Speaker of the Eