Gayathri Karunanayake - Chairperson, WiLAT | Sunday Observer

Gayathri Karunanayake - Chairperson, WiLAT

Incoming Chairperson Gayathri Karunanayake addressing the gathering
Incoming Chairperson Gayathri Karunanayake addressing the gathering

The sixth Annual General Meeting of the Women in Logistics and Transport organisation (WiLAT) was held at the auditorium of the National Chamber of Commerce last week.

Gayathri Karunanayake (CMILT) was appointed as the new chairperson for the year 2019/20. Gayathri takes the helm from the outgoing Chairperson of WiLAT Dhashma Karunaratne and will be responsible for executing WiLAT’s advocacy initiatives while working closely with its parent body, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and Global WiLAT Forum.

Gayathri has over 14 years work experience in the field of supply chain and was the former Logistics Manager of Unilever Sri Lanka Ltd responsible for the end to end Logistics function managing five distribution centers with dedicated 3PL logistics teams around the region.

Anoma Ranasinghe, Niroza Gazzali and Maithree Attanayake were elected as the Vice chairpersons, while Amra Zareer was re-elected as the Secretary and Manajri Nigamuni was elected as Treasurer for 2019/20.

The outgoing Chairperson, Dhashma Karunaratne will serve as the immediate past chairperson and Gayani De Alwis will continue in the capacity of Advisor for WiLAT Sri Lanka.

She thanked the past committee for supporting her during her two year tenure and wished the newly elected Chairperson and her committee and said that she hopes, WiLAT Sri Lanka will continue the efforts under the four strategic thrusts, mentorship, leadership, entrepreneurship and empowerment. She added that at a time when WiLAT Sri Lanka is in a strong position, she is confident that the new committee under the leadership of her successor would be able to translate vision and strategy in to world class execution and bring together all females in the logistics and transport industry to create value to the economy.

The new Chairperson, Gayathri Karunanayake, pledged to make WiLAT Sri Lanka the shiniest diamond in the WiLAT global crown and said she would work to set a good foundation for the future progress of women in the logistics, transport and supply chain industry.

The vote of thanks was proposed by Amra Zareer.