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Damayanthi Wedage - Senior Fashion Educationalist, Lecturer

As a fashion technologist Damayanthi has spent 25 years working with various government institutions, and companies with her specialization in fashion. She started her lecturing career in 1992 at the National institute of education and produced many leading fashion designers to date. She has developed technology transfer programs with Japan International Cooperation Agency and worked for Industrial Development Board for business creation programs. She has been a consultant to develop skill standards and trainer manuals for vocational training authority of Sri Lanka and a member of National industrial training advisory committee. She is also an advisor for National Apprenticeship board. She’s been a speaker in many local and international conference and shared her knowledge on fashion and design. She was also invited to do a fashion project in Maldives on Economic Empowerment of women.

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Ransley Burrows - Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett

He is the Chief Creative Officer at Leo Burnett and Publicis Sri Lanka. Before joining Leo Burnett in 2019, Ransley was Regional Creative Director for Unilever at Mullen Lowe Thailand where he created integrated campaigns for Unilever Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. He joined MullenLowe Thailand in 2016 after an 8-year stint at Ogilvy Colombo, winning numerous international awards such as Spikes, Abbies and Effies, and garnering the first international Gold award at Adfest Tokyo for GlaxoSmithKline. He also serves regularly on jury panels at international advertising festivals and is a judge this year at Adstars 2019 Busan, South Korea. This will be his third consecutive year serving on the Adstars Busan jury panel. He was also a Grand Jury member at New York Festival 2018, and at the Lisbon Advertising Festival in 2018.

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Sharmila Dharamarasa Fonseka – Director Programming, TV Derana

With more than 23 years’ experience, it can be argued that Sharmila has been a cornerstone in redefining how Sri Lankan population watch television. She held positions as an Assistant Commercial Director at Tele Cine, senior producer at Young Asia Television and supervising producer at Star Vijay Television, India. From 2015 she been serving the number on TV channel of the country TV Derana as Director of programming. During the 14 years at Derana, she has launched many award winning reality shows from singing programs to world class beauty pageants. While she is the National Director of Miss Earth, she was awarded the gold award in the media category at the Women in Management Awards 2019.

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Brian Kerkoven - Choreographer, Show Director, National Director (International Pagents)

Well experienced in fashion choreography, styling and pageants, Brian is also a fashion designer. The Femina magazine rated him in the five Top designers in Sri Lanka. He has trained and introduced so many models to the Sri Lankan fashion ramps. His models have proven their talents not only in Sri Lanka but, globally by winning international pageants. The choreography and production of many fashion shows and beauty pageants has entrenched him as a leader in this field. He was also nominated as the top 5 Asia’s upcoming Designers for 2014 in China. He is the National Director Mister international, Supermodel International, Mister Global Teen, World next top model and the Joint National Director for Miss Grand International, Miss Tourism Universe.

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Indeevari Yapa Abeywardena – Senior Fashion Designer

An established fashion designer in Sri Lanka, the founder of three fashion labels, Indi Diva, Indi and Co and I-Bride. A fashion graduate from University of Hertfordshire (UK). She has showcased her collections in Asia Fashion week, Colombo Fashion Week, London graduate fashion week, Melbourne fashion week and Lakme Sri Lanka fashion week. She is also a board of advisor for the Beauty council of Sri Lanka, Member of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Sri Lanka. One of the sort after names in the Sri Lankan fashion industry.

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Yasotharan Paramanathan – CEO of LiCC Jeans

Yaso has been CEO of Long Island Clothing Company (LiCC Jeans) for more than three years. Prior to joining the Hirdaramani Group owned brand, he was the top executive for couple of more known fashion brands in Sri Lanka. He climbed the ranks from the marketing and retail side of the fashion business, and holds the ability to keep up with rapidly changing fashion trends and showcase the brands collections with minimal time lines. A strong believer in brand positioning statement which helps him to make effective decisions to differentiate the brand, attract target customers, and win market share. He also serves as the Secretary for Sri Lanka Apparel Brands Association (SLABA) with a vision to create the platform for Sri Lankan fashion brands to enter global fashion markets.

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Chulapadmendra Kumarapathirana – Top Model, Catwalk Trainer

A top model of the Sri Lankan fashion industry. She was repeatedly and frequently featured on the cover of many magazines and still being featured. Her modeling career expands for almost fifteen years now and still she looks fresh and energized. She almost walked on the ramp for all the top designers in Sri Lanka and she has grown to be a “designer favorite”. Other than modeling she has extended her talents in various disciplines such as choreographing, training, acting and dancing. Moreover, she has taken the Sri Lanka to the International arena, she won “Miss tourism model of the world press“ award in Tanzania in 2006. She was the official catwalk trainer for the newly crowned Mrs World 2019 Caroline Jurie.

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Dylan Seedin – Fashion Photographer

An experienced Wedding & Fashion Photographer for 10 years specializing mainly in local and international destination assignments. His fashion and wedding projects have expanded to over 10 countries such as Italy, France, Dubai, Hawaii, India, USA, UK, Thailand, Indonesia, Greece and Australia. Also took on roles to be the official photographer for many fashion events and fashion weeks in Sri Lanka and international beauty pageants. Dylan has won many International Awards. In 2016 he was selected as one of the Top 150 International wedding photographers. He also adjudged as the Seventh International Wedaward Collection Winner.