since its formation in 2013, has played an active role in promoting gender diversity in the logistics and transport sector through value enhancing activities.
For more details on WiLAT, visit their web page – http://www.ciltsl.com/wilat/