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Prof. Mahesha Kapurubandara


Faculty of Computing | Information Technology

Career Summary

Prof. Mahesha Kapurubandara is the Dean International and Professor of ICT SLIIT. She is responsible for developing high value international partnerships through maintaining close relationships with flagship institutions across the world. She sits on the Strategic Management Team of the University and is a member of Academic Board and attends Board of Governors.   

Professor Kapurubandara graduated with B.Sc.(honours) from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. After completing MSc in Computer Science at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand she joined the industry and had worked in Singapore, Australia and Sri Lanka. In 2000 she joined SLIIT as the as Head of the initial Academic Division towards the provision of qualified graduates in IT much required by the industry in Sri Lanka.

She proceeded to Australia in 2004 to take up an academic position at the Western Sydney University.  During her tenure at WSU she completed her Ph.D. and upon her return in 2008 she had held positions including Dean Student Affairs and Dean International.

Prof.  Mahesha has research interests with ICT for Small and Medium scale Enterprises (SMEs), Women Entrepreneurship and Business Process Management (BPM). She has authored or co-authored many publications in this field. She also serves on editorial boards of many International Conferences and serves as a reviewer. 

  • 2008-Present     Dean International Office, SLIIT, Sri Lanka
  • 2014-Present     Professor, Faculty of Computing, SLIIT, Sri Lanka
  • 2008-present     Director Academic Affairs, SLIIT Computing, Sri Lanka
  • 2008-2014          Senior Lecturer Higher Grade, SLIIT, Sri Lanka
  • 2009-2012           Adjunct research fellow, Western Sydney University, Australia
  • 2005-2006           Visiting Professor, University of Nanjing, China
  • 2004-2008          Lecturer, Western Sydney University, NSW, Australia  
  • 2000-2004          Guest Professor, University of Uppsala, Sweden
  • 2000-2003           Head, Academic, SLIIT, Sri Lanka


  • Ph.D -  Western Sydney University, NSW, Australia, (Information Systems Management)
  • M.Sc -  Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, (Computer Science)
  • B.Sc.(Hons)  University of Colombo, Sri Lanka  


  • ICT Educator of the Year Finalist - SEARCC Awards, Sydney, Australia, December 2016  
  • Female ICT Leader of the Year - Computer Society of Sri Lanka in 2016
  • 6th Professional & Career Women’s’ Awards Silver Medal - Women in Management Awards held in Sri Lanka, 2016.
  • Scholarship for doctoral studies at Western Sydney University, Australia
  • Scholarship for Masters studies at AIT, Bangkok

Research Interests and Memberships

Research Interests

  • Teaching and Learning, Data Analytics 
  • ICT for Small and Medium scale Enterprises (SMEs),
  • Women Entrepreneurship
  • Business Process Management (BPM).



  • Member - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member - Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL)

Ongoing Research

My Publications

Journal Publications

  • Kapurubandara, M., (2009).  " "A Framework to e-Transform SMEs in Developing countries, " "  The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC), ,  vol.vol 39,    2009,        
  • Kapurubandara, M., Lawson, R. & Ginige, A.  " What E-Commerce support is available for SMEs in Developing Countries? "  The International Journal on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions (ICTer), ,  vol.vol 1,  Issue 1,  2008,        

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