Kumara Alagiyawanna is the Chairman of the Sri Lanka College of Journalism and he is a senior journalist. Currently, He is working as Head of Children Programme unit in Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation. And he is a committee member of the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association.
Kumara Alagiyawanna - Chairman
Chandrasekar Dodawatta is a freelance journalist, media consultant and trainer, social activist, and author.
Currently, he is the convener of the Free Media Movement (FMM), a civil society organization based in Sri Lanka, advocating the right to freedom of expression. He is representing the FMM in the capacity of ex-office director in the board of the Sri Lanka Press Institute.
During his career, spanning nearly four decades, he has served as Editor- in Chief at Dinamina, a daily newspaper published by the Associated News Paper Limited. Prior to becoming the editor of the Dinamina newspaper, he was the editor at Dinakara, and feature editor at Yukthiya for a period of 10 years. He held the position of media secretary to the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs & Industrial Development from 1991 to 2000.
Hana Ibrahim is the Editor in Chief of the Daily Express/Weekend Express, published by Express Newspapers Ceylon Ltd. A journalist by profession, she has over 25 years of local and international experience in the media industry. She is founder-editor of Ceylon Today (Daily and Sunday) and the former editor of Sunday Standard; Senior Associate Editor, Sunday Observer and ‘Friday’, a weekly tabloid, conceived and launched by her. She also worked as a journalist for a short period in the United States and for a longer period in the United Arab Emirates, for the Gulf News, covering a wide range of international issues, from the wars in Somalia and Bosnia to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the subsequent war on Iraq. She has also interviewed a number of world leaders.
Apart from reporting and writing, she also has extensive experience in editing, re-writing, headlines, layout, web editing and training. She has contributed special reports on Sri Lanka to UN publications; on media freedom to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and South Asia Media Commission. She is a co-convenor of South Asian Women in Media -SAWM and founder member of South Asia Media Solidarity Network – SAMSN
Her areas of interest include ethical and professional journalism, responsible journalism, empowering women journalists, good newsroom practices, improving language skills, training young journalists.
Prof. Nalin Abeysekara
Nalin Abeysekera (Professor in Management Studies) attached to the Department of Marketing Management, Faculty of Management Studies, Open University of Sri Lanka. He is a Lecturer for Strategic Management , Marketing and Research Methodology with international lecturing and presentation Exposure in Canada, Singapore, Dubai, Oman, and Qatar. And he has twenty Years experience in Research and Lecturing. Professor Nalin Abeysekera is author/co-author for many international journal articles, conference papers, and books. Furthermore, He is serving as a reviewer for many international journals Professor Abeysekera in his attempt to socialize knowledge has contributed many articles to leading magazines and national newspapers in Sri Lanka on current issues covering Economics, Education, and Tourism. He has also served many panels such as Ph.D. colloquiums, marketing, economics IT and Tourism as moderator and presenter.
M.J.R. David is a communication consultant. He has been a community broadcaster in rural Sri Lanka, and an international broadcaster at the BBC World Service. Having been a research scholar at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He works as the consultant for the University of vocational Technology.
He is engaged with communities in Sri Lanka that use digital storytelling and community radio as a means of expression. M.J.R. David works with the programme for strengthening Information Communication and Development Research Capacity in Asia at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has managed and set up several development communication projects in Asia and served as project manager of the Kotmale Internet Radio, Director of the Sri Lanka Press Council, and Senior lecturer in journalism at the University of Colombo. M.J.R. David holds a Master of Science degree in Development Communication from the University of Philippines from Los Banos.
Sisira Paranatantrie is a veteran journalist and the Secretary of Sri Lanka’s Editor’s Guild, currently serving as the incumbent Director of Ceylon Newspapers Editorial Board.