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Saegis International Research Conference -2024

July 18th – Saegis Campus, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka

"Sri Lanka’s Recovery and the Future of Globalization"

Saegis International Research Conference – 2024

Saegis International Research Conference (SIRC) 2024 is the 2nd International Research Conference organized by the Saegis Campus, Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom which is to be held at the campus premises. SIRC 2024 provides a common platform to unify researchers from all corners of the world and to present their research insights.

SIRC 2024 is intended to facilitate multi-disciplinary researchers and professionals who believe that they should play a key role in producing impactful research and improving the quality of research.

Under the theme "Navigating Opportunities and Challenges in the Digital Era," SIRC 2024 assumes the pivotal role of a guiding compass, steering scholars, innovators, and industry leaders through this dynamic terrain. By providing a platform for collaboration and exchange of insights, SIRC 2024 aims to equip participants with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the complexities of the digital age effectively.

Key Note Speaker

Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri
Senior Professor in Management,
Former Director of Postgraduate Institute of Management(PIM), Sri Lanka.

Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri has a rare combination of being a Chartered Manager, Chartered HR Professional and a Chartered Electrical Engineer. He is acclaimed as a conference speaker, corporate trainer, strategy consultant, author and an academic. He is the first home-grown Senior Professor in Management of the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM), University of Sri Jayewardenepura, and was a Director / Chairman of the Board of Management of it. He is the President of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) – Sri Lanka Chapter. Being a Past President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), he became the first Sri Lankan to lead both CMI and CIPM. He was also a Vice President of the Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resource Management (APFHRM). He is an Adjunct Professor at the Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma, USA. He carries three decades of private and public sector experience including Unilever and Nestle, with consultancy engagements in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He is a Commonwealth AMDISA Doctoral Fellow, Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow, and Commonwealth Postdoctoral Fellow. He holds a Ph.D. and an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Moratuwa. He serves on several governing councils and is an independent director of several boards. Being an author of ten books and former editor of the longest publishing management journal in Sri Lanka (SLJM), he has won many accolades including gold medals for best papers in two international management conferences, Emerald best paper award in 2014, and in 2010 the Platinum Award by the Alumni of the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIMA) for outstanding academic contribution. He also won the prestigious IPM Lifetime Gold Award 2014, the highest honour for an HR professional in Sri Lanka. Prof. Dharmasiri likes to identify himself as one who transitioned from being an “Engineer of Electrical” to an “Engineer of Hearts and Minds.

Guest of Honor

Dr. Richard McManus
Director of Research Development - Business School
Canterbury Christ Church University – UK

Richard McManus is the Director of Research Development at Christ Church Business School, Interim Section Director for Postgraduate and Professional and is Reader in Macroeconomic Policy. His main research interests are in the area of the impact of government on macroeconomic outcomes. Richard's research in macroeconomics currently focuses on the impact of constitutions on economic outcomes and the impact of tax changes on tax revenue. Richard has published widely both in academic journals as well as in mainstream media, having my work cited in The Telegraph and Times Higher Education in the UK, as well in US national television and Turkey. I have also written for the Guardian and the Conversation and been interviewed on Faculty.
Richard's research endeavors extend beyond academia into applied projects with substantial social implications, including his leadership in the Kent Police staff culture survey, which has fostered improvements in communication and staff wellbeing. This blend of theoretical exploration and practical application has enriched the academic landscape and has led to research funding from the third and party sector, as well as research councils; underscoring his ability to bridge theoretical knowledge with real-world challenges.
In his leadership roles, Richard has been pivotal in advancing the educational mission of Canterbury Christ Church Business School. As the Director of the PhD program and Section Director for Postgraduate and Professional Education, Richard is enhancing the research environment and mentoring future scholars. His strategic vision was instrumental in obtaining Small Business Charter status for the university, significantly contributing to the local economy and entrepreneurship.
Richard commitment to education and research excellence is further evidenced by his recognition as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His pedagogical innovations and dedication to closing attainment gaps underscore his passion for fostering an inclusive and dynamic learning environment. Richard has won a University Teaching Fellowship Award for Innovation and a Teaching Excellence award in Academic Teaching, and three awards as given by students.

Advisory Committee

Prof. Nalaka Jayakody

Vice Chancellor, Saegis Campus

Senior Prof W.G.D. Dharmarathna

Deputy Vice Chancellor,Saegis Campus

Dr. Lorna Thomas

Director - Partnerships, Canterbury Christ Church University – UK

Dr. Katy Warden

Deputy Director - Partnerships, Canterbury Christ Church University – UK

Dr. Krishani Anuradha Jayasinghe

Director- Academic and International Affairs, Dean – Faculty of Graduate Studies

Dr. Susil Manchanayake

Head, Department of Languages

Ms. Gayani Arumapperuma

Dean – Faculty of Management, Humanities and Social Sciences

Mr. Prabath Samarasinghe

Dean – Faculty of Computing and Technology

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Ms. Amavi Roosarani
Co-Secretary- SIRC 2024

Ms. Ms.Chalini Asirini
Co-Secretary- SIRC 2024

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