Arfath Saleem of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) who competed at the World Championships of public speaking in Las Vegas, USA last month was placed amongst top 10 speakers of the world.

The competition was held from August 12 to15, 2015.

Following several competitions at club, area, division and district level Saleem secured a position within the top 100 best speakers of the world and thereafter competed in the semi-final held at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas. Following his victory at the semi-final he competed with the 10 best speaker of the world in final round of the competition.

Saleem, an experienced Toastmaster, was mentored by last year’s World Champion of Public Speaking Dhananjaya Hettiarachchi. “Ever since I first witnessed the competition for a World Championship eight years ago, I always envisioned myself taking part. After years of hard work, the commitment of a splendid coach and the support from my family and friends I get to see that dream to fruition. I am also grateful for a supportive work environment at the CSE and staff that has encouraged me through my journey,” Saleem said.