Mrs. Shiranee Joseph De Saram

It is with great sadness that APSL announce the death of one of our former Vice Presidents and Executive Committee Member, Mrs. Shiranee Joseph De Saram, on 16 December 2020.
She was a Specialist Speech Language Pathologist with over 40 years of experience in Sri Lanka and in the UK. She served as a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust from 2003-2015.
In her time with APSL Shiranee was involved in the ‘Living in the UK’ Seminar Series and delivered many excellent presentations. She also contributed to many other APSL charitable activities as an active member.
She was the founder Director of Rehabilitation Centre for the Communication Impaired (RCCI) and dedicated her services to address the need for a dedicated centre for treating over one million people with communication impairments in Sri Lanka.
Shiranee is remembered as a generous and incredibly kind lady who dedicated her life to help communication impaired people.
May she attain Supreme Bliss of Nibbana!

APSL Florence De Silva Fund – Donation to Maliyadhdha Primary School, Udupussellawa

APSL donated library furniture, books, musical instruments and sports equipment to Maliyadhdha Primary School, Meepanawa, Udupussellawa through the Florence De Silva Fund. On behalf of APSL, we would like to thank Dr Kaveesha Gunathilaka, Medical officer in charge, Primary care unit, Rupha, Nuwaraeliya for her kind coordination and dedication towards the project.


Can you help brighten the future of a young child in Sri Lanka?

Covid-19 has made the year 2020 particularly hard for the poor and vulnerable families in Sri Lanka.
Due to the severe economic downturn, hotel workers, tourist guides, cab and Tuk-tuk drivers, factory workers and immigrant workers in the Middle East lost their jobs. Also, day-wage earners struggled to earn during the lockdowns. With little or no unemployment benefits to fall back on, large number of families are facing economic hardships adversely affecting the children and their education.
We currently support 90 children from needy and vulnerable families in Sri Lanka and we have received another 20 applications during the past months requesting support.
It would be wonderful if you could help brighten the future of a young child through the APSL Scholarship Scheme during these hard times.

If you are willing to support Please click here to register your interest

Launch of the SLASSCOM Global Referral Program – Thursday 29th October at 17:00PM UK time

Sri Lanka High Commission in London with the Association of Professional Sri Lankans in the UK (APSL UK) and Sri Lanka Association for Software Services Companies ( SLASSCOM Sri Lanka ) proudly presents the webinar ‘The Launch of the SLASSCOM Global Referral Program’.
This webinar will give you a valuable opportunity to start earning rich rewards by engaging with the SLASSCOM Global Referral Program.
The event will be held on Thursday 29th October at 17:00PM UK time.
You can now register for the event via
Event programme
  • Opening remarks: HE Mrs Saroja Sirisena, High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in the UK
  • Introduction to the APSL: Dr Mahesh de Silva, President, APSL
  • Investment climate & opportunities in the ICT sector: Mr. Sanjay Mohottala, Director General, Board of Investment
  • Sri Lankan IT-BPM sector / Island of Ingenuity overview: Mr Channa Manoharan, Chairman, SLASSCOM
  • SLASSCOM Global Referral program – initiation: Mr Mudith Uswatta, Marketing Forum Lead, SLASSCOM
  • Q & A session: moderated by Mr Mervyn Silva
  • Vote of thanks: Dr. Lakmini Mendis, Minister Commercial SLHC-London

‘Living in the UK’ – Discussion Series “Eastern and Western values”

A special online programme will be held on Sunday 27th September at 5PM for young and adults to share the professional knowledge and life experiences on eastern and western values.
This is a great opportunity for your children to enhance their horizons. So please keep the date free and join…
APSL ‘Living in the UK’ – Discussion Series “Eastern and Western values”
Sunday 27th September 2020, 5-6PM via Zoom
The Association of Professional Sri Lankans in the UK in collaboration with the Letchworth Dhamma Nikethanaya Buddhist Academy will be conducting the next discussion of the “Living in the UK / Sri Lankan Cultural Values” Series
Discussion led by:
Mr Rohan De Alwis – Past President, APSL
Dr Dulini Fernando – Executive Committee Member, APSL
Join Zoom Online Webinar Meeting
Meeting ID: 696 889 1414
Password: apsl
For further information please contact:
Ven. Akurala Samitha
07983 466 105
Mr Thushara Madurasinghe
07737 307 314

COVID-19 – Tests, Treatments and Vaccines

The first joint webinar by the APSL and the Sri Lankan Professionals Association in the United Arab Emirates (SLPA-UAE) for the benefit of Sri Lankan community in the UK, UAE and Sri Lanka will be held on Saturday 25h July at 3pm (UK), 6pm (UAE) and 7.30pm(Sri Lanka).
The webinar will be delivered by Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran and moderated by the APSL President Dr. Mahesh de Silva..
Please register using the REGISTRATION LINK. 
If you have any questions to discuss during the webinar please send them to

Speaker Biography

Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran (PhD DSc FRCS FRCOG) is Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, at St. George’s University of London from Jan. 2013 after he retired from his position as Professor and Head of O&G from 2001 to 2013.

He is Foundation Professor of O&G at St George’s Medical school, University of Nicosia from 2014 and visiting Professor of the Institute of Global Health Policy Innovation, Imperial College, London from 2012.

He was past President of the FIGO (International Federation of Obstetrics & Gynecology) (2012 – 2015) and British Medical Association (BMA), (June 2013- June 2014) and the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (RCOG) of the UK (2007-2010).

He was appointed Knight Bachelor by her Majesty the Queen of the UK in her Birthday Honours List in June 2009 in recognition of his services to Medicine and Health Care.