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Sharmila Avanthi


Lecturer's Profile

Sharmila Avanthi Ranathunga is an entrepreneur with over 18 years of experience as a leader, mentor, innovator, problem solver, trainer, educator, and consultant. She has experienced increasing levels of responsibility by working closely with executives and operations management leaders of companies, focused on technology, manufacturing, distribution, retail, direct marketing, and e-commerce which made him understand the importance of understanding people (customers) to run a business.

SHIRMILA offers a dynamic culture of inclusion, collaboration, and high performance. As the undisputed leader in professional services, her professionalism finds unrivaled opportunities to succeed and realize her full potential. With extensive experience working with not-for-profits of all types, SHIRMILA understands the need for a different approach—one that takes into account social, economic, and community benefits as well as financial success. She provides responsive, trusted service, tailored solutions, and creatively structured financing options that help Clients achieve long-term sustainability as their organization evolves and grows she offers customized products and services for not-for-profit organizations, including business banking, lending, wealth management, and more.

SHIRMILA has managed sales and business development teams in both finance and professional services and prides herself on helping businesses obtain the most appropriate funding facilities to meet their needs at MAS Holdings. She moved to the Project Management Office at MAS Holdings (Digital Excellence) in 2019 where she Provides leadership to the Project Management function at Innovation 2.0 of MAS Holdings, which consists of a group of Project Managers/ Senior Project Managers who are delivering projects/ programs that are key to the organization’s Future Proofing Agenda and ensures the; Project Management Governance, Project Management Team Leadership, Project Tracking & Monitoring, Budget Preparation & Management are in place.SHIRMILA earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 2011. She developed a wide range of analytical, investigative, rescue, and turnaround skills, and learned to assess the strengths and weaknesses of businesses very quickly. She’s thoroughly trained in the Federal Methodology, Institutional Methodology, Consensus Methodology, and all the rules and regulations governing Financial Aid. Her over 18 years of experience have intensified her advocacy for improvements in the identification of Financial Aid opportunities and matching the right programs with family’s needs. She takes great pride in providing wealth accumulation strategies, high-quality accounting services, tax strategies, and financial management solutions to small businesses and individuals as she strives to get to know her clients and become an insightful financial partner who understands their goals and challenges. She helps her clients plan their estate by setting up their wills and trusts Keen passion in pursuing investment knowledge and strategies through various instruments such as unit trusts, stocks, and real estate. She has succeeded in taking businesses to the next level.