WISL Mentor Programme
With the dawn of peace, many expatriate Sri Lankans contemplate returning to live and work in Sri Lanka. Unfortunately a combination of insufficient information, wild misconceptions and the inability to connect with individuals that have already returned inhibits many potential returnees from turning their dream into a reality.
This is where the WISL Mentor Programme can help you.
It is setup to connect expatriate Sri Lankans who have already returned to the island with potential returnees. We believe sharing firsthand experience of expatriates who have returned, with potential returnees, will help to turn their dream of living and working in Sri Lanka a reality.
At WISL, we have Mentors with diverse backgrounds and experiences across a broad spectrum of industries. They are volunteers willing to share their experience of moving back to Sri Lanka with potential returnees. Advice they may offer range from sector specific job opportunities, relocation advice, work place experience to lifestyle choices.
Meet some of our Mentors
PK William, expert in Information Technology
PK is the Head of Sales – Strategic Enterprise Customers at N-Able (PVT) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hemas Holdings. PK returned to Sri Lanka in 2011 having worked in the Information Technology industry in USA for 13 years in several different capacities across several organizations.PK is also the co-founder of Zilpa Gallery (http://www.zilpagallery.com), which helps local artists sell their artwork overseas at no additional cost to them. PK holds a Bachelor of Science in Operations Management, from Pennsylvania State University, USA 1998. He is an alumni of S. Thomas’ Preparatory School and Colombo International School.
Shevan Goonetilleke expert in Software and Telecoms
Shevan is the Senior Director – Engineering at WSO2, a leading technology company in Sri Lanka. Prior to returning to Sri Lanka in 2013, Shevan spent nine years in UK: four years as Senior Manager at Deutsche Telekom where he was responsible for implementing mobile internet products across the T-mobile footprint in Europe and five years as Senior Client Services manager at Virtusa UK with responsibility over a large Telcoms account. Before moving to UK Shevan also spent close to 2 years in USA where he worked as a consultant/project manager for Virtusa Corporation working with multiple clients around the country. Shevan holds an MBA from University of Sheffield, UK, and BSc (Hons) Information Systems and computing from Manchester Metropolitan University (via IIT Sri Lanka). Shevan is an alumni of St. Josephs College, Colombo.
Sharini Kulasinghe expert in Private Equity and Finance
Sharini has over seven years of experience in financial services. She is currently the Vice President of York Street Partners, a Sri Lanka focused investment company. Prior to returning to Sri Lanka in March 2013, Sharini worked with MicroVest Capital Management, a leading US based impact investor sourcing, structuring and negotiating debt and equity investments in financial institutions across Africa, South Asia and the Caucuses. She was the team leader for several of MicroVest’s largest transactions Sharini holds a MSc in Finance from New School University, New York, and a BA from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. She is an alumni of Ladies College, Colombo.
Gayani moved back to Sri Lanka in October 2013 after almost 10 years in the US & Singapore, to join MAS Innovation @ MAS Holdings - which is responsible for exploring new growth opportunities outside of MAS’ core business. Prior to moving to Sri Lanka, she spent 3+ years in financial markets regulation and supervision at the Monetary Authority of Singapore and 2+ years in financial planning & analysis at the wealth management arm of Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York. Gayani holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics (Finance & Management) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is an alumni of The British School in Colombo and Musaeus College.
If you are looking to return to Sri Lanka to live and work and want to connect with a like minded individual, you can enroll for our Mentor programme. Once we receive your Mentee request, we will endeavor to connect you with a Mentor best suited to guide and assist with your move back to Sri Lanka.
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