Words : Aanya Wipulasena
Photos : Nirmala Dhananjaya
Hair & Make-up : Shantha
Location : Colombo Club - Taj Samudra Hotel
Hailing from the Hill Capital and following the motto “nothing is impossible” she is a true inspiration to women across the country. Since she was a child, she has shown a track record to becoming the successful businesswoman she is today and shown great enthusiasm for humanitarian work.
Gowri Rajan, the Group Executive Director/CMO of the beloved household brand “Sun Match Company “says that she was inspired by her father who was ‘ruthlessly focused’ and ‘fearless to try new things’.
As a result of her determination to help others in need, she was elected as the first female Rotary Governor to serve Rotary in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Her leadership resulted in projects worth over US$ 400 million by pursuing public private partnership.
This included the setting up of Sri Lanka’s first ever Human Heart Valve Tissue Bank and the one million tree planting project launched by Miss World in 2015. Gowri was a double awardee of the WIM –‘Most Inspirational Woman of the Year in 2013 and in 2017 together with the World Bank (IFC) recognized her as the Top 50 Professional Women in Sri Lanka for the ‘Best International Women leadership Award’.
She was also recognized as the “Best Woman in Management” by the Chartered Institute of Management and celebrated as the ‘Global Icon of the Year’ by the USA based Business World International. Read excerpts of Gowri’s exclusive interview with the Lanka Woman below..
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