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Shalin Balasuriya among TOYP winners

Shalin Balasuriya with the award
Shalin Balasuriya with the award

Dynamic entrepreneur Shalin Balasuriya was awarded the TOYP award in the category of Business, economic and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment at the awards ceremony held last month.

Junior Chamber International (JCI) serves to formally recognise young people who excel in their chosen fields and create positive change around the world. By recognising these young people, JCI raises the status of socially responsible leaders in this world.

Balasuriya is the co–founder of Spa Ceylon, a luxury lifestyle brand which was launched in 2009, and has since witnessed exponential growth both locally and internationally.

The brand that re-positioned ayurveda, has its presence at 62 locations across 12 countries, and aspires to reach 100 stores across 18 countries by the end of this year.

Balasuriya also serves as Group Director and the Head of Marketing for the Janet Group of Companies, and oversees the marketing operation of several of the largest categories in the Sri Lanka personal care industry, encompassing multiple brand portfolios and market segments.

His company directly employs over 600 staff, contributes significantly to export revenue in Sri Lanka and engages in multiple social responsibility projects. Balasuriya believes strongly in giving back to the country and community and works through the multiples brands in areas such as skill development, women empowerment, community trade, elephant conservation, reef conservation, reconciliation projects in the north and the continued creation of gainful employment.

He also believes in sharing knowledge and is passionate about promoting young entrepreneurship and though leadership in Sri Lanka and regularly contributes to this through key forums and presentations covering entrepreneurship, branding and thought leadership.