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Women Engineers Forum

Women Engineers Forum

The Women Engineers’ Forum (WEF) of The Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) was formed in May 2002 to give the opportunity to women engineers to be engaged more meaningfully in IESL activities.

To strengthen the Women Engineers of the IESL to play an active role in its endeavors to improve the quality of life of the people within the objectives of the IESL.

To utilize the full potential of Women Engineers qualitatively and quantitatively for all progressive activities of the IESL by developing greater bond amongst the members whilst enhancing professional competency to cater for the country’s need for continuous improvement of socio-economic standards.


1. Create a comfortable environment where women engineers can demonstrate their own abilities such as leadership qualities, communication, and presentation skills, so that they are prepared to face the challenges of the world of work.
2. Empower the women engineers by strengthening the weak areas identified during discussions and support them to reach the full potential in their career.
3. Encourage the Women Engineers to get involved in different activities within the society and contribute their technical knowledge to the national development.
4. Promote networking and friendship among the members, and form a forum to discuss matters of importance in their careers
5. Provide the opportunity to lend a hand to the needy by conducting charity events
6. Encourage the female school children who have the passion to get into engineering but are reluctant due to social pressures, to follow the engineering stream and contribute to the national development efforts, without the gender biases.
7. Provide career guidance and leadership development through mentoring of junior female engineers.


Women Engineers Forum 2022/2023

1. Executive Committee Members 2022/2023

2. Advisory Committee

  1. Eng. (Prof.) N. Ratnayake,
  2. Eng. (Ms.) Vasantha Nallathamby,
  3. Eng. (Ms.) Lakmini Nonis,
  4. Eng. (Ms.) Thamara Mallawaarchchi,
  5. Eng. (Ms.) Mangala Wickramanayake,
  6. Eng. (Ms.) Shayma Gunawardana
  7. Eng. (Ms.) Devika Abeysuriya


Women Engineers forum-Events

  1. On December 28, 2022, at 3:00 PM, Dr. Ranil Sugathadasa delivered an engaging lecture titled "Visioning and Action 2023" at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium. The lecture emphasized the importance of mindfulness, resilience, and adaptability in shaping the vision for 2023, offering refreshing ideas to kickstart the new year with these key qualities in mind. For more images use below link:


  1. Reflecting on a successful and insightful Field Visit to Colombo Harbour and Naval Ship on January 27, 2023. Participants had the unique opportunity to witness firsthand the intricate exploration of the functionalities of a naval ship. The day was filled with enriching experiences, fostering a deeper understanding of the maritime industry. We extend our gratitude to all participants and contributors for making this event a valuable learning experience. For more images use below link:


  1. Reflecting on the enriching Field Visit to the Sewerage System of CMC organized by WEF on February 24, 2023. Participants had the invaluable opportunity to delve into the intricate workings of the city's sewerage infrastructure, gaining firsthand insights into its design and functionality. We extend our appreciation to all attendees for their active participation and engagement during this informative event. For more images use below link:


  1. Celebrating the success and achievements of Women Engineers Day 2023, held at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium, IESL, on March 24th. This event was a tribute to the remarkable contributions of women in engineering, encouraging a platform for knowledge-sharing, collaboration, and empowerment. Engaging discussions, insightful presentations, and a spirit of camaraderie characterized the day, reinforcing the importance of diversity and inclusion in the engineering field. A sincere thank you to all participants, speakers, and organizers for making this occasion a success. Let the accomplishments of women engineers inspire future generations as we continue to break barriers and redefine the landscape of engineering excellence. For more images use below link:


  1. Reflecting on the insightful address delivered by Eng. Prabodha Jinasena on the topic of "Wisdom in Anger Management" at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium, IESL, organized by WEF on May 12, 2023. Eng. Jinasena, with his wealth of experience, provided practical and strategic approaches to intelligently navigate and control anger. We express our sincere gratitude to Eng. Prabodha Jinasena for sharing his expertise, and to WEF for coordinating an event that addresses crucial aspects of personal development. The knowledge imparted during this speech is sure to resonate positively, influencing a mindful approach to anger management among attendees. For more images use below link:


  1. Reflecting on a delightful "Day out for Engineers" at the Mercury Club House in Padukka, organized by the Women Engineers' Forum of IESL on August 19, 2023. The event was a of company, relaxation, and networking, providing a well-deserved break for our dedicated engineers. Attendees enjoyed a day filled with engaging activities and meaningful connections among colleagues. For more images use below link:


  1. Reflecting on an inspiring address by Dr. Jayalath Edirisinghe on the empowering theme of "Dreamers Are Achievers," held at the Wimalasundara Auditorium, IESL, on September 4, 2023. Dr. Edirisinghe's speech resonated with the audience, offering profound insights into the transformative power of dreams and the determination to turn them into reality. We extend our sincere appreciation to Dr. Jayalath Edirisinghe for sharing his expertise and attendees were motivated to embrace their dreams with determination, understanding that dreams, when coupled with dedication and hard work, can indeed materialize into remarkable achievements. For more images use below link:


  1. Reflecting on an illuminating speech delivered by Dr. Achela Fernando on Successful Mentoring, organized by the Women Engineers' Forum, held at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium on September 14, 2023. Dr. Fernando's address delved into the pivotal role of mentoring in professional development, offering valuable insights and strategies for effective guidance. Attendees were privileged to gain from Dr. Fernando's wealth of experience and expertise, gaining a deeper understanding of the symbiotic relationship between mentorship and success. Our heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Achela Fernando for her enlightening speech and to the Women Engineers' Forum for curating an event that champions mentorship excellence. For more images use below link:


  1. Reflecting on the success of the 14th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL), held with distinction at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium on November 24, 2023. The AGM served as a pivotal gathering, bringing together esteemed members in a collaborative atmosphere to review the accomplishments of the past year and set forth a visionary path for the future. We extend our gratitude to all participants for their active engagement and contributions to the success of this significant event. The 14th AGM stands as the unity and shared dedication of IESL members towards advancing engineering standards and promoting professional growth.