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DHASHMA KARUNARATNE REELECTED AS WiLAT SRI LANKA’S CHAIRPERSON FOR 2018

Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) Sri Lanka reappointed its Chairperson, Ms Dhashma Karunaratne for the year 2018 at the 5th Annual General Meeting held on 27th April at the Auditorium of The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, amidst a large gathering of the industry’s eminent personalities.

Thus, Dhashma entered her second consecutive year as the Chairperson of WiLAT Sri Lanka and promised to execute WiLAT’s advocacy initiatives, working closely with its parent body, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and Global WiLAT Forum.  At present, she contributes towards the execution of the Commercial and Marketing Strategy of South Asia Gateway Terminals, of Port of Colombo, Sri Lanka and drives initiatives for business growth integrating contractual performance monitoring & compliance. During her early professional career, she has held diverse roles, including Corporate Finance, Business Strategy, Management Accounting & Distributor and Project Management.

She is a Chartered Member of CILT and is currently serving as a Member of the CILT Sri Lanka Council. She has been an active Executive Committee member of WiLAT Sri Lanka since its inception, in 2013 and has been serving as the Vice Chairperson for Branding and Promotions till when she was first appointed as the Chairperson in 2017. She has successfully executed effective programmes to promote and position Women in Logistics and Transport, as an integral part of the industry and the economy.

Dr. Namali Sirisoma, Anoma Ranasinghe and Gayathri Karunanayake were elected as the Vice Chairpersons, bringing in with them a wealth of experience and knowledge in the industry. The newly appointed WiLAT Executive Committee recurrently consists of representatives from all sectors of the industry namely maritime, aviation, land transport and supply chain and young and fresh thinking students from both private and public educational institutions. The Executive Committee will continue to perform as a leading female advocacy group in Sri Lanka and in the region empowering women in Logistics and Transport.

The key note speech was delivered by Mr. Thilak Piyadigama, Chief Operating Officer, Senior Executive Vice President, Nations Trust Bank on the theme “Blockchain and its Impact to Logistics and Transport”. He commenced his speech with a brief introduction to the trending subject Blockchain and how it could be used in several sectors of the industry and especially in providing logistics needs for under privileged communities in several parts of the world more conveniently. He emphasized on the immense cost advantage that this technology brings when linked with other improvements as crypto currency and internet of things. Also, during the Q&A session he commented that for Sri Lanka it remains a substantial challenge in adapting to these technologies in terms of material development as well as building trust and confidence among users. Nevertheless, once access is provided and challenges are overcome, creative and innovative corporates and individuals can certainly utilize it to enhance Sri Lanka’s productivity, he added.

Dhashma Karunaratne, as the Chairperson of the previous tenure thanked the outgoing Executive Committee for enabling her to bring WiLAT Sri Lanka under international spotlight through various value adding initiatives and achievements over the year. She also extended her gratitude to the Chairperson of CILT Sri Lanka and the Co-founder of WiLAT Sri Lanka, Gayani de Alwis for her prodigious advocacy and the exclusive partner of WiLAT for the continuous and promising support.

Addressing as the new Chairperson, Dhashma Karunaratne emphasized that women in Sri Lanka are still not performing and engaging adequately in the corporate world as repeatedly proven by statistics. Hence, she concluded by remarking that it is everyone’s duty to incorporate equal women participation to synergize country’s performance while empowering them to achieve their full potential.

The newly appointed Executive Committee will commence its working period with the Strategic Planning Workshop to be held soon after to discuss priorities and align its timeline activities to Global CILT strategic pillars of growth, capability and governance.

WiLAT is the women’s forum of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and is part of an ever expanding global network. WiLAT is considered as a live wire of the Institute. The main objective of WiLAT is to promote and encourage the art and science of Logistics and Transport among women. Currently, WiLAT is present in 18 countries with over 1800 members in the global network which is expanding rapidly.  WiLAT Sri Lanka is one of the five pioneering fora of the global network and was established on 21st March 2013. WiLAT membership is open to all women working in public and private sector and in academia in the areas of logistics, transport, supply chain and supporting functions in organisations. WiLAT Sri Lanka forum is expected to provide a platform for women engaged in the industry to maximize their true potential both professionally and personally. WiLAT Sri Lanka since its formation in 2013, has played an active role in promoting gender diversity in the Logistics and Transport sector through value enhancing activities.

