Academic Staff

Dr. Dhananjay Kulkarni

Dean of Academic Affairs

Academic Qualifications
  • PhD (University of California, USA)
  • MSc (University of California, USA)
  • BEng (University of Pune, India)

Professional Qualifications / Certifications
Certificate in Teaching Principles and Practice

Teaching Expertise
Data Science, Algorithms, Database Systems, Information Security, Applied Cryptography

Research / Consultancy Expertise
Databases – Big Data Analytics, Optimization Techniques for Streaming Data. Information Security – Secure Authentication Techniques, Image Forensics. Computer-aided Teaching and Learning Tools

Dr. Devangi Perera

Senior Lecturer / Programme Coordinator (MCD)

Academic Qualifications
  • PhD (Monash University, Malaysia)
  • Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Hons) (Monash University, Malaysia)

Teaching Experience
Economics of Labour Markets

Research Expertise
Economics of Education
Development Economics
Social Capital

Ms. Kaleeka Ekanayake

Senior Lecturer / Programme Coordinator (UCLan)

Academic Qualifications
  • Master of Information Systems Management (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
  • Bachelor of Business Information Systems (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
  • Diploma in BSC Professional Examination (Sri Lanka)
  • Diploma in Computer Systems Design (NIBM, Sri Lanka)
  • Reading PhD in ICT for Development (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)

Teaching Expertise
Business Information Systems
Management Information Systems

Research / Consultancy Expertise
Major costs involved in and benefits realization of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems implementation in Small and Medium size Enterprises (SME)

Ms. Asiri Perera

Program Coordinator (MUFY) / Senior Lecturer / Student Experiences Officer

Academic Qualifications
  • PhD (Science) (Monash University, Malaysia) (in-progress)
  • BSc. (Hons). (Biotechnology) (Monash University, Malaysia),

Teaching Expertise

Research / Consultancy Expertise
Natural products and Bioactive compounds

Ms. Poornima Weerasinghe

Manager - Academic Administration & Student Support

Academic Qualifications
  • Master of Conservation and Heritage Management (India)
  • B.Sc (Biology) (India)
  • National Eligibility Test for Lectureship (UGC, India)

Teaching Expertise
Research / Consultancy Expertise

Research / Consultancy Expertise
Natural products and Bioactive compounds

Dr. Madhavi Pahalagedara

Senior Lecturer

Academic Qualifications
  • PhD (University of Connecticut, CT, USA)
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry (University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka)

Professional Qualifications/Certifications
Masterton Excellency in Teaching Award

Teaching Expertise
Undergraduate General Chemistry (Theory)
General Chemistry (Laboratory)
Inorganic Chemistry

Research / Consultancy Expertise
Natural products and Bioactive compounds

Mr. Haren Lalchand

Information Systems Coordinator / Lecturer

Academic Qualifications
  • M.S. Computer Information Systems (Florida Institute of Technology, USA)
  • MBA (Florida Institute of Technology, USA)
  • B.S. Computer Engineering (Florida Institute of Technology, USA)

Teaching Expertise
C/C++, Python, JavaScript Programming.

Research / Consultancy Expertise
Game Design
Web Development

Mrs. Charuni Wijerathne

Programme Coordinator / Lecturer

Academic Qualifications
  • BSc Civil Engineering (University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka)
  • PGDip (University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka)
  • Reading PhD in Water Engineering (Liverpool John Moores University - UK)

Teaching Expertise
Fluid & Hydraulics
Water and Wastewater Engineering
Research Methodology, Engineering Physics
Engineering Design

Research / Consultancy Expertise
Water & Wastewater Treatment: Sustainable water treatment units design and modelling (community and household level), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) based modelling of water and wastewater treatment units.
Sustainable construction materials for low cost housing for developing countries
Disaster management for developing countries
Sustainable project management techniques for development projects.

Mr. Nalith Fernando

Senior Lecturer

Academic Qualifications
  • MSc Financial Mathematics (University of Colombo)
  • BSc(Hons) Physical Sciences (University of Sri Jayewardenepura)
  • PhD (in progress)- (Swinburne University of Technology)

Professional Qualifications/Certifications
PGD in Education (University of Colombo)
Teaching Expertise
Pure Mathematics, Engineering Mathematics, Statistics.

