Digital Roadmap for Northern Province :Main Forum Online Event 26th June 2.30PM

Join our eminent panel of speakers @the Northern Province Stakeholder Engagement Forum. An Initiative to improve Digital Technology adoption in the Northern Province.


DAY 2 – 26th June Digital Economy Forum Engagements (Morning parallel sessions)

Northern Startup Forum –Yarl IT Hub:

9.00 am to 10.30 am

  Tech Diffusion Forum:

11.00 am to 12.30


Purpose: The primary objective to inspire an ambition for accelerated international growth by sharing the story of growth of successful entrepreneurs. Encouraging startups to not be complacent at USD 100,000 Annual revenue but be ambitious to become USD 1 Mn annual revenue business. Among them, the next step is to go beyond USD 5 Mn.”



  Purpose: To improve productivity, quality, and higher income from agriculture in the Northern region through knowledge transition. The tech diffusion will continuously support the agricultural advancement across the country by adopting technology.


Moderator: Mr. Sachindra Samararatne, Director – Startup Ecosystem Development, ICTA   Moderator: Prof. Pradeep Abeygunawardena, Director – Technology Diffusion
Inspirational Talks:

Ms. Lakmini Wijesundara, CEO /IronOne Technologies & BoardPac


Mr Alagan Mahalingam           Founder and CEO of Rootcode Labs


Mr Gobinthiran Kulendran       Founder and CEO of HUEX STUDIO

  Inspirational Talks

Ms. Amali Ranasinghe, COO, SLIBTEC


Eng. Ragupathyraj Valluvan, Lecturer, Dept. of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, University of Jaffna

Key Topics:

Alternative Credit Assessment Framework

Impediments Removal for SME growth

  Key Topics:

GovTech lab concept

PPP innovation facility



Industry Development Forum:

9.30 am to 11.00

  Citizen Forum:

11.00 am to 12.30


Purpose: Getting know the industry perspectives on regional development of the Northern Province and creating awareness of ICTA digital roadmap and vision on regional development.   Purpose: To create awareness on Digitalization roadmap of ICTA to   build confident and positive engagement with digital technologies in the Northern Province.


Moderator: Ms. Chiranthi Balapatabendi, Director – Industry Development, ICTA


  Moderator: Mr. Sameera Jayawardena, Director – Capacity Building, ICTA
Inspirational Talks

Mr. Ashique Ali, Director/ Talliance  and CEO/Vice Chair at SLASSCOM


Sharanyan Sharma – Founder/CEO, Extream SEO

  Inspirational Talks

K. V. Kuganathan, Group CIO/Chairman, Janashakthi & Chairman/ BCS


An official from MOHA or District Secretary

Key Topics:

Data protection bill

Freelancer community development

  Key Topics:

eThaksalava for government schools of 4M

Digital for Everyone (D4E) – women focus

Main Forum: 26th June 2021  | 2.30 pm to 5.00 pm

Venue: NAITA Auditorium, 3rd Floor 971 Sri Jayawardenepura Mawatha, Rajagiriya

Moderator: Ms. Bernadine Ranasinghe


2.30 pm – 2.40 pm MoT Vision for Digital Sri Lanka

Mr. Jayantha De Silva, Secretary, Ministry of Technology

2.40 pm – 2.50 pm ICTA Strategy

Prof. Lalith Gamage, Chairman, ICTA


2.50pm – 3.00 pm Presentation : Digital Economy – Role of Northern Cluster

Mr. Anura De Alwis, Chief Digital Economy Officer, ICTA

3.00 pm – 3.35 pm Panel Discussion : Connectivity & Communication in Northern Cluster

Moderator : Ms. Bernadine Ranasinghe

Mr. Oshada Senanayake, DG/ TRCSL (10 Mins Intro)

Mr. Supun Weerasinghe/ Director/GCEO/Dialog

Mr. Lalith Seneviratne, GCEO, SLT / Mobitel

Mr. Ashish Chandra  CEO/ Airtel

Mr. Thirukumar Nadarasa, CEO / Hutch

Mr. Prasad Samarasinghe, CEO / LankaBell

3.35 pm – 3.45 pm Q & A on the Panel
3.45 pm – 4.00 pm Address by Prof. S. Sri Satkunarajah, Vice-chancellor, UoJ


4.00 pm – 4.35 pm Panel : Developing Technology Industry in Northern Cluster

Moderator : Ms. Bernadine Ranasinghe

Mr. Channa Manoharan, Chairman/  SLASSCOM
Prof. Gihan Dias / FITIS,
Mr. K V Kuganathan, Chairman/ BCS
Mr. Thangarajah Thavaruban, Chairman / NCIT
Mr. Damith Hettihewa, President / CSSL
Mr. Heminda Jayaweera, COO /SLINTEC
Ms. Amali Ranasinghe, COO, SLIBTEC


4.35 pm – 4.45 pm Q & A on the panel  
4.45 pm – 4.50 pm MoU signing with NCIT and ICTA


4.50 pm – 4.55pm Case Study : Showcasing a successful IT Company in Northern Province
5.00 pm Closing Remarks: Mr. Thangarajah Thavaruban, Chairman / NCIT

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