TEDxColombo 2014 | Creating Collaboration
Thursday 26 June 2014
17:30 to 20:30
British Council Library

TEDxColombo was formed by a group of young individuals to help spread awareness and allow our leaders and thinkers to have a stage to make a difference and speak out their ideas. This group comes from varying backgrounds and varying age groups with the same goal in mind. We are here to show our people that we can only move forward at this time in our lives.

Our Vision for Sri Lanka

There are many ideas that are yet to be explored in Sri Lanka. TEDxColombo will act as a platform for speakers to voice these ideas and gain recognition on a global scale. It will also enable recognized speakers to share their ideas and experiences in a more public forum. Thus, we believe that this event will help stir up debate and discussion among people in the country, and outside on pressing issues and ideas that are gaining ground today.

Creating Collaboration

While individual achievement can be great, sometimes it takes some serious teamwork to get things done, from winning a game to completing a client project on time. Unfortunately, working in a team comes with its own host of challenges,as sometimes egos clash and not everyone is on the same page when it comes to work ethic. No matter what your personal challenges are, it’s important to remind yourself why working in a team can be the best way to go and also to learn some new ways you can improve the group dynamic and get more out of your team effort. 

Being the boss can be a great thing, but sometimes it’s a good idea to give up the driver’s seat and let someone else take charge.Having too many choices 5 and too much power can be a bad thing, which may just encourage you to let other members of the team take over once in a while. Collaboration in business is changing, replacing closed groups with more open, fluid networks. 

One of the biggest sites of collaboration in recent years has been the web, most specifically the social web. Digital collaborative settings are really just outgrowths of our own natural instinct to work in a group. It’s an enlightening look at the role of teamwork in human society and how that role is changing as new technologies evolve, both useful to know more about when you’re trying to get a diverse group of employees to work together on a modern problem 

What is TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxColombo, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxColombo event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Featured speakers

Aman Ashraff

Aman Ashraff

Ashraff Associates

Aman brings to the table over 15 years of experience from his career that spans through the leading Agencies of Sri Lanka. This skilful strategic thinker keeps adding value to his arsenal of talents, honing in on the solutions that yield the best results for his clients. Internationally, his craft has struck metal at Adfest and Spikes Asia, while locally it has dazzled at The Chillies and SLIM.



Aamina Nizar

Aamina Nizar


Aamina Nizar is a freelance photographer based in Colombo Sri Lanka. After receiving her degree and training in Media and Photography in Mumbai she now specializes in travel, documentary, jewellery, product and industrial photography.

Her work consists of an extensive portfolio of India and Sri Lanka. Apart from photography she likes to work for environmental and humanitarian causes. She is also a history buff bringing her love for history to middle school kids.

Lonali Rodrigo

Lonali Rodrigo

Fashion Designer, House of Lonali

Lonali Rodrigo joined the Academy of Design to explore the passion for creativity in fashion design and traditional crafts.  Considered by some to be radically revoking, her label ‘Lonali’ is a combination of staple classics that are both cutting edge and wearable while maintaining the balance of creativity, sustainability, fashion-ability and wear-ability. She’s a Fashion graduate of the University of Northumbria.

Harsha De Silva

Dr. Harsha De Silva

Harsha de Silva, MP and organizer of Kotte, is economic affairs spokesperson for the United National Party.   Prior to active politics Harsha was a development banker, consultant economist and a successful entrepreneur who cofounded and built the country’s largest market and social research agency; now Nielsen Lanka.  He has consulted in close to twenty countries and taught at universities both in Sri Lanka and the United States. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Missouri.

Isura Silva

Manager, Sarvodaya Fusion

Isura is a social entreprenuer with a passion to create rural social entrepreneurs. He manages Sarvodya-Fusion (www.fusion.lk), a leading ‘Information & Communication Technology for Development’ (ICT4D) social enterprise in Sri Lanka, a specialized program of Sarvodaya – the 55 year old national charity, with a mission seeking ‘e-Empowerment of rural communities’. 

Shamal Boyagoda

Shamal Boyagoda

Operations Manager, MAS Holdings

This young and energetic leader of only 29 years is the Operations Manager at MAS Holdings. Further, he has gone through executive education at NUS Singapore, Aots Japan, Sir Robert Swarn IAE 2041 sustainable leadership – Antarctica, Doug Adams leadership and MAS Lean systems. He is a motivational speaker on sustainable leadership for he is a true believer on the global need for sustainable champions and leaders.