For more details on WiLAT, visit their web page – www.ciltsl.com/wilat/

Dhashma Karunaratne addressing the gathering

Thilak Piyadigama addressing the gathering

Executive Committee 2018/2019

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GAYANI DE ALWIS ELECTED AS THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORT (CILT) SRI LANKA

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka held its 34th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 28th March 2018 at the Victorian Hall of The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo, attended by an august gathering of members. Gayani De Alwis was elected, uncontested as the 21st Chairperson of CILT Sri Lanka. It is the second time that CILT Sri Lanka elected a female Chairperson after 27 years. The three Vice Chairpersons elected were Dr. Namali Sirisoma, Channaka De Alwis and Gihan Jayasinghe. Dr. Lalith Edirisinghe and Upali Gunawardena were elected as the Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

De Alwis is an experienced supply chain professional with over two decades of experience in the profession, locally and overseas. She was the former Director of Customer Service of Unilever Sri Lanka.  She was the founding Chairperson of Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) Sri Lanka and had been an active Chartered member of CILT Sri Lanka Council since 2011.

The AGM also featured strong representation from the women’s forum of CILT Sri Lanka, WiLAT Sri Lanka and the Young Professionals’ Forum (YPF) Sri Lanka and below are the extracts from the newly elected Chairperson’s inaugural address themed “STRONGER TOGETHER”.

“We are the only chartered professional body in the country for professionals engaged in logistics, transport and supply chain. Our aim is to develop the science and art of logistics and transport. CILT was setup in 1919 in the UK, and we are celebrating our 100 years of existence next year. Over the years the CILT has been led by 20 exemplary chairpersons, bringing the CILT to what it is today. SL has been very progressive towards gender diversity with Ms. Mandri Sahabandu, our first female Chairperson appointed in 1991, long before CILT international appointed Dr Dorothy Chan in 2013.

As you all know we at CILT have three main objectives

  1. To ensure an adequate supply of qualified personnel
  2. To keep qualified individuals up to date throughout their professional working lives
  3. To play an active and influential part in shaping transport policies for the future

Whatever CILT Sri Lanka engages in, these three objectives should be uppermost in our mind.

Today in Sri Lanka there is much interest in logistics, transport and supply chain as a discipline. We have seen many universities and educational institutes venturing into this space both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We have seen international university study programs launched in Sri Lanka. This in fact is an opportunity for us to develop a continuous pipeline of student and professional members by engaging them with CILT.

Another priority therefore is for CILT to continue to accredit more educational service providers and courses run by universities and position CILT qualification and accreditation as a preferred choice for the industry. CILT will continue to assure quality of these programs by developing course curriculum and through the quality assurance process. Advanced certificate program, which CILT started will be concluded in September this year with the batch completing the program. CILT will also develop tailor made programs for companies and for public through experts from our membership. So we will be reaching out to the membership in due course to enroll them in our faculty.

Logistics and transport landscape has changed significantly in our country and there are many national programs that will rely on logistics, transport and supply chain expertise. As the Premier Chartered Professional Body in this discipline, there is so much on offer and so much to contribute. This is an understanding that we all of us should have in ensuring delivery of our third objective; policy advocacy. We must be neutral and play an active role in offering our advice to the government on national issues of relevance to logistics and transport. Already our membership is engaged in this regard and we need to continue this to support the government in their endeavor to make Sri Lanka a logistics hub. National policy for shipping and maritime sector development, national civil aviation policy development, bus priority lane, Megapolis, evaluation committee on the issue of new route permits through tender, CCC National Agenda Committee on L&T etc., are some of the areas our members have got engaged with.

Our two dynamic groups in our fold – YPF and WiLAT are assets to CILT. These two groups should be nurtured and guided to make CILT a vibrant place.   YPF which was formed in 2012 has come a long way in the past 6 years and they are a treat to watch. Their achievements have been recognised globally by CILT by making our YPF Chair an YPF ambassador, for the second time. Two areas I would like YPF to work on this year is to engage more working young professionals and bringing them to your fold and encourage student membership upgrade to MILT. WiLAT too have made great strides in the past 5 years and their flagship “ignite” mentoring program has received global accolades and WiLAT SL is leading this initiative globally now. I extend my fullest support to YPF and WiLAT and look forward to your contribution with more value adding signature programs for the young professionals and women in our industry.

I will also focus on strengthening our institution by reincorporating CILT, redrafting the constitution to completion, streamlining the secretariat functions for effective service delivery. We need to prioritise these as it takes time for implementation.

