Our Vision

… is to help entrepreneurs, organisations and investors launch innovative ideas and successful global businesses, by taking advantage of mitra’s knowledge and experience

Who We Are

Mitra Innovation is passionate about helping smart entrepreneurs, enterprises and public service organisations to accelerate innovative ideas into amazing global businesses or solutions.

We are specialists in product incubation, digital transformation, and Cloud-to-Cloud Systems integration, with expertise in WSO2 and AWS technologies.

Meet the team

Over the years, Mitra Innovation has evolved into an enthusiastic team of dedicated people. Our multi-disciplinary team has extensive experience in management, engineering, marketing, sales, finance and administration.

Founders

Ashok Suppiah

Ashok Suppiah

CEO, Co-founder

Ashok is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully started several tech companies over his 20-year career. With a passion to innovate using pioneering technology, he has helped over 40 startup clients including edocs Inc (part of Oracle).

As a founding member of Virtusa Corp (VRTU), a global SI which he helped grow to $280M in USA, UK and Asia. His clientele included British Telecom, JP Morgan, American Express, Citibank and Siemens.

Derek Bell

Derek Bell

COO, Co-founder

Derek spent a majority of his career at British Telecom (ADR) in various capacities including IT Programme Director, COO BT Rich Media and head of Portfolio Strategy for BT Wholesale. He launched 40+ apps in 18 months, founded BT’s corporate venture and developed customer centric product strategy for annual revenues of c. £3.7Bn plus c. £8Bn internal trade.

Derek spent a majority of his career at British Telecom (ADR) in various capacities including IT Programme Director, COO BT Rich Media and head of Portfolio Strategy for BT Wholesale. He launched 40+ apps in 18 months, founded BT’s corporate venture and developed customer centric product strategy for annual revenues of c. £3.7Bn plus c. £8Bn internal trade.

Dammika Ganegama

Dammika Ganegama

MD, Co-founder

Dammika is an inspirational leader with nearly 20 years of experience in running large mission critical software engineering projects, quality assurance teams, heading operations for a KPO/ BPO services firm and Program management. Dammika leads our talented and creative product engineering team.

Previously a strategic consultant at IBM Global Business Services leading critical strategic enterprise programs and Account Head at Virtusa Inc. (VRTU) managing several Fortune 500 clients.

Leadership

Julie Pease

Julie Pease

Director - Marketing

Julie is a senior marketing professional with significant international B2B and B2C experience for start-ups to large organisations across a number of industries including professional services, technology, software, manufacturing, market research and education.

She has over 18 years experience in marketing and has worked for large organisations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, London Business School, NetNames and Joseph Ash Galvanizing, carrying out roles such as Head of Marketing, Global Marketing Director, and International Marketing Manager.

Bivendra Narangoda

Bivendra Narangoda

Director & Head of Delivery

Agile enthusiast with years of experience in building self-managed Agile teams both in-house and externally. 10+ years in the industry, with a proven track record of successfully managing large scale programs for fortune 500 customers, specializing in the industries of healthcare, insurance, telecom and banking.

A certified senior system architect in Pega BPM (Business Process Management) technology with a skill-set to deliver enterprise ready applications with automated programming. Extensive background in business intelligence (BI) and Microsoft BI suite with a strong know-how to extract and transform raw data into powerful business information.

Sudaraka Jayashanka

Sudaraka Jayashanka

CTO & Chief Architect

Sudaraka is veteran in managing complex IT solutions and digital transformations for enterprises as well as entrepreneurs. With over 16 years of experience in the industry in software development, IT infrastructure, project management, software architecture and design, research and development and product development for diversified business verticals such as public sector, finance, health, construction, telecommunication, utility, rail and transport, supply chain and logistics. Highly motivated to apply technology for sustainable growth in business with high focus towards the customers.

In his current role at Mitra, he oversees engineering aspects of all the pre-sales activates, software engineering and development and innovation.

Prajath Weerasinghe

Prajath Weerasinghe

Head of IT OPS

Prajath Weerasinghe, an eminent service delivery specialist with more than 15 years of experience in IT services industry. Prajath has served in different disciplines in Dialog Axiata and also in Hewlett Packard (HP). During his career he engaged in software development, database administration, datacenter operations and infrastructure solutions.

With his mission critical and effective leadership in the domain of IT services, Prajath heads the IT services delivery at Mitra. He is a graduate of the University of Kelaniya and Holds a MBA from Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM), Sri Lanka.

Suraen Shanmuganathan

Suraen Shanmuganathan

Director - Product

Suraen is a product specialist with diverse experience across financial services, engineering and healthcare. Having previously consulted numerous startups on developing disruptive business models and scalable operational processes,

Suraen now oversees product development and global operations for hooheals. Suraen holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Imperial College London.

Druvi Jayamanne

Druvi Jayamanne

Managing Director - Enterprise Services

Druvi is highly experienced in IT services with a breadth of exposure in complex
Programme delivery predominantly with large Enterprises, and Business
Development and Client Services in the US, European and Asian markets. He has also
incubated and managed Large skills practices spanning multiple geographies.

Katherine Champion

Katherine Champion

Scrum Master & Senior Business Analyst

Katherine is an experienced Agile/Lean Coach (CSM, CSPO, Kanban practitioner & experienced IT consultant, coach, mentor, knowledge management and specialist training consultant) accomplished in delivering business value through agile methods using the latest design techniques and technologies.

She has been involved in software development since 1990 in various roles from software engineer through project management to coaching teams in delivering software using agile methods. She was first introduced to Scrum at the BBC in 2006

Chamayne Fernando

Chamayne Fernando

Principal Architect

Over 15 years of experience in designing and developing enterprise grade software products and platforms. Has provided product based & bespoke solutions and consultancy to global clients in Americas, Europe and Asia. Experience in diverse domains areas including Internet of Things, Payments, Monetisation, Telecom, Finance, Logistics and Data Warehousing.