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CA Sri Lanka to stimulate ‘Unleashed Thinking’ to promote Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship at the 37th National Conference

30th August 2016: In an effort to help corporates and business leaders achieve their maximum potential which will ultimately reflect on the country’s national growth objectives, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) will take the lead in helping organisations unleash their potential at the 37th National Conference which will be held in October this year.

The conference which will revolve around the inspiring theme ‘Unleashed Thinking’ will pay special focus on the potential of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship and how it can benefit the country and help Sri Lanka become a global player.

The conference which has built a reputation as a business summit is expected to bring together over 1500 business leaders including Chartered Accountants and Leaders from other professions from 19th to 21st October 2016. The annual event will be further boosted with an expert panel of local and foreign speakers who will share insights during two days of technical sessions, which will follow the inauguration of the conference on 19th October 2016.

Unveiling the theme of this year’s conference at a press conference in Colombo, President of CA Sri Lanka Mr. Lasantha Wickremasinghe noted that Sri Lanka has great potential and if it is to reach it’s maximum capabilities it should be an innovation driven global player.

“With Asia being the engine of growth, and as a nation belonging to this region we can gain great momentum from this growth. Therefore, our corporates need to take advantage from this growth which will ultimately reflect greatly on the national economy,” Mr. Wickremasinghe said.

He noted that the country can boost its standing as a global player by encouraging and promoting entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, which will help take Sri Lanka to the next level.

This year’s national conference theme was unveiled by Mr. Wickremasinghe in the presence of CA Sri Lanka’s Vice President Mr. Jagath Perera, Chairman of the National Conference Committee Mr. Tishan Subasinghe, Chairperson of the National Conference Technical Committee Ms. Anoji De Silva and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Aruna Alwis.

With entrepreneurship fast emerging as a transformational megatrend of the 21st century given its capacity to reshape economies and industries throughout the world, entrepreneurs can also be the lifeblood of economic growth in Sri Lanka, as they provide a source of income and employment for themselves as well as for others.

An intrapreneur is known as an entrepreneur who turns ideas into profitable products and services as an employee of a company. Intrapreneurship is a relatively recent concept that focuses on employees of a company that have many of the attributes of entrepreneurs. Intrapreneurship provides great opportunities to organisations to re-invent themselves and exploit emerging opportunities.

Mr. Subasinghe pointed out that the primary aim of the technical sessions will be to encourage ‘innovative’ entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, and ensure that entrepreneurs and established market-leading companies are ready to face challenges from disruptive technologies and millennial workforces, while also encouraging Governments and policy makers to establish an environment that enables an ‘innovation driven’ economy.

He also noted that the conference will explore how entrepreneurs both global and local have ventured into different aspect by choosing their own path, and also how their paths have in turn worked towards the greater good of their organisations and the country.

“We will have the opportunity to listen to both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs sharing their stories of success. The conference will also focus on entrepreneurs, who are millennials, who uses digitalization for entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs use funding to reach new horizons,” Mr. Subasinghe said.

Ms. Anoji De Silva elaborating on the technical sessions said that during the sessions, local and foreign speakers and panelists including both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs will challenge participants to visualize what it takes to reach the next level and how to achieve success through ‘Unleashed Thinking.’

She said that the technical sessions will focus on seven areas covering; Extreme Entrepreneur, Breaking Stereotypes – Age Is Just a Number, Unleashing Corporate Intrapreneurship, Harnessing Power of Millennials, Digitalization – Your Next Competitive Play, No Dream is Too Big and Funding Entrepreneurship.


CA Sri Lanka President Mr. Lasantha Wickremasinghe addressing the media.

Head Table from Left to Right: CA Sri Lanka’s Chairperson of the Technical Committee Ms. Anoji De Silva, Vice President Mr. Jagath Perera, President Mr. Lasantha Wickremasinghe, Chairman of the Conference Committee Mr. Tishan Subasinghe and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Aruna Alwis.

Chairman of the Conference Committee Mr. Tishan Subasinghe addressing the media.

Chairperson of the Technical Committee Ms. Anoji De Silva addressing the media.