Lasantha De Silva – CEO
Lasantha, originally from the banking sector, is a first class honours graduate from the Netherlands in International Business Management and has read for his Masters in Leadership, Innovation and Change Management from the UK. Prior to providing leadership to two giant Sri Lankan tertiary education centers he was an expatriate in the Netherlands for several years. He is an Honorary Lecturer in Finance, Accounting and International Management in the Netherlands and has been offering lectures in Netherlands, Russia and in Sri Lanka for almost a decade.
Lasantha’s expertise in Education Management in both Western Europe and Sri Lanka is immense. He is also specialised in the areas of Modern Management, Financial Management, Computer Systems & Design, and also has a very strong track record of Change Management. He has held positions in the capacity of Chief Operating Officer and Director Higher Studies in the education sector prior to being appointed as the CEO at UCL.
Nishani De Silva : COO
Nishani possesses over a decade of experience in the areas of project management and general administration in the fields of Education and Healthcare. She has contributed to the establishment and development of health and education organizations and has managed diverse teams to enable the delivery of excellent outcomes. Nishani was involved in establishing an ISO approved healthcare training organization, which today offers from Certificates to PhD in areas of Nursing, Physiotherapy, Health Management and Bio Medical Sciences. She held the post of Director Operations and overlooked all operations including Finance, Marketing, Facility, Human Resources, General Administration and Academic Administration.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colombo, a Master’s Degree from Asia e University (Malaysia) and an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK).
Dr. Dhananjay Kulkarni : Dean of Academic Affairs
Dr. Dhananjay completed his undergraduate degree Bachelor of Engineering in his hometown at University of Pune, India. He received both his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in the field of Computer Science from the University of California, USA. Between 2007 and 2010, he was an Assistant Professor at the Boston University, USA, where he taught courses and conducted research related to Software Engineering, Databases and Information Security. He was also a Post-doctoral Researcher at Brandeis University during 2007-2008.
As the chair of the Research Committee he led several projects to promote research among staff and students, including organizing workshops, seminars and conferences. Under Dr. Dhananjay’s guidance several final year and MSc students have co-authored research papers at local and international level in the areas Data Mining, Digital Forensics, Steganography, Password Security and Data Modelling. Dr. Dhananjay’s current research interests are in the areas of Data Streams, Password Security, Real-time Event Processing, Cyber Security, and Information Privacy. He has published his previous work in several journal and conference papers in international level ACM and IEEE publications. He also serves as a member of the Program Committee and Review Board of International Conferences and Journals in the field of Computing.
Mr. Ashwaq Ahmed – Head of Marketing
Mr. Ashwaq believes “Education is an opportunity for change and an investment in life”, it is a gift to be a part of an industry where you help people shape their lives in a positive direction. With over a decade of experience in the Higher Education Management and Marketing, He is a Graduate of London Metropolitan University with a Bachelors in Computing & Information Systems.
He has expertise in a diverse set of disciplines which he gathered through his experience working to Local, International and Multi-National brands in the Higher Education sector throughout his career. With the organizations he has been associated in the past, Mr. Ashwaq has managed diverse teams who had produced excellent results, which has immensely contributed for organizational growth.