Stars shine at the National
IT-BPO Leadership Awards 2007

The National IT-BPO Leadership Awards 2007 ceremony, jointly organized by the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), was successfully concluded on August 31. The event was preceded by the first National IT-BPO Capacity Summit attended by over 250 IT-BPO industry professionals and leaders to endorse a common national strategy to build human resource capacity in the industry.

The Leadership Awards took shape to award the Most Outstanding CEO, Most Outstanding Entrepreneur and three outstanding Young ICT Professionals from the IT-BPO industry.

The awardees of these prestigious awards, presented by the Minister of Enterprise Development & Investment Promotion, Dr. Sarath Amunugama are as follows:

= Most Outstanding CEO – Virtusa Corporation Chairman & CEO - Kris Canekeratne.

= Most Outstanding Entrepreneur – Microimage (Pvt) Ltd CEO -Harsha Purasinghe.

= Young ICT Professionals –

= Virtusa Corporation Associate Team Lead - Ms Anuki Gunawardene

=Business Process Excellence & Transformation at WNS Global Services, Sri Lanka Assistant Manager - Dumidu Ranaweera and

=Zeelabs (Pvt) Ltd. CEO Zulfer Hassen.

The Most Outstanding CEO award was presented to Kris Canekeratne in light of the significant contribution he has made to the industry and for leading and positioning Virtusa Corp. as a global company. In this inaugural year of staging the annual IT-BPO Leadership Awards, there is no doubt that the stature of Canekeratne will bring prestige to the award, rather than the award itself.

Bagging the Most Outstanding Entrepreneur Award, Harsha Purasinghe of Microimage - a software research and development company, was recognized as a commendable entrepreneur in the ICT sector, who has started small, taken business risks, and successfully exploited market opportunities to grow into an entity in the medium / large scale industry that he leads today. The industry and indeed the country, needs many more of these pioneers.

The three admirable Young ICT professionals recognized, who are all under the age of 30, were awarded this prestigious award from amongst the 13 submitted applications as the most promising among them. An independent expert group that evaluated the applications, came to the unanimous conclusion that the selected awardees were the best and the brightest among the applicants. They stated that they had the potential to make a substantial contribution to the industry in the years to come.

"The recently concluded National IT-BPO Leadership Awards was well attended and received by the industry. The award scheme was instituted to recognize exceptional professionals in the industry and it did so rightfully. The award scheme was run through ICTA’s ICT Capacity Building Programme (ICBP) and all awards consist of a scholarship to an international training course as well. On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the Leadership Awards, we congratulate the awardees, and this inaugural year is the one of the first initiatives taken by the industry to recognize significant contributors," commented T. Suresh, Chairman of the Organizing Committee-IT-BPO Leadership Awards.



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