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Advisory Board

Mr. Jonathan Barber

President - Advisory Board

Business Development & Membership at the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA - UK), where he is dedicated to supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and small and medium-sized practices (SMPs). With a firm belief in the power of strong business relationships, Mr. Jonathan is committed to cultivating long-lasting and mutually beneficial connections. Known for his exceptional work ethic, Mr. Jonathan approaches every task with intensity and determination. He consistently goes the extra mile to ensure that his work not only meets but exceeds expectations. His dedication and resilience have allowed him to consistently deliver excellent results, even in the face of challenges.

A key aspect of Mr. Jonathan's business philosophy is treating others with the same level of respect and fairness he expects for himself. He believes that successful business relationships are built on transparency, trust, and genuine consideration for the needs and aspirations of all parties involved. By practising this mindset in his interactions, he has been able to forge strong and lasting connections with colleagues, clients, and stakeholders.

Mr. Jonathan's expertise lies in business development and membership growth within the financial accounting field. His deep understanding of the industry allows him to identify emerging trends and opportunities, which he leverages to support SMEs and SMP practices.

In addition, he has empowered countless individuals by providing them with memberships that propel their success. With his strategic guidance and unwavering support, he inspires others to achieve their goals and reach new heights. His ability to effectively communicate and empathize with others has been crucial in establishing trust and fostering productive collaborations. Whether through his passion for business development, dedication to client satisfaction, or commitment to fairness and respect, Mr. Jonathan Barber's extensive experience and values make him an invaluable asset to the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA – UK) and the businesses he serves.

Prof. Hilal Ismail

Member - Advisory Board

Prof. Hilal is a highly accomplished and experienced Senior Lecturer in Marketing Management at South Eastern University of Sri Lanka. With an extensive educational background, he holds a PhD in Management from Cochin University of Science & Technology in India, a Master of Commerce (M. Com) from the University of Kelaniya, and a B. Com from South Eastern University of Sri Lanka.

Having spent several years in the Sri Lankan education system, Prof. Hilal possesses a wealth of knowledge and expertise in his field. Throughout his career, he has encountered and interacted with thousands of students, gaining valuable insights into their needs and aspirations. Prof. Hilal underwent training in publishing skills at Henson Editorial Services in the United Kingdom. This training was made possible through the prestigious Commonwealth Professional Fellowship, awarded by the Association of Commonwealth Universities in the UK.

Besides his academic commitments, Prof. Hilal has actively contributed to research and publication in the field of marketing management. His work has been recognized and published in reputable journals. Prof. Hilal is a highly respected figure in the academic community. Beyond his professional achievements. He strives to create an engaging and dynamic learning environment, where students are encouraged to think critically and apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios.

Overall, Prof. Hilal's passion for teaching, extensive academic achievements, and dedication to his students make him an invaluable asset to the South Eastern University of Sri Lanka. He continues to inspire and empower his students, leaving a lasting impact on their academic and personal lives.

Dr. Anusha Edirisinghe

Member - Advisory Board

Dr. Anusha is a highly accomplished and respected educationist with over 25 years of experience in the Education industry in Sri Lanka. Currently serving as the Director of the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Kelaniya, she has made significant contributions to the field of sociology and criminology. Having earned her BA in special sociology, criminology, and criminal justice system, Dr. Anusha went on to complete her MA in Criminology and subsequently pursued a PhD in the same field at Sri Jayawardenepura University. Her educational background has provided her with a solid foundation in understanding the complexities of social structures, criminal behavior, and gender equalities.

Dr. Anusha's expertise extends beyond academia, as she serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Kelaniya. Her commitment to education is evident in her role as a lecturer, where she instills knowledge and critical thinking skills in her students, preparing them for success in their careers. In addition to her academic roles, Dr. Anusha also holds the position of Vice President at the Asia Crime Prevention Foundation Sri Lanka. In this capacity, she plays a crucial role in promoting crime prevention initiatives and fostering safer communities. Her dedication to creating a more secure society has been highly recognized and appreciated by her peers.

Beyond her professional achievements, Dr. Anusha is a role model and inspiration to many aspiring academics and educators in Sri Lanka. Her commitment to excellence, tireless work ethic, and compassionate approach to teaching have earned her the respect and admiration of her colleagues and students alike. In conclusion, Dr. Anusha is a seasoned educationist, highly regarded for her expertise in sociology, criminology, and gender studies. With her extensive experience and impressive achievements, she continues to make a significant impact in academia and contribute to the development of a safer and more equitable society.

