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DesignTech Colombo Conference

The DesignTech Conference presented by SLASSCOM Women Technopreneurs Forum in partnership with AOD, hosted by SLDF will explore how design and technology can create impact to drive innovation when merged. Also focusing on the importance and need for equal gender representation in this field, the conference will discuss the role and value addition Women can bring towards the growth of these disciplines. 

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A Female Entrepreneur's Journey: 3 Unconventional Lessons

Hira (Hiranya) Fernando

CEO Careerly, (Partner, Thelan USA),

Women in Tech Role Model- SLASSCOM / WTECH

Hira Fernando is a Swiss/Sri-Lankan national and leads both Careerly and Careerly Networks, a Washington D.C.-based online career platform that leverages technology to help thousands of university students and other job candidates. She has 14+ years of previous industry and institutional experience (Merrill Lynch, Citi, World Bank, WRI, and Gartner), which underpinned her entrepreneur journey. Hira is a passionate contributor - both in the United States and Sri Lanka - to initiatives such as the Women Technopreneurs Forum, taking on a key leadership role for WTECH during its early months. She is also the Founding Chair of the Wharton Alumni Career Mentor Initiative and teaches her popular CAREERx modules worldwide. 

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Paulien Strijland

CEO and Founder of Design4Good


"Design Thinking & Technology"

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Dr. Harshani Perera

Co-Founder/CEO at Inqbaytor 
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"Leveraging Tech to Reset, Reshape and Thrive"

Shehani Seneviratne

COO and Director, 99x Director – SLASSCOM Forum Board Lead – SLASSCOM HR Forum. 

Forum Board Lead – SLASSCOM WTECH Forum. 



WTECH representative in collaboration with AOD and forum context for Design and Tech


Lakmini Wijesundera

Co-founder and CEO of BoardPAC 

Advisory Committee Member – SLASSCOM WTECH

BoardPAC is a leading Sri Lankan innovative product company for Digital Board Meeting Automation with 50,000 users across 40 countries. BoardPAC is the leading market share holder in the Asia Pacific region for Board Meeting Automation while it’s expanding across the globe.



Shahani Markus

Founder, CTO and Chairperson Emojot Inc.

Role Model Technopreneur – SLASSCOM WTECH

As a global technology executive and entrepreneur, Shahani loves championing amazing people in innovating disruptive software, applications, and services, creating new opportunities to help countries, companies, and individuals.


Thushara Wijewardena

Co-Founder & CEO - Aventude 

Vice chairperson – Women’s Chamber for Digital, Sri Lanka

Startup Technopreneur/ Role model – SLASSCOM WTECH

A technology strategic consultation & solutions company offering technology strategy and required innovation and R&D for enterprises and startups. It provides technical solutions for modern business problems, besides facilitating software development services through its extended engineering pool of passionate techies.

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