My international research profile is evidenced by the number of invitations I received to deliver a large number of speeches and presentations at international conferences, events and visits during the last 2 years, which is the reporting period of this submission. These invitations recognise numerous key notes and plenary addresses I have delivered which further confirms my position  as a global leader in my chosen area of expertise  and as a catalyst for positive change, both within the built and human environment and at its many interfaces. These opportunities provide the means to disseminate my research to international policy makers, industrialists and academics. They generate impact and enable me to play a leading role in shaping the built and human environment links to disaster mitigation and reconstruction, incorporating inclusiveness and social responsibility.
 
Invited speeches and session leadership at national and international institutions include the following: 
  • Key note speech: “Disaster Risk Governance at the local level”, United Nations High Level Forum on “Implementing Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction at Local Level, City Hall, Florence, Italy, 16-17 June 2016
  • Key note speech: “When natural and man made disasters meet…, Fourth conference Åre Risk Event in Åre, Sweden,  14–16 June 2016 on Resilience: Challenges and Opportunities for societal contingency and individual safety’. The Risk and Crisis Research Centre at Mid Sweden University
  • Key note speech : “Developing a resilient built environment”. Sêr Cymru NRN-LCEE & Royal Society of Biology Workshop on Exploring Resilience,  18 May 2016, SSE Swalec, Cardiff. This event is orgnaised by the Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment (NRN-LCEE), in partnership with the Royal Society of Biology (RSB)
  • Invited speech titled :Managing housing needs in post conflict housing reconstruction”, at the International Conference on Socio-political and Cultural Dimensions of Reconciliation in Sri Lanka held on 6th May 2016 at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute , Colombo 7, Sri Lanka. The Association of Sri Lankan Sociologists  and Sri Lanka Foundation Institute organised the conference.
  • Key note speech, “Words Into Action” Guidelines for the Sendai Framework - Working Group on DRR Governance and Accountability, ISDR Inter Governmental Support Group, 26 January 2016, CICG, Geneva, Switzerland. 
  • Invited key note session on “SOUTH ASIA AND THE SOCIETAL CHALLENGES: A REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE” at the international research conference of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Moratuwa on Responsive Built Environment, held on December 11-12, 2015 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Lead facilitator of an international workshop entitled: “Market Demands in the Construction Industry to Increase Societal Resilience to Disasters”, 9th December 2015 in Colombo, Sri Lanka as part of the CADRE (Collaborative Action towards Disaster Resilience Education) 
  • Facilitator at an international workshop entitled “Ensuring Accountability in Disaster Risk Management and Reconstruction" organized as a part of a global, regional and national partnership by SPARC, University of Colombo-Sri Lanka and Global Disaster Resilience Centre (GDRC), University of Huddersfield-UK, and Essex Accounting Centre, University of Essex-UK on the 8th December 2015 in Colombo Sri Lanka.
  • Session lead on “Research funding opportunities” at the  British Council Researcher Links programme, funded  multi-disciplinary international workshop entitled Development of Disaster Resilient Coastal Communities to Enhance Economic Development and Social Welfare, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia, from 28th October – 1st November 2015
  • Session lead on “Publishing your research” at the  British Council Researcher Links programme, funded  multi-disciplinary international workshop workshop entitled Development of Disaster Resilient Coastal Communities to Enhance Economic Development and Social Welfare, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia, from 28th October – 1st November 2015
  • Session lead on “Raising Your profile Or How to let others know you are doing OK !! ” at the  British Council Researcher Links programme, funded  multi-disciplinary international workshop workshop entitled Development of Disaster Resilient Coastal Communities to Enhance Economic Development and Social Welfare, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia, from 28th October – 1st November 2015
  • A  key note lecture entitled: “Research and innovation to address societal challenges: Priorities for EU-South Asia cooperation in Horizon 2020”, at the 3rd PlanoCosmo and 10th SSMS International Conference on ‘Resilient City, Resilient Region’, held from 26 – 27 October 2015 at the Institute Technology of Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia. This international conference was jointly organised by Department of Urban and Regional Planning of Institute Technology of Bandung and the Society of Social Management System. 
