Opportunity for Lankan to network with Asia’s future leaders
A Sri Lankan has been awarded one of the most prestigious
international scholarships to network with the next generation of Asian
leaders by the Singaporean government.
Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) Executive Director (Investment
Promotion Media) Duminda Ariyasinghe was awarded a Lee Kuan Yew (LKY)
Fellowship by the Singaporean Foreign Ministry. The objective of the
scholarship is to develop the next generation of Asian leadership drawn
from government, civil society, business, academia and media.
Recipients of the scholarship will study for a Masters in Public
Management (MPM) with semesters at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public
Policy at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and at the John F.
Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Boston, USA. LKY
Fellows who are senior professionals with a proven trajectory of
leadership and a strong commitment to public service in their respective
countries also benefit from an attachment to a Singapore government
ministry or statutory board, connected to their field of employment.
The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy was established in 2004 with
the mission of educating and training the next generation of Asian
policymakers and leaders. Its objectives are to raise the standards of
governance throughout the region, improve the lives of the region’s
people and, in so doing, contribute to the transformation of Asia.
As a senior executive of BOI, Ariyasinghe was responsible for leading
the development of critical sectors such as tourism, IT knowledge
services and agriculture, including strategic development projects.
He played a significant role in the development of the post-war
investment strategy for tourism as well as in laying the ground work
towards transforming Sri Lanka into an IT/knowledge-based economy. As
head of media, he spearheaded the complete revamping of the BOI website
(www.investsrilanka.com) which was recently relaunched to provide the
most comprehensive and relevant information in the most user friendly
manner to investors.
Prior to joining the BOI, Ariyasinghe worked as a senior executive in
Marketing and Strategy with Procter Gamble, Kraft Foods and H J Heinz
Company in USA and Canada. He holds a BA Honours Degree in Economics
(First Class) from McMaster University, Canada and an MBA from the
University of Toronto.