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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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Tuesday, 31 October 2023 / Published in News

As one of its sustainability initiatives, CIPM SL along with Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka launched a PET plastic collection and recycling program on 26th October 2023 by placing a designated 50 kg recycling bin at Polhengoda Junction near CIPM premises under the guidance of the Chairperson of the Standing committee on Sustainability, Diversity & Inclusivity of CIPM Sri Lanka Ms. Wasanthi Withanage.

The event was graced by esteemed individuals: Mr. Ken Vijayakumar, President of CIPM, Mr. Chrisantha Obeyesekere, CEO of CIPM, Mr. G. Weerathunga, Director of Professional, Academic Affairs.


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.

CIPM Sri Lanka – the Nation’s Leader in Human Resource Management, successfully inaugurated its flagship event, the National HR Conference 2023, South Asia’s largest and most inclusive HR conference, on 21st June at the Monarch Imperial, Sri Jayewardenepura under the theme “Navigating Dire Straits” with more than 800 participants.  

The Inaugural presentation about “Navigating Dire Straits” was presented by Mr. Rolf Blaser, Group Managing Director / CEO – A. Baur & Co. (Pvt.) Ltd, with the Keynote address. 

The event was graced with the participation of Chief Guest Rolf Blaser – Managing Director, A Baur & Co (Pvt) Ltd, President, CIPM Sri Lanka Mr. Ken Vijayakumar, Hony. Secretary / Chairperson of the National HR Conference 2023 – Mr. Priyankara Senevirathne, Vice President, CIPM Sri Lanka Mr. Priyantha Ranasinghe, Hony. Treasurer, CIPM Sri Lanka Col. Saman Jayawickrama, Council Members of CIPM SL, Past Presidents of CIPM, Fellow Members of CIPM & Chief Executive Officer, CIPM Sri Lanka Mr. U.A.C Obeyesekere.

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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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