Dr. R. Senathiraja

Department of Management and Organization Studies, Faculty of Management and Finance

Email: laxumy@gmail.com


Dr. R. Senathiraja is currently the Director of the Centre for Contemporary Indian Studies (CCIS) at the University of Colombo.

She served as the Dean of the Faculty of Management and Finance, the University of Colombo from November 2014 to Oct 2017 and also as Head of the Department of Management and Organization Studies from 2012 to Oct 2014.

She proposed and pursued various activities with the aid of academic and non-academic members, in the Faculty of Management and Finance during her reign as the Dean, such as the strategic plan of the faculty, prospector of the faculty, video documentary and introduction of many new upgraded curriculums for both undergraduates and postgraduates which helped in promoting the faculty as one of the best business schools in both the South Asian Region and the International level.

Her educational background comprises a B.com degree in first-class from Jaffna University (1991), the M.Sc. Degree from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura (2005) and the Ph.D. degree from the Madras University India in Management and Entrepreneurship (2010). She was recognized for the Excellence in Ph.D. research award from Indian Business School, New Delhi in 2009 and the best Ph.D. research paper award from the Faculty of Management and Finance 2011.

Her early academic career started from 1991 to 1995 during which she worked as a lecturer at Eastern University, Sri Lanka. She also held a visiting lecturer position at the Open University of Sri Lanka from 1995 to 2003.  Since 1997, she is serving the Faculty of Management and Finance at the University of Colombo as a lecturer. Over these years, she has taught and supervised over 35 undergraduates and postgraduates students in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation and management. So far she has published in leading international journals and presented her research work at various conferences locally and internationally.

Her other remarkable achievements include commonwealth scholarship of ICCR (2005),  a fellow of United States educational leadership program and South Asian women Leadership in University administration sponsored by the state of America during 2016 and 2017, a board member for the Business Consultancy Service Ltd which rewards the entrepreneurs and corporate leaders in Sri Lanka ( year-present) and reviewer for various local and international journals such as Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences(2017), International Journal of Colombo Business(from 2015 to 2017), Subject Editor (Entrepreneurship) for the Entrepreneurship subject published by the National Institute Education in Sri Lanka(2016).

In addition to these, Dr. Senathiraja is highly appreciated and recognized for her immense social responsibilities contributions. She is a member of the International Institute of High education, USA (2017) and has provided strategic leadership to enhance Entrepreneurship development in the faculty as a Coordinator of Quality Assurance Cell from 2011 to 2014. She plays a vital role in the establishment of industrial linkage between the industry in Sri Lanka and the Faculty of Management & Finance, the University of Colombo via Entrepreneurial Incubator, mentoring programs and short term workshops and seminars on soft skills (from 2014 to2017). Moreover, she has been an inspiration for her involvement in national work for a society of visually impaired underprivileged people (2016) as she served as a facilitator, encourager, connector & cooperator who believes anything is possible.


Qualifications, Fellowships and Certifications

  • PhD


  • MSc (Mgt)

    SJP, Sri Lanka

  • BCom

    Jaffna, Sri Lanka

  • CTHE

    University of Colombo


  • Now

    Senior Lecturer – Grade I

    University of Colombo

  • Now2018


    Centre for Indian Contemporary Studies, University of Colombo

  • 20172014


    Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Colombo

  • 20142013


    Department of Management and Organisation Studies, Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Colombo.

  • 2013

    Part time activity Coordinator

    HETC project

  • 20142013

    Programme Coordinator

    EDBA, Postgraduate Midcareer Development Unit

  • Now2019

    Student Counselor

    University of Colombo

  • 19941991

    Sub - Warden

    Eastern university Sri Lanka