The Sri Lanka Association for Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) held the inaugural HR Summit 2009 themed “Leveraging People for Success” with the overall vision in making the IT/BPO industry the top export earner for the country within the next five years at Galadari Hotel Colombo.
 
The SLASSCOM HR Summit brought together nearly 400 leading HR professionals senior Leaders, HR students and any business manager who are responsible for people strategy.
 
Project Chairman and Senior Director HR at Virtusa Ishan Dantanarayana said, “Today there is tremendous growth of knowledge with the wide use and access to the internet and e-learning. Talent is source, not just locally but globally. Global economic challenges are, mulitfactet and multidimensional. It involves, vast changes in technology, organizational structures, the way business is conducted and how people work.”
 
The highlights were the CEO Forum on the topic “Identifying the key signals externally and internally that should prompt organizations to change proactively and tips on managing senior level peers” comprising eminent business leaders and guest panelist Aquil Busrai, Executive Director Human Resource, IBM India Limited. And inspiring guest lectures by Aquil Busrai, on “Leveraging Talent During Tough Times and the Key Role of Communication”. Plus Dr. P Sethu Madhavan Head of Management Development and the R&D Unit, Corporate HR and Personnel, Larsen & Toubro, India about the “Importance of EQ in Setting the Right Attitude”.
 
Ranjith Fernando Chairman SLASSCOM commenting on the summit said, “The HR Summit is an extremely important initiative for the achievement of SLASSCOM’s vision. We are all aware that the want of suitable personnel for recruitment, in the large numbers the industry wants. The proposed conference of HR leaders in the industry will address some of these issues, as well share leading best practices among the HR professionals.  Paving the way to think together and act together for the advancement of the industry”.
 
Photo Caption: (Top from left) CEO Forum comprising Ajit Gunawardena, Deputy Chairman, John Keells Holdings, Husein Esufally, Director / Group CEO Hemas Holdings PLC, Keith Modder, President, Asian Operations and Executive Vice President, Global Services, Virtusa, Achyut Reddy Managing Director at Fonterra Brands Lanka Ltd and guest panelist Aquil Busrai, Executive Director Human Resource, IBM India Limited.
 
(Bottom left) Aquil Busrai, Executive Director Human Resource, IBM India Limited during his keynote on “Leveraging Talent During Tough Times and the Key Role of Communication”.
 
(Bottom right) Dr. P. Sethu Madhavan Head of Management Development and the R&D Unit, Corporate HR and Personnel, Larsen & Toubro, Indiadiscussing about the “Importance of EQ in Setting the Right Attitude”.