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.

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

Craig Anderson

Craig Anderson

Head of Cloud Integration

Craig joins Mitra from BT’s Business and Global Services divisions, where he was COO for the Local and Devolved Government sector. During his time with BT, Craig had a diverse career, leading software engineering and innovation teams at BT’s research centre, establishing BT’s CRM business and as COO/Director of several JVs.

As well as executive and management experience, Craig has over thirty years of technical expertise in the IT and Telco sector, leading major implementation of ERP, CRM and wider business systems.

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.

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.

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.

Bivendra Narangoda

Bivendra Narangoda

Director - Products

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.

Chamayne Fernando

Chamayne Fernando

Principal Architect - Products

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.

Mahasen Bandara

Mahasen Bandara

Principal Architect - Product

Mahasen has over 15 years of software development experience, designing and developing large scale distributed enterprise applications. He has a proven track record in overall software development lifecycle and leading large, globally distributed development teams.

He loves being challenged with different business domain complexities and has experience in Retail, Insurance, Banking, Enterprise Search, Education and Supply Chain Financing.
Being passionate about Agile software development principles, he's an avid practitioner of Test Driven Development, Refactoring and Continuous Integration.