  • Contributor at the “Leading Disaster Risk Reduction: A seminar on preparing for and responding to disasters”, held on the 1st October 2015 in the Mountbatten Room, Christ’s College, University of Cambridge.
  • A key note entitled ”Disaster risk mitigation for infrastructure –  Global perspective”, Symposium on Enhancing Resilience of Critical Road Structures: Bridges, Culverts and Flood Ways, Bush fire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC), Disaster Resilience Australia & RMIT University, Australia. July 2015. 
  • Panel Co-chair – Roundtable discussion on the role of Higher Education in supporting implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, 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
  • Session on Gender and Recovery, Workshop on 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; and CASCADE Project (European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 609562)
  • Panel member of the policy dialogue - 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; and CASCADE Project (European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 609562). This was an attempt to capture the insights and conclusions that emerge from the event which will be used to inform policy for the international community, as well as national and local government. 
  • Panel member, regional workshop on Coastal Hazards and Tsunami Risk Assessment and Management, which is based on the IOC Guidelines on Tsunami Risk Assessment and Mitigation for the Indian Ocean, University of Moratuwa, Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 29 September – 1 October 2014
  • Preparatory Committee (Prep Com) second session discussions, leading up to the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, to be held in Geneva Switzerland in November 2014.
  • Lead facilitator ,The Horizon 2020: Teaming up with the EU for Research Excellence, A workshop for Sri Lankan Scientists , organized by the National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka,  in Collaboration with the European Union . May 2014. 
  • Lead facilitator, Horizon 2020: Collaborating with EU Researchers for Research Excellence, 2nd December 2014, UGC Auditorium, 20, Ward Place, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka.The University Grants Commission (UGC) is the apex body of the University System in Sri Lanka which. The functions of the UGC are; planning and coordination of university education, allocation of funds to Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs), maintenance of academic standards, regulation of the administration of HEIs and regulation of admission of students to HEIs. Its vision is to be an excellent regulatory body which guide, develop and sustain a network of 'Centers of Excellence' in higher education meeting the national needs and aspirations in keeping with global trends. All 15 Sri Lankan universities are under its umbrella: University of Colombo, University of Peradeniya, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, University of Kelaniya, University of Moratuwa, University of Jaffna, University of Ruhuna, The Open University of Sri Lanka, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Uva Wellassa University, University of the Visual & Performing ArtsVice Chancellors of all these universities along with other scientists attended  the event. 
  • Organizer Reducing Disaster Risk in Urban Settings - Intergovernmental Segment, Ministerial Roundtable, 16th March 2015, at Sendai International Centre, Japan as part of the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • Organizer and facilitator - Local Governments Roundtable, The Sendai International Centre in Japan, Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDRR) , March 2015. 
  • Multi-Stakeholder Segment, Working Session: Applying Science and Technology to Disaster Risk Reduction Decision-Making” as  a member of the Science and Technology Major group at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan, March 2015. This session set the agenda for the future of science and research for disaster risk reduction and explore new partnerships for promoting evidence-based disaster risk reduction for sustainable development. The session also discussed the proposal of the scientific community to re-initiate an international scientific advisory mechanism for disaster risk.
  • A key note address  entitled  “Tackling societal challenges through international collaboration” at the Disasters and Human Security Public Forum organised at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan from 14 – 18 March 2015.Tohoku University International Program in Human Security and United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security jointly hosted this public forum.
