The Sysco LABS Team
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Shanil Fernando

Managing Director - Sri Lanka and Senior Vice President Engineering

Prior to Sysco LABS, Shanil was a founding member of Virtusa and overall lead for its global delivery organization. He became their CTO at a very young age and was responsible for growing Virtusa from eight developers all the way through taking it public on Nasdaq. Shanil was named in Echelon’s 40 under 40 list of most important risk takers and was conferred the title of ICT Leader of the Year for 2016 by the Computer Society of Sri Lanka. He is also a keen advocate and change agent for the Sri Lankan IT industry to move away from IT services and focus on product innovation and engineering.
Shanil has a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Warwick.

Rasika Karunatilake

Rasika Karunatilake

General Manager and Vice President - Shared Services

With over 18 years of experience in the IT industry, Rasika is the Vice President, General Manager and Head of Shared Services at Sysco LABS in Sri Lanka. He played a key role in launching the Sysco LABS Sri Lanka operation and growing it to a high caliber engineering organization. He has played multiple roles in delivery, operations, HR, IT, finance, marketing, administration, and facilities management over the course of the last several years. Prior to Sysco LABS, he was Delivery Manager at Millennium IT where he led global delivery for some of the company’s largest accounts in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He has also worked at Informatics where he developed systems for key local and international clients.
Rasika has a BSc in Computer Science from the Manchester Metropolitan University, an MBA from the University of Hull, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Rohana Kumara

Rohana Kumara

Vice President - Engineering and Architecture

Rohana has over 15 years of experience engineering highly scalable client-server and consumer applications in capital markets, financial services, banking, and healthcare.
He was previously Chief Architect at EFutures and has also worked at several other early stage startups.
Rohana has a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Moratuwa.

Hasitha Liyanage

Hasitha Liyanage

Vice President - Engineering

Hasitha holds a BSc in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Moratuwa and has over 12 years of experience in the IT industry, having designed and developed technologies from high frequency trading (HFT) systems for financial markets in the United States, Europe and Hong Kong, to electronic regulatory compliance systems for the Philippines, and the International Labour Organization. Before Sysco LABS, Hasitha was the Chief Software Architect for Infoshare and a Technology Consultant for thinkCube Systems, a digital services company specializing in cloud applications.

Nilupa Kiringoda

Nilupa Kiringoda

Senior Director - Delivery

Nilupa has more than 12 years of professional experience in the IT industry, delivering and implementing product-based, mission critical solutions to the global financial markets industry by leading large, cross-functional teams. He has experience in working with a diverse customer portfolio ranging from emerging markets in the Asian and African regions to top tier markets in the American and European regions. Prior to Sysco LABS, he was a Program Director at MillenniumIT Software LTD. (part of LSEG), a premier technology solutions provider for the capital markets industry. He holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Business Information Technology from Staffordshire University, UK and a Master’s degree in Business Systems from the University of Monash, Australia. He is also a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Asiri Liyanage

Asiri Liyanage

Director - Engineering

Asiri carries over 14 years of experience in designing and developing large enterprise applications in Telecom, Airline and Restaurant domains. Prior to Sysco LABS, Asiri had very successful tenures at Virtusa and John Keells Computer Systems. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) and Masters in Computer Science from the University of Colombo.

Dhanisha Paul

Dhanisha Paul

Senior Manager - Delivery

Dhanisha has over 12 years of experience in the field of Information Technology having been involved in Business Analysis, Project/Program Management and IT consulting. She holds a Degree in Information Technology and Business Administration from the University of Keele (UK). Prior to Sysco LABS, Dhanisha was an IT Consultant providing services to Lloyds Banking Group and many other clients in the Financial and Retail sector in the UK.

Janith Gunasekara

Janith Gunasekara

Director - Quality Engineering

Janith has over 14 years’ experience in product quality and in executive leadership positions; he has provided leadership and strategic direction to Quality Engineering teams spanning multiple geographical locations and has formulated and implemented effective strategies to ensure product quality. Prior to Sysco LABS, Janith was the Head of Quality at Cambio Software Engineering, where he designed, managed and maintained all Quality Assurance practices, standards, methodologies and metrics, whilst leading the design and implementation of testing frameworks, test infrastructure and tools.
Prior to joining Cambio, he worked at Netstarter, 99X Technology & Virtusa.

Asanga Nugawela

Asanga Nugawela

Director - Delivery

Asanga has over 12 years’ experience in leading all aspects of technical projects from start to completion and successful delivery to global clients. In his most recent position as Head of Product Development at Fortude, he pioneered Agile practices for product development and introduced Lean Startup thinking to the business. Prior to joining Fortude, he worked at HSBC and Zone24x7.
Asanga possesses an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management and a B.Eng. (Hons.) in Electrical & Computer Systems Engineering from Monash University, Australia. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO).

Shiran Weerakone

Shiran Weerakone

Director - People Operations

Shiran has over twenty years of experience in HR and has worked in leadership roles in diverse industries and companies, including the software industry. He has previously worked at Virtusa, Dialog Axiata, Goodhope Holdings, Informatics Holdings and Brandix in Sri Lanka. He has also worked overseas at DHL International in Dubai, U.A.E