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About PMI Sri Lanka Chapter

PMI is the globally recognized leading professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession with over 2.9 million professionals across the Globe. Sri Lanka chapter of the PMI is engaged in an activity for motivating and recognizing the Best of the Best in Project Management discipline.

1 Member Forums

This is a forum that allows you to accumulate PDU’s for your certification purposes.

2 Training Programs

Let us show you the pathway to applying for earning and maintaining a PMI certification.

3 Get Involved

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Our History

The request to establish a Sri Lankan counterpart was sent on the 18th July 2003 and was followed with a prompt response by the PMI headquarters as to the procedure of the formation of a new chapter. Once the required criterion was fulfilled the request for the Sri Lankan chapter was approved on the 11th November 2003 by the then PMI CEO Mr.Greg Balestro.

About PMI Global

Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research.

Our Vision

Contribute to the sustainable development of our nation with the world’s best practices in Project Management


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  • To help develop project management professionals in Sri Lanka.
  • To facilitate the Project Management Professional [PMP] Certification process: PMP Exams conducted in Sri Lanka twice a year
  • To promote project management as a key profession and to increase awareness about the importance of project management in organizational success in the public and private sector organizations.
  • To take forward project management in Sri Lanka to world class standards.
  • To become a recognized professional body committed to developing project managers.

Six Reasons for Earning a PMI Certification

Skilled project managers are in demand around the world. A globally recognised project management certification shows employers that you have the knowledge, experience and education to effectively contribute to project team success. The four-step process outlined here will show you the pathway to applying for, earning and maintaining a PMI certification—an important investment in your career that can increase your job stability, expand your earning potential and help you to stand out to employers. Certification is an important step in career development and recognises qualified and competent individuals. Here are six reasons why project management practitioners become PMI certified.

PMI certifications recognise your project management knowledge, skills and abilities. PMI serves as an unbiased endorsement of your project management knowledge and professional experience on a global level.
PMI certifications reflect achievement. Our certifications show that you have demonstrated excellence in the field by meeting standard requirements established by global project management practitioners.
PMI certifications can lead to greater earnings. Many certification holders experience salary increases because of their certification status.
PMI certifications can lead to career opportunities and career advancement. Our family of certifications identifies you as a practitioner who has demonstrated competency in project management processes or in knowledge and experience in specialty areas of practice based on industry standards.
PMI certifications allow for greater recognition from employers. PMI certification holders gain increased recognition from employers for taking the extra step in professional development.
PMI certifications can afford you a competitive advantage within the job market, because the certifications can differentiate you from others within your industry.

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Our Experts

  • President

    Shanaka de Silva

    Shanaka counts over 14 years’ experience in IT, of which 08 years have been spent in the Senior Management with exposure to both managerial and technical spheres. At present he heads the IT Advisory Team at Ernst & Young and provides IT Advisory Services to a distinguished clientele. At Ernst & Young, he specializes in services such as development of ICT strategic plans, ERP implementation related services, assessing gaps of the operations (business functions) with IS, business continuity planning, Project/Programme management of large scale IT implementations, Heading PMO on behalf of the client, IS security policies & procedures and IT Service Management. Throughout his career, he has had extensive exposure to Software Development, Analysis & Design, Implementation, Project/Programme Management, IT Strategic Planning, Pre-Sales Activities (local/foreign clientele), IT Advisory, Administration and Formulation & Monitoring of Budgets. He has over a decade of academic experience and has been associated with prominent universities/institutes including University of Colombo, APIIT, Gen. Sir John Kotelawala Defense University, Informatics Institute of Technology, Royal Institute, Imperial Institute of Higher Education, PMI Colombo Chapter and NIBM.


  • Executive Vice President

    Dushyantha Dassanayake

    Dushyantha functions as the Senior Manager – Systems Development at Sampath Bank PLC. He obtained his BSc, Mathematics from the University of Colombo and MBA, Management of Technology from University of Moratuwa. He is an Information Technology Project Management professional with significant and progressive experience in IT enabling technology, enhancing productivity and fostering efficiency to maximize profitability in a banking / financial services environment. His specialties include Project Management, Program Management, Change and Innovation Management and Systems Development Life Cycle.


  • Vice President Finance / Treasurer

    Dhammike Mendis

    Dhammike counts over 19 years of experience in ICT industry and currently he is the CEO of Ceynocta (Pvt) Ltd. A computer engineer by profession with a strong technical background, he received his B.Sc degree in IT and Computer Engineering from Moscow State University of Communication (MIIT), Russian Federation in June 2000 and MBA from Open University Malaysia. He is a professional member of Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL), British Computer Society (BCS) and Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He started his career as a lecture in computer science at Informatics, Kandy branch. In 2001 he joined Ministry of Education in Sri Lanka as a Project Officer / e-Learning and contributed to the country’s school ICT policy and school ICT curriculum as a team member. Dhammike joined Information & Communication Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) as a Consultant/Internet Technology Specialist for the telecenter project “Nenasala”, which has become a successfully operation with a growing number of centres islanwide.He served at the University of Colombo, Faculty of Education as an Analyst Programmer, Centre for National Operations (CNO) , Ministry of Education, Ceybiz Lanka as the Project Manager for web and software applications, , Geoinformatics International as the Head of IT and at Intelliware Computer Systems, as the Chief Technology Officer. He founded CEYNOCTA (PVT) LTD in 2009 and currently and he is heading Ceynocta as the CEO.