I take this opportunity to thank my predecessor, Capt Lasitha Cumaratunga for his productive two- year tenure and giving me the opportunity to work with him as a council member and a Vice Chair contributing to the agenda. Last but not the least all past and present council members, you members who are present here today for your continued support to take CILT and our industry forward for the betterment of our country.

Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success.

Together we can achieve more. Thank you! We are Stronger Together!”

CILT Sri Lanka Council – 2018/2019

Seated from Left to Right

Chaminda Perera, CMILT, Upali Gunawardena, CMILT, (Treasurer), Saliya Senanayake, FCILT, Dr. Namali Sirisoma, CMILT, (Vice Chairperson), Gihan Jayasinghe, CMILT, (Vice Chairman), Gayani De Alwis, CMILT, (Chairperson), Channaka De Alwis, CMILT, (Vice Chairman), Dr. Lalith Edirisinghe, CMILT, (Secretary), Capt. Lasitha Cumaratunga, CMILT, (Immediate Past Chairman), H A Premartne, FCILT, Niral Kadawatharatchie, CMILT

Standing from Left to Right

Cumar Rodrigo, FCILT, Chandima Hulangamuwa, CMILT, Dr. Indika Sigera, CMILT, Dr. Priyangani Jayasundara, CMILT, Dr. Yapa Mahinda Bandara, CMILT, Dhashma Karunaratne, CMILT, Agith Ekanayake, CMILT, Chanaka Gunatilake, CMILT, Upali De Zoysa, CMILT

Others who were not present

Henry De Silva, CMILT, Ibrahim Saleem, CMILT, Gayathri Karunanayake, CMILT, J M Thilakarathna Banda, CMILT, Ramal Siriwardena, CMILT, Biman Hettiarachchi, Student

Newly elected Chairperson of CILT Sri Lanka Gayani De Alwis addressing the gathering

Newly elected Office Bearers of CILT Sri Lanka

Left to Right 

Gayani De Alwis (Chairperson), Dr. Lalith Edirisinghe (Secretary), Upali Gunawardena (Treasurer) Ajith Samaratunga (Secretary General)

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is a leading global professional body associated with the logistics, transport and supply chain industry. The Institute holds unparalleled international recognition and works towards achieving its objectives of promoting and encouraging the art and science of logistics and transport through its membership and its educational qualifications. With a global membership of over 34,000 in 34 countries across the globe, CILT provides a professional identity to those in the ever expanding logistics and transport sector. It is a strong, active and a unified professional association that is able to speak with authority on strategic issues affecting businesses and people in the industry and support their careers.

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WOMEN IN LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT (WiLAT) SRI LANKA RECOGNISES THE “HEFORSHE” CORPORATES

In pursuing WiLAT Sri Lanka’s mission to empower women in Logistics and Transport; at our 4th year anniversary celebrations we partnered with UN Women; HeForShe movement to provide an opportunity and framework for corporates in our industry to demonstrate leadership on gender equality.

HeForShe is a solidarity campaign for the advancement of women initiated by UN Women. Its goal is to achieve equality by encouraging men as agents of change and act against negative inequalities faced by women. Gender inequality is an issue that affects everyone, socially, economically and politically. IMPACT 10x10x10 engages key decision makers in governments, corporates, and universities around the world to drive change from the top. IMPACT Champions make gender equality an institutional priority by implementing the HeForShe IMPACT framework and developing the game-changing commitments to advance and achieve gender equality for all. These leaders are committed to changing the world.

Accordingly, WiLAT Sri Lanka took the bold step in Sri Lanka by inviting 10 top corporates to sign up the CEO Statement of Support and make a pledge towards this cause.

As part of our 5th year anniversary celebrations it was decided to conduct a survey among these corporates and invited them to take part in the “HeForShe Awards Survey”, to analyze their initiatives in the work place towards gender equality.

An independent panel of judges selected the organizations that in the view of judges; best demonstrates that its human resource functions are exceptionally committed to support gender equality and nondiscrimination. The questions were based on areas of Recruitment & Retention, Work/Life Balance, Professional Development & Empowerment, Professional Conduct & Due Care, and Mentoring & Recognition.

Best corporates who have contributed towards empowerment of women were recognized under the categories Platinum, Gold & Silver.

The Platinum award was won by the IMPACT Champion John Keells Holdings PLC, while Gold & Silver awards were won by Unilever Sri Lanka & McLarens Group respectively. The awards were given away by Mr. Kevin Byrne, President CILT International, who was the Chief Guest for our 05th anniversary celebrations.

