VICE Chair Position (2016-2018)
Mr. Maheeshwara Buddhika Bandara KIRINDIGODA
Title: Media Secretary - Uva Province Governor's Office - Sri Lanka
Geographical Location: Sri Lanka
Stakeholder Group: Government
Doors of the IGF were open to me by ISOC through a fellowship program to attend a chapter workshop in 2013 in BALI – Indonesia. Experience gained at UN IGF Bali made me capable of organizing the Local IGF in March 2016.
I Maheeshwara Kirindigoda of the Island of Sri Lanka claim to be a "Millennial" despite that I was born in year 1980 and had the fortune of having my primary and secondary education at the Dharmaraja Collage Kandy. Further education at National Institute of Business Management in the stream of System Designing and presently following a degree course in Mass Communication at the Open University of Sri Lanka.
Being an Activist in the filed of ICT I am being privilege to hold the responsibilities as the Secretary to the Internet Society Sri Lanka chapter, President of the Chamber of ICT, Chairmen IGF Sri Lanka organizing committee and Secretary to the Central Province Export Chamber.
I have gained the knowledge and the required experience to discharge the above responsibilities; mainly through engagements in varies activities as the
- Assistant Secretary Sri Lanka Computer Vendors Association (2009 - 2012)
- Assistant Secretary- Central Province Exporters Chamber (2010 - 2012)
- Vise President- ISOC Sri Lanka Chapter (2010 - 2014) ;
- Secretary - Sri Lanka Computer Vendors Association (2012 - 2014) ;
- Exco & Chairman Membership Committee - Isoc Sri Lanka Chapter (2014 2016)
- and also the Managing Director of Asian Destinations (Pvt) Ltd (2007 - todate)
paved the way, and bestowed the knowledge and experience to discharge the responsibilities mentioned above.
While promoting the Internet to all generations I felt that the insecurity and risk involved in therein is to be addressed at large. For which purpose I could introduced two projects namely to increase the awareness "Safer Internet" and "Be-Aware Beware" for School children with the cooperation of ISOC – LK and Chamber of ICT.
MultiStakeholder concept planted in me at the Bali Conference, manured by IGF Sri Lanka gave growth to a Jungle size, thanks to the participation and devotion of many a communities including IGF community and ISOC lk Community.
In addition to the above I presently being the Media Secretary to the Honorable Governor of Uva Province of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka could not only utilize but promote the concept of Multistakeholdership in my Professional Engagements including media and governance.
I am confident that my experience in the field of Government Sector, Media Sector , Civil Society Sector and Private sector will give an opportunity to Multi-Stakeholder Steering Group (MSG) of APrIGF .