Research / Consultancy Expertise
Modelling an Actuarially Fair Crop Insurance Model for Paddy Field Sector of Sri Lanka.
A Study on Investigating Erroneous Factors Taking Place in Mathematics Assessments.
Modelling the Dynamics of a Colony of Motile Bacteria, Covering a Thin Liquid Film. (in progress)

Ms. Udeshi Nugawela


Academic Qualifications
  • MSc Economics (University of Surrey, UK)
  • BA(Hons) Economics (University of Colombo, Sri Lanka)

Teaching Expertise
Global Studies
International Business

Research / Consultancy Expertise
Financial markets
Tourism Economics
Development Economics

Ms. Ayami Tennekoon

Head, Department of English, Senior Lecturer

Academic Qualifications
  • MSc Instructional Design and Development (University of South Alabama, USA)
  • BA (Hons) English Literature (University of Colombo)

Professional Qualifications/Certifications
Diploma in TESOL, London Teacher Training College (LTTC), UK
Certificate in Teaching IELTS, London Teacher Training College (LTTC), UK
Licentiate Teacher’s Diploma in Speech and Drama (LTCL), Trinity College of London

Teaching Expertise
English language
English literature
Business English,
English for specific purposes including IELTS preparation
Academic skills
Career Development and Organizational Behaviour

Research / Consultancy Expertise
Business English, English for Sales, English for Customer Service, Technical Writing for specific corporate clients and Public Speaking.

Workshops Conducted: Presentation Skills, Professional Writing, Negotiation Skills, Telephone Etiquette, Personal Grooming and the Management of Change, Stress and Time,

IELTS Preparation, Intercultural Communication and Effective Instructional Design Models.

Research Interests: The language of Social Media, Creativity and Innovation in Education, Career Development, Employability Skills Development in Education, Personal Branding

Mr. Thepul Ginige

Senior Lecturer / Programme Coordinator (UIFY)

Academic Qualifications
  • PhD (University of Colombo)- Reading
  • MA in Criminology (University of Sri Jayewardenepura) – Reading
  • Master of Information Technology (University of Colombo)
  • Pg.Dip in Criminology & Criminal Justice (University of Sri Jayewardenepura)
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Information Technology (Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology)
  • Bachelor of Science (University of Sri Jayewardenepura)

Professional Qualifications/Certifications
Member of Sri Lankan Computer Society (MCSSL)
Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS)
Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (MIEEE)

Teaching Expertise
Database Management Systems,
Information Strategy,
Mathematics and Statistics,
Network Security,
Industrial Information

Research / Consultancy Expertise
Databases: - Database performance, Big Data Analytics, Data Mining, Database Warehousing
Internet and Networking: - Network security, Cyber security, Computer Forensic, Social networks and Niche networks
Criminology and Criminal Justice: -Crime Rate, Death Penalty, Homicide
Sociology: - Ethnicity and Ethnic identity

Mr. Maduranga Pillai

Assistant Lecturer

Academic Qualifications
  • MSc. (Reading) Materials science and Engineering (University of Moratuwa) Graduate Chemist (IChemC)

Professional Qualifications/Certifications
Associate member (IChemC)

Teaching Expertise
Project based learning
Materials Engineering
Analytical instrumentation
Chemistry and Physics.

Research / Consultancy Expertise
Sustainable Energy production
Sustainable material development for engineering applications
RO techniques for water treatment.

Ishara Wimalarathna

Academic Administration Executive

Academic Qualifications
  • MSc. (Reading) Materials science and Engineering (University of Moratuwa)
  • MBA. (Reading) Business Administration (University of Wales)
  • BSc (Hons) in Business Management (University of Dublin, Ireland)
  • Higher Diploma in Business Management (NIBM, Sri Lanka)
  • Advance Diploma in Business Management (NIBM, Sri Lanka)

Research / Consultancy Expertise
Models of employee motivation and job satisfactions for staff retention in construction industry.