Changing mindsets
Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka|April-June 2020
Changing mindsets
Randhula De Silva, CEO of Hatch and Director of GIZ, is a disrupter at her core. And she’s just get ting started.
SHIHAAM  HASSANALI

Everything you do in life adds up to who you are today,” Randhula De Silva says thoughtfully. I’m seated next to her on a comfy couch in the lounge area of Hatch Colombo, chatting about her very colorful professional background. She tells me there have been a few instances where her life has changed. “I’ve always wanted to give back to society and do something impactful and meaningful in life. I think it’s a complexity that millennials feel! University exposed me to people of various ethnicities and faiths, and it was a good eyeopening experience. It made me want to do more work with communities.”

Right after university, Randhula joined Verité Research as the Head of Information Intelligence Services, working on a signature product called Media Analysis. “We looked at the differences between Sinhala, English and Tamil media (because the media portrays one incident in 3 distinct ways), how this affects the local dynamic and what the underlying intentions are of the media,” Randhula explains. “I was 24-years-old and to be amongst so many researchers and analysts on this project gave me an in-depth understanding of society’s structure and functions.”

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