Friday, 30 October 2015 - 11:53
Old Anandian Yasas Abeywickrama elected to global ICT body


Sri Lanka’s Yasas Vishuddhi Abeywickrama was elected as a Councilor of the Board of the IFIP, the International Federation for Information Processing. The International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) is an umbrella organization for national societies working in the field of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).  

This global organization was found under the patronages of UNESCO in 1960 and recognized by the United Nations (UN), IFIP represents ICT professional associations from more than 50 countries and regions with a total membership of over half a million.  In preparation, UNESCO had organized the first International Conference on Information Processing, which took place in June 1959 in Paris, and is now considered the first IFIP Congress.

It also brings together more than 3,500 scientists from industry and academia, organizing them into over 100 Working Groups and 13 Technical Committees to conduct research, develop standards and support information sharing. Based in Austria, IFIP organizes and supports over 100 conferences each year, fostering the distribution of research and knowledge to academics and industry practitioners alike.

This is the first time in the history of 55 years of IFIP that a Sri Lankan was elected to the decision making body of this International Organization. It’s a great recognition and achievement as IFIP is clearly the largest international federation in the field of ICT.

The Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) represented Sri Lanka at the recently concluded General Assembly Meeting of International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) held in Daejeon in South Korea, where the elections were carried out to fill vacancies. Accordingly two new Councilors were elected and one went for Sri Lanka, while the other position was won by Costa Rica. The new President Elect is Professor Mike Hinchey from Ireland.

Yasas V Abeywickrama is the Vice President of The Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) and also the CEO of Lanka Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Academy. At a young age at 35 years, he has emerged as a professional and an entrepreneur with international recognition and linkages.

The new role will help Sri Lankan ICT industry as well as its professionals to connect with the global industry. Especially Sri Lanka’s ICT industry together with its Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry is positioning itself as the destination for ICT/BPO work. In that background, global connections that put Sri Lanka on the map are critical in moving the industry to the next stage.

Abeywickrama is an entrepreneur, trainer and a freelance journalist. In 2011 he was recognized as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) in Sri Lanka. Yasas has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from University of Colombo and a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Swinburne University in Australia. He has worked in the USA, UK, Sri Lanka and Australia and been trained in the USA and Malaysia. He is currently the CEO of Lanka BPO Academy, Secretary of Computer Society of Sri Lanka and Chairman of International Young ICT Group.  Mr. Abeywickrama schooled at prestigious Ananda College, Colombo.
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