Sep 24, 2020


4 pm AEST | 1 1.30 am IST


Join the first of our digital seminar series on "Sri Lanka and Australia Bi-lateral Trade Opportunities" with an in-depth discussion on ‘Opportunities in Smart Manufacturing and Knowledge Services’.

Our esteemed panel members will be discussing ecosystem & infrastructure, advantages & opportunities for investors, government policies, and regulations that support smart manufacturing and knowledge services.

Our Panellists

Paul CooperChairman – Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC)

Paul was appointed to the board of AMGC, in 2015 and he is the present Chairman overseeing the implementation of AMGC’s strategy and its alignment with the overall Industry Growth Centre Initiative. Paul is an owner and Chairman of the industrial electronics manufacturing company, Rinstrum. Rinstrum has offices in the United States, Germany and Sri Lanka. Rinstrum exports to most parts of the world. Paul was formerly the Deputy Chair of the Export Council of Australia. Paul also serves on the Ministerial Manufacturing Roundtable for The Hon Minister Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.

Channa ManoharanChairman - SLASSCOM
COO/ Advisory Leader PwC Sri Lanka and Maldives

Channa is the Chairman of SLASSCOM (Sri Lanka Association for Software and Services Companies) effective 01 July 2020. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Vice Chairman and has been a Board Member of SLASSCOM since 2015. He represents the ICT Advisory Committee of the Export Development Board of Sri Lanka. Channa is a member of the leadership team, COO and Advisory Leader for PwC Sri Lanka and Maldives. He has facilitated expansion strategies to emerging markets including cross border transaction advisory services.

Hayley EvansPortfolio Director - Tavistock
CEO - Surge Global

Hayley heads up the Tavistock Group portfolio across Australia and Sri Lanka. She also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Surge Global, a Company specialising in marketing,data and technology under the Tavistock group. In these roles, she is responsible for investments in Australia and South Asia. Prior to joining the Tavistock Group, Hayley founded and operated two experiential marketing companies and a Registered Training Organization (RTO) in Australia. Hayley is an active member of The Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and holds board roles with The Social Impact and the Digital Marketing and Media Networks.

Shiran FernandoChief Economist, The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce

Shiran is the Chief Economist at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) and leads the Economic Intelligence Unit which is the focal point of the Chamber for economic research and policy advocacy.
He is engaged in providing policy level support to the Sri Lankan Government to shape the national economic agenda. In his capacity, as the Chief Economist of the CCC he is part of several steering committees formed by the Government to drive forward the economic agenda. Shiran previously held the role as the Lead Economist and Senior Product Head at Frontier Research, where he was responsible for the growth and strategic direction of the economics research division.