The Circular Leap Forum hosted by the Embassy of The Kingdom of Netherlands in collaboration with AOD will include workshops by certified CIRCO trainers and a panel discussion on circular design and sustainability.
03 Dec, 10:00 – 12:30 GMT+5:30
Colombo Innovation Tower,
No. 477 R. A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 00400, Sri Lanka
CIRCO - Circular Business Design Methodology Workshop by Chani Perera 

The Pressure Cooker Workshop designed by CIRCO provides a quick hands on insight into the circo methodology and how it enables you to relook at the industry value chain, identify opportunities to innovate with circularity at its center. 

Chani Perera has a background in the local advertising industry and worked for Leo Burnett for 4 years. She successfully initiated a collaborative incubator model for Graphic Designers called ‘Riot House’ which is now on it’s 6th year. For the last 5 years she is part time Associate Lecturer in the Academy of Design


Chani envisions that with the CIRCO Method, creative solutions combined with the right business models will contribute to sustainability. As a trainer she wants to encourage and equip the creative industry and future designers in Sri Lanka to implement their creative solutions into sustainable business models. This could position the creative industry into being seen as a practical and problem solving counterpart for commercial businesses to work with.

Industry Panel

A broader view of the power of design to revolutionize a sector in order to contribute towards a larger circular industry. A sustainable lens in application to design, material and process innovation.



Eranthi Premaratne 

Sustainability Strategist

Gayara Dissanayake 

Sustainable Product Lead, MAS

Arjuna Hettikankanam

Vice President,

Design at InQube Global

Thusitha Cooray 

Chief Transformation Officer,

Hirdaramani Industries

Designing for Longevity by Lonali Rodrigo

There are many ways to practise circularity in the fashion industry, one such lens is designing with longevity in mind. Upcycling is about getting inspiration from waste, and giving it another life, thereby extending the life of what was once considered waste. Designers can also create an impact by using design to rethink pattern development with minimum waste, material choices to be more environmentally friendly, designing for recycling, less packaging and re-purposing and much more


Lonali Rodrigo, is the founder and designer behind House of Lonali, the brand for all who believe there is unique beauty in every flaw. As soon as she graduated from the University of Northumbria she decided to take the challenge of starting her own social enterprise House of Lonali, as the first up-cycling fashion brand from Sri Lanka designing and crafting beautiful unique pieces from textile waste. In 2010, she emerged as the winner of the ‘Ethical Fashion Award’ at the Sri Lanka Design Festival and in 2013 she received the ‘Emerging Designer’ and ‘Sustainable Designer’ Awards at the Sri Lanka Apparel and Fashion Awards. Lonali is a protective advocate for sustainability. Sharing her entrepreneurial journey, she was also a speaker at TEDx Colombo in 2014. She is a pioneer in Sri Lanka’s Sustainable Fashion and has been recognized by (Echelon) Cosmopolitan 35 under 35 Women Game Changers 2020.

Lonali has experience working with many cottage and cra­ft industries in Sri Lanka and she collaborates with other local brands to promote and celebrate cra­ftsmanship. With a circular mindset she minimizes the impact of production and consumption on the planet and creates a positive impact.