x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Creating Collaboration

Colombo, 11, Sri Lanka
June 26th, 2014

Watch video from the event

Please install flash player to see this video.

More videos from the TEDx YouTube Channel »

View photos from the event on Flickr

About this event

While individual achievement can be great, sometimes it takes some serious teamwork to get things done, from winning a game to completing a client project on time. Unfortunately, working in a team comes with its own host of challenges, as sometimes egos clash and not everyone is on the same page when it comes to work ethic. No matter what your personal challenges are, it’s important to remind yourself why working in a team can be the best way to go and also to learn some new ways you can improve the group dynamic and get more out of your team effort.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Aman Ashraff
    Aman brings to the table over 15 years of experience from his career that spans through the leading Agencies of Sri Lanka. This skilful strategic thinker keeps adding value to his arsenal of talents, honing in on the solutions that yield the best results for his clients. Internationally, his craft has struck metal at Adfest and Spikes Asia, while locally it has dazzled at The Chillies and SLIM. Being a self-confessed coffee addict, an avid cinephile and hardcore comicoholic, Aman’s passion for his brands is only rivaled by the love for his family and friends. Aman has also been functioning in the capacity of an Advisory Board Member at the Nashville Film Institute (USA), since 2008.
  • Aamina Nizar
    Aamina Nizar is a freelance photographer based in Colombo Sri Lanka. After receiving her degree and training in Media and Photography in Mumbai she now specializes in travel, documentary, jewelry, product and industrial photography. Her work consists of an extensive portfolio of India and Sri Lanka. Apart from photography she likes to work for environmental and humanitarian causes. She is also a history buff bringing her love for history to middle school kids.
  • Dr. Harsha De Silva
    Harsha de Silva, MP and organizer of Kotte, is economic affairs spokesperson for the United National Party. He entered Parliament in 2010 to contribute towards building an equitable and prosperous post-war Sri Lanka. Prior to active politics Harsha was a development banker, consultant economist and a successful entrepreneur who cofounded and built the country’s largest market and social research agency; now Nielsen Lanka. He has consulted in close to twenty countries and taught at universities both in Sri Lanka and the United States. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Missouri and has had executive training at MIT. He is an Eisenhower Fellow.
  • Isura Silva
    Isura is a social entreprenuer with a passion to create rural social entrepreneurs. He Manages Sarvodya-Fusion (, a leading ‘Information & Communication Technology for Development’ (ICT4D) social enterprise in Sri Lanka, a specialized program of Sarvodaya – the 55 year old national charity, with a mission seeking ‘e-Empowerment of rural communities’. For over 10 years he’s dedicated to build/nurture a Sri Lankan rural community eco system connecting corporate, Government and NGO partners, to develop rural social entrepreneurs to improve education, employment and economy with ICT. He was featured in “40 Under 40” in Echelon magazine, a list of 40 Sri Lankans under 40 years of age, who are 2014’s most important risk takers, job creators and rule breakers. He’s a noted speaker on Social Enterprise, Social media and Startups.
  • Lonali Rodrigo
    After completing her secondary education at Visakha Vidyalaya, Lonali Rodrigo joined the Academy of Design to explore the passion for creativity in fashion design and traditional crafts. This culminated with winning the Ethical Fashion Award at Sri Lanka Design Festival in 2010 and most recently winning both the Emerging Designer and the Sustainable Designer awards at the Fashion and Apparel awards Sri Lanka in 2013. Her specialties include pattern making, deconstruction, Up-cycling, Ethical Fashion and Traditional craft. Considered by some to be radically revoking, her label ‘Lonali’ is a combination of staple classics that are both cutting edge and wearable while maintaining the balance of creativity, sustainability, fashion-ability and wear-ability. She’s a Fashion graduate of the University of Northumbria.
  • Shamal Boyagoda
    This young and energetic leader of only 29 years is the Operations Manager at MAS Holdings. He is a past pupil of the Royal College Colombo and has a degree in Applied science from RMIT Australia as well as a MBA from the University of Wales UK. Further, he has gone through executive education at NUS Singapore, Aots Japan, Sir Robert Swarn IAE 2041 sustainable leadership – Antarctica, Doug Adams leadership and MAS Lean systems. He holds a Black Belt and is the Co founder of the “Association for Sustainable champions” Sri Lanka. He is a motivational speaker on sustainable leadership for he is a true believer on the global need for sustainable champions and leaders.

Additional Links

Venue and Details

British Council Library
British Council
49, Alfred House Gardens.
Colombo, 11,
Sri Lanka
More about the venue »

Event Type (what is this?) Standard

This event occurred in the past.
See more TEDxColombo events »

Organizer 226734

Safra Anver
Colombo 00600, Sri Lanka

View Profile »


Raaliya Hussain
Colombo, Sri Lanka

View Profile »


Ahamed Nishadh Najeem
IT & Partnerships
Shabeeb Muzammil
PR & Partnerships
Aaranya Rajasingham
Media and Communications
Sareena Hussain
PR & Media
Rommel Arummugam
Design & Creative