Chamindra de Silva
Chamindra de Silva is an award winning Innovation Director and Product Engineering Expert. He has multi-Sector experience with many Tier 1 organisations in Banking, FinTech, Insurance, ISV (Independent Software Vendor), Government and INGO (International Non-Governmental Organisation). He is passionate and skilled incubating high energy, highly motivated global teams to create great products using the Lean Startup model and Agile methodologies. He has built four internationally award winning products in the areas of Open Banking, Open Innovation, Education and Humanitarian Response with awards and recognition from Gartner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Free Software Foundation, Open Source Initiative (OSI) and The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) to name a few.
Chamindra was the Vice President of Engineering at Virtusa, a company he joined as a startup and is now a USD 1.2+ billion revenue company with 20,000+ employees globally. He is also advisor on startups in the area of Post Quantum Cryptography and Life Sciences. He is a passionate advocate of Sustainable Innovation and first spoke on the topic on the UN launch of SDGs (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals) in 2015. He also works pro-bono in Sahana Open Source Foundation which he incubated as a CTO, which is one of the most popular open source disaster management tools deployed in a number of nations.
Chamindra holds an MEng in Engineering and Computer Science from University of Oxford and is professionally certified in agile product and cloud engineering. His work has been published in The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and he has Co-Authored a Book on Open Source Software Engineering. He is also an Advisor for startups.