IMPACT Champion John Keells Holdings PLC – Platinum award

IMPACT Champion Unilever Sri Lanka – Gold award

IMPACT Champion McLarens Group – Silver award

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WiLAT SL showcases POC as a case study for “Meaningful progress on Gender Diversity results in sustainable Competitive advantages” at the 6th SAARC Business Leaders Conclave 2018

The 6th SAARC Business Leaders Conclave 2018; commenced on 16th March 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal under the theme UNLEASHING SHARED PROPSERITY THROUGH ECONOMIC INTEGRATION. This three day Biennial event brought together the region’s economic and business thinkers, doers and change makers on a common platform to discuss debate, share best practices and create opportunities to take South Asia on the path of shared prosperity through economic integration.

The event was inaugurated by Rt. Hon. K. P Charma Oli, Prime Minister of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal amid a grand ceremony held at Hotel Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu. Speaking at the event Prime Minister Oli said that there was a need to foster partnership among South Asian countries for their development and prosperity.

The highlight of the event, was indeed the Plenary session on Strengthening Connectivity and Trade in South Asia; the case for Gender Responsive Logistics; which was Co-incidentally an all women panel. The session was jointly organized by the World Bank Group and Australia’s Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was headed by Ms Mandhakini Kaul; Senior Regional Cooperation Specialist, World Bank.

HE Peter Budd Ambassador of Australia to Nepal; in his opening remarks stated that even though 49% of the population of South Asia are women, the corresponding representation in the labour force is only 36% and further went on to say that the Government of Australia through the World Bank – DFAT partnership in South Asia for trade and connectivity and gender is committed to empower women in the region

Speaking at the session; Ms Dhashma Karunaratne; Chairperson of WiLAT Sri Lanka showcased the achievements of the Port of Colombo and stated that “ Port of Colombo is complementary to the growth aspirations of the region, it is strategically positioned astride the main east-west sea route to serve as the primary gateway to the Indian Sub-Continent; including the Bay of Bengal”. She went on to highlight that POC is the only Port in South Asia to be ranked among the top 25 ports; ranked 23rd POC is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 10% and is ranked as the 4th fastest growing port in the world.

With much appreciation she commented “The gender Responsiveness of each of the terminals operating at POC is encouraging”; and added “the Government owned and operated Jaya Container Terminal; having trained and employed South Asia’s first female gantry crane Operators is the trendsetter for POC and also the region” She also shared the demonstrated commitment towards Women Empowerment at SAGT, the first public private partnership container terminal in the POC; having recently signed up as a corporate member of the high level advocacy group of IFC’s Women in Work program, launched in partnership with the Government of Australia.

When requested to speak of a success story Dhashma stated that WiLAT SL in order to be a catalyst for change in Logistics and Transportation Industry, partnered with UNWomen HeForShe program last year. “We believe that effective inclusion and diversity strategies require strong passionate Leadership hence WiLATSL invited the CEOs/ Managing Directors of each of the three terminals; namely JCT SAGT and CICT among other corporate leaders in the logistics and transportation industries to sign up and lead by example through actions that demonstrably advance and empower women”. She shared that “Meaningful progress on Gender Diversity result in sustainable Competitive advantages” and said that “Diversity is a competitive differentiator that shifts markets towards more diverse companies.” She further added “it is no co-incidence that all three terminals were recognised for their performance in the Indian Sub-Continent and the Asian Region in the last 9 months.” and ended the session by saying “Women Empowerment is the game changer; for the Logistics and Transport Industry in the region to unleash its potential”.

Ms. Ayanthi Gurusinghe Director at Karpos Consultants, the Official Global Service Partner for Alibaba.com, Ms Selima Ahmed, President and Founder of Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Former Cabinet Minister in the Maldivian Government shared their insights on the panel.

Speaking at the conclave, HE Manjeev Singh Puri, Ambassador of India to Nepal, Commended the port of Colombo for leveraging its strategic location and maritime capabilities.

The Business conclave had many facets; The Fashion event; Threads of Hope brought a collaborative collection that drew from the region’s collective history, contemporary influences and the culture of humanity. Fashion being a global business is estimated to be worth over USD 1.3 Trillion, and the contribution of the region to this industry is significant, the region’s bridal fashion market itself is estimated to be USD 100 Billion. Designers from all eight countries showcased their talent, among them known designers such as Faiza Samee of Pakistan, Indeevari Yapa from Sri Lanka and new entrants such as Lipi Khandker from Bangladesh. The Bridal collection of Indeevari created much hype and excitement among the audience; and was indeed a favorite of many.

SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAARC CCI) is the apex business organisation of the SAARC countries, since its inception in 1992/93 SAARC CCI has determinedly worked towards creating and fostering strong business linkages among entrepreneurs of South Asia.

WiLAT was formed with a mission to promote the status of women in Supply Chain L n T, by the Chartered institute of Logistics and Transportation. WiLAT SL founded by Ms Gayani De Alwis, celebrates five years of creating parity under the theme of Sustainable Logistics Conference and Gala Dinner & awards ceremony at Kingsbury on Friday the 23 March 2018.

WiLAT SL Chairperson Pinning Ms Mandhakini Kaul; Senior Regional Cooperation Specialist, World Bank and HE Peter Budd Ambassador of Australia to Nepal

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CILT and KPMG to collaborate on knowledge sharing initiatives

From L to R: Mr. Ajith Samarathunga- Secretary General/ CEO (CILT), Ms. Gayani De Alwis – Vice Chairperson (CILT), Mr. Gihan Jayasinghe Assistant Secretary (CILT), Mr. Channaka De Alwis – Secretary (CILT), Capt. Lasitha Cumaratunga – Chairman (CILT), Mr. Reyaz Mihular – Managing Partner (KPMG), Ms. Kamaya Perera – Principal (KPMG), Ms. Aruni Kulatunga – Assistant Manager (KPMG), Mr. Jonathan Francis – Manager (KPMG) pic by: Mr. Hasitha Karunaratne

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Sri Lanka (CILT-SL) entered into an agreement with KPMG in Sri Lanka to collaborate and conduct knowledge sharing events focused on new and evolving trends, current topics, and to provide access to a community of professionals for both organisations.

This initiative aims to provide business professionals with practical insights into opportunities and challenges facing industry professionals and businesses today – from risk management and emerging technologies to strategy and global compliance.

Commenting on the collaboration, Capt. Lasitha Cumaratunga, Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Sri Lanka stated, “It is important for professionals to keep abreast of the latest issues and best practices in order to overcome the challenges faced in today’s economic climate. Hence, we are extremely pleased to engage with KPMG, which has a global network of supply chain professionals and resources.”

The initiative includes comprehensive, as well as topic and sector specific events, and a variety of regular and timely workshops and seminars. Mr. Channaka De Alwis, Secretary of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Sri Lanka stated, “We are committed to providing complimentary guidance and a variety of resources for professional development. It is at the very core of our objective and what we stand for.”

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Sri Lanka, which was established in 1984, is governed by a Council consisting of professionals representing all segments of the Supply Chain, Transport and Logistics industry, and is among the eight Chartered Institutes forming the body – The Forum of Chartered Institutes (FCI) – whose objective it is to serve common goals for the ultimate benefit of Sri Lanka’s economy.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is the leading global professional body for everyone who works within supply chain, logistics and transport. The Institute holds unparalleled international recognition and works toward achieving its objective of promoting, encouraging and coordinating the study of the science and art of logistics and transport through its membership, events and educational qualifications. With a global membership of over 33,000, CILT is present in 34 countries across the globe. CILT provides a professional identity to those in the ever-expanding supply chain, logistics and transport industry. It is a strong, active and unified professional body that is able to speak with authority on strategic issues affecting businesses and people in the industry and support their careers.

Mr. Reyaz Mihular, Managing Partner of KPMG in Sri Lanka stated, “As Knowledge Partner, our objective goes beyond discussing current and emerging topics, to sharing knowledge on how businesses could respond to emerging issues while promoting best supply chain management practices. In the last few years, KPMG has made significant investments in important areas including our people, technology and innovation, to support the delivery of market leading solutions. One such area is our Supply Chain practice, which is one of the highly sought after advisory services.”

KPMG in Sri Lanka’s Supply Chain practice consists of experienced professionals who work together with clients in transforming their traditional supply chains into an integrated multitier supply network – eliminating information latency and unnecessary touch points, reducing operating costs, and improving profitability and customer service. The team also focuses on how disruptive technologies can impact and enhance our local supply chains to meet and be competitive with the global best in class supply chains. The team is headed by Ms. Kamaya Perera, Principal – KPMG.

Kamaya stated, “The transport and logistics industry has numerous opportunities, challenges and questions. The industry is confronted with many disrupters poised to revolutionise the industry: digitalization, new customer expectations and new business models. Together with CILTSL, KPMG looks forward to offering insights and solutions to address the complex needs of businesses and to assist them embrace the current and the future disruptors.”