  • A key note speech entitled :  “Capacity Building Framework for Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness”, 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, May 2015 
  • A key note address entitled: “A disaster resilient built environment in urban cities: The need to empower local governments”. 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, May 2015 
  • Is 2015 a pivotal year for disaster risk and building more resilient communities? A Global Disaster Resilience Centre lecture , 22 June 2015, University of Huddersfield, UK
  • Session facilitator, Ecosystem Resilience in a Changing Climate . This programme was held from 18th to 21st May 2015 at the SIHYMECC Auditorium, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and was organized by the  Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, Thailand. This programme was held from 18th to 21st May 2015 at the SIHYMECC Auditorium, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
  • Lead facilitator, open briefing event on CASCADE findings. The major findings from the CASCADE project were presented at an open briefing event at the UK Research Office in Brussels. The event, held on 9th March, was attended by over 25 representatives from European and South Asian government agencies, as well as fundings bodies and other research groups.The event was held to raise awareness about the project and the opportunities for research and innovation collaboration between the EU and South Asia
  • Invited speech, International best practices, Conventions, knowledge transfer mechanisms, The future we want; Safer Sri Lanka; Disaster Management Conference; 24-26 September, 2014 – BMICH, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka ; To assess and share the lessons learned, best practices, repercussions, challenges of disaster risk management and development activities initiated by the DRM stakeholders in Sri Lanka since 2004 Great Indian Ocean Tsunami.
  • Session lead, Collaborative Action towards Societal Challenges through Awareness, Development and Education (CASCADE) Regional project – Sri Lanka’s contribution), Science, Systems and Application towards sustainable Disaster Management, The future we want; Safer Sri Lanka; Disaster Management Conference; 24-26 September, 2014 – BMICH, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka. Organised by Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) in collaboration with Ministry of Disaster Management, Disaster management Centre, Department of Meteorology, National Building Research Organization, Universities of Salford, UK, Peradeniya & Ruhuna, Sri Lanka
  • Panel co-lead, panel discussion on Disaster Resilience education, 10th International Conference of The International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction (I3R2): Collaboration for Effective Disaster Mitigation and Response was held from May 20-22, 2014 Purdue University, Indiana, USA
  • Lead, Panel discussion on CADRE (Collaborative Action towards Disaster Resilience Education), CIB INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2014: W55/65/89/92/96/102/117 & TG72/74/81/83 Construction in a Changing World; KANDLAMA, SRI LANKA , MAY 2014
  • Lead, The Horizon 2020: Teaming up with the EU for Research Excellence - A workshop for Sri Lankan Scientists ; organized by the National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka in Collaboration with the European Union , 2 May 2014, At the Auditorium, National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka, in collaboration with CASCADE (Collaborative Action towards Societal Challenges through Awareness, Development, and Education)
  • Lead, “Pathways for Sri Lankan Scientists via Horizon 2020: Opportunities for South Asian Institutions – a Workshop for University of Moratuwa Academic staff”, 2nd May 2014, Engineering faculty board room, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, in collaboration with CASCADE (Collaborative Action towards Societal Challenges through Awareness, Development, and Education)
  • Session lead, The Horizon 2020 – funding opportunities for research excellence; CIB INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2014: W55/65/89/92/96/102/117 & TG72/74/81/83 Construction in a Changing World; KANDLAMA, SRI LANKA , MAY 2014 ; in collaboration with CASCADE (Collaborative Action towards Societal Challenges through Awareness, Development, and Education)
  • Panel co-lead , panel discussion on Disaster Resilience education, 10th International Conference of The International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction (I3R2): Collaboration for Effective Disaster Mitigation and Response was held from May 20-22, 2014 Purdue University, Indiana, USA
  • UNHABITAT World Urban Forum - Resilience Dialogue : 
Raising Standards of Urban Resilience Friday, 11 April 2014, 
Medellín, Columbia
Agenda
DRAFT_20 March_2014 (The primary aim of this Dialogue is to demonstrate how a holistic approach to urban resilience that considers all functions of an urban system can contribute to making all cities more equitable places to live and work)
  • UNHABITAT World Urban Forum University round table: Universities addressing Urban challenges. 10 April 2014, 
Medellín, Columbia
. Agenda
DRAFT_20 March_2014 The roundtable gathered scholars, experts, researchers, university representatives and heads of thematic areas of UN- Habitat to discuss the role of knowledge and education, as well as the possible contributions of universities to address the challenges of sustainable urbanisation in the 21st century.
