Index of Pioneers

Enabling Policy & Legal Environment

Prof. Mohan Munasinghe

  • National Computer Policy for Sri Lanka (COMPOL)
  • The Computer and Information Technology Act no. 10 of 1984
  • Setting up CINTEC
  • Founder Chairman of CINTEC

Prof. V.K. Samaranayake

  • Chairman of CINTEC
    • Public sector computerization
    • Law and Computers
    • Local Language Computing
    • Communication
    • Awareness /training
    • FITIS
    • International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI)
  • The Institute of Computer Technology/University of Colombo School of Computing
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) External Degree program
  • Chairman of ICTA from 2005 to 2007

Mr. Eran Wickramaratne

  • The founder Chairman of the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka
  • e-Sri Lanka Development Roadmap

Prof. P.W. Epasinghe

  • Board member ICTA
  • Acting Chairman and the Chairman of the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) until 2014
  • The Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya until February 2017

Mr. Jayantha Fernando

  • Chairman, LK Domain Registry
  • Member, CINTEC Law Committee
  • Legal Advisor, ICTA
  • Former Vice Chair of the ICANN’s Government Advisory Committee (GAC)
  • Associate Chair of the ICANN Nominating Committee (2005-07)
  • The Computer Crimes Act No. 24 of 2007
  • The Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY) of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg
  • The Electronic Transactions Act No. 19 of 2006
  • Sri Lanka’s ratification of the UN Electronic Communications Convention
  • The Budapest Cybercrime Convention, entered into force in Sri Lanka, 1st September 2015

Mr. Wasantha Deshapriya

  • Introducing ICT to the Ministry of Public Administration
  • Director, Re-engineering Government, Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka

Language Technology

Dr. Ruvan Weerasinghe

  • Involved in Lanka Educational and Research Network (LEARN) & the CINTEC Internet Committee
  • Local Language computing
  • ICTA’s Local Language Working Group

Mr. Harsha Wijayawardhana

  • The Founder President of the local chapter of Internet Society (ISOC-LK)
  • The first webmaster of, the Government web portal of Sri Lanka
  • Software Development Unit (SDU) of the University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC)
  • Maintained
  • Sinhala Unicode font Sarasavi
  • Member CINTEC Internet Committee/Fonts Committee
  • Sinhala numerals with ICTA
  • Third revision of SLS 1134 with ICTA and SLSI

Mr. ST Nandasara

  • National election results through computers
  • Local Language Computing
    • The tri-lingual word processor ‘Wadan Tharuwa’ (වදන් තරුව)
    • The typesetting software ‘Athwela’ (අත්වැල) with trilingual support (Sinhala, Tamil, and English) for Ventura Publisher
    •  ‘Sarasavi’ (සරසවි) packages for Windows95/98 and the Unicode compatible version “WinMASS Sarasavi”
  • Multimedia Technology Training and Development Center at UCSC

Ms Dineesha Ediriweera

  • The classified advertisement system and the digital advertisement system of ANCL
  • ICTA Unicode Sinhala font Bhashitha
  • Unicode font Hodipotha with ICTA

Mr. Rohan Manamudali

  • Tri-lingual word processor “THIBUS”
  • Six-way transliteration system for Sinhala, Tamil and English, for ICTA
  • Localize the user interfaces of Windows Vista and MS Office 2007, and later to localize the user interfaces of Windows 7 and MS Office 2010

Mr. S. Shanmugarajah

  • A phonetic keyboard driver and also a Tamil keyboard driver and in 1998 launched the package Helawadana comprising all these keyboard drivers.
  • Sinhala on mobiles
  • Keyboard drivers for Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 aligned to SLS 1134
  • Keying in systems for mobiles.
  • Keyboard input systems for languages such as Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and Dhivehi

Mr. Gnanasekaraiyer Balachandran

  • Tamil keyboard layout to be standardized for ICTA
  • Draft Tamil ICT standard encompassing the keyboard layout for Tamil with keying-in sequences, encoding for Tamil characters aligned to the Unicode standard and a Collation Sequence for Tamil (SLS 1326 : 2008)

Education & Training

Prof. Lalith Gamage

  • The “TradeNetSL”, the trade information network of the Export Development Board
  • The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT)
  • The Competitiveness Initiative, the ICT Strategy

Mr. Niel Gunadasa

  • The subject ICT in General Education
  • Hardware and Network solutions teams
  • One Laptop Per Child (OLPC)
  • e-thaksalawa, the e-learning Content Management System
  • Neutral school text books
  • OS Isuru Linux
  • Software Competitions

Internet & Cyber Security

Prof. Abhaya Induruwa

  • Founding Head, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Moratuwa
  • Beginning of computer networking in Sri Lanka
  • The first Ethernet LAN in a Sri Lankan Unversity
  • Introduction of computers to schools
  • Lanka Experimental Academic and Research Network (LEARN)
  • LEARNmail
  • The Internet Society
  • Policy framework within the country;
  • Board member, Computer and Information Technology Council of Sri Lanka (CINTEC)
  • SEARCC ’95 international conference hosted by the CSSL in Colombo
  • The Internet Hall of Fame, 2014

Prof. Gihan Dias

  • The Lanka Academic Network (LAcNET)
  • The country code top level domain .LK
  • Internet Committee, CINTEC/Fonts Committee CINTEC
  • Registrar and later CEO, .LK Domain Registry (LKNIC)
  • Local Language Initiative as a Program Director in ICTA
  • Sri Lanka Chapter of the Internet Society
  • The Internet Hall of Fame, 2013