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Dato’ Ts Abd Radzak Abd Malek of Malaysia to be CILT International President in 2020

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport is pleased to announce Dato’ Ts Abd Radzak Abd Malek FCILT as International President Elect. Radzak will assume the Presidency in January 2020.

As International President, Radzak intends to focus on several key areas, including Young Professionals (YP), Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT), Regional Structures and Industrial Revolution 4.0 in Logistics and Supply Chain.

Continuing the excellent work done by current International President Kevin Byrne, Radzak is determined to keep Young Professionals at the heart of the CILT International agenda. In addition to awareness and outreach programmes intended to increase the profile of talented Young Professionals, and a policy to ensure all branches have YP facing structures, Radzak will integrate our YP network with our Career Development tools, allowing tomorrow’s leaders to anchor the journey from Member to Chartered Member and beyond.

As a strong supporter of women in the workplace, Radzak will also focus on assisting the creation of WiLAT chapters in all CILT branches. In countries where there is no CILT presence, neighbouring branches will be encouraged to support WiLAT oriented activities, with the long-term view of establishing a full CILT and WiLAT presence.

Furthermore, Radzak is keen to see growth in the number of WiLAT members. In addition to a number of outreach and awareness campaigns, he will put the support of the International Presidency behind a Members-Get-Members recruitment drive, to ensure we are reaching out to and representing all women working in our industry, at all levels and in all countries.

In the spirit of Stronger Together, Radzak will seek to widen CILT activities in all countries with established CILT offices, and strengthen CILT in other affiliated member countries. He will also seek to strengthen our Regional Forums to encourage better understanding of the cultures, opportunities and challenges of different countries.

Speaking about the appointment, Dr Dorothy Chan, former CILT International President backed Radzak to succeed. ‘I give my full support to Dato’ Radzak’s appointment as CILT International President. He has been a strong leader for CILT Malaysia, which is growing fast, and through his commitment and vision will, I am sure, lead CILT to even greater things. He is a strong supporter of the interests of Young Professionals, and under his Presidency CILT Malaysia was among the first to form a WiLAT Chapter. Since then he has given unwavering support to WiLAT activities, which fully demonstrates his commitment to equality in our industry. He is a respected member of CILT and a good friend of mine.’

The Minister of Higher Education in Malaysia, YB Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh, commended Radzak’s vision, saying that ‘(his) exemplary leadership has certainly benefitted many in the education community, in line with the Ministry’s Soaring Upward mission. I strongly believe (Radzak) will provide strong leadership to CILT International to further the cause of the Institute, not only in Malaysia but more importantly to other regions worldwide.’

Voicing his support for the announcement, YB Dato Aziz Kaprawi, the Deputy Minister of Transport in Malaysia, pointed to Radzak’s great contributions to the Logistics and Transport industry, and in Malaysia in particular, saying ‘We trust that the Institute has made the right and excellent choice based on (Radzak’s) knowledge, expertise and experience. We were indeed proud to work with (him) and CILT Malaysia, with (his) significant contributions to the Ministry of Transport Malaysia’.

These sentiments were further echoed by YB. Dato’ IR. Hj. Nawawi Bin Hj. Ahmad, Chairman of KTMB, who said ‘Everyone wants success…(Radzak) knows that hard work and great dedication is the way to go.’  Whilst in a letter of support, Mr. Voravuth Mala of the State Railway of Thailand recognized Radzak’s long service to the industry and pointed to a prosperous future for CILT with Radzak at the helm. ‘I am looking forward to working closely with (Radzak) and strengthening the co-operation between our organisations.’

A member of CILT for 17 years, Radzak joined in 2001, rising to become President of CILT Malaysia in 2004, a role he continued until stepping down in 2008. In 2010, Radzak was re-elected President of CILT Malaysia, and in 2012 was appointed International Vice-President for the South East Asia region.

Born in Kampong Gunung Mesah Hilir, Gopeng, a village in Perak state, Radzak started his 37-year career in logistics in 1972 as a Railway Station Master with Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB), the Malaysian national rail carrier. After obtaining a BA (Hones) from the Malaysian Science University (USM), Radzak continued his journey with KTMB, culminating in his appointment as Managing Director in 2007.

In addition to his professional work, Radzak currently holds positions on several boards including the Board of Advisors to the Malaysia Institute of Transport, the Board of Industry Advisory Council of University Kuala Lumpur, the Board of the Malaysian Professional Centre, as well as his role as President of the Malaysian Services Providers Confederation. He was made Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Perak by the Ruler of Perak in 2009.

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