Group Chief Executive / Non-Independent, Executive Director
Supun Weerasinghe is the Group Chief Executive of Dialog Axiata PLC, with effect from January 2017. Before returning to Dialog, Supun was the CEO and Managing Director of Robi Axiata Limited in Bangladesh from 2014 to 2016. Prior to joining Robi, Supun served as the Group Chief Strategy Officer (GSCO) of Axiata Group Bhd in Malaysia. At Axiata, he also served as the Head of Network Transformation Strategic Business Unit under which he led the Group Technology, Carrier Collaboration and Axiata Intelligence Unit.
Prior to his assignment to Axiata Group in 2013, Supun was the Group Chief Operating Officer (GCOO) of Dialog, He started his career in Telecommunications at Dialog in 1999 and held multiple roles such as Head of Strategy and CEO of the Mobile Business before being appointed as the GCOO in 2010.
Supun is a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and Financial Management from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. He also has an MBA from the University of Western Sydney, Australia and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School. Supun was also honoured as one of Sri Lanka's Ten Outstanding Young Professionals by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Sri Lanka.
Pradeep De Almeida
Group Chief Technology Officer
Pradeep leads the Technology function of the Dialog Group. His portfolio spans the planning, development and operation of multiple networks and services including but not limited to the Group's Mobile, Broadband, Fixed Line, Digital Television and International Telecommunications infrastructures.
Pradeep joined Dialog Axiata in 1996 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and is a Member of the Institution of Engineers of Sri Lanka and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) United Kingdom.
Over the course of his 19 year career in technology management, Pradeep has garnered extensive experience across multiple generations of mobile telephony technology leading up to the most recent 4G technologies, based on which the Dialog Group has implemented Mobile FD-LTE and Fixed TD-LTE networks. Pradeep is a regular speaker at Technology forums both locally and internationally.
Group Chief Operating Officer
Rainer is Dialog's Group Chief Operating Officer and overlooks the Group's Business Units, Corporate Planning and Corporate Strategy. He has over 20 years of in-depth experience in Telecommunications, Online, Cloud and IT Services, Media and Entertainment, e-Commerce, Digital Marketing and Corporate Strategy in mature and emerging markets, across start-ups and multi-nationals.
Prior to joining Dialog Axiata, he served as the Chief Product and Innovation Officer at Reliance Jio, India, and was directly responsible for setting up Jio's business units and leading the launch program. Preceding Reliance Jio, he was the Senior Vice President Core Telco Products at Deutsche Telekom AG, Germany, building and leading Deutsche Telekom's core product portfolio across 14 European markets. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Deutsche Telekom UK Ltd, as Senior Vice President Mobile Products, Deutsche Telekom AG, as Senior Vice President Mobile Internet, T-Mobile International AG, and as Vice President Strategy Development, Deutsche Telekom AG. During his 5 years at McKinsey & Company, he served high-tech and telco clients across Europe.
Rainer holds a doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) in Physics from the University of Technology Munich, and worked as a computation and neuroscience researcher at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) / USA.
Sandra De Zoysa
Group Chief Customer Officer
Sandra joined Dialog in 1997 as a member of the Company's Senior Management Team and is the Group Chief Customer Officer and Chairperson of the Customer Experience Excellence Group Leadership Committee of the Company. She counts over two decades of experience in the mobile telecommunication industry as a pioneer customer service practitioner.
In 2011, Sandra was honoured with the industry champion award for Sri Lanka at the Contact Centre World Conference, Australia. Sandra also ranked among the Top 10 business women in Sri Lanka on the Echelon Top 50 most powerful women in business. Sandra is an avid speaker at Customer Experience Industry forums internationally and locally and is a visiting Lecture at the University of Colombo, School of Computing on customer experience and CRM. Sandra is also a founding member and former Director of the board of SLASSCOM, the national IT-BPO chamber. She currently heads the quality forum of SLASSCOM.
Group Chief Officer - Programme Management and Tele-Infrastructure
Upali functions as the Chief Executive Officer of Dialog Teleinfrastructures Strategic Business Unit. His portfolio includes management of passive and transmission infrastructure of the Dialog Group and related commercial operation.
With over 20 years of experience in the Telecommunication industry, he has been a key member of Mobile, Fixed, and Transport network rollouts and many other strategic projects and business initiatives. His extensive experience largely covers Designing, Planning, Implementation, Project Management, and Operations & Maintenance of Telecommunication & IT networks and systems. He has also gained exposure at overseas subsidiaries and business ventures of Axiata Group in Africa, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
Upali holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, a Master of Business Administration from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is a Chartered Engineer of the Engineering Council UK, a Member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), a Corporate Member of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL), and a Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).
