New Generation Awards 2020

"Leaders of Tomorrow"

At Women in Management:
Nilam Samsudeen
Phone: +94 4886 811/4
E-mail: [email protected]

At National Youth Services Council
Lihini Weerasinghe
Phone: +94 11 2089559
E-mail: [email protected]

Women in Management, National Youth Services Council Launch Inaugural and Inimitable Opportunity for the Sri Lankan Youth - 'New Generation Award 2020' under the theme of "Leaders of Tomorrow"

In the journey of finding hidden talents of Sri Lankan youth and their unsung contribution to the nation, Women in Management (WIM) who are known as experts in setting new trends, came up with a concept for youth recognition initiative and Sri Lanka National Youth Services Council stepped forward to join hands with WIM on this felicitous cause.

The New Generational Awards 2020 aims to shine a spotlight on extra ordinary young leadership within the age group of 16 to 30 years, to support and recognize positive contribution to their communities, nation and the world at large considering sectors such as careers, entrepreneurship, sports, social service, innovation, talents, arts, creative science, social media, etc.,

Nomination Opens from 1st August to 5th September 2020 and can be made by visiting The gala award ceremony will be held on the 24th of November 2020 at Shangri-La Colombo.

This year's panel of judges, chaired by Mr. Theshara Jayasinghe - Chairman National Youth Service Council together with a diversified team including Ms. Varuni Amunugama Fernando - Managing Director Triad Advertising Limited and the national TV channel Derana, Ms. Gowri Rajan - Director Sun Match Group, Mr. Dinesh Weerakkody - Chairman ICC, Ms. Indira Samarasinghe PC - Principal Law College, Ms. Lopa Rahman - Corporate Governance Officer, International Finance Corporation, a member of World Bank Group and Ms. Shehara De Silva – Non Executive Director Keells Food Private Limited.

Head table of the press conference will be attended by:
Theshara Jayasinghe - Chairman National Youth Service Council
Lopa Rahaman - Corporate Governance Officer - Women in Work International Finance Corporation (member of World Bank)
Shehara De Silva - Non Executive Director Keells Food Private Limited
Dr. Sulochana Segera - Founder and Chairperson of Women in Management
Kushlani Perera - Award Chairperson and Hony. ExCo Secretary of Women in Management.

"It's high time Sri Lanka recognizes youth leadership and also it's time for the youth to take responsibility of their own future. As a nation we have built a dependency mindset in youth and it has resulted with them by depending on elders and the government for their future. This is the main reason as to why WIM initiated NG Awards to build their own role models for their future," says Dr. Sulochana Segera Founder/Chairperson of WIM as her introduction to the New Generation Awards.

In the process of this tremendous journey, the role of National Youth Services Council explained by Mr. Theshara Jayasinghe - Chairman National Youth Service Council saying "The National Youth Services Council, as the apex body in Youth Development in Sri Lanka, deeply appreciates the interest and commitment displayed by Women In Management in organizing New Generation Awards for the youth of Sri Lanka. The NYSC has partnered with WIM, enthusiastically extending support to initiatives of this nature, founded by non-governmental actors in recognizing youth talent and contributing towards Youth Empowerment with the goal of harnessing the potential of future leaders."

Ms. Shehara De Silva - Non Executive Director Keells Food Private Limited enlightens the fact on judge's measures saying "The future belongs to our youth. As judges we will strive to look for exceptionalism and to ensure that the winners will have the potentiality to leverage this recognition as a springboard to build a better, brighter future for our country and perhaps the region or the planet."

Ms. Lopa Rahman - Corporate Governance Officer, South Asia, IFC, said "The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow, by making effective use of their talents in innovative and enterprising ideas, they can create employment opportunities and enhance Sri Lanka’s job market, which fits well with IFC’s development agenda. This award will help to inspire, motivate and recognize such individuals. We hope to celebrate their efforts at the ceremony to be held later this year."

About Women in Management - Since 2010 Women in Management (WIM) works to empower Sri Lankan Career women and women entrepreneurs by connecting and bonding them by providing leadership and guidance in nurturing their knowledge and skills and inspiring them to achieve their goals and to act as conduits to the transformation of the role of women in career and business into a dynamic force.

About National Youth Council - Existence of a multi-talented, discipline and dynamic youth population in a country is always considered a treasure which helps development of the particular country. As such every country gives a special recognition for the country’s youth. Sri Lanka too places utmost importance on the country’s youth to achieve her ambitious development targets in social and economic spheres. Hence, Youth of Sri Lanka are also having an undertaking for economic and social upliftment of the country. It is important to inculcate self-reliance in youths and directing them towards winning over those goals. The National Youth Services Council in Sri Lanka has been established with the aim of guiding the Sri Lankan youth in the proper direction to enable them to empower themselves to the fullest potential while contributing to nation’s prosperity. The Youth Services Council was established under the Volunteer National Youth Services Act No. 11 of the year 1967 and was revised by the Act No. 52 of 1968. Over the years, activities of the Youth Council were expanded beyond volunteerism and subsequently the scope was revised again under the Youth Services Council Act No.69 of 1979 giving the status of a fully pledged youth development organization.