31st August 2018 19:32:42 Hours
A panel of eminent intellectuals, military think-tanks and world-wide reputed scholars guided the Groups A, B, C, D in the Preparatory Sessions for Participants who were entrusted the responsibility of making their presentations known to the expert panelists in the Session 2 of the final day of the Colombo Defence Seminar - 2018. The syndicate groups were chaired by Dr Sarala Fernando, Former Ambassador / Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations.
Deshamanya Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy, Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Civil Representative of the Constitutional Council of Sri Lanka and Major General Dushyantha Rajaguru, Commander, Security Force Headquarters - Mullaittivu of the Sri Lanka Army headed the Group ‘A’ discussions and deliberations on ‘Diaspora Communities amidst Peace and Conflict’.
Air Vice Marshal P.D.K.T Jayasinghe, Director Administration, Air Force Headquarters, Colombo and Eng. Roshan Chandraguptha, Principal, Information Security Engineer, Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT), Sri Lanka led the Group ‘B’ on the theme ‘Technological Creativity: Challenges to Armed Forces’ for presentations.
Rear Admiral N.P.S Attygalle, Director General Operations at Colombo Navy Headquarters and Mr Niruthan Nilanthan of National Law School of India and the visiting Research Fellow at the Bandaranaike Centre for InternationalStudies gave leadership to the presenters in the Group ‘C’ on ‘Climate Change: Future of Warfare’.
Prof. Gamini B. Keerawella, Executive Director, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo and Mr Indika Perera visiting lecturer at University of Kelaniya and Faculty Member at Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, Colombo monitored and advised the presentations of the Group ‘D’ on the theme ‘Leadership in Mitigating Violent Extremism’.
Dr Sarala Fernando who chaired the expert panelist group spoke high of the quality and perspectives, submitted by presenters in all four Groups and maintained that these findings and different perspectives, articulated in the Colombo Defence Seminar - 2018 would go a long way as the timely topic, 'Security in an Era of Global Disruptions' asserted during the two day deliberations which were highly thought-provoking and should be focused for ‘follow up’ plans of action both at local and global arena.
She also expressed her profuse thanks to the Commander of the Army for inviting her and smooth passage of the proceedings in an excellent manner.