Our Coaches & Consultants

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Jayantha Fernando

Jayantha is a Professional certified coach (PCC) with more than 10 years’ experience in the field of leadership and people development; he is also cross culturally experienced. He is a firmly committed to advancing the art, science and practice of professional coaching and nurturing the coaching profession in Sri Lanka.

Anil Bandara

Anil is a preferred business consultant specialized in Retail & Strategic Development with 22 years of experience in senior management with leading retailers, the passion for retail and business has ensued capabilities of effectively linking vision to Business Strategy Development.

Andrea Jayatilleka

Andrea is a Credentialed Coach with has over 15 years of experience in the field of people development. Specialist focused on business partnering in HRM & HRD strategy, Learning and development, employee engagement and knowledge management

Shiyara Dassanayake

Shiyara is a lawyer with a unique blend of legal expertise and a passion for communication development. Combining a Bachelor of Laws with a Licentiate Diploma in Speech and Drama, she has thrived in both legal and educational spheres. Shiyara has empowered young minds through her work as a drama and communication coach, earning recognition as "The Most Outstanding Teacher" and training numerous prize winners. A firm believer in the power of communication for professional success, she now leverages her combined skills to help individuals enhance their workplace communication.

Kushani Bandara

Kushani is dedicated to empowering individuals to unlock their full potential. With a career spanning over five years, she has focused on nurturing young leaders and partnering with organizations to foster change-makers. As a certified professional coach, Kushani inspires positive transformation in both individuals and groups. Her coaching expertise spans leadership development, personal growth, and navigating life transitions. By collaboratively engaging with leaders at all levels and across diverse industries, Kushani helps them harness their strengths, identify competencies, and achieve sustainable success.Kushani also serves as a Coach Supervisor for Coach Masters Academy (CMA) – Sri Lanka, supporting emerging coaches in their professional journeys.

Amanda Daniel

Amanda is a certified coach with a passion for empowering individuals and leaders. For over four years, she's been instrumental in developing leaders within organizations, helping them make a positive impact. Leveraging her expertise in HR management and experience in recruitment, headhunting, and background investigations, Amanda builds strong relationships with leaders across industries, understanding their needs and supporting them in achieving their goals. Her vision extends beyond the corporate world, as she actively supports young leaders to confidently navigate their careers and empowers youth to build a brighter future.

Michelle De Silva

Michelle brings over 25 years of extensive banking experience to her role as the Head of Private Banking Proposition at Hatton National Bank PLC. Michelle actively contributes to HNB PLC as a valued resource person at their Learning & Development Centre and represents the bank at prestigious events such as the Great HR Debate. Her commitment to personal growth is evident through her participation in transformative programs such as Unleash the Power Within by Tony Robbins and the Millionaire Mind Intensive by T. Harv Eker. Certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and a Professional Certified Coach accredited by the International Coaching Federation, Michelle remains dedicated to inspiring and developing both herself and others.

Christa Van Der Schoot

Christa is an accomplished business owner with a robust background in the hospitality industry, with a passion for customer relationship management and a deep understanding of the travel industry, Christa brings extensive expertise to her endeavors.Christa channels her diverse skills and experiences into teaching yoga as a certified YTT200 Yoga Teacher. She also serves as a certified transformational coach, guiding individuals towards personal and professional growth. Christa's multifaceted career journey reflects her commitment to holistic well-being and empowerment, making a positive impact in both hospitality and wellness sectors.

Udeshika Edirisinghe

Udeshika is a HR Professional having over 12 years of experience in the field of Human Resources Management. She has exposure in handling a wide variety of Human Resources functions both at a strategic and operational level. Having worked in a diversified portfolio of industries which includes Banking, Telecommunication,
Food and Beverage and Aviation, she has hands on experience working with both Manufacturing and Service sector employees.

She holds a Bachelor of Science In Human Resources Management from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka and Masters from the Post Graduate Institute of Management (PIM), Sri Lanka.

Mahesh Wanigasooriya

Mahesh is an experienced business leader with over twenty years of experience
driving business strategy, business operations, and business transformation
initiatives in organizations in Sri Lanka and overseas. He has demonstrated his
leadership in navigating through complex business landscapes, managing large
teams, large scale projects, and ensuring optimal operational performance.
Mahesh is an International Coaching Federation (ICF) certified transformational
coach. With a deep understanding of the transformative power of coaching, Mahesh
is passionate about empowering individuals to reach their fullest potential by helping
them navigate their personal and professional journeys with confidence and purpose.
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Roshantha Jayatunge

Roshantha is a distinguished award-winning public speaker, Professional Certified Coach, and Executive Leadership Coach, currently holding the role of Head of Talent Development at HNB PLC. With an impressive 29-year career in retail banking, digital banking, and payment cards, Roshantha is recognized as a leading business specialist.He holds prestigious qualifications such as accreditation as a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation (ICF), and certification as an Executive Leadership Coach from John Mattone Global Inc. Additionally, he is an Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka, a certified trainer with Success Resources USA, and an NLP Business Practitioner. Roshantha's achievements also include being the Toastmasters Table Topics© Champion of District 82 in 2013.

Inoka Dias

Inoka has over two decades in the corporate world and depth of experience across multiple roles in Human Resources in five key industries; Hospitality, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Banking, Education and Information Technology). With the exposure gained through years of interactions from many walks of life in corporates, Inoka is passionate about partnering with business leaders and working adults to navigate through the bottlenecks they face at work and in life, through coaching, in order to reach their highest potential and become the best versions of themselves.

Inoka is a Professionally Certified Coach (PCC) and member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and currently serves in the Executive Committee of the ICF Colombo Chapter. She is also a certified Neuro Linguistic Practitioner (NLP).

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