Dr. Yousuf K. Maraikkar

Member - Advisory Board

Dr. Marrikkar is a highly accomplished businessman and successful entrepreneur who has made significant contributions to the Sri Lankan educational and commercial sectors. With a wide range of achievements and experiences under his belt, he has undoubtedly made a positive impact on the country's development.

Currently, serving as the Acting Chairman of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board, Dr. Marrikkar holds a prestigious position in the government sector. In addition, he also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka, showcasing his commitment to promoting skills development and providing opportunities for aspiring professionals.

Dr. Marrikkar has also dedicated his time to mentoring and guiding aspiring students. As a Guest lecturer for the University of Colombo and the University of Ruhunu, he has helped countless students find the most relevant educational pathways to pursue their dream careers. His expertise in economics and human rights, acquired through his PhD from University of Colombo and the International University of Japan and his Masters in Human Rights from the University of Colombo, has been invaluable in shaping the minds of future professionals.

Additionally, he holds a B.Com Honors degree from the University of Sri Jayawardenepura and is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. These qualifications highlight the depth of knowledge and expertise he brings to the table. These experiences have provided him with a comprehensive understanding of the banking industry.

Overall, Dr. Marrikkar's multifaceted career and contributions to the education and commercial sectors make him a highly respected and influential figure in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Fakhrul Hasan

Member - Advisory Board

Dr. Fakhrul Hasan is an accomplished finance lecturer with extensive experience in the higher education industry. With a versatile skill set that includes budgeting, Stata, Microsoft Word, account reconciliation, and accounting, Dr. Hasan has consistently been recognized as a knowledgeable and adept professional in his field.

Dr. Hasan holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Finance from Keele University, where he further honed his expertise. His academic journey also includes several prestigious lecturer positions at reputable universities. He is currently serving as the Chief Editor in Chief at Business Management and Strategy, where he oversees the editorial process and ensures the quality of published materials.

In addition to his role at Business Management and Strategy, Dr. Hasan has held several lecturing positions at various universities. These include roles as a Lecturer in Accounting and Financial Management at Northumbria University, De Montfort University, University of Cumbria, and Keele University.

Dr. Hasan's notable experience and knowledge in academia have led to his involvement in numerous research projects and publications. His dedication to advancing the field of finance through research and education is evident in his contributions to the field. With his extraordinary commitment to teaching and learning, Dr. Hasan has made a significant impact on the education and development of finance professionals.

Overall, Dr. Hasan stands as a highly accomplished finance lecturer, editor, and researcher, with an unwavering passion for exploring and disseminating knowledge in the field of finance. His expertise and dedication make him an invaluable asset in both the academic and professional realms.

Mr Trizviiy Marikkar

Member - Advisory Board

Mr. Trizviiy is an esteemed individual who currently serves as the principal of Zahira College Colombo, one of the leading educational institutions in Sri Lanka. In addition to his administrative role, Mr. Trizviiy is a well-respected lawyer with a diverse range of experiences and expertise.

He engaged in the teaching profession and pursued Legal Education at the University of Colombo in the Faculty of Laws in 1999 and qualified as a Graduate in Law. Further, he followed a course in Forensic medicine at the Medical Faculty of the University of Colombo. Later, he got qualified for Masters in Laws with Distinction in International Business specialising in International Human Resource Management from the University of Cardiff Metropolitan - UK in 2016.

This qualification allowed him to gain a deeper understanding of global business practices and equipped him with the skills necessary to navigate the complexities of international human resource management. He enrolled as an Attorney – at – Law at the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in 2001. Also got through the Sri Lanka Principal Service examination in 1999 and was appointed to work as a graded Principal in Sri Lankan schools with effect from 2002.

Throughout his career, Mr. Trizviiy has demonstrated remarkable leadership skills and a commitment to fostering a nurturing educational environment. His expertise in both education and law allows him to effectively manage Zahira College Colombo, ensuring that students receive a high-quality education while simultaneously upholding legal requirements. Under his guidance, Zahira College Colombo continues to thrive as a prestigious institution, providing students with the tools and skills necessary to succeed in an ever-changing global society.