Professor R. Senathiraja

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



Dr. (Mrs.) R. Senathiraja is a former Dean of the Faculty of Management and Finance at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and served as the Director of the Centre for Contemporary Indian Studies at the University of Colombo. She received her PhD in Corporate Entrepreneurship with a specialisation in management studies from the Madras University, India; M.Sc. in Small and Medium Entrepreneurship from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka; B. Com (First Class) from Jaffna University, Sri Lanka. Her research primarily examines the role of entrepreneurship, innovation, and organisational behaviour in both government and private sectors. Her work has been published in several reputed journals. Further, She involves in reviewing research papers and editorial member of the editorial boards. She has been supervising undergraduate, postgraduate students in national universities in Sri Lanka. She has been a recipient of prestigious scholarships and programmes such as the Indian Commonwealth Scholarship (2005), American Fellowship of South Asian Women Leadership in University Administration (2016), and the United States Educational Leadership Programme (2017).

Qualifications, Fellowships and Certifications

  • PhD 2010

    Doctor of Philosophy

    University of Madras, India.

  • MSc (Mgt) 2004

    Master of Science in Management (MSc)

    University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

  • BCom 1990

    Bachelor of Commerce Degree (First Class Division)

    University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka

  • CTHE 1998

    Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (CTHE)

    University of Colombo, Sri Lanka


  • Now


    University of Colombo

  • 20202018


    Centre for Indian Contemporary Studies, University of Colombo

  • 20172014


    Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Colombo

  • 2017

    Acting Vice-Chancellor

    University of Colombo

  • 20142011


    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

  • 20132012

    President of FUTA

    (Federation of University Teachers Association) Management and Finance, University of Colombo

  • Now2019

    Student Counselor

    University of Colombo

  • 19941991

    Sub - Warden

    Eastern university Sri Lanka

  • 19941991

    Student Counselor

    Faculty of Management & Finance, University of Colombo

  • 19941991


    Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development (CIED), Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Colombo.

  • 19941991

    Programe Coordinator

    Postgraduate Programmes, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo

  • 19941991

    Founder and Coordinator

    Certificate Course in Entrepreneurial Competency Development Programme: It offers by the FGS in collaboration with the Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL).

  • 19941991


    International Advisory Committee of Federation of Global Youth Entrepreneurship and Industry Connect (FGYEIC), India