Executive Council

The SEARCC Executive Council consists of presidents or representatives of full member organisations.

The Executive Council meets twice a year. At least one of these meetings is in the country in which the forthcoming regional conference will be held.

The President of SEARCC is elected at the end of each SEARCC Conference and serves in that role until the end of the next SEARCC Conference.

The Secretary General of SEARCC is the head of SEARCC Secretariat, performing the role of a diplomat, an advocate and a CEO.

Secretary General

Mr. Yohan Ramasundara

yohan-ramasundaraYohan is an experienced executive with a strong track record of high achievement of business outcomes leading high-performing teams in private, public and not-for-profit sectors for over fifteen years. Yohan is currently the Innovation Manager for Austrade International Operations, based in San Francisco Bay Area in the USA. Previously he was the Head of Governance at the Australian Federal Government agency administering intellectual property rights and National Manager of Assurance Services at Ecowise Environmental, Australia’s largest provider of integrated environmental consulting services at the time.
Yohan is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and has over 10 years’ experience as a director of global organisations. He is the Secretary General of SEARCC and the Vice President of the Australian Computer Society (ACS). Yohan is also an international Cricket umpire. A graduate of University of Canberra, with Information Communication Technology (ICT), accounting and finance qualifications, he is also the recipient of the prestigious University of Canberra gold leadership award at the 2005 Blues & Leadership awards for his sporting achievements. He is currently authoring a children’s story book in his spare time.

Email: sg@searcc.org

Mob:  +1 415 696 6292 (USA) and  +61 414 672 161 (Aus)



Past Secretary Generals

2002 – 2012    Yasa Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)

1978 – 2002   Robert Iau (Singapore)



Mr. Yasas V. Abeywickrama

Yasas V AbeywickramaYasas is a graduate of the University of Colombo with an honours degree in Computer Science (2004). Yasas holds a Masters from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia (2010).

Yasas started his career at Virtusa as a Software Engineer. Later Yasas worked for Accenture in Melbourne, an international ICT consulting company. In 2010 he co-founded Lanka BPO Academy, the pioneering organisation for training people for the IT Enabled Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry.
He was a Director of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) (2009 and 2010) and a member of the ACS Congress. He was the Chairman of International Young ICT Group of IFIP – International Federation of Information Processing. In 2015, he was elected as a Member of the Board of IFIP, becoming the first Sri Lankan to do so.
Since 2011, he has been active member of Computer Society of Sri Lanka, which is the apex body for IT professionals in Sri Lanka. Yasas has served the Executive Council for many years and is currently the President.

Past Presidents 

2015-17       Nick Tate (Australia)

2014-15       Dayan Rajapakse (Sri Lanka) [2014 December - 2015 October 2015]

2013-14       Ajith Salgado (Sri Lanka) [2014 May - 2014 December]

2013-14       Mahesh Perera (Sri Lanka) [2013 October - 2014 May]

2012-13       Nick Tate (Australia)

2011-12       Satish Babu (India) [2012 April - 2012 October]

2011-12       M D Agrawal (India) [2011 December - 2012 March]

2010-11      Anthony Wong (Australia)

2008-10     Krishan K. Aggarwal (India)

2007-08     Prof Srisakdi Charmonman (Thailand)

2006-07     Dinesh Sattrukalsinghe (Sri Lanka)

2005-06     Richard Hogg (Australia)

2004-05     Dr Raja Malik Mohamed (Malaysia)

2001-03     Ms  Gillian Reid (New Zealand)

2000-01     Gus Lagman (Philippines)

99-2000     Alex Siow (Singapore)

1998-99     Prins Ralston (Australia)

1997-98     S.Ramani (India)

1996-97     Thavisakdi Thangsuphanich (Thailand)

1995-96     Yasa Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)

1994-95     Ahmed Allauddin (Pakistan)

1993-94     K.T.Yung (Hong Kong)

1992-93     Prof Lee Poh Aun (Malaysia)

1991-92     Jafar Basri (Indonisia )

1990-91     Ms C Octaviano (Philippines)

1989-90     Wee Tew Lim (Singapore)

1988-89     F.C.Kohli  (India)

1986-88     Dr  B. Binson (Thailand)

1984-86     Richard Li (Hong Kong)


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