Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Social Change
Lanka Social Ventures
Dr Welamedage is a social entrepreneur, researcher and development practitioner with 30 years of experience in the development sector. He is currently the Managing Director / CEO of Lanka Social Ventures, where he leads a pioneering incubator and accelerator programme for social enterprises in Sri Lanka, in collaboration with OXFAM.
Works as the financial sector adviser with the economic empowerment team in Asia. He helps forge links between the investment community (Impact investors) and Oxfam programmes that support enterprise development.
Erinch currently leads the private sector team at Oxfam Great Britain. Since 2011, Erinch has been working at Oxfam to leverage business to tackle poverty and injustice. His work spans programmes (enterprise development) and campaigns (leading the scoring of food companies in the Behind the Brands campaign). He works directly with companies across sectors to help them understand their poverty impacts and develop new business models.
Roxanne joined the Economic Empowerment team in Thailand in 2015 as the Manager for the Gender Transformative and Responsible Agribusiness Investments Programme in South East Asia Programme (GRAISEA). She has over eight years' experience in programme and project management in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Roxanne's experience includes post-conflict rehabilitation and recovery, democratisation and good governance, human rights advocacy and social protection, and economic empowerment.
Managing Director, Industrial Solutions Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd. and ISL Socio Economic Environmental Integration (ISL SEEI)
Jayananda is the Senior Technical Advisor of Lanka Social Ventures. He has graduated from the University of Rome in Food Technology and processing and has served as a Food Technologist, Business Development and Industrial Liaison Professional in many key government research and development institutes including the Industrial Technology Institute in Sri Lanka. Quality Assurance is another area of expertise of particularly, on cereal based products and in the implementation of GMP, ISO and HACCP quality management systems. He has served as Quality Assurance Manager for Qatar Flour Mills.
Lalith Lokuge works as the Admin and Finance Officer at Lanka Social Ventures. Lalith has a proven track record in handling accounting and financial management systems. He has demonstrated knowledge and ability to build operational systems and implement within any work environment.
Dhanushi is working as the Communications and Events Advisor of Lanka Social Ventures. She has served in many international development organizations specialized in the area of communications, publicity, media liaison and media research. She is also a trainer in gender and technology and gender and disaster risk reduction. She has also worked with secondary schools and the National Institute of Education in the pilot testing of design and technology subject and in promoting appropriate technology through national level school debates. Dhanushi holds a master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Sri Jayawardanepura and has obtained a diploma in general psychology from the Colombo Institute of Research and Psychology.
Hasanthi Jayasinghe holds a BSc Degree in Chemistry & Computer Science from University of Peradeniya. Currently she is following Business Law from University of Colombo. Hasanthi is working with Lanka Social Ventures as a Business Associate since April, 2016. She has experience in working as a youth leader both at community and national level in close collaboration with the National Youth Council of Sri Lanka. She has also served as a Project Assistant with SAP-PYXERA project in 2016. Hasanthi is socially passionate, with the proven ability to work as part of a team with excellent communication and interpersonal skills and analytical skills. Hasanthi has taken an active role in drama and arts as a university student and has also served as the Science Faculty batch representative.
Hameed is the Business Advisor of Lanka Social Ventures. He has graduated from the Open University of Sri Lanka in Sociology and Economics. Experienced in Business Management and Human Resource Management. Worked several community development and livelihood projects in the international Non-Governmental Organizations.
Visvanthan Sinthujan holds Bsc degree in Agriculture Technology Management from University of Peradeniya. Currently, he is following Masters in Organizational Management in University of Peradeniya. Sinthujan is working with Lanka Social Ventures as a Business Associate from October 2017. He has also worked as a Management Executive in Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Limited in 2016. Sinthujan can contribute to the growth and development of community with his skills and competencies.
Rajarathnam Sivatharshan as the Business Advisor of LSV coordinating the business incubation support for SMEs and Social Enterprises in the Northern Province has served in the development sector. He holds a BSC degree in Agriculture from the eastern university of Sri Lanka and an MSC in organisational management from the University of Peradeniya. He also has obtained training on operations and management of agricultural equipment from the Sri Lanka- West German agriculture equipment training centre in Anuradhapura and obtained training on business communication skills from the British Council. He also has experience in serving in international development organisations.