The History of WCIC - Sri Lanka

WCIC is said to be the first women-only trade chamber to be set up anywhere in the world.

The Founder Chairperson was Chloe de Soysa.

The WCIC’s priority was to harness our members’ economic power in the country gaining recognition and improving their lives while stimulating the socio-economic growth.

In its history, WCIC has to its credit many innovative projects such as the Agromart Foundation, Training Course for Women Migrant Workers, Poverty Alleviation Through Entrepreneurship Development, SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneur Council, and the most recent South Asian Women’s Economic Network which links leading women’s organizations in South Asia, the Women’s Entrepreneur Awards, the launch of the first Commonwealth Women’s Entrepreneur Awards, Capacity Building Workshops, Financial Literary Programs, Women in Business Trade Fairs, Business English, Business Delegations, Empowering War Widows through Chick Farming , Micro Credit Projects, Empowering differently-abled women through training in beauty culture among several more.

WCIC is aligned to organizations such as Federation of Chambers of Commerce Sri Lanka (FCCISL), SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and NCE, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Ministry of Labour Relations & Foreign Employment, Ministry of Industries, Export Development Board, Sri Lanka Customs, Employer’s Federation of Ceylon, Society for Corporate Social Responsibility, International Labour Organisation (ILO), Project SMED, Sri Lanka Business Development Centre (SLBDC), Sri Lanka National Arbitration Centre, etc.

Founder Members


First Governing Board - 1985

  Ms. Chloe de Soysa

  Ms. Beula Munasinghe

  Ms. Karuna de Silva

  Ms. Lakshmi S Wijeratne

  Ms. Carmel Goonathilleke

  Ms. Maya Senanayake

  Ms. PriyaniTennekoon

  Ms. Ranjanie Manuelpillai

  Ms. Nirmala de Mel

  Ms. Lakshmi G.Perera



Original Founder Members whose financial contribution as membership fee enabled the WCIC to set up a fund which was then supported by Asia Foundation & United States Agency for International Development (USAID)


  Ms. Joan Forbes

  Ms. Mano Muthukrishna

  Ms. Ramola Sivasundaram

  Ms. Janet Balasuriya

  Ms. NaliniEllawala

  Ms. Barbara Sansoni

  Ms. Nayomi Fernando

  Ms. Chandra Madanayake

  Ms. Surangani Gunasinghe

  Ms. PushpaPadmaperuma


Past Chairpersons


  Mrs. Chole De Soysa

1985 / 1986

  Mrs. Beulah Moonesinghe

1986 / 1988

  Ms. Nirmala De Mel

1988 / 1991

  Mrs. Maya Senanyake

1991 / 1992

  Mrs. Ranee Ratnayake

1992 / 1993

  Mrs. Manel Thirmavithana

1993 / 1994

  Mrs. Suriyakanthi Mellawa

1994 / 1995

  Mrs. Janaki Gunawardena

1995 / 1996

  Mrs. SitaYahampath

1996 / 1998

  Mrs. Yvette De Silva

1998 / 2001

  Mrs. Daya Jayaratne

2001 / 2002

  Mrs. Indira Kulatilake

2002 / 2005

  Mrs. Rezani Aziz

2005 / 2006

  Mrs. Ramya Weerakoon

2006 / 2009

  Mrs. Vidyani Hettigoda

2009 / 2012

  Mrs. Saroshi Dubash

2012 / 2014

  Mrs. Rifa Musthapha

2014 / 2017

  Mrs. Chathuri Ranasinghe

2017 / 2020

  Mrs. Indrani Fernando

2020 / 2021