Prof. G.L.D. Wickramasinghe
Colombo Plan Staff College
Prof. G.L.D. Wickramasinghe is currently serving as the 12th Director General of Colombo Staff Plan College (CPSC). He is the first Sri Lankan to hold the position and he took over from the outgoing Director General, Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, starting September 1, 2021. As the Director General, he is responsible for representing the Colombo Plan Staff College in its engagements, ensuring that its vision of becoming an “intergovernmental TVET leader for sustainable development” will be carried out to its network of 16 member countries and 2 partner organizations in the Asia-Pacific Region. He is also the President of the Asia-Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC), implementing the continued quality assurance commitment to TVET institutions in the region.
Prof G.L.D. Wickramasinghe is an accomplished academic and professional with extensive experience in the field of textiles and apparel. Holding a Ph.D. from The University of Manchester, UK, and an MBA from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka, he has a strong academic background. Throughout his career, Wickramasinghe has received numerous awards and recognition for his contributions to education and research. These include the Emerald Literati Award, the Sri Lanka Education Leadership Award, and several awards for outstanding research performances and scientific publications. He has actively participated in research and has published numerous papers in reputable journals, particularly focusing on topics related to textile technology, lean manufacturing, and organizational effectiveness.
Wickramasinghe has held various administrative positions at the University of Moratuwa, including Chairman of the Centre for Open and Distance Learning and Head of the Department of Textile and Clothing Technology. He has also served as a member of several committees and academic bodies within the university. Beyond academia, Wickramasinghe has held significant roles outside the university, such as being a member of the Board of Directors for Orit Apparels Lanka Ltd. and the Sri Lanka Institute of Textile and Apparel.
He has also provided consultancy services and served on various committees related to the textile and apparel industry in Sri Lanka. With his expertise in lean production practices and textile manufacturing, Wickramasinghe has made substantial contributions to the industry. He has actively participated in research, provided training and guidance, and played a crucial role in shaping strategic plans and standards for the sector.
Overall, G.L.D. Wickramasinghe's CV reflects a distinguished academic career, notable research contributions, and a significant impact on the textile and apparel industry in Sri Lanka. His combination of academic qualifications, research expertise, and practical experience positions him as a respected figure in the field.