SLRA conduct Inaugural Training session under SLRA Retail Academy

In picture from left to right: Ms. Prarthana Liyanage of Sensei Lanka, Ms. Thanziz Samsudeen, Director and Management Consultant of Sensei Lanka, Mr. Ranjan De Silva, Partner, Senior Management Consultant of Sensei International, Mr. Hussain Sadique, Chairman SLRA, Ms. Kaushalya Perera, Director of DSI, Mr. Leonard Perera, Founder Convenor & Head of Business of SLRA.

The Sri Lanka Retailers’ Association (SLRA) will launch the first ever retail development program in partnership with Sensei Lanka. This partnership will endeavor to formulate a customized Retail Leadership Development program adding value to the overall Retail industry of Sri Lanka. The Retail Academy, one of SLRA’s flagship projects to be launched this year will receive an immense boost through this workshop.

This workshop has been professionally planned to be a 3-day learning experience that includes 2-days of classroom training and a one day learning excursion targeting the Managers and Executives of retail outlet and support functions, and it will be held from 22nd to 24th May 2017 at the Movenpick Hotel, Colombo.

The Chief Trainer and Coach of this programme will be Mr. Ranjan De Silva, Partner – Senior Management Consultant of Sensei International who is a professional and highly experienced Executive Team Leadership Coach and Catalyst.

This program, will be a stepping stone to forming the Retail Academy in the near future. Thereafter, the SLRA will take the initiatives to arrange tailor-made trainings for the various sectors in the retail industry in Sri Lanka.

The Project Chairman/ Convenor of SLRA Retail Academy, Mr. Suresh Sebastian says, “This program symbolizes the beginning of SLRA Retail Academy of which the core purpose is to enhance and build capacity for the industry. We are excited about the future of SLRA Retail Academy and believe Ranjan and Sensei team is the best option to start this journey”

SLRA’s main objective is to achieve retail excellence by being the voice of the retail industry in the country. By harnessing the resources of the organized retail industry SLRA will bring together and facilitate innovation, growth with a global outreach.

The other flagship events of SLRA envisioned to be held this year are the Sri Lanka Retail Forum and the Sri Lanka Shopping Festival.

Leading and top retail experts in Sri Lanka will be speaking and sharing their insights at this forum in a bid to groom retail professionals. The speakers are:


Dr. Rohantha Athukorala
Board Director – Public & Private sector
Group CEO – Coral Holdings

Mr. Murali Prakash
Group MD/CEO – Taprobane Holdings

Mr. Hussain Sadique
Group Director, Hameedia
Retail Specialist
Founder Chairman/President
Sri Lanka Retailers’ Association (SLRA)

Mr. Krishan Balendra
Executive Director
President – Leisure
John Keells Holdings PLC

Mr. Asoka Pieris
Chief Executive Officer
Singer (Sri Lanka) PLC

Mr. Nasser Majeed
Chief Executive Officer
SOFTLOGIC Retail Pvt. Ltd

Mr. Nalaka Umagiliya
Vice President
John Keells Holdings PLC

Mr. Dulith Herath