Group Chief Officer - Dialog Enterprise
Jeremy counts a total of 16 years industry experience in telecommunications on the backdrop of a multi-country and multi-sector management career spanning over 3 decades.
Jeremy joined the Group Senior Management Team of Dialog following 7 years as the Managing Director of Suntel Ltd. Prior to taking the helm at Suntel in 2005, Jeremy held several senior management positions in the Scandinavian region with Orange International, the mobile arm of France Telecom including that of CEO of Orange Sweden, a 3G green-field start up and that of Director for Strategy and Planning at Orange Denmark. Prior to joining Orange, Jeremy held the position of Vice President at an internet start-up fortunecity.com. Jeremy's involvement with the Sri Lankan telco market has its beginnings in 1996, when he joined Millicom International Cellular as the CEO of Celltel.
Tracing back to the early years of Jeremy's illustrious career - he began his management journey in the pharmaceutical industry and later went on to take up numerous positions in senior management with DHL in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UK and Pakistan.
Group Chief Corporate Officer
Shayam currently holds the position of Group Chief Officer - Commercial & Programme Management of the organization. Shayam's portfolio spans Enterprise Programme Management, Supply Chain Management, Material Management & Warehouse Operations, Legal & Contract Management, and Quality Systems & Process Management.
Shayam joined the Dialog team in 1997 and has previously served in the capacities of Group Senior Vice President - Access Networks/Technology Resource Planning and Head - Network Planning of the company prior being appointed to his current role.
Shayam holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering specialising in Wireless Communications from the University of Texas - Arlington, Texas, USA and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems specialising in Telecommunications from the University of Houston - Clear Lake, Texas, USA.
He is a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) - USA, a member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) – UK, and a Chartered Engineer registered with the Engineering Council (UK).
Group Chief Marketing Officer
Amali is one of Sri Lanka's most renowned marketing professionals and a business leader, drawing from over two decades of experience in senior management positions both in Sri Lanka and overseas attached to leading global multinationals and Sri Lankan blue chips.
One of Sri Lanka's 20 Most Powerful Women in Business as ranked by Echelon Magazine, Amali is an honours graduate from the University of Colombo. She began her career at Unilever Sri Lanka, where she traversed multiple leadership roles, before her appointment to the Board in the capacity of Director, Foods & Personal Care.
Following her tenure at Unilever, Amali transitioned to the telecommunications sector where she was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Bharthi Airtel Lanka, before taking over as Group Chief Marketing Officer of Dialog Axiata. At Dialog, her portfolio spans through Mobile, Fixed Line, Broadband, Dialog Television and the National Sales arm of the Group, where she has garnered a significant foothold for the Company in a fiercely competitive industry landscape.
Group Chief Information Officer & Chief Digital Services Officer
Anthony joined Dialog Axiata as the Group Chief Information Officer in 2010, and manages a portfolio spanning Enterprise Information Technology, Product and Service Innovation and the Digital Services Business of the Dialog Group.
Prior to joining the Dialog Group, Anthony was the Head of the North America Systems Integration Business for Nokia Siemens Networks. He was responsible for Solution Development, Systems Integration and Business Management of converged Fixed and Wireless solutions for communication service providers in North America. Anthony counts over two decades of experience in Europe, Asia and the Americas in Operations Support Systems/Business Support Solutions and Systems Integration, holding leadership positions at British Telecom, AT&T, Nokia, NSN and Hayleys.
Anthony holds a B.Eng from Kings College London, and an MBA from Regis University Denver, CO. USA. He holds several European and United States Patents in the area of Charging and Speech Recognition technology.
Group Chief Financial Officer
Lucy joined Dialog Axiata in November 2010 as the Group Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to joining Dialog, Lucy was the Financial Controller for Maxis Berhad, Kuala Lumpur. She was with Price Waterhouse, Malaysia before leaving to join Sime Darby Berhad Group where she was there for eight years, holding various senior financial management positions including that of the Group's Chief Accountant and the Head of Group Shared Services.
Lucy is a Chartered Accountant and is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and the Australian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA). She also holds a B.Sc (Hons) Degree in Chemistry and a Diploma in Education, both from University of Malaya.