Design Forum

Dates : 11th August 2018
Time : 7pm – 9pm
Venue : Sports Ministry Auditorium (Zone G)

The Sri Lanka ‘Design Forum 2018’, is a panel discussion where we highlight the importance of design and how it integrates in building a nation, economy and society. The forum will offer a platform for debate among decision makers, practitioners and academics about the future of design needs and outcomes. With the intention of uplifting ‘Design in Sri Lanka’, the aim of the forum is to understand the global operational paradigms and design thinking.


Dr. Sumanthri Samarawickrama

Senior Lecturer, Coordinator Media & Communication Design, Department of Integrated Design

Sumanthri is a lecturer at the Department of Integrated Design, Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa. She has completed her PhD in the subject of Sinhala Typography. The focus of her work had been in learning the practices of Type Design and its evolution in Sri Lanka. She is also a council member of the Royal Asiatic Society, Sri Lanka (RASSL) and a member of the Association Typographique International (ATypI).

Sumanthri had published and presented at many International conferences; 6th Typography Meeting at the University of Aveiro – Portugal, the Face-forward Typography International Conference at the Dublin Institute of Technology- Dublin and at Typography Day, Ahmadabad (2011), Pune (2014), Mumbai (2015). She chaired Sri Lanka’s first International Research Conference on Typography – Typoday 2017.


Malik J Fernando

Managing Director, Resplendent Ceylon Ltd.
Breaking the Barriers of Design

An Industrial Designer and an Educationist, Prof. Kenneth Segal is the founder and Head of the Department of Industrial Design and Shenkar College and Hadassah College in Jerusalem. He is also an associate professor at Hadassah Academic College. He founded and spearheaded PublicZone Transportation Ltd, one of the leading design companies in Israel focusing and specializing in large-scale public transportation projects.
Segal was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved to Israel when he was 14 years old. After his education at Giv’at Ada, he joined the IDF’s Paratroopers Brigade and served as an officer. Following his military service, he worked as a carpenter for several years until he graduated Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem with honors (cum laude). He has then been instrumental in revolutionizing the field of design and design education in Israel during the last two decades. In 2004, Segal graduated with Distinction the M.A. Design program at Middlesex University.
He is currently an associate professor, teaching at the Department of Inclusive Design at Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem and is considered to be one of the leading figures to define, mold and improve Israel’s design education discipline.

Chevann Daniel

Group Director, The Maharaja Organization
The Audacity of Action

Chevaan Daniel begun at several rural schools and finally at S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia. He joined Capital Maharaja as a part-time typist in the newsroom. He is now a group director at Capital Maharaja, which is Sri Lanka’s largest and most diverse privately held conglomerate. He is also the youngest member of the board and consistently attributes his success to his mentor R. Rajamahendran. He also launched Sri Lanka’s first ever SMS News Alert service in 2000. he worked as the Head of Media to the Sri Lanka Cricket Board for a period of two years. Daniel also spent a few years working for the Victoria’s Secret brand at MAS Holdings, under the tutelage of Dian Gomes. However, he is perhaps best known as an English news anchor on MTV Sri Lanka, becoming a household name in his early twenties.

Daniel has been widely recognized for his rapid rise in the world of business in general and media in particular. In 2007 he was awarded the Most Outstanding Young Person of the Year award by Junior Chamber International. In 2017, he was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship- Multi Nation Programme and awarded the first Eisenhower Special Award conferred on a Sri Lankan- The UTC Fellowship, 2017. In 2017, he was appointed to the Global Advisory Board of the Humanitarian Innovation Initiative at Brown University.

Peter D’Almeida

Managing Director and Chief Executive if N-able.
Design: Its Key Capacity

Peter D’Almeida is the Managing Director and Chief Executive of N-able, a company he founded in 2008 with 12 others, which today employs over 200 people, to provide technology-enabled business solutions; ‘connecting people and things, with insight, for an efficient and intelligent world’. Before his involvement with the IT industry Peter was a banker. During this time, he also served as the Treasurer of the Ceylon Bank Employees’ Union where he was actively engaged in championing worker benefits for its employees nationwide.

While his diverse career spans nearly three decades in the banking, advertising and IT industries, Peter has enjoyed a parallel career in the Arts, as an actor and a director. He has starred in plays, television dramas and films. Today, Peter has gained traction as a public speaker for a variety of forums across the education, business and technology sectors.

Through his speeches, Peter has focused on the importance of creativity and the need to push past the narrow boundaries that confine our personal, professional and political lives. This was also the theme at Peter’s keynote at TEDx Colombo 2017, where he urged the audience to think differently about the future – their own as well as of the nation. Peter is an alumnus of the INSEAD School of Business.



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