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.
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.
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.