The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the country’s premier business Chamber, last week announced the appointment of Ms. Dhara Wijayatilake, Attorney-at-Law, as its new CEO w.e.f. 1st March, 2016.

Her appointment to the 176-year-old Institution comes following the resignation of Mangala P. B. Yapa, who served as the CEO of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, since November, 2014 to take up the position as the Head of the proposed Agency For Development under the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade.

Ms. Dhara  Wijayatilake
Ms. Dhara

Ms. Wijayatilake, who functioned as the CEO of The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka, an affiliate body of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce,(Oct. 15 – Feb. 16), counts over four decades of extensive experience in several senior positions in the public sector.

An Attorney-at-Law by profession and a graduate in law LL.B (Ceylon), Mrs. Wijayatilake holds the distinction of being the first woman to be appointed as Secretary to a Cabinet Ministry in the Country with her appointment as the Secretary to the Ministry of Justice in 1994.

During her career in the Public Service (1974-2015), Ms.Wijayatilake also functioned as the Secretary to the Ministry of External Trade, Justice and Constitutional Affairs, the Ministry of Plan Implementation and the Ministry of Technology and Research. She is an old girl of Ladies’ College, Colombo