Asia Pacific Institute of Money and Entrepreneurship Development (IMED), which was found a year ago, with the primary objective of contributing to entrepreneurship development and financial literacy education across Asia Pacific region, has announced the appointment of two veterans in the entrepreneurship sphere, Dr. Nirmal De Silva and Dr. Damith Gangodawilage, to its governing board.
The founder President Chaaminda Kumarasiri stated: “Our aim is to emerge as the premier body in Sri Lanka and then in the Asia Pacific region in entrepreneurship development and financial literacy education. We provide a range of services which include but not limited to, advisory services, capacity building programs, short-term courses, certificate programs, workshops as well as other services to inspire and empower existing and aspiring entrepreneurs.”
“We have already partnered with the leading institutions including those in the state sector and we have an elite team of advisors covering a wider spectrum of disciplines supported by a rich resource pool to deliver our promise. I am happy to welcome both Damith and Nirmal who are not strangers to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Sri Lanka and I am sure they will be a great strength for IMED in executing its agenda and will work closely with the administrative team headed by the Chief Operating Officer, P G Tennakoon,”
Dr. Nirmal De Silva is an award-winning business leader with close to two decades of ‘C’ level experience in MNCs and Fortune 500 companies in APAC & South Asian regions. Presently the Co-Founder /CEO of Paramount Realty and the Founder of TYNA Consulting, Dr. De Silva is highly regarded in the corporate sector both as a Strategy Consultant & Corporate Trainer. Dr. De Silva also serves in the boards of several state and private sector organisations in diverse industries. He is also a board member of Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) in Sri Lanka.
Dr. De Silva is a great advocate in improving the startup and social enterprise eco system in Sri Lanka. He is also a member of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) for Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. De Silva is an Associate Professor, Visiting Lecturer & Thesis Supervisor for Undergraduate and Post Graduate level programs in several local and international universities.
Dr. Damith Gangodawilage is an award-winning serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in taxation and financial management locally and internationally. He is the founder of Taxperts Lanka Ltd, a tech start-up that has revolutionised tax compliance by offering digital solutions to taxpayers and tax consultants. This endeavour has won him awards from ICTA, BCS and SLASSCOM.
He is a Governing Council Member of AAT Sri Lanka and Chairman of AAT Business School. Before that he used to be the Vice President of the Sri Lanka Institute of Taxation and the Director/Treasurer of the Colombo Chamber of Commerce. He is also a Member of CMA Sri Lanka COVID19 SME Development Committee, established by the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka and an Exco Member of the SME Task Force established by the CA Sri Lanka.
He holds Doctorate in Entrepreneurship and Compliance Management from the University of Kelaniya and an MBA from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia and a PG. Dip in Business and Financial Management from the University of Cranfield, UK in collaboration with CA Sri Lanka. He also holds a HND in Accountancy from the Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technological Education. He is a Founding Member of Chartered Professional Managers in Sri Lanka.