  • UNHABITAT World Urban Forum Gender and women round table - Gender equality and the new urban agenda. 11 April 2014, 
Medellín, Columbia
. It addressed the linkages between gender equality, wom- en’s empowerment and urbanisation as positive drivers of the New Urban Agenda, emphasizing the centrality of gender equality and wom- en’s empowerment in furthering economic growth and achieving sustainable development in the New Urban Agenda. It also identified, developed and promoted strategies for enhancing gender equality and women’s empowerment as an integral part of the transformative change in the New Urban Agenda towards Post-2015, the Sustainable De- velopment Goals and Habitat III.
  • Workshop on "Capacity Building on Disaster Resilient Measures", Southern Province, Sri Lanka – 17th September 2013, Herritance Ahungalle, Sri Lanka. In association with International Conference on Building Resilience 2013, Heritance Ahungalla,  Sri Lanka 17th – 19th September 2013. Collaborators : Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities; Southern Provisional Council, Sri Lanka; and  Centre for Disaster Resilience, University of Salford; In support of UNISDR Resilient Cities Programme
  • Workshop on "Millennium Development Goals", Planning Urban and Rural Infrastructure, Development Practice Programme of the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. This is supported by MacArthur Foundation and the Earth Institute, Columbia University and is part of a global network of over 20 similar programmes in 16 countries which have been developed in accordance with the recommendations of the International Commission on Education for Sustainable Development Practice. July 2013
  • Workshop on "Poverty and infrastructure", Planning Urban and Rural Infrastructure, Development Practice Programme of the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. July 2013
  • Key note address titled "Building Disaster Resilient Communities",  Department of Civil Engineering, RAZAK School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, March 2013.
  • Key note address titled "Raising your research profile Or How to let others know you are doing OK!!", RAZAK School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, March 2013.
  • Workshop on "Writing a good proposal", Department of Civil Engineering, RAZAK School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, March 2013.
  • Workshop on "An insider’s guide to getting published in research journal", RAZAK School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, March 2013.
  • Challenges in Managing Housing Needs in Post Conflict Housing Reconstruction. 9th Annual International Conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure Renewal and Reconstruction be held at the Queensland University of Technology,  Brisbane, Australia from 8th – 11th July 2013.
  • "Disaster Resilient Cities", UNISDR Training Day, Geneva, Switzerland, June 2013
  • "When natural and man made disasters  meet together", Professorial College, University of Salford, June 2013
  • Tri – University Symposium – ‘Conflict Studies’ - Presentation entitled "Managing Housing Needs in Post Conflict Housing Reconstruction", University of Salford, UK – April 2013
  • Facilitated a workshop on, “Stakeholder engagement to address social vulnerability”, Regional Workshop on Coastal Hazards and applications in Risk Assessment and Mitigation organised by UNESCO/IOC, Paris, 19-22 March 2013, Mount Lavinia Hotel, Sri Lanka.
  • Invited presentation on " Social vulnerability”, Regional Workshop on Coastal Hazards and applications in Risk Assessment and Mitigation organised by UNESCO/IOC, Paris, 19-22 March 2013, Mount Lavinia Hotel, Sri Lanka.
  • Policy briefing: research needs for disaster resilience &development, Thursday 28 November 2012, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Workshop on Communication Research Needs for Building Societal Resilience, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, November 2012.
  • Challenges in Managing Housing Needs in Post-Conflict Housing Reconstruction, Towards a research partnership in disaster management and resilience symposium, 29th November 2012, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
  • “Fundamentals of Facilities Management Principles :  Social Enterprise Applications in an Urban FM Setting, A service delivery model”, Invited speech at the Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
  • Key note speech titled “Rebuilding for Resilience: Reconstructing Infrastructure in the North and East of Sri Lanka: Opportunities and Challenges”, 4th APSL Research Symposium & Convention, Sheffield, UK, November 2012, organised by the Association of Professional Sri Lankans in the UK (APSL).
