Kushan Dharmawardena, Managing Director of Training Link International (Pvt) Ltd., holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Postgraduate Institute of Management (P.I.M.), University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Masters Degree in Advanced Business Practice from the University of South Australia, Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Dip.Ed.) from the Northern Territory University of Darwin, Australia and Final Membership Examination of the Hotel Catering and International Management Association (HCIMA) of United Kingdom. He is currently following a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA).
Kushan brings with him over 25 years of work experience in Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Thailand, Maldives, Dubai, Bangladesh, England and Australia in a variety of fields, including Training and Education, Sales & Marketing, Hotel and Catering Management, Leasing, Stock Broking, Merchant Banking and Management Consultancy. In addition to holding public workshops, Kushan has conducted training programs for over 175 reputed organizations including World Bank, Asian Development Bank and UNICEF. He has organized management workshops in Sri Lanka and overseas involving highly reputed International Trainers.
Kushan is currently based in Australia and continues to coordinate and present international training programs while working for two reputed institutes in Australia. While in Sri Lanka he held Senior Management Positions at Mount Lavinia Hotel, Merchant Bank, Lanka Securities and later developed his Training organisation ‘ Training Link International’ (Pvt) Ltd. His experience in many countries, cultures and industries has given him the ability to relate to the audience with confidence and he excels in motivating them to apply their learning in real life. His current programs are concluded by the learners drawing up an action plan that can be methodically implemented. He won an ‘achievers award’ from the Postgraduate Institute of Management Professional Association in 2003 / 2004 and he was a finalist at the ‘Toastmasters Club ‘All Island Best Speakers’ Contest in 1994. Kushan is a Member of the Hotel Catering and International Management Association (HCIMA, UK) and a Member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Training and Development (SLITAD).
Kushan’s workshops are based on the concept of "Experiential Learning" which involves participants in challenging and enjoyable activities. Thereby enabling the participants to easily understand and remember the concepts and be motivated to implement them in real life. Kushan and his wife Sherine has successfully coordinated over 25 training programs in Malaysia.