Power Woman of the Month

Gayani De Alwis
Management Consultant & Lecturer
Founding Chairperson of WiLAT

Gayani was the former Director, Customer Service and Management Committee member of Unilever Sri Lanka LTD responsible for Supply Chain. During her 19.5 year tenure with Unilever locally and overseas, she has worked in Supply Chain, R&D and Quality Assurance prior to her early retirement to start her own consulting and lecturing career. She was the first female Director for Supply Chain and also the first Global Lead Auditor appointed from South Asia in Unilever.

Gayani holds a MBA from Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) of University of Sri Jayewardenepura Sri Lanka and MSc in Food Process Engineering from University of Reading, UK. She did her undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering from University of Moratuwa before moving to UK to complete her Masters. She is also a Certified Supply Chain Manager (CSCM) from ISCEA, USA.

Gayani Co-founded Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) forum Sri Lanka and was the foundingChairperson ofWiLAT. She is the first female Fellow of Institute of Supply and Materials Management (ISMM) in their 42 year history and aChartered member of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Currently she is the Vice Chairperson of CILT.She is a member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors (SLID), Organization of Professional Associations (OPA) and Women’s Chamber of International and Commerce (WCIC). She was also a Board of Advisor for AIESEC SL, the international student body. She was recently awarded the “Women at the Helm Award for Most Outstanding Female Business Leader of the Year” at PIMA National Management Awards and “Distinguished Mentor and Role Model” award from WiLAT Nigeria for her efforts in promoting mentoring globally. She is a strong advocate of women’s empowerment and actively engages in mentoring and coaching.

Gayani is also a Committee member of National Agenda Committee (NAC) for logistics and transport of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), was a member of the Taskforce appointed by National Human Resource Development Council (NHRDC) to develop a strategy to increase femaleworkforce participation in public and private sector and a task force member of Ministry of Health to improve supply chain in the health sector.

Her interests are in women’s empowerment and promoting supply chain education in the country. Currently she is a Consultant to the World Bank and many leading blue chip companies and a visiting faculty member for postgraduate programs in many local and foreign universities.

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