  • Role and impact of DRR Networks for Local Capacity Development, invited speech at the 1st Stock-Taking Workshop, Resilient Cities Capacity Development (RCCD) Programme, September 19-21, 2012 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. Organised by the UNISDR (United Nations Strategy for Disaster Reduction)
  • Session on Rebuilding for Resilience:  Post-Disaster Reconstruction of the Built Environment, Breaking the Mould Conference, Durham University Humanitarian Aid and Empowering Local Communities, 1st - 3rd August, 2012, Durham University, Calman Learning Centre, Durham.
  • Session on Evaluation of Community Risk Assessment method for development of disaster risk reduction strategies and climate change adaptation plans, Breaking the Mould international conference, Breaking the Mould Conference, Durham University Humanitarian Aid and Empowering Local Communities, 1st - 3rd August, 2012, Durham University, Calman Learning Centre, Durham.
  • Creating Disaster Resilient Cities, Breaking the Mould international conference, Breaking the Mould Conference, Durham University Humanitarian Aid and Empowering Local Communities, 1st - 3rd August, 2012, Durham University, Calman Learning Centre, Durham.
  • Rebuilding for Resilience, The Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIOB), International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) and Building Economics and Management Research Unit (BEMRU)  jointly organised  the CIOB World Construction Conference 2012 under the theme, “Global Challenges in Construction Industry” from  28th – 30th June 2012 at Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Session lead on “Gender sensitivity in reconstruction”. Seminar on Reconstruction as a tool for conflict transformation and peace building.
  • Session on “Ten-point Checklist - Essentials for Making Cities Resilient” , Resilient City Programme, Sri Lanka - Disaster Risk Management Training Program for Local Government Councils, organised by the Ministry of Disaster Management Sri Lanka and Disaster Management Centre, Sri Lanka in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, March 2012. Participants included representatives from Mannar UC, Eravur UC and Batticaloa MC, District DMC Assistant  Directors, Resource Persons and Facilitators
  • Key note speech titled “Post-Disaster Reconstruction of the Built Environment: Rebuilding for Resilience”, International Conference on Global Environmental Change – Challenges & Innovations, Chennai, India , February 2012, organised by University of Madras, India
  • Session lead on Gender Mainstreaming in Construction,  Chamber of Construction  Industry Sri Lanka, Habarana, Sri Lanka, December 2011
  • Gender Mainstreaming in Conflict Transformation: The Built Environment’s Perspective, Chamber of Construction  Industry Sri Lanka, Habarana, Sri Lanka, December 2011
  • Key Note address: "Disaster Resilient Built Environment: A Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction Approach", Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Patuakhali, Bangladesh, September 2011
  • Session lead: "Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction: Examples from Post Disaster Reconstruction", Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Patuakhali, Bangladesh, September 2011
  • Key note address: “ The Case for Building Resilience:   Are we really Emerging from Adversity?” , “Cost management in a real world emerging from adversity”,  15th Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress, Organized by  Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka (IQSSL), July 2011 , Sri Lanka
  • Workshop and CPD Event - “Lifelong Learning: Challenges and Responses to Quantity Surveying Educational Needs - BELLCURVE (Built Environment Lifelong Learning Challenging University Responses to Vocational Education)” . “Cost management in a real world emerging from adversity”,  15th Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress,   Organized by  Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka (IQSSL), July 2011 , Sri Lanka.
  • Speech and presentation on “Multi University Consortium for Building Resilience” National Disaster Management Coordination Committee Meeting. Disaster Management Centre, 27th July 2011, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Session lead, International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment, Kandy, Sri Lanka, December 2010.
