Professor in Management, is the Director and the Chairman of the Board of Management of the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. He is the Honorary President of the Institute of Personnel Management (IPM), Sri Lanka. He was recently appointed as a Vice President of the Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resource Management (APFHRM).
He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma, USA. He has over 25 years of both private and public sector experience including Unilever and Nestle. He has engaged in consultancies in over fifteen countries in Africa, Asia 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 is a Chartered Electrical Engineer, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management, UK and an independent director of several boards. Being an author of six books, 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, and 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.”