Sales Rep to Harvard Business School

"Harvard Business School mission is to 'educate leaders who make a difference to the world"
A place that selects talent the Harvard Business School, has picked Sri Lankan business professional and respected thought leader Rohantha N.A Athukorala for their spring Senior Management executive education programme on " Leadership in a global political economy" scheduled for June 2011 at the Harvard campus in Boston, USA.

Rohantha N.A. Athukorala

Athukorala who started his career working as a Sales Representative selling soaps, washing powders and mosquito coils for the multinational Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser went on to become an award winning marketer not only in Sri Lanka but also in the South Asian Region and subsequently was head hunted by American Industrial detergent giant JohnsonDiversey where he secured a global leadership award for outstanding business achievement.

Thereafter moving to a national role Mr.Athukorala gave leadership to the Sri Lanka Export Development Board and the pivotal policy making body of the Government of Sri Lanka, The National Council For Economic Development when the country crossed the 6000 billion rupee export mark and 7.4% GDP growth. Subsequently he was appointed to the key role at the Director Economic Affairs of the Government Peace Secretariat during the final phase of the war on terror where he was instrumental in developing private sector business in the war torn Jaffna peninsular.

Mr. Athukorala now serves the global community, United Nations as the Head National Portfolio Development of the United Nations Office for Project Services(UNOPS) for Sri Lanka and Maldives while also serving the motherland as the Chairman of the Tea Cluster Ministry of Industries, Board Director Sri Lanka Export Development Board, Industrial Development Board of Ceylon, Marketing Committee of the Sri Lanka Tea Board.

His passion is serving the Small and Medium Enterprises in rural Sri Lanka.. In developing the Tourism Industry of Sri Lanka in the private sector he serves the Leisure sector of the Serendib Board on the area of brand marketing.

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