I have been leading key international academic conferences in my field of expertise which fall into the following categories: the themed conference, small conferences organized around a particular topic; and the general conference, a conference with a wider focus, with sessions on a wide variety of topics. In addition to presentations, conferences also feature panel discussions, round tables on various issues and workshops.

The Chair oversees the smooth running of the full planning process for the conference, ensures good collaboration and communication within the organising committee and reports to the Steering Committee on the progress of the event and as well as defining the technical scope and technological areas covered by the conference programme. The Chair is also has to ensure that all conference committee members are aware of their specific roles and responsibilities: Technical Programme; marketing and publicity; Publications; Workshops; finances and sponsorship ; Web development; conference peer review; Special Sessions; Industry track / industry relations.

As a conference chair, I always work closely with the Technical Program Committee Chair on strategic issues for the design 
of the technical program including amending scope and setting research topics, soliciting special sessions, identifying keynote speakers, deciding on workshops, tutorials, panels, demos, posters, industry track and exhibits, ensuring a rich overall conference program and well-attended event. In addition,

  • Inviting selected Keynote Speaker(s) for the conference
  • Delivering the Official Conference Opening Speech that includes acknowledging committee 
members, authors, sponsors, event partners, etc. and outlining the conference agenda.
  • Delivering the Official Conference Closing Speech that includes announcing the technical and logistical details of the conference’s next edition
  • Preparing a Post-conference Report including: A summary of the highlights of the conference (both scientific and social aspects); policy impact;

It is my belief that a conference chair makes a big difference on each delegates’ experience. To me, well-run conferences are fun, memorable, streamlined, and purposeful.

  • Conference organizer, 5th TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BUILDING RESILIENCE, EXPLORING THE CONCEPT OF RESILIENCE AS A USEFUL FRAMEWORK OF ANALYSIS FOR HOW SOCIETY CAN COPE WITH THE THREAT OF NATURAL AND HUMAN INDUCED HAZARDS, NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA, 15TH-17TH JULY 2015
  • A key partner of the E Conference on Landside risk reduction - Model Policy frameworks, Standards and Guidelines on Landslide Disaster Reduction. The event is being organized by the World Centre of Excellence on Landslide Disaster Reduction, Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau and the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment in Sri Lanka.
  • Conference co-chair,. Tsunami Recovery in Sri Lanka: Ten Years On, 5th December 2014, Galle Face 6 Conference Hall, Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka Organized by  SPARC, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka; Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK; University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • Conference co-chair, 4th International Conference on Building Resilience, Incorporating the 3rd Annual Meeting of the ANDROID Disaster Resilience Network, 8th - 11th September 2014, Salford Quays, United Kingdom
  • International Scientific Committee Member, 5th International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment, December 2014, Sri Lanka
  • Partner, International Open Science Conference: Global Environmental Change  Innovations and Challenges, Chennai, INDIA, organised by University of Madras, India, 21-24 February 2012
  • Member of the organising committee, International Conference on Structural Engineering, Construction and Management, Kandy, Sri Lanka, organised by the Universities of Peradeniya and Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and University of Melbourne, Australia, 16 - 18 December 2011
  • Member of the organisation committee, CIB World Congress, Salford Quays, Salford, UK, May 2010
  • Member of the conference organising committee. Construction Research Congress 2010. Innovation for reshaping construction practice, University of Alberta, Canada, May 2010
  • Member of the international organising committee, International conference on social development and transition: Paths for global local partnerships, International consortium for social development: The Asia-Pacific branch, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2008
  • Co-chairman of the International Organising Committee. CIB W89International Conference on Building Education and Research to be held in Sri Lanka in February 2008
  • Co-chairman of the 7th International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and Human Environment conferences, Salford Quays, Salford: UK. 2007
  • Chairman of Organising Committee for 7th International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and human Environment, Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment (BuHu),  27th - 29th March 2007
  • Chairman of Organising Committee for 6th International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and human Environment, Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment (BuHu)  and Delft University of Technology and TNO, Delft, The Netherlands, 6th - 7th April 2006
  • Conference co-chair, 6th International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and human Environment, Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment (BuHu)  and Delft University of Technology and TNO, Delft, The Netherlands, 6th - 7th April 2006
  • Chairman of Organising Committee for 5th International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and human Environment, Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment (BuHu) 13th - 15th April  2005
  • Chairman of Organising Committee for 4th International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and human Environment, Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment (BuHu) 1st - 2nd April  2004
  • Chairman of the International Scientific committee  for 4th International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and human Environment, Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment (BuHu) 1st - 2nd April  2004
  • Member of the organising committee, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) annual international building and construction research conference (COBRA), University of Salford, 1999