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Welcome to WCIC - Sri Lanka


The Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce

The Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Sri Lanka (WCIC) was inaugurated in 1985 by a group of entrepreneurs with a visionary mindset. Each of them were already successful in their own business ventures, together with a few professionals they created an organization which has today, reached high standards. They envisaged that the organisation could be a pivotal force in leveraging women entrepreneurs into the mainstream of business activity in the country, encouraging greater economic contribution to the country from women. Today the WCIC is geared to take that path.

The organization is steered with a clear vision, sharp mission , and a strategic plan which delivers on the identified expectations



  About

The Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce is governed by the ChairPerson and the Board of Directors, who are appointed according to the constitution.

An organization with a clear vision will always align what they do with the objectives of reaching the vision. WCIC has carved out it’s own pathway based on the unique “ vision” that has been articulated.

  VISION


To be the “thinktank”“voice” and the “platform” empowering women to be powerful nation builders, by participating in transforming the economic growth of the nation.

Mission of an organization maps out the activity it performs and how they are strategically managed.

  MISSION


Shape the future of women, in Sri Lanka, by providing opportunities for business and professional development, fostering valuable connections, nurturing and empowering to reach their fullest potential, facilitating member success

Values ensure that we stay true to our grounding principles in every thing we do, what ever we undertake.

CORE VALUES
  • Diverse & Inclusive
  • Dynamic & Relevant
  • Can do Attitude
  • Ethical & Sustainable

  OBJECTIVES


With the clearly articulated objectives of delivering on our fundamentals our objectives are clear

1. Ensure we represent the majority of the females of this country , and the group currently involved in entrepreneurial efforts and professional careers , when ever representation is required and lobbying has to be done to create a just policy frame work.

2. Actively engage in meaningful, sustainable capacity building activity for all entrepreneurs and also for professionals in the network

3. Create opportunity for member development, engagement and networking

4. Build the brand of “WCIC” in a meaningful consistent manner

5. Create a framework of ethical and accountable , finance and governance framework

The objectives are driven by pillars, each pillar is led by a Board Member accountable for the specific activity. In most cases several pillars get involved in some complex activity.

The Governing Body of the WCIC 2021-2022

Executive Committee


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Ms. Yasmin Anoji De Silva

Chairperson

Ms. Yasmin Anoji De Silva

Chairperson


  • Partner Ernst & Young Sri Lanka.

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Ms. Ramani Ponnambalam

1st Vice Chairperson

Ms. Ramani Ponnambalam

1st Vice Chairperson


  • Managing Director/ CEO, Mcbertan (Pvt) Ltd

  • Chairperson Alliance Finance

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Ms. Renuka Senanayake

2nd Vice Chairperson

Ms. Renuka Senanayake

2nd Vice Chairperson


  • Partner/Chartered Accountant, Tudor V Perera & Company

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Ms. Sonali De Silva

Joint Secretary

Ms. Sonali De Silva

Joint Secretary


  • Executive Director Alliance Agencies Ltd

  • Director – Alliance Graphics Services (Pvt.) Ltd

  • Director – Heshia Shipping (Pvt.) Ltd

  • Founding Member – Commonwealth Business Women (Sri Lanka) Leadership Group

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Ms. Samitha H. Perera

Joint Secretary

Ms. Samitha H. Perera

Joint Secretary


  • Proprietor , Edmond Handicraft

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Ms. Ashanti Fernando

Treasurer

Ms. Ashanti Fernando

Treasurer


  • Senior Manager - Corporate Banking - Union Bank of Colombo PLC

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Ms. Janaki Perera

Assistant Treasurer

Ms. Janaki Perera

Assistant Treasurer


  • Managing Director, Grand Exports (Pvt) Ltd



Board Members


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Ms. Indrani Fernando

Immediate Past Chairperson

Ms. Indrani Fernando

Immediate Past Chairperson


  • Chairperson/Managing Director New Phillipes Hospital (Pvt) Ltd

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Ms. Chathuri Ranasinghe

Board Member

Ms. Chathuri Ranasinghe

Board Member


  • Attorney-at-Law

  • Chairperson of Legal Firm

  • Agriculturist

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Ms. Tehani Mathew

Board Member

Ms. Tehani Mathew

Board Member


  • Managing Director, Vision Packaging (Pvt) Ltd

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Ms. Nayana karunaratne

Board Member

Ms. Nayana karunaratne

Board Member


  • Chairman/Managing Director: Salon Nayana

  • Image Consultants

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Ms. Sahara Sammoon

Board Member

Ms. Sahara Sammoon

Board Member


  • Immigration & Relocation Services: Founder CEO Magellan Champlain

  • Gem & Jewelry: Director Sapphire Cutters Pvt Ltd

  • Hospitality : Director of Sapphire Capital Group - Cantaloupe Hotels

  • Literary Salon: Founder SCOR Literary Salon

  • Sri Lanka Country Representative for CIPE.ORG

  • Immigration Expert, Women Empowerment Advocate, Investor, Literati

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Ms. Tusitha Kumarakulasingham

