Military to Corporate Entrepreneurship Capsule – the second batch of 24 serving officers comprising twelve Maj. Generals, three Brigadiers, four Rear Admirals and five Commodores / Air Commodores took the salute this evening in a fitting finale before sun-set at the Water’s Edge, with Defence Secretary, Gen. Kamal Gunaratne as Chief Guest.
The initiative which is sponsored by the Group Chairman of ACCESS Engineering PLC, Sumal Perera was initially launched in March 2021, for retired officers. This is the first time that the initiative was open for the serving officers of the tri-forces and it was a tremendous success, said Gen. (Rtd) Daya Ratnayake, the Patron and initiator of M2C in Sri Lanka.
The conversion kit that will help transform military veterans into corporate trailblazers ready to lead private or State-run organizations will encompass adoption of corporate work ethic and strategic thinking, people management and work agendas driven by wealth creation on the cutting-edge of technology and knowledge transfer, says Ranjeewa Kulatunga, Patron for the Alumni of IPMA-HR.USA in Sri Lanka and Managing Director of Intercontinental Institute of Human Resource Management (IIHRM) which leads the ground-breaking programme.
The nominations are managed by the M2C Operational Directorate headed by Major General K. T. A. D. S. Kolambathantri – RWP RSP USP psc IG , Air Vice Marshal Roshan Biyanwila – Director Admin SLAF, Commodore – Vijitha Marapana and Col. Sujeewa Rathnayake – M2C Military Coordinating officer under the direction of the Tri-Force Commanders in collaboration with OCDS.
The carefully picked IIHRM team of corporate consultants who facilitated the sessions – led by Ranjeewa Kulatunga, Chief Consultant/IIHRM; Omar Khan, World Speaker and Founder Sensei International; Dr. Marlon Ferreira, Kumara Galhenage (Group GM Talent Development Brandix), Faraz Farook (Lead Consultant IIHRM), Ranjan de Silva (Chief Consultant IIHRM & Head Sensei Asia) Lalith Weeratunga (Principal Advisor to HE the President) and Bradley Emerson (Chief Consultant IIHRM and MD IIHE) received appreciation awards from Gen. Kamal Gunaratne and the Pre-Course Assessment was facilitated by Mrs. Rukmani Manohar.
As these professionals leave a distinguished military career, corporate Sri Lanka and State-run institutions have an invaluable opportunity to harness their superior skills and discipline. Trained to be officers and gentlemen, battle-hardened toughness is all but one part of their multi-faceted character and skill sets.
Retiring Officers must remain an invaluable asset to the country, we are indeed glad to be part of this laudable initiative working together alongside IIHRM and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce says Sumal Perera, Chairman of ACCESS Engineering PLC, the resource partner for the ‘M2C Military to Corporate Entrepreneurship Certification’ Capsule series.
Sri Lanka’s adoption to the universally-recognized concept of M2C or military to corporate transfer was first proposed in a new strategic transformational framework for Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force with IIHRM’s Ranjeewa Kulatunga and Dr. Dinesh Watawana, among its authors during Gen. Daya Ratnayake’s stewardship as the Commander of the SLA.
The specially designed immersion workshops give senior military officials a simulated experience in understanding how things click outside the military, the general business behavior and just how to embrace the change while pointing them towards modern skill-sets they must acquire on the cutting-edge – especially with the introduction of a pre module assessment center to determine the competency gaps of the participating officers makes the initiative valid, reliable and relevant to each individual, said Prof. Gunapala Nanayakkara the iconic educationist who is the head of the IIHRM Global Advisory Council.
The initiative was flagged under the auspicious of General Kamal Gunarathe – Defense Secretory with the Commander of the Sri Lanka Airforce, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana WWV and Bar, RWP and Bar, RSP and three Bars, VSV, USP, MSc (MOA) USA, MSc (Def Stu) in Mgt, M Phil (Ind), MIM (SL), ndc (Ind), psc, qfi and Maj Gen. W. L. P. W. Perera RWP RSP ndu. Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army along with Rear Admiral Y. N. Jayarathna RWP & Bar RSP USP ndu psc Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy.
The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce was represented by Duminda Hulangamuwa, Vice Chairman.
The official M2C website www.m2csrilankacenter.com that was created by the web sponsor Allion Technologies will showcase the CVs of the officers giving the corporates free access to engage with them directly – besides this our graduate placement partner the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce use this website to drive the placement drive.