My Journey

2012 was when I started the second expedition of my professional journey to be a researcher.

Prior to that, I was in a rewarding career as a business professional.

I held several senior management roles in business development, strategic planning, project management, marketing and consulting within the national operations of an international cement and building material manufacturer (now Lafarge Holcim).

At the time, as a founding management team member of a start-up business unit in co-processing of waste, I played a pivotal role in steering organisation’s strategy and projects, at national-level and in the Asia Pacific region. It was a privilege to contribute to the national-level policies and programmes for the budding waste recovery industry in Sri Lanka from 2004-2012.

This company, later grew to be the country’s top industrial waste recovery solution provider, now known as INSEE Ecocycle.

In 2012, I decided to undertake my post-graduate studies after I figured my passion – strategizing to enable a circular economy.

Since then, I have been a researcher, advisor and solution provider, creating concepts and ideas,  developing strategies, tools and driving transformation to enable effective  transition to a circular economy, transforming how we produce (products), distribute (via supply chains) and consume things (create demand through markets).

I also write, speak and share original thoughts and knowledge within this sphere.

My Journey

2012 was when I started the second expedition of my professional journey to be a researcher.

Prior to that, I was in a rewarding career as a business professional.

I held several senior management roles in business development, strategic planning, project management, marketing and consulting within the national operations of an international cement and building material manufacturer (now Lafarge Holcim).

At the time, as a founding management team member of a start-up business unit in co-processing of waste, I played a pivotal role in steering organisation’s strategy and projects, at national-level and in the Asia Pacific region. It was a privilege to contribute to the national-level policies and programmes for the budding waste recovery industry in Sri Lanka from 2004-2012.

This company, later grew to be the country’s top industrial waste recovery solution provider, now known as INSEE Ecocycle.

In 2012, I decided to undertake my post-graduate studies after I figured my passion – strategizing to enable a circular economy.

Since then, I have been a researcher, advisor and solution provider, creating concepts and ideas,  developing strategies, tools and driving transformation to enable effective  transition to a circular economy, transforming how we produce (products), distribute (via supply chains) and consume things (create demand through markets).

I also write, speak and share original thoughts and knowledge within this sphere.

Professional Memberships

I hold memberships at the following professional bodies.

  • Certified Practising Accountants, Australia (CPA) – Full member
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA, UK) – Chartered Global Management Accountant
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
  • Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) – Member

Educational & Professional Background

Having a multi-disciplinary educational background has enabled me understand both the technical and business world to facilitate solutions.

  • PhD – University of Melbourne
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant, CIMA, UK
  • Certified Practising Accountant, CPA Australia
  • BSc. Engineering (Chemical and Process Engineering), University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Professional Experience - Industry

As a business head and project manager, I have been at the forefront driving organisational transformation, playing multiple roles in strategic and business planning, business development, sales and marketing, customer relationship functions. I have led national as well as organisation-wide projects in addition to working as an internal consultant. My work experience spans across industries in cement, building materials and resource recovery in Australia and overseas.

Feb 2015 – Jul 2016

Business Consultant – Customer Experience

Holcim Australia Pty Ltd.

Feb 2015 – Jul 2016
Jul 2012 – Jan 2015

Net Promoter Score Coordinator

Holcim Australia Pty Ltd.

Jul 2012 – Jan 2015
Jan 2010 – Apr 2012

Head – Customer Relationship Management

Holcim Lanka Ltd.

Jan 2010 – Apr 2012
Apr 2009 – Dec 2009

Coach – Customer Service Excellence

Holcim Lanka Ltd.

Apr 2009 – Dec 2009
Jan 2008 –Mar 2009

Business Development Manager

Geocycle – Holcim Lanka Ltd.

Jan 2008 –Mar 2009
Aug 2004 – Dec 2007

Marketing and Communications Manager

Geocycle – Holcim Lanka Ltd.

Aug 2004 – Dec 2007
Feb 2004 – Jul 2004

Management Trainee-Business Development

Holcim Lanka Ltd.

Feb 2004 – Jul 2004

Professional Experience - Research & Academia

In 2012, I took to the field of research to study closely an area that I am passionate about. Since then, I have undertaken several academic/research positions to further develop my expertise.

June 2018 – Today

Lecturer

Deakin University

June 2018 – Today
Feb 2017 – May 2018

Post-doctoral Research Fellow (ARC linkage)

The University of Melbourne

Feb 2017 – May 2018
Feb 2016 – Feb 2017

Research Fellow

The University of Melbourne

Feb 2016 – Feb 2017
Mar 2012 – Oct 2015

Doctoral Candidate

The University of Melbourne

Mar 2012 – Oct 2015

Professional Experience - Teaching & Training

Throughout my career as a business professional and academic, I have been an educator sharing my knowledge and expertise. Here are some of my knowledge sharing initiatives.

June 2018 – Today

Lecturer

Deakin University

Target Group: Master of Eng. Professional

Teaching: Engineering Project Management

June 2018 – Today
Feb 2018 – May 2018

Lecturer

The University of Melbourne

Target Group: Bachelor of Commerce

Teaching: Operations Management

Feb 2018 – May 2018
Feb 2017 – Sep 2018

Tutor/Teaching Staff

The University of Melbourne

Target Group: Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Engineering courses

Teaching: Product management, Supply chain management, Engineering Contracts & Procurement

Feb 2017 – Sep 2018
2010 – 2011

Lead Trainer/Trainer

Holcim Group Support Ltd. / Holcim Lanka Ltd.

Target Group: Middle and Senior Managers of companies in the Asia Pacific region

Teaching: ECOSIMTM – Economic and Business Simulation

2010 – 2011
2009 – 2010

Facilitator – Finance and management

National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka/International Olympic Solidarity

Teaching: Finance for Olympic Sports Organisations

2009 – 2010

Awards

I have won the following awards in my career.

  • Australian PostGraduate Award – 2012
  • Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship – 2014
  • Best Journal paper: Civil Engineering – Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne –  2016

Board Positions & Roles

I have held the below positions in boards.

  • Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) – Victorian Branch Executive Committee Member (2018-2021)
  • Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE) – Technical Reference Panel Member