Keynote speeches 

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. 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.

  • Keynote speaker, “Raising Your profile and keep it there Or How to let others know you are doing OK !!”, Women in Architecture, The University of Huddersfield in Collaboration with RIBA. 14th June 2017.
  • Invited Keynote Speaker, Mainstreaming disaster resilience in the construction process, 2nd E- Conference on Landslide Disaster Risk Reduction, World Centre of Excellence on Landslide Disaster Reduction: Model Policy frameworks, Standards and Guidelines on Landslide Disaster Reduction, Organized By: Natural Resources Management & Laboratory Services, CENTRAL ENGINEERING CONSULTANCY BUREAU, Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment. June 2017.
  • NBRO keynoteInvited keynote speaker at the “Risk Awareness and Future Challenges” - NBRO International Symposium, held from 6 – 7 December 2016 at Water’s Edge, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka. The key note address was entitled “Risk Awareness and Future Challenges: The Role of Research and Development”. National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) of Sri Lanka is the premier research & development institute established in 1984 has now grown in to a successful technical service provider and research & development institution where experts from multiple disciplines have teamed up and dedicated to creating a disaster free built environment for the nation.
  • Invited Keynote Speaker at the University of Huddersfield’s multi-disciplinary postgraduate research conference held on the 18th in November 2016: “Responding to global challenges: Pooling and sharing of knowledge across institutions, across disciplines and across continents”.
  • 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

 

 

 

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  • 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. 2016
  • 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). 2016
  • 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. 2016
  • Key note speech, “Words Into Action” Guidelines for the Sendai Framework - Working Group on DRR Governance and Accountability, UNISDR Inter Governmental Support Group, 26 January 2016, CICG, Geneva, Switzerland. 2016.
  • 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. 2015.
  • Delivered 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. 2015
  • A key note speech 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.
  • Lead Speaker - 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Key note address - Disaster Risk Reduction and the Built Environment, ICPS' International Roundtable on Disaster Resilience, Brussels. International Centre for Parliamentary Studies 27th November 2013.
  • Key note address - Improving Disaster Resilience and Mitigation - New Means and Tools, Trends; NATO Advanced Research Workshop: an invitational workshop, with all participants approved by the SPS program (NATO) and with a participation A volume will be published in NATO series after the ARW, based on the presented key notes; Iasi, Romania, November 6-8, 2013
  • Key note address - Rebuilding for Resilience:  Post-Disaster Reconstruction as a social system as part of Panel VII: “Resiliency and Social Systems”, at the Fourth Annual Conference on Community Resilience, Building the Critical Infrastructure for Resiliency:  International Goals – National Strategies – Local Actions August 29 - 30, 2013 Davos, Switzerland in Partnership with The Global Risk Forum U.S. National Academy of Sciences Virginia Tech. Fourth Annual Conference on Community Resilience, August 29 - 30, 2013 Davos, Switzerland - August 2013
  • Key note address - 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.
  • Key note address - "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’ – key note presentation entitled "Managing Housing Needs in Post Conflict Housing Reconstruction", University of Salford, UK – April 2013
  • Key note address - Building Disaster Resilient Communities, Department of Civil Engineering, RAZAK School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, March 2013.
  • Key note address - 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.
  • Invited key note 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.
  • “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. 2012.
  • 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) 
  • 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).
  • Key note Speech on 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. 
  • 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
  • Key note speech: "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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Keynote 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
  • keynoteInvited speech at the 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, “CAPACITY BUILDING FOR PRAPREDNESS AND RECONSTRUCTION, RISK and RESILIENCE - concept of empowerment”, Kandy, Sri Lanka, June 2010
  • Invited speech on Resilient cities -making disaster risk reduction a reality, at the 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, Capacity Development for a Resilient Built Environment, Kandy, Sri Lanka, June 2010
  • Invited speech on Resilient cities -making disaster risk reduction a reality, at the 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, Making Batticaloa a Resilient City
    2010-2011 World Disaster Reduction Campaign, 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
  • Invited speech on “environmental disaster risk reduction and capacity development”, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, March 1010
  • Invited speech on “Disaster risk reduction and capacity development”, Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, March 1010
  • Invited keynote speech on “Assessing vulnerability, resilience and capacity”. Disaster Risk Reduction for Natural Hazards: Putting Research into Practice, 6th – 9th November 2009, UCL, London.
  • 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.
  • Invited keynote 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 keynote 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.
  • Invited keynote 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 keynote 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
  • 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. Employability of Women Managers in the Educational Sector
  • Keynote speaker at changing the face of Construction, CITB Construction Skills, Liverpool, 2007. Developing Women Leaders in the UK Construction Industry
  • 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 speaker of the “Customising the QS to face challenges in the 2020”, Colombo Sri Lanka, January 2006
  • Invited speaker on “Construction Process Improvement”, Institute for Construction, Training and Development, Ministry of Housing and Construction, Sri Lanka, December 2004.
  • Invited talk on the Use of the Balanced Scorecard in NHS Estates and Facilities. NHS Estates, Leeds. 2001.
  • 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.