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Kanishka Weeramunda

Founder and CEO, PayMedia (Pvt) Ltd

After many unsuccessful attempts at school career,He Started his first company at the age of 19, a computer assembling and repair workshop. He began his professional career in the corporate world as a web designer followed as a IT officer at apparel manufacturing company, at the age of 24 he started his second venture, a Digital Agency supporting local and international brands. In 2009 he joined Landmark Group, Dubai as Head of IT for Lifestyle and Beautybay Concepts and with time rose to become the CIO of a leading private sector group managing 22 companies at Laugfs Holdings, a diversified business conglomerate in Sri Lanka and ventured into his own business predominantly in Education and Banking sector.

He completed his primary and secondary education at Maris Stella College Negambo and obtained his Bachelors of Information Technology from the University of Colombo. He holds a Masters degree in in Business Administration from the University of Manipal and Masters in Human Resource Management from Asia University, Malaysia. He is also a Member of the British Computer Society and a Chartered IT professional. He is an alumni of MIT Global Startup Labs and also a scholar of Global Connect Program hosted by Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology and the startup exchange program hosted by the Inforcomm Investments in Singapore. The acquisition of knowledge continues through reading for a PhD in Entrepreneurship. Former Visiting faculty of University Moratuwa, University of Middlesex UK, Post Graduate Institute of Management in Dubai and Qatar, The American University of Emirates, in Dubai. He has represented Sri Lanka in many startup conferences, 4YFN, Barcelona, InnoFest Singapore, Connect Expo, Melbourne, Gartner Symposium Gold Coast, Startup Movement, Dubai and he spends most of his time developing young entrepreneurs. He was the coach and the mentor for world 8th best entrepreneur in 2015 and this year's worlds 5th at the Global Students Entrepreneur awards.

He has started 6 startups and currently the founder and Chief Executive of PayMedia, Park&Pay, DirectPay, DeramMedia, Global Cyber Works, and the mentor for Siplo, Global Tutor and Square Mobile. His recent startup PayMedia own the Gold award as the National Best Software Quality awards 2015 for running a company with 3 employers supporting 9 large local banks and Financial Institutes and 180 telecommunication companies globally. With over 17 years of experience in the local and international IT sphere, his area of expertise spreads across Education, Energy, Insurance, Manufacturing, Retail, Banking and Finance sectors. He was awarded the Most Valuable ICT entrepreneur of the year in 2015 for his contribution to the IT industry and the society Currently, he is the Entrepreneur at Residence in Square in Colombo.