The Eighth Talk of the CUFSAA-NA Distinguished Speaker Series organized in association with the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo was delivered by Vajira Abeysinghe on December 11th 2023, 09:30AM Eastern Time (December 11th 2023, 8:00pm Sri Lankan Time).
Talk Video: View the recorded talk from the youtube link below. The details of the talk, speaker bio, and other details are described below.
Title: Building a career in Information Technology
Speaker Bio: Vajira Abeysinghe, Director, Service Delivery – Global Applications, Apotex Pharmaceuticals, Canada.
Vajira has 22 years of business leadership experience in multiple disciplines gained across 3 industries (Oil and Gas, Pharmaceuticals and Utilities). After obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colombo in 1998, he joined Caltex (Chevron) in Sri Lanka as a Management Trainee. Whilst taking on roles of increasing responsibility in the company, he completed the MBA from the University of Colombo in 2002. After leading the Sales and Marketing function of Chevron Sri Lanka for more than 3 years, he took on global assignments with Chevron based in South Africa, Philippines and United States during which time, he transitioned his career to IT. After migrating to Canada with his family in 2009, he joined the Canadian Oil and Gas company, Enbridge. Since 2017, he has been working for Apotex Pharmaceuticals (Canadian based global healthcare company) and currently is a member of their IT leadership team driving the company’s digital transformation.
Education: BSc Physical Science, University of Colombo; MBA, University of Colombo
Abstract: Explore the diverse fields within information technology today. Importance of continuous learning and adaptability. Value of mentors and networking in growing your career.
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The talk was delivered on: December 11th, 2023 9:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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We sincerely thank Prof. Sanjeewa Perera, Head of the Department, Department of Mathematics, University of Colombo for delivering the vote of thanks.
This talk was moderated by Dr. Neranjake Jayarathne on behalf of the Speaker Series subcommittee of CUFSAA-NA.