In pursuing its mission of conducting impactful research and disseminating knowledge, SLIIT Business School conducted the first-ever International Conference on Sustainable and Digital Business 2022 (ICSDB) on 1st and 2nd December. In a unique precedent, the Conference presented ICSDB Excellence Awards to selected winners, recognizing distinct sustainable and digital business initiatives.
The inaugural two-day conference themed ‘Towards digital sustainability’ enabled researchers and practitioners across the globe to share their findings, practices, opinions and challenges with an audience of like-minded participants.
Distinguished keynote speakers at the event included Professor John Bessant, Emeritus Professor of Exeter University, Professor Jaideep Prabhu of the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge and Professor Muthu De Silva of Birkbeck, University of London. The main address on the second day of the conference was delivered by Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe, Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.
The two-day conference was held at the Waters’ Edge Hotel, Battaramulla and SLIIT, Malabe Campus., Main auditorium. The Conference attracted leading CXOs and practicing managers from diverse industry sectors as well as researchers from Sri Lanka and overseas who shared their insights, success stories and results of research in an array of domains under the themes of sustainable and digital business.
Commenting on the conference, Professor Samantha Thelijjagoda, the Dean of SLIIT Business School noted that ICSDB was a trend setter and showcased the event as a sought-after conference. He firmly believed it was a conference with a difference and the quality in every aspect of the conference ensured it was a memorable event.
The ICSDB Excellence Awards 2022, recognized Sri Lankan enterprises who had initiated digital business initiatives, and were established as beneficial to various stakeholders under the ICSDB Index criteria of Ingenuity, Continuity, Scope, Deployment and Benefits. The ICSD Excellence Awards presented accolades under Gold, Silver and Bronze categories. An eminent group of judges including practicing managers from industries, representatives of industry bodies, and academics comprised the panel to select the winners.
Prestigious sponsors, who supported the maiden ICSDB Conference were Sampath Bank PLC as the Principal sponsor, Enadoc as the digital innovations partner, CodeGen International, Siam City Cement as Gold sponsors, and CIMA Sri Lanka and Unitech Labs as Silver sponsors. Emerald Publishing served as the Academic partner.
Established in 1999, the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology popularly known as SLIIT records the highest student population among non-state sector universities in Sri Lanka and offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in an array of disciplines such as computing, business, engineering, architecture, humanities, and social sciences etc. The increasing number of research papers published in high ranked journals, affiliations maintained with international universities and the success of the quality graduates produced provide ample testimony of the efforts of SLIIT in becoming a regionally renowned knowledge university.