CA Sri Lanka 41st National Conference to connect over 1,700 participants virtually


An exciting line up of thought leaders as well as high profile speakers and panelists will set the tone for the 41st National Conference of Chartered Accountants organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka), as they help defy the new normal and inspire Chartered Accountants including Business Leaders and C-Suite Executives to overcome the challenges following COVID-19.

The 3-day conference will be held from January 18 to 20, 2021.

 The National Conference, dubbed as Sri Lanka’s biggest business summit, will be inaugurated on Monday, January 18, 2021 under the patronage of Ajith Nivard Cabraal, State Minister of Money, Capital Markets and State Enterprise Reforms and Prof. Sampath Amaratunge, Chairman of the University Grants Commission at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo with a limited number of special invitees in line with health protocols.

However, over 1700 participants from Sri Lanka and overseas will connect virtually with the proceedings of the conference which will be held under the theme ‘Abnormal’. The conference is held on a virtual platform for the first time in its four-decade long history due to the ongoing global pandemic and the related regulations imposed by health authorities.

The conference, which will conclude on January 20, 2021 following two days of technical sessions, will feature locally and globally acclaimed speakers and panelists who will deliberate the changes, opportunities and abnormalities stemming from the COVID-19 crisis, with the aim of stimulating the intellectual curiosity of the participants while also exploring new business and professional practices to succeed in these abnormal times.

The 3-day event will kick off with an inspiring keynote speech delivered by Ms. Selyna Peiris, Director, Business Development, SELYN Exporters (Pvt) Ltd. who will revolve her speech on ‘Walk the Talk’. In her keynote, she will share her experience on managing the culture, operations and most importantly the people within the organisation, especially during these challenging times and how her leadership helped the business remain steady and relevant.

The technical sessions will kick off on January 19, 2021 with the first session on ‘Defying the Normal’ with Dr. Ravi Fernando, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Global Strategic Corporate Sustainability Pvt. Ltd., paying focus to how the pandemic has exposed cracks and left business with little choice but to regroup, rehash and revitalize.

During the session, Dr. Fernando will help craft out the different elements of the triple bottom line and set out a practical framework which 21st century leaders can follow while meeting the expectations of stakeholders with the unique ability to rise to face unforeseen challenges successfully.

Suranga Herath, Chief Executive Officer, English Tea Shop and Mahesh Nanayakkara, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Citizens Development Business Finance PLC will contribute as panelists, while Moiz Rehmanjee, Group Chief Financial Officer, Hela Clothing will moderate the session.