  • Vice President Events

    Shanthilal Fernando

    Shanthilal functions as the Manager FSD and PSD – AT&T GIS Lanka Ltd. He specializes in In Payment Solution and Self Service Solution, Product introduction into Sri Lankan market including ChequeMark Solution, ECPIX and Image Mark Encompass with iTran series and TS scanners. His interests include Photography, Marketing, IT and Environment


  • Vice President Academia & Education Foundation

    Anoja Basnayake

    Ms. Anoja Basnayake counts over 17 years’ experience as an IT professional , of which 11 years have been spent in the Senior Management with exposure to both Managerial and Technical spheres. Ms. Basnayake holds a Bsc (Hons) Degree in Computer Special from the University of Colombo, and qualified PMP holder from PMI USA. She also has completed CIMA (UK) part 1 & 2 and has extensive overseas training inclusive of General Management Programme at the National University of Singapore At present she functions as the Alternate Director Information Technology and Human Recourses Development at A. Baur & Co (Pvt) Ltd. Her extensive working exposure covers the areas of Project Management, Information Communication Technology, Information Systems, ERP Implementation and General Management.


  • Vice President Marketing

    Amila Aluthwala

    Amila Aluthwala is Senior Manager at Mobitel (Pvt.) Ltd and oversees its Network Implementation function. He carries 10 years of project management experience and proven track record in mega scale telecom network expansion projects including Mobitel Stage VII which has won 2015 PMI Award for “Project Excellence in Asia Pacific”. Amila was named as “Young Project Manager of the Year” by International Project Management Association (IPMA) in 2015. (more…)

  • Vice President Professional Development

    Lalith Withana

    Lalith Withana has held senior management positions in the corporate sector for over 25 years in which more than 18 years were at senior management levels in Banking, Manufacturing and Trade. He has worked with Brandix Group, Ernst & Young, AmroBank, IBM World Trade Corporation & Carson Cumberbatch and Yamaha Corporation, USA. He served as a CEO/VP at Brandix for nearly19 years and later as the CEO of Orit Apparels Ltd, and he joined as the Chief Operations Officer at Dilmah Tea/MJF group and was an independent director for Bank of Ceylon till January 2015. (more…)

  • Vice President Volunteer Development

    Saman Kandanearachchi

    Saman counts over 13years experience in telecommunication service industry, of which 4 years have been spent in the senior management with exposure to both managerial and technical spheres. At present he is a DGM at SLT. He specializes in services such as Enterprise Resource Planning, Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management, Project Management and Network Operation Management. He has experience in Managing Projects related to teleco, logistics and IT. He is also experienced lecturer and trainer of supply chain management, project management, strategic management, leadership and soft skills. He is also act as internal verifier to Edexcel courses. He also acted as Treasurer of IESL Toastmaster Club for three consecutive years, which affiliated to Toastmaster International Club USA.

  • Vice President Membership Development

    Vijayakumar Thavendran

    Vijayakumar Thavendran is the CEO of TekMaz and he was the General Manager of eBuilder prior to start the TekMaz Previously he served as a director on the Boards of Dankotuwa Porcelain, Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka, Ceylease Limited and Seylan Bank. He has also been a Commissioner of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission. Currently he is the CFO at Sri Lankan Airlines and the General Manager of Sri Lankan Catering. Vijayakumar Thavendran holds a MSc Degree from the University of Colombo, Colombo and a BSc Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Peradeniya. He is also a Project Management Professional at PMI, USA. 

  • Immediate Past President

    Ganesh Wijenayake

    Ganesh is a Consultant in ICT and he counts over 20 years of experience in the IT industry with a constantly proven track record of both local and international achievements. He has in depth & Hands-on Experience in ICT infrastructure, Process reengineering, data processing, application-engineering, and IT security. Ganesh has served as a Corporate Management Team Member, Director, Senior Technical Consultant, Senior Manager, Program Manager, Project Manager, Senior Systems Engineer/Systems Engineer in key sectors, such as Banking & Finance, Systems Integrators, ISP/ASP, Datacenter, Telecom/Internet, Equipment vendor, Consultancy and Government sectors. He has been involved in implementing many large scale enterprise projects in various countries right throughout the carrier with a highly successful track record of completing the scope. His specialties include IT Strategic planning. BP re-engineering, Process Mapping, System Architect, Disaster Recovery, IT System Audits.IT Infrastructure & Opensource Solutions Specialist. Contract Negotiation & Management, RFP analysis, Project & Program Management


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Contact Us

Any queries? Contact PMI Sri Lanka Chapter

  • #208 A, Stanley Thillekeratne Mawata, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka
  • (+94) 777 810899
  • info@pmicolombo.org
  • Mon - Fri: 08.30 - 17.30