Sujani Thrikawala joined Wintec recently as a Senior Academic Staff Member in the Centre for Business, Information Technology and Enterprise (CBITE). She is currently involved in developing a Postgraduate Programme for the Finance stream.
She obtained her Bachelor of Commerce (Special) Degree (B.Com.) and Master of Science in Management and Information Technology Degree (MSc. in MIT) from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. After completing her Master’s degree, she came to New Zealand to attain her PhD. She joined the University of Waikato and completed her doctoral studies in the field of Finance. Sujani’s thesis looks into corporate governance practices in the microfinance industry in Sri Lanka and India and then analyses how these practices influence the financial performance and outreach of microfinance institutions in both countries.
Sujani had several years’ experience of lecturing before moving to Wintec. She worked as a Senior Lecturer in one of the leading government universities in Sri Lanka while studying as a doctoral student. She worked as a tutor in the Department of Finance, teaching subjects such as corporate finance, international financial management, new venture finance, microfinance, financial accounting, econometrics and research methodology for undergraduate and postgraduate students in Sri Lanka and undergraduates in New Zealand.
Her main research interests are in the areas of corporate governance, microfinance, small and medium level business development and emerging markets. Her primary interest is the development of the microfinance industry for the betterment of poor people in developing countries and she has published her research findings in international refereed journals. Sujani has supervised Master’s level students and worked as a research assistant at the Centre for Executive Education and Institute for Business Research (IBR), Waikato Management School, University of Waikato.
As the postgraduate programme she is working on is a new degree programme for Wintec, Sujani is passionate about contributing her knowledge and experience to its development and success.