  • Session lead "Emergency Preparedness" -  Annual International Conference on Disaster Management, organized by the International Institute for Infrastructure, Renewal and Reconstruction (IIIRR), USA, in collaboration with American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), USA, November 2010
  • Speech and presentation on Socio-economic conditions in post conflict reconstruction, Annual International Conference on Disaster Management, organized by the International Institute for Infrastructure, Renewal and Reconstruction (IIIRR), USA, in collaboration with American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), USA, November 2010
  • Key note speech on  “A Resilient City – A myth or a reality?”  The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Annual Research Conference on Building and Construction  (COBRA), Dauphine Université Paris, France, on 2-3 September 2010
  • Session lead. International Workshop on Disaster Risk reduction and Resilient Cities, Batticaloa, Eastern Sri Lanka, June 2010. Resilient Cities Initiative 2010 - 2011.  United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)
  • International Panel Discussion  on "Built Environment Education Trends". INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABILITY IN BUILT ENVIRONMENT, The Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy (CASLE) UK and Building Economics and Management Research Unit (BEMRU), Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, June 2010
  • Session chair on "Disaster Management". INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABILITY IN BUILT ENVIRONMENT, The Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy (CASLE) UK and Building Economics and Management Research Unit (BEMRU), Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, June 2010
  • Workshop session leader, "Capacity Development for a Resilient Built Environment", United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) National Training Workshop on Disaster Risk Assessment and Management for the Coastal Zone of Sri Lanka: Developing a knowledge base on Hazards, Vulnerabilities and Capacities for Disaster Risk Reduction, Kandy, Sri Lanka, June 2010.
  • Workshop session leader, "The Concept of Empowerment", United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) National Training Workshop on Disaster Risk Assessment and Management for the Coastal Zone of Sri Lanka: Developing a knowledge base on Hazards, Vulnerabilities and Capacities for Disaster Risk Reduction, Kandy, Sri Lanka, June 2010.
  • Workshop Session Lead (with Richard Haigh), Making Batticaloa a Resilient City : 2010-2011 World Disaster Reduction Campaign, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) National Training Workshop on Disaster Risk Assessment and Management for the Coastal Zone of Sri Lanka: Developing a knowledge base on Hazards, Vulnerabilities and Capacities for Disaster Risk Reduction, Kandy, Sri Lanka, June 2010.
  • Speech titled Evaluation of disaster risk reduction practices and vulnerabilities of infrastructure reconstruction at the International Research Conference on Sustainability, The Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy (CASLE) and Building Economics and Management Research Unit (BEMRU), Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, June 2010
  • Session chair,  Workshop on Capacity Development for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Built Environment, CIB World Congress 2010 : Meeting Society's Challenges - Disaster Management, CIB World Congress, Salford Quays, Salford, UK, May 2010
  • Invited speech on " environmental disaster risk reduction and capacity development" , Department of Civil  and Environmental Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, March 2010
  • Invited speech on "Disaster risk reduction and capacity development", Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia , March 2010
  • Session on Disaster "risk reduction and the built environment", Department of Civil Engineering, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, March 2010
  • Session on "social impact of reconstruction", Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada
  • Session lead at the Mini-Symposium Organized by the International Institute for Infrastructure, Renewal and Reconstruction (IIIRR), Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, February, 2010. Title of the symposium "Best Practices for Disaster Management". Title of the session "Risk Management for Community Based Post Disaster Reconstruction
  • Session on disasters and the built environment, Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, November 2009.
  • Session lead - disaster management applications in the built environment. University of Cape Town, South Africa, October 2009.
  • Invited speech on "Postgraduate research practices and the role of the CIB". Associated Schools of Construction (ASC), Annual International Conference, University of Florida, USA. April  2009.
  • Invited key note on "social infrastructures in post disaster reconstruction, annual international conference on "Impact of natural hazards and disasters on social & economic infrastructure development, organised by the Infrastructure Institute for Renewal & Reconstruction, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka, July 2009.
  • Session lead titled "Capacity building for rehabilitation and reconstruction".  annual international conference on "Impact of natural hazards and disasters on social & economic infrastructure development, organised by the Infrastructure Institute for Renewal & Reconstruction, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka, July 2009.