Mr. Lal Dias

  • Banking applications, Societe Generale,
  •  Banking applications, HNB, Cobas (Computerized Bank Accounting System)
  • Software Exporters’ Association
  • CEO, Computer Emergency Readiness Team | Coordination Center (Sri Lanka CERT |CC)

Prof. Rohan Samarajiva

  • Director General of Telecommunications in Sri Lanka in 1998-99 – competitive telecom sector.
  • Programs on Rupavahini TV – “Shanida Ayubowan” (ශනිදා ආයුබෝවන්) and “Internet to your Home” (“අන්තර්ජාලය ඔබේ නිවසට”)
  • The Competitiveness Initiative
  • The e-Sri Lanka Development Program
  • A founder Director of ICTA from 2003 to 2005
  • Presently Chair of ICTA.

Mr. Siri Samarakkody

  • Pioneer in bringing mobile telephony to Sri Lanka.
  • Founder CEO of Celltel Lanka – involved in initial license negotiation and technical aspects.
  • Involved in setting up Lanka Internet, which started the first commercial website in Sri Lanka,

Dr. Kavan Ratnatunga

  • Automating the way in which CompuServe was accessed (to post information)
  • Archiving / hosting the Sunday Times
  • Information on Lanka on the Internet (tri-lingual):


Mr. Jagath Ranawaka

  • Founded Jagath Robotics Pvt Ltd, May 1985
  •  Founder President of the Sri Lanka Association for the Software Industry (SLASI)

Mr. Abhaya Amaradasa

  • Sinhala editorial workflow introduced to input stories, coverages and news items by reporters
  • Classified advertising system with sorting in newspapers for Sinhala and English at ANCL.
  • The Sinhala Unicode font Dinamina developed by ANCL, given to ICTA and offered free to users.

Mr. John NLC Fernando

  • Country Manager of IBM Sri Lanka.
  • ICT 558 – the Beginning; Walker & Sons
  • ICL 1901 – 2nd Generation; maintaining the ICL 1901S Computer system at State Engineering Corporation [SEC]; ICL 1901 at CSL/Walkers; ICL 1901A computer at AMS Data Services Ltd [AMS] Computers.
  • 3rd generation IBM 360 mainframe computers installed at the Insurance Corporation
  • WANG 2200T to Jafferjee Bros.
  • WANG 220T used by CECB
  • Scientific Computers; IBM 1130s at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, the Department of Engineering at the University of Moratuwa; University of Colombo; ARTI
  • Computers & GDP
  • Tea Export Processing
  • IBM 4331 Mainframe Computer, Accelerated Mahaweli Development Program
  • Computerization in The Banking Industry, Air Lanka/Srilankan Airlines, Ports Authority

Mr. Lakshman Hettiarachchi

  • Was the Country Manager of IBM Sri Lanka.

Mr. Yasa Karunaratne

  • CSSL hosting Sri Lanka’s first International IT Conference – SEARCC’95
  • Elected as the Secretary General of the South East Asia Regional Computer Confederation.
  • Billing for the Ceylon Electricity Board
  • A new system with modern facilities introduced at the ETF Board
  • A consultant to the first current accounting system at the Bank of Ceylon
  • The representative member for Computer Science at the OPA from 1989 onwards
  • Former Chair, Sri Lanka Information and Communication Technology Association (SLICTA)

Mr. Chandana Weerasinghe

  • Sinhala and Tamil in Wang computer systems
  • Sinhala package “MawBima” (මව් බිම) and a Tamil language package “ThaiMozhi”
  • Member, Sectoral Committee on IT of the Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI).

Mr. Niranjan De Silva

  • Former CEO of Metropolitan Computers
  • Computer with a ledger card printer for computerizing BOC.
  • “Online Billing System” on electricity billing
  • Former Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President of CSSL

Mr. Lal Chandranath

  • Member of the founder team of Data Management Systems Ltd (DMS)
  • Former Chairman of the International Olympiad in Informatics Committee of CINTEC/ training the IOI team.

Payment Systems

Mr. Janaka de Silva

  • Computerizing the operations of the Bank of Ceylon
  • The Letters of Credit process
  • Automation of generating telex messages
  • Sampath Bank – fonder General Manager/CEO
  • first multi-point ATMs installed
  • Connected almost 10 branches to the center
  • Extension of banking hours
  • Union Bank; setting up the Computer Department; phone banking; banks website developed; Internet banking; email banking
  • A member of the Steering Committee on setting up the Automated Clearing House (ACH)
  • Phone Banking

Ms. Nayeni Fernando

  • Sri Lanka Automated Cheque Clearing House (SLACH)
  • (Offline) Sri Lanka Inter Bank Payment System (SLIPS)
  • Recovery of the country’s EPF system destroyed due to terrorism

Dr. Ranee Jayamaha

  • Payment and Settlement System in the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL)
    • Real Time Gross Settlement System (RTGS)
    • The scripless securities settlement system (SSSS)
  • Legal and Regulatory Framework for Payments and Settlements
  • Deputy Governor of the Central Bank
  • Chairperson, Credit Information Bureau
  • Chairperson, Hatton National Bank

Mr. Channa De Silva

  • Lanka Internet
  • First online newspapers and online radio station
  • Open Source, Microsoft and IBM
  • LankaClear