Creative Economy for Sustainable Development

Creative Economy for Sustainable Development

15 Jan, 14:30 - 16:00 GMT+5:30

Online Zoom Event

The cultural and creative industries (CCIs) are one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. In many countries they are growing at double the rate for the economy as a whole - in the UK they are now the fastest growing sector and more significant than financial services. They generate quality jobs faster than any other sector. Global figures from the United Nations tell us that in 2015 they contributed $2,250bn to the global economy and employed almost 30m people.  

In Sri Lanka too the creative industry sector has grown rapidly over the past few years. The sector, however,  has not always had the recognition it deserves in terms of its contribution to the economy, to employment and for its potential to further strengthen the brand value of Sri Lanka as a visitor destination. The panel discussion, chaired and moderated by John Newbigin OBE , Ambassador for Creative Industries at the Mayor of London will reference the report and discuss the creative economy’s contribution to sustainable development. Join us at the start of 2021 the  ‘UN  International year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development’ as we explore the potential for the creative industries to provide new dynamism in the economy and fresh opportunities for inclusive growth with a focus on greater environmental sustainability. 

Presented by




Maarya Rehman

Country Director,  British Council Sri Lanka


John Newbigin

John Newbigin is Ambassador for Creative Industries at the Mayor of London, the former Chair of Creative England and the current chair of the British Council’s Arts and Creative Advisory Panel.


Parvinder Marwaha

Design Programme Manager for EU Europe & South Asia in the Architecture, Design, Fashion (ADF) division of the British Council UK.

The Architecture Design Fashion (ADF) team has a special focus on creating international opportunities for emerging design talent   


Menika van der Poorten

Manager Arts Programmes, British Council Sri Lanka.


Tita Larasati

Dr Larasati teaches industrial design at Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Indonesia. She currently chairs Bandung Creative City Forum (BCCF), and acts as the Deputy of Strategic Partnership of Indonesia Creative Cities Network (ICCN). She is the focal point of Bandung City of Design, UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) and a member of International Advisory Council for Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) UK. She is a climate leader in The Climate Reality Project (TCRP) Indonesia, and in her spare time, she creates and publishes her graphic diaries.



Chitranjali Dissanayake

Director General of Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) responsible for strategic promotion of export products.


Ruwandika Senanayake

Ruwandika Senanayake is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Integrated Design (DID), Faculty of Architecture at the University of Moratuwa. Her Masters by Research at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia focused on ’Fashion Design for the Emerging Creative Economy of Sri Lanka’.Her research interests lie in the areas of, ‘Design Education’, ‘Craft Knowledge and Practices’, ‘Craft and Design’, ‘Textiles- Woven fabrics’, ‘Fashion and Textiles’, ’Sustainability’ and ’Biomimicry’.

Member of the British Council’s Creative Economy Steering group.


Anushka Wijesinha 

Economist,  policy adviser and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Innovation Ecosystems. Wijesinha specializes in trade, competitiveness and innovation, with many international  publications on these topics. He has held roles in government and think tanks and currently is a consultant to international development organizations. He is a firm believer of the role of trade and innovation in driving inclusive growth.


Vikum Rajapaksa  

Co founder and Managing Director at Kantala Pvt Ltd.  Kantala Produces sustainable vegan bags and accessories. Member of the British Council’s Creative Economy Steering Group.

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