Board Member

Ms. Tusitha Kumarakulasingham

Board Member


  • Founder/ Chief Consultant - Z Consultancy

  • Transformation Catalyst for Businesses and Individuals

  • Trainer/Mentor engaged in Human Resource Development

  • Business Strategist

  • Research Consultant/ Marketing & Communication Consultant

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Ms. Nilani Seneviratne

Board Member

Ms. Nilani Seneviratne

Board Member


  • Vice President, Deutsche Bank

  • Certified Emotional Intelligence Practitioner

  • Global Goodwill Ambassador

  • Country Ambassador, Female Wave of Change Global

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Ms. Oshadhi Karunaratne

Board Member

Ms. Oshadhi Karunaratne

Board Member


  • Brand Manager & Head of Product Development - Imperial Tea Exports (Pvt) Ltd

Chairperson’s Message

Vision of Chairperson for 2021-2022


I am honored to be stepping in to take the reigns of this impactful Chamber, which has been moving with a clear vision and a mission making sure the stated values are upheld at all times.

The success of any endeavor is based on the foundation we set and we have now got that clearly sorted. WCIC is functioning according to a well crafted strategic plan, detailing out the activity with clear responsibility being allocated to the respective pillars to work in a cohesive manner. It is heartening to see efforts of the members of the pillars , who dedicate enormous amount of time and energy to ensure our projects are well structured and executed.

Moving in to the 2021/22 period, we want our strategies to be aligned to the SDG goals. There are 17 SDG goals already identified, and most are integrated.



We have identified three areas which are directly connected to what we do.

SDG 1 - No Poverty

SDG 5 - Gender Equality

SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth

Our efforts which target the entrepreneurs and professional women, has our strategies very much aligned to the identified SDGs. We believe focusing and aligning on these SDGs will provide us greater opportunity to collaborate with many other organizations.

I am personally looking forward to a very progressive year , which will enhance the equity of the Brand WCIC even more. Of course our success will depend on the efforts of the Board, Pillar teams and the members at large. We need to ensure that all energies are synergized to get the maximum benefits where the Chamber will contribute to the growth of the economy in a positive manner.



The Pillar Structure

Leaders and Teams for 2021/2022

  The Chairperson
        Ms. Yasmin Anoji De Silva

  The Strategic Consultant
        Ms. Tustitha Kumarakulasigham

Policy Advocacy Pillar

Lobby government and private sector decision makers/stakeholders to create a direction, enabling environment for women to grow and thrive in business, backed by supporting information.

  Leader - Zahra Cader

  Sahara Sammoon
  Rezani Aziz
  Anjana Kulasekera
  Tusitha Kumarakulasingham
  Nivedha Balasunderam
  Chiranthi Cooray
  Nilani Senaviratne
  Ranee Ratnayake

Membership Development & Services Pillar

Awareness, Attraction, Retention

To create awareness among professional and business women with a view to attract them by offering value adding benefits, regular engagements and retaining them with relevant activity and recognition

  Leader - Sonali de Silva

  Illanga Karunaratne
  Ashanti Fernando
  Samitha Perera
  Jina Rajapathirana

Capacity Building Pillar

To enhance skills , knowledge, tools & equipment and resources in promoting the role of women in business and professional services including WCIC members.

  Leader - Nayana Karunaratne

  Chathuri Ranasinghe
  Jani Perera
  Lilanthi Herath
  Tehani Mathew
  Chamila Cooray
  Mihirini de Zoysa

PR & Branding Pillar

To define own brand identity to make it more relevant to the membership while ensuring top of mind brand recall and close engagement with all stakeholders through effective communication to promote WCIC brand

  Leader - Gayani de Alwis

  Oshadhi Karunaratne
  Wathsala Wickramanayake
  Stephanie Adams
  Nayomi Handunnetti
  Rishini Weerarathna
  Shareen Sapideen

Governance & Finance Pillar

To ensure robust policies and guidelines are adopted to steer long term growth for WCIC by ensuring financial sustainability and discipline to achieve

  Leader - Renuka Senanayake

  Indrani Fernando
  Anoji de Silva
  Ramani Ponnambalam

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