I have been leading key international academic conferences in my field of expertise. 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 having 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; and 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, I have been involved in: 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; and preparing a post-conference report including a summary of the highlights of the conference (both scientific and social aspects), and 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. 

ICBR2017

 

  • Conference Co-Chair. 7th International Conference on Building Resilience - Using scientific knowledge to inform policy and practice in disaster risk reduction and management, 27-29 November 2017, Bangkok, Thailand 
  • Co-organiser, Global platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, 22 – 26 May 2017, Cancun, Mexico. The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (Global Platform), as recognized by the UN General Assembly, is the main forum at the global level for strategic advice, coordination, partnership development and the review of progress in the implementation of international instruments on disaster risk reduction.
  • Member of the organising committee, Global platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, 22 – 26 May 2017, Cancun, Mexico. The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (Global Platform), as recognized by the UN General Assembly, is the main forum at the global level for strategic advice, coordination, partnership development and the review of progress in the implementation of international instruments on disaster risk reduction.
  • ASCENTConference Co-chair, ASCENT international conference on Capacity for the development of societal resilience to disasters, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, February 2017.
  • Conference Co-Chair, CADRE International Workshop Mainstreaming disaster resilience within the construction process: Local Government Perspectives, University of Huddersfield, UK, January 2017.
  • Conference co-organsier. The 6th International Building Resilience Conference 2016 with the theme “Building Resilience to Address the Unexpected” is organised jointly by the Construction Management Groups at Massey University and the University of Auckland and Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK, Auckland, New Zealand 7-9th of September, 2016
  • Conference Co-chair, ASCENT international conference on Inter institutional capacity development, University of Huddersfield October 2016. Oct 2016
  • International conference committee, 12th International Conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction (IIIRR) with the theme: “Disaster mitigation and resilience enhancement", 5th – 7th August 2016, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. The International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction (IIIRR) is a multi-university international consortium which provides overall leadership in research, education, planning, design and implementation for natural disaster related mitigation, resilience enhancement, and reconstruction projects.
  • Co-organiser, Asian Ministerial Conference on DRR 2016 (AMCDRR), held from 02 – 05 November 2016 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, India. This first Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction after the advent of the Sendai Framework was hosted by the Government of India in November 2016 under the theme “Risk Sensitive Development for Community Resilience” and was organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs, in collaboration with UNISDR and with the support from International and National Development Partners.
  • Partner, UNISDR Science and Technology Conference. An organising partner of the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 to be held from 27-29 January 2016, Geneva, Switzerland. The conference aims to bring together the full diversity of the science and technology community, policy makers, practitioners and researchers from all geographical regions, at local, national, regional and international levels to discuss how the science and technology community will best support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. 
  • Partner of the E Conference on Landside risk reduction - Model Policy frameworks, Standards and Guidelines on Landslide Disaster Reduction. World Centre of Excellence on Landslide Disaster Reduction, Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau and the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment in Sri Lanka. 2015
  • Conference Co-chair, Ensuring Accountability in Disaster Risk Management and Reconstruction, University of Colombo and University of Huddersfield, December 2015
  • Event co-chair , Development of Disaster Resilient Coastal Communities to Enhance Economic Development and Social Welfare, Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom & Research Center for Disaster Mitigation, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia, November 2015
  • HUD2015Conference c-chair, Symposium on Disaster Resilience and Built Environment Education: Celebrating Project Successes University of Huddersfield, September 2015.
  • Conference Co-organsier, Symposium on Enhancing Resilience of Critical Road Structures: Bridges, Culverts and Flood Ways, July 2015, RMIT, Australia. This symposium was held in association with “Enhancing resilience of critical road infrastructure: bridges, culverts and flood ways” project, led by RMIT, Australia, which is funded by Bush fire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC), Disaster Resilience Australia.  
  • 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.
  • DMC2014Conference Organising partner, the future we want; Safer Sri Lanka; Disaster Management Conference; 24-26 September, 2014 – BMICH, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka. Organised by Ministry of Disaster Management, Disaster management Centre, Department of Meteorology, National Building Research Organization

 

 

 

 

 

  • 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
  • CIB2015Conference co-chair, The 2014 CIB W55/65/89 International Conference on Construction in a Changing World, Heirtance Kandalama, Sri Lanka, 4th to 7th May 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Conference co-chair, 2nd ANDROID conference, in Limassol, Cyprus, 23rd to 25th October 2013
  • Conference co-chair, International Conference on Building Resilience: Individual, institutional and societal coping strategies to address the challenges associated with disaster risk, Heritance Ahungalla, Sri Lanka, 17th – 19th September 2013 
  • Conference co-chair, 1st ANDROID Conference, Tallinn, Estonia, 17th – 19th October 2012 
  • Partner, Special disaster management session at the 6th International Conference and Workshop on the Built Environment in Developing Countries, 6th International Conference and Workshop on the Built Environment in Developing Countries (ICBEDC-2012) Fragmented Futures: the built environment in a volatile world. The University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, December 2012.
  • 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
  • ICBR2011Conference chair, International Conference on Building Resilience : Interdisciplinary approaches to disaster risk reduction, and the development of sustainable communities and cities, Heritance Kandalama, Sri Lanka, 19th – 21st July 2011 
  • International Scientific Committee Member, International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE), 13th and 14th December 2010, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya and Earl's Regency, Kandy, Sri Lanka
  • Leader, Disaster Management theme, RICS Construction, Building and Real Estate International Research conference (COBRA 2010), September 2010, Paris, France. 
  • Deputy Chairman of the organising committee, CIB World Congress 2010, Salford Quays, UK (www.cib2010.org ) ,
  • Chairman of the organising committee, World Congress – Post Graduate research conference of CIB TG53, CIB World Congress 2010, Salford Quays, UK
  • Member of the conference organising committee, International Institute for Infrastructure Renewal & Reconstruction international conference, University of Hawaii, USA. (September 2010)
  • Member of the conference organising committee. Construction Research Congress 2010. Innovation for reshaping construction practice, May 2010, University of Alberta, Canada.
  • 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.
  • Conference chair, BUILDING RESILIENCE, CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research, in conjunction with CIB, W113, CIB TG53, CIB TG63, CIB TG67, CIB TG68, and CIB TG69, Heritance Kandalama, Sri Lanka, February 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
  • IMG 1886IPRC 2015

images: IPRC 2005 

  • 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.
  • Deputy Chairman. Forum on “Creating an Awareness in the Construction Industry of the Quantity Surveying Profession in Sri Lanka”. Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. 1990.

1990

Forum on “Creating an Awareness in the Construction Industry of the Quantity Surveying Profession in Sri Lanka”, in 1990