  • Invited key note speech on "Opportunities Associated with Post- Disaster Infrastructure Reconstruction in Achieving Millennium Development Goals".  International conference on social development and transition  - Paths for global local partnerships, organised by the international  consortium for social development  and hosted by the Department of Social Work, Purbanchal University, Kathmandu, Nepal. November 2008.
  • Invited key note speech on "Social challenges of rehabilitation and reconstruction".   Seminar on "Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of the Northern and Eastern Provinces, Colombo, Sri Lanka. June 2009.
  • Invited Presentation on role of Built Environment Professionals in Disaster Management, International conference on social development and transition  - Paths for global local partnerships, organised by the international  consortium for social development  and hosted by the Department of Social Work, Purbanchal University, Kathmandu, Nepal. November 2009.
  • Session lead, session title "Disaster Risk Reduction through capacity building - Sharing and Managing the Lessons Learnt from Asian Tsunami", Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights, Disaster Management Centre International Symposium on "Impact of Post Disaster Waste Management towards Disaster Risk Reduction, National Symposium on Promoting Knowledge transfer to Strengthen Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Change Adoption", Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2008.
  • Invited key note presentation titled "Economic development through post-disaster infrastructure reconstruction" at the "Disaster Recovery for Risk Reduction and Development". Symposium organised by the Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka. November, 2008.
  • Invited key note presentation on the role of Built Environment Professionals in Disaster Mitigation and Reconstruction.  Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Sri Lanka in Collaboration with Association of Construction Professionals, Sri Lanka. September 2008.
  • Key note speech on "How to develop a research profile", Department of Building Economics  Research Development symposium, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, September 2008
  • Leader - EURASIA (European and Asian Infrastructure Advantage) Workshop, The International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC 2008) - 25th jubilee symposium. The 25th ISARC (ISARC 2008) was held in Vilnius, Lithuania, from June 27th to 29th of 2008. Title of the session "Development of a Virtual Research Environment to Enhance Collaboration on International Research Projects"
  • Key note speaker - tile of the key note speech "Post Disaster Re-construction Challenges: Case Studies from Post-tsunami Sri Lanka", 4th International i-Rec Conference 2008 Building resilience: Achieving effective post-disaster reconstruction, Christchurch, New Zeeland, April 2008
  • Key note speaker at the Changing the face of Construction 2008 conference, Blackpool, 2008
  • Keynote speaker at changing the face of Construction, CITB Construction Skills, Liverpool, 2007.
  • Invited to lead a week long workshop on creation and long-term management of public and commercial facilities and infrastructure at the Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. June 2007
  • Invited to deliver a series of seminars, workshops and lecturers on long term management of facilities and infrastructure management at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. June 2007.
  • Invited lectures on :  Facilities management concepts;  FM Organisational context ; Concepts of performance Measurement; FM and its performance measurement ; Performance  improvement as a continuous process; Building performance and post occupancy evaluation; Moving from performance measurement to management - new directions, Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. June 2007
  • Invited lecture on Introduction to Facilities Management at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka. June 2007
  • Invited presentation on Development of Research Culture at University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka. June 2007
  • Invited key note speech on, "The role of the construction industry in disaster preparedness, response and recovery", Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics The World Bank, Bled, Slovenia, May 2007.
  • Invited session as part of the 7th International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and Human Environment conference held at Salford Quays, Salford: UK, 2007. Workshop entitled "getting published in journals"
  • Invited to lead a workshop on PhD research skills and delivered an invited presentation titled " presentation on  writing for academic publications"  and "surviving the viva", University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 2007
  • Invited to lead a workshop on PhD research skills and delivered an invited presentation titled " presentation on  writing for academic publications"  and "surviving the viva", Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Shah Alam, Malaysia, September 2007
  • Invited to lead a research skills development workshop, CIB World Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, May 2007.  This event was organised and hosted by the Southern African Built Environment Research Center (SABERC), Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa  and University of Port Elizabeth - Department of Construction Management - Institute for the Study of Construction Processes, South Africa
  • Invited to lead a session and deliver a presentation titled "Disaster management and construction" Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics, "The role of the construction industry in disaster preparedness, response and recovery", The World Bank, Bled, Slovenia, May 2007.
