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Mr Chalaka Fernando

PhD Candidate
BSc (Hons), MSc (Chem & Pocess Eng), CEnvP (Sri Lanka)

Chalaka Fernando is an enthusiastic sustainability practitioner having 15 years work experience related to industrial environmental management, management systems, sustainable development and compliance. He holds BSc with Honors from University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka (2003) and MSc in Chemical & Process Engineering, from University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka specializing on LCA (2010). He has completed postgraduate certification courses in Japan, Hungary, Thailand & Denmark on sustainability, climate change and LCA.

During his corporate career, he served as the General Manager - Sustainability at MAS Fabrics Pvt Ltd, the largest textile & apparel supplier in Sri Lanka (2016-2018). He also worked for the world largest cement company LafargeHolcim for more than 10 years both in Sri Lankan and global in senior management level positions.There he held the Regional Sustainability and Compliance Coordinator (for alternative fuels, raw materials section) position for APAC, Middle-East and North African regions.

He enjoyed and invested a substantial time during his corporate life on simplifying the Quantitative Sustainability Assessment findings such as LCA findings for effective interpretation, adding consumer perspective to LCA studies and linking to business strategies are his interest co-elements in sustainability 


Interpreting quantitative sustainability in the most digestive forms to stakeholders

Use life cycle assessment and sister methodologies to make better decision making in the industry, corporate and academia

End of Life (EoL) and Circular economy principles and their applications 

Exploring the change of 'ownership to usership' mode and its co-impacts





2018 Feb                   Advanced Professional Course on Sustainable Consumption & production, AIT, Thailand

2013 July                   Summer course - Central European University, Budapest & UNIDO: ‘Green Industry: Pathways Towards the Industry of the Future’ (UNIDO full scholar)


2013 June                 PhD Summer course – Danish Technical University, Copenhagen – Material flow Analysis for resources, LCA on Waste to Energy, use of EASETECH software in waste management projects (academic scholarship)


2010                           Post graduate certificate course United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan: ‘Building Resilient for Climate Change’


2009-10                     Diploma in Business management: t+b Solutions, Australia


2008-11                     MSc (major component as research) - Chemical & Process Eng Dept, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka: ‘Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Analysis Towards a Sustainable Cement Industry for Sri Lanka: an Analysis of Three Process Pathways’  


2000-2003                 BSc (Hons) Second Class Upper Division – Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka: Chemistry, Environmental Science, Statistics, Economics & Management



Professional            Chartered Environmental Professional (from 2014), Institute of Environmental Professionals Sri Lanka

                                    ISO 14001 Lead auditor qualifications and auditor experience for more than 10 years

                                    OHSAS 18001 Lead auditor, Holcim H&S Lead auditor (2013) and auditor experience for more than 8 years             

                                    Cleaner Production Lead auditor qualifications and auditor experience for more than 5 years

                                    Qualified GHG Auditor on CDM Project Validation & Verification, DNV Malaysia, 2007

                     GRI based Sustainability Reporting training, TERE, India (September 2011)

                     Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) – life time member

                     IEMA - UK Associate Member (from 2009)


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