Creating Future-Proof Organisations: AHRP to host finale of HR Think Tank series

In line with its mandate to continuously uplift the
standards of HR practices in Sri Lanka, the Association of Human Resource
Professionals (AHRP) is geared to launch the finale of its Human Resources Think
Tank (HRTT) series, ‘Creating Future-Proof Organisations: Focusing on Engaging &
Retaining Talent in a Volatile Environment’. 
The event will take place on 22nd March 2023 at Courtyard by Marriott, Colombo
and will feature an exclusive line-up of industry leaders across financial services,
ICT, manufacturing services and FMCG sectors. By creating a platform to power
timely discussions on Sri Lanka’s HR practices and a sustainable way forward in a
volatile environment, the conference will allow CEOs, CHROs and experienced
professionals from apex bodies of HR associations to share their expertise in
managing and retaining talent during challenging times.
Expressing his enthusiasm for the upcoming conference, AHRP President Roshan
Kulasuriya stated, “We are thrilled to bring together industry leaders and senior HR
professionals to share their knowledge. We aim to give attendees the insights and
resources to build their strategies and curate sound talent management in their
respective organisations.”  
The conference will cover various topics, including talent management, leadership
development, employee engagement, culture and rewards. Furthermore, attendees
will also have the opportunity to engage with and learn from experts in the field, such
as ZingHR CEO Prasad Rajappan, SHRM SME Rajesh Padmanabhan, Hemas
Holdings PLC Executive Director and Group CEO Kasturi Chellaraja Wilson, Fortude
Managing Director Arjuna Sirinanda, John Keells Property Group President Nayana
Mawilmada, Unilever Sri Lanka Director – HR Ananya Sabharwal, Kincentric Partner
and APAC Leadership Assessment & Development Practice Leader Sumit Sethi,
CIMA President Melanie J. Kanaka, Mercer Consulting India Partner Shanthi Naresh
and Sandbox Consultancy Managing Director Angelo De Silva, among others.
Commenting on the in-person finale to the HR Think Tank series, AHRP EXCO
member and Vice President – External Alliances Oshana Dias said, “AHRP is looking
forward to an in-person HRTT after four years. The HR Think Tank has doubled in
size from the time we launched it. Further, we added in knowledge capsules and
industry councils leading up to the finale, and we look forward to some thought-
provoking discussions next week.”
Established in 2019, the HR Think Tank aims to uplift the HR profession by
harnessing the collective thinking of senior HR professionals in Sri Lanka. The
initiative offers a valuable platform to engage in meaningful discussions and
collaboratively discover solutions to various challenges the HR community faces. In
addition, HRTT also helps elevate the current skill set, standards and policymaking
practices of the local HR community. 
HRTT is a joint venture between AHRP and SHRM, the world’s largest not-for-profit
HR Association. With approximately 302,000 members in over 165 countries and more than 600 chapters and forums globally, SHRM is the largest professional human resources membership association. SHRM India, APAC and MENA CEO Achal Khanna will also feature as a speaker at the HR Think Tank.

As a milestone event in the HR calendar, AHRP’s HR Think Tank is supported by
several local and global sponsors, including Platinum Sponsor Zing HR, Exclusive
Strategic Partner Sysco Labs Sri Lanka, Online Retail Partner Daraz and corporate
partners Fortude, Singer Sri Lanka, Brandix, John Keells Holdings, Hemas Holdings,
Unilever Sri Lanka, CIMA, Navesta, Kincentric, Douglas and Sons, Sunshine
Holdings, LOLC, MillenniumIT ESP, Mercer, Insee Cement, Gamma Pizzakraft
Lanka, UpRight, Sandbox, Coach Masters Academy and Popcorn Teams.

(L to R) Roshan Kulasuriya, President – AHRP, Oshana Dias,
EXCO member & Vice President (External Alliances) – AHRP, Achal Khanna, Chief
Executive Officer – SHRM, Prasad Rajappan, Founder & Managing Director – ZingHR.

About AHRP
The Association of Human Resource Professionals (AHRP) is the only professional
network of practising HR professionals in Sri Lanka. For 22 years, AHRP has made
significant contributions to uplifting the country’s human resource standards and
practices by conducting a scale of initiatives and interventions over the past
decades. Among the activities for the year, AHRP plans to catalyse national human
talent building, share the latest global best practices amongst the member fraternity,
and offer a world-recognised professional certification for HR practitioners in the

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