Professor (Dr.) Lalith Edirisinghe
Professor (Dr.) Lalith Edirisinghe
Faculty of Management and Social Sciences
Head- Society Linkage Cell
CINEC Campus, IT Park, Millennium Drive, Malabe, Sri Lanka
Tele: +94112413500, +94114486400
Mobile: +94777562 505
Sri Lanka Society of Transport and Logistics
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
“Follow basics. It is ensuring quality and avoid potential failures”
Having obtained my membership in the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK), I pursued my Postgraduate studies in Business Management from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and passed with a distinction pass in 2010. Later in 2013, I explored the global essence of postgraduate education at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka perusing a Master of Business Administration Degree in International Trade and Logistics in collaboration with the University of Canberra, Australia. I also obtained the certificate of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code from the North West Kent College in the United Kingdom in 2009. In 2016, I obtained my Doctor of Engineering Degree, PhD- major in Transportation planning and Logistics Management offered by Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, China affiliated to World Maritime University in Sweden. I am a Chartered Marketer (2010/12) awarded by Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Chartered Logistician of Institute of Logistics and Transport, UK (CMILT). I serve as an Expert Consultant to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).
In addition to my employment as the Dean of Faculty of Management and Social Sciences, I volunteer in the capacity of Head of CINEC Society Linkage Cell which is a project jointly operated by the Ministry of Higher Education, Sri Lanka; University Grants Commission, and the World Bank Group. During my tenure in above capacity I manged to secure a research grant for a proposal namely, “Development of a mechanism that leads to a psychological paradigm shift in student’s demand and enrolment for various academic disciplines in the tertiary education in Sri Lanka”. In appreciation to my research findings I received 2 vital local and international research awards namely, Best Research in Ports & Shipping 2016 of Sri Lanka Society for Transport & Logistics (SLSTL) and Best Research paper 2019 of World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (WASET). I compiled two scientific textbooks on Logistics, Transport, Shipping, and International trade introducing two new theories in transportation.
I believe that a strong link with industry is essential to provide benefits of research outcomes to the society. The concepts introduced in my research publications are either being practiced in industry, used as training tools or debated in the industry at present. I volunteer in many industry associations, inter alia Member of Nautical Institute UK (MNI), UK; Member of Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM); and Member of Organisation of Professional Associations of Sri Lanka (OPA). Through these affiliations I have given the leadership to develop a vertical integration between society and the industry to bridge certain gaps. In Sri Lanka there was no formal mechanism at national level to recognize the contribution of Logistics and transport organizations. During my term as the Secretary and Chairman- Awards & Scholarships Subcommittee of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT International), UK Sri Lanka branch I lead the first ever National Logistics Awards ceremony under the patronage of His Excellency the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. Introducing Logistics in school curriculum in 2017 was one of key milestones in my life and presently working on amalgamating Logistics as an indispensable part of the Ministry of Transport in Sri Lanka and establish a National Day for Logistics in Sri Lanka.
Academic and Professional
1. PhD, in Transportation planning and Logistics Management
2. MBA- Master’s Degree in International Trade and Logistics from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura Sri Lanka in collaboration with the University of Canberra- Australia.
3. Postgraduate studies in Business Management from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (Distinction pass)
4. Executive Diploma in Marketing (Distinction pass) University of Colombo Sri Lanka
5. Certificate of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code from the North West Kent College in the United Kingdom in 2009.
6. Chartered member of Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT International) UK (CMILT)
7. Member of Nautical Institute UK (MNI)
8. Chartered Marketer (2010/12) awarded by Chartered Institute of Marketing –UK
9. Member of Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM)
10. Member of Organisation of Professional Associations of Sri Lanka (OPA)
11. Toastmaster International: Competent Leader (CL) and Competent Communicator (CC)
12. Expert- Consultant in Transport and Logistics of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
Teaching and research has been my passion in life.
I was fortunate to obtain working experience in important areas such as education, management, shipping, logistics, border management, and marketing. also, I secured academic qualification in each area and ensured I have updated knowledge to provide best services to the society. join with higher education institute provided me with immense opportunities to associate with many intellectuals and improve my research strengths. Currently I volunteer to serve in six editorial boards, as reviewer of 12 Journals. I have contributed as a session chairman in 6 conferences, served as a Panel Member in 6 seminars. I have participated in 4 International Projects, and 4 national projects. I prefer to have wider scope under my research direction including Education and Teaching, Commercial shipping, Logistics, Marketing, Maritime, Transport, Supply Chain Management, Tourism, Globalization, Customs and Border Management.
My Research publications in refereed journals, symposia, magazines, newspapers etc. contain 76 articles. I have written two books 8 on Logistics and Shipping. I have presented 27 papers in international conferences and invited talks 9. 5 Projects in Education and Research. My publications contain 20 Contributions and Acronyms. Received 2 Awards for papers published.
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