Co-Chairs & Keynote Speakers
Prof. J. B. Disanayaka
Emeritus Professor of Sinhala,
Prof. Disanayaka retired from the University of Colombo in 2002, after a long and distinguished career as the Senior Professor of Sinhala. In 2007, he was appointed as the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Thailand and served as a diplomat for four years. Throughout his professional career – first as Professor of Sinhala, and then as an Ambassador — Prof. Disanayaka’s renownin linguistics attracted the attention of academic and public domains. He has had a major influence on Sinhala language and grammar, and a significant effect on a range of other areas from culture to journalism, children’s literature to language technology.
Dr. David S. Porcaro
Director of Learning Capabilities Design, Pearson Education
Dr. David’s career has been at the intersection of learning, design, technology and culture. He is currently the Director of Learning Capabilities Design at Pearson Education, where he leads a team focused on producing global technology products for higher education that apply the latest research in the learning sciences. Dr. David has broad international experience, as a consultant on USAID, UNICEF and other projects in Zambia, Malawi, Oman, Jordan and the Pacific Isles. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Oman, where he researched cultural reactions to collaborative technology in education at Sultan Qaboos University. He received a PhD from the University of Georgia (USA) in Learning, Design, and Technology, an MPhil in Oriental Studies (Assyriology) from Cambridge University (UK), and a BA in Near Eastern Studies from Brigham Young University (USA).
Change-Inspiring Group Education Teacher;
On-line Mental Skills Coach;
Dynamic Conference Speaker CEO,
Ms. Remya Parameswar Iyer
Dr. Purnendu Chatterjee
Hooghly Collegiate School,