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CA Sri Lanka brings world’s number 1 custom executive education provider to Colombo

In yet another pioneering venture, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) will bring Duke Corporate Education (Duke CE), the world’s number 1 custom executive education provider to Colombo next month to conduct an internationally renowned programme on strategic leadership targeting business leaders and senior professionals.

Ranked by UK’s Financial Times as the world’s number 1 provider of custom executive education for eleven straight years, the programme by Duke CE will be held in October this year on ‘Strategic Leadership: Leading Effective Execution in Uncertain Times’.

The three day long intensive programme,  targeting corporate leaders, senior professionals, project managers  and those involved in strategic execution and implementation in  complex and fast-changing markets, will provide  the latest tools and techniques for effective strategy execution in uncertain times.

The programme in Colombo will be conducted by two leading foreign experts on strategy, Dr. Liz Mellon and Prof. Nikhil Raval.

Dr. Mellon works with many of the FTSE 100 CEOs and is considered as one of the world’s foremost authorities on leadership development. Her clients include the New York Times, HSBC, Shell, the UK Foreign Office, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deutche Bank, GlaxoSmithKline, Unilever, and Rolls Royce among many others.

Prof. Raval, who is a Managing Director with Duke CE India Pvt. Ltd., comes with close to two decades of experience in corporate management, consulting and academia. He has taught executives at different levels in US, UK, France, China, Thailand, Singapore, Oman, UAE and Malaysia. His clients include: IBM, Bank of America, Citi Financial, National University of Singapore, Aditya Birla, Bharat Petroleum and ICICI.

During the three day long programme, Dr. Mellon and Prof. Raval will edify participants on how to transform strategy into action, inspire teams to effectively execute strategy, build an organization-wide structure for implementing strategy, overcome the strategic challenges that arise in current turbulent business climates, close the gap between strategy and execution, transform a firm from a ‘can’t do’ attitude to a ‘can do’ culture and recognize and avoid the inertia that impedes strategy execution.

Duke CE was also been named the top provider of custom executive education programmes in Business Week’s biennial survey for five consecutive times from 2003 to 2011.

CA Sri Lanka President, Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse said that for years, ever since the birth of CA Sri Lanka it has been at the forefront in offering world class education to Sri Lankans.

“While we take pride in being the national body of accountants, we do not restrict our programmes to only conventional accounting education, but we have also taken a step further and given our members and professionals, even from non-accounting fields, internationally renowned programmes for their professional advancement right here in Colombo,” he said.

Mr. Rajapakse emphasized that CA Sri Lanka was also instrumental in introducing professionals in the country for a series of programmes conducted by INSEAD, one of the world's leading and largest business schools.

“We are truly honored and delighted to have the opportunity to tie up with an organization of the caliber of DUKE CE, which is the world’s leading custom executive education provider. I encourage our professionals to take maximum advantage of this internationally renowned programme,” he added.

CA Sri Lanka Chief Executive Office, Mr. Aruna Alwis said that providing the best of qualifications and professional advancement opportunities is high on the institute’s agenda always.

“Our senior managers do not need to go abroad to benefit from internationally renowned corporate education providers, because CA Sri Lanka is bringing the world’s number one in executive education right here to their doorstep.”

“We have over 4300 members who play a leading role across the public and private sectors in the country, however the programme by Duke CE is not limited only to our members but is also open to professionals from the non-accounting sectors as well,” he added.