  • Invited international workshops and seminars, emphasising the international standing in the field: for e.g. Leader for Session on Disaster Management, RICS COBRA Conference: London, September 2006
  • Invited by the CIB (International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction) to develop a set of guidelines on supplementary skills for postgraduate students. 2006
  • Invited session as part of the 6th International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and Human Environment conference. Held at TNO Delft, The Netherlands, 2006.  Workshop entitled "Qualitative data analysis"
  • Several invited presentations at national/international teaching and learning conferences, lectures and seminars, most recent being the presentations made at 2nd annual built environment education conference (BEECON 2006) on Recruitment and Retention: The way forward, held in London from 12- 13 September 2006 and Bringing Research and Teaching Together, The Higher Education Academy Conference, November 2006.
  • Invited to lead an international research workshops part of the CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research (BEAR2006) held in Hong Kong. Title of the workshop was "Research Methodologies".  2006
  • Invited to lead a special Session on "Post Disaster Management Strategies". 2006 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) annual International Conference (COBRA), University College London. Session included an introduction to the work of the RICS Disaster Management Commission and presentations based on three papers titled : "An exploration of the construction industry's role in disaster preparedness, response and recovery"; "Review of impact of post tsunami reconstruction and rehabilitation on infrastructure facilities"; and "Role of Built Environment education curricula in post disaster recovery management".
  • Invited session as part of the 5th International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and Human Environment conference. Held at Salford Quays, Salford: UK, 2005. Workshop entitled  "Structuring the thesis and its preparation"
  • Facilitator for CIB international research methodology Workshop, CIB W89 BEAR 2006 Conference, Hong Kong: April 2006, Research methods CIOB workshop, QUT, Brisbane, Austrian, July 2005.
  • Invited speaker of the "Customising the QS to face challenges in the 2020", Colombo Sri Lanka, January 2006
  • Invited to lead two workshop organised as part of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Research Week and RICS COBRA annual International Conference held in Australia. Titles of the workshops held were:"Research Methods" and "Thesis Writing". 2005
  • Took part upon invitation in the debate titled "research informed curriculum", "The teaching and research relationship: developing institutional policy and practice. An international conference on institutional policies, structures, processes and practices to develop the relationship between teaching and research. Higher Education Academy. November 2005.
  • Invited presentation at Workshop on Teaching and Research Relationship: Developing Institutional Policy and Practice on a UK-wide conference on institutional policies, structures, processes and practices to develop the relationship between teaching and research. Higher Education Academy, London. November 2005.
  • Invited session as part of the 4th International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and Human Environment conference. Held at Salford Quays, Salford: UK, 2004. Workshop entitled "Completing your PhD successfully".
  • Invited to lead a research methodology workshop. University of Moratuwa, December 2004. Titles of the sessions were: "Overview of Qualitative and Quantitative Paradigms"; "Use of case studies in building and construction research"; and "Use of surveys and interviews to gather data", 2004.
  • Invited by the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka  to deliver a programme on research methodology (qualitative and quantitative research methods( for built environment research University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka, 2004)
  • Invited speaker on "Construction Process Improvement", Institute for Construction, Training and Development, Ministry of Housing and Construction, Sri Lanka, December 2004.
  • Invited to lead various staff development workshops for the benefit of fellow members of academic staff and research staff: for e.g. "Good Practice Guidelines for Research knowledge Transfer into teaching within the Built Environment", "Improving Dissertation Assessment Practice". These workshops help to promote ideas and initiative in this area, which has become of critical importance as we seek to exploit our excellent research activities for the benefit of the profession. 2001 - 2004
  • Invited to deliver lectures and presentations on "How to Develop a Balanced Scorecard: Guide to Balanced Scorecard Performance Management Methodology" with  NHS Estates. 2001 - 2002.
  • Presentation on Sri Lanka Pre-colonial Architecture - Download the presentation