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Institute of Personnel Management Sri Lanka (IPM) was founded in 1959 by a small group of professionals with the objective of developing and promoting the profession of personnel management. The Institute was subsequently incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1976, and its name was amended by Act No. 31 of 2018 as the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM). 

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Revolutionizing the HR Profession

Tuesday, 27 June 2023 / Published in News


Dhammika Fernando was awarded Lifetime Gold Medal by CIPM at the National HR Conference 2023.

Mr Dhammika Fernando past president of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management Sri Lanka and Director and Local Chief Officer of Tropical Findings (Pvt) Limited was awarded the Lifetime Gold Award for excellence in Human Resource Management. This Award is made annually at the National HR Conference to selected Professionals who have contributed at the highest level for the betterment of HRM, in recognition made to the HRM disciplines.

Dhammika Fernando, a highly accomplished management professional with over 36 years of experience in the manufacturing industry. Dhammika began his career as an Engineering Officer at a national TV broadcasting network before transitioning into the manufacturing industry, where he has established himself as a respected leader.

Dhammika graduated in Electronics & Telecom Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, as well as a postgraduate qualification from the Open University. He also completed an MBA, specializing in HRM, through a two-year research master’s program at the Open University of Sri Lanka. Dhammika is a Chartered Fellow of CIPM Sri Lanka and has acquired certifications as an HR auditor and lead management consultant.

Dhammika served as the President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management Sri Lanka and is currently the Director and Local Chief Officer of Tropical Findings (Pvt) Limited. This company is a pioneering Japanese conglomerate operating in EPZ Katunayake for 45 years.

In addition to his work at Tropical Findings, Dhammika actively participates in various industry bodies and councils. He has been involved with the FTZ Manufacturers’ Association for over two decades and currently holds the position of Chairman. Since 2009, Dhammika has served on the National Labour Advisory Council, a permanent tripartite body formed by the Ministry of Labour and chaired by the Minister. Furthermore, he is a member of the National Wages Board for the Apparel Trade.

We take immense pleasure in announcing that CIPM won three awards at the National Business Excellence Awards 2023 (NBEA 2023) ceremony held on 20th June 2023 at Shangri-La Hotel. This is an annual event organized by the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka. The three awards won by CIPM are as follows:

  1. Overall winner in the Education Services Sector
  2. Merit Award Winner in Capacity Building
  3. 1st Joint Runner-up in the Medium Enterprises Sector

Whilst this is the highest number of awards CIPM has won at a single event.

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CIPM Standing Committee on National HR data Hub with Research and Development Capabilities successfully conducted its 7th CIPM International Research Symposium I HYBRID on 25 & 26 May 2023 as an international event under the theme of “Transforming the Future of Work”. It has concluded as a greatest scholarly event under the guidance of Mr. Ken Vijayakumar – President CIPM Sri Lanka and Prof. Prasadini Gamage, Chairperson of the symposium.  

#ResearchSymposium #ResearchSymposium2023 #cipm #hrm #internationalresearchsymposium #symposium #research #7thInternationalResearchSymposium #humanresources


The National HR Conference 2023 Media Briefing & recognizing the Strategic Partners was held on 27th April 2023 at HR House, CIPM – Colombo 05. 

The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) Sri Lanka is proud to announce the National HR Conference 2023 conducted under the theme “Navigating Dire Straits”. The event will be held on the 21st and 22nd of June 2023 at the Monarch Imperial, Sri Jayewardenepura. 

After a hiatus of three years due to the pandemic, the CIPM National HR Conference returns, promising to be an event of unparalleled insights and experiences for HR professionals, business leaders, and other stakeholders. 

The National HR Conference 2023 will be graced by Mr Rolf Blaser, the Managing Director/ CEO of A. Baur & Co. (Pvt) Ltd, delivering the Keynote Speech. 

The event is partnered by PickMe (Digital Mobility Solutions Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.), Nippon Paint Lanka Pvt Ltd, hSenid Business Solutions, and IDM Campus, and co-sponsored by HNB PLC and Dole Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. 

The National HR Conference 2023 comprises a main conference with technical sessions, the Great

HR Debate, the National HR Exhibition, and the CIPM Lifetime Gold Award. 

The National HR Conference 2023 promises to be an enriching experience for all the attendees, offering them a platform to learn, network, and engage with thought leaders and peers from the industry. With insightful sessions, thought-provoking discussions, and networking opportunities galore, you won’t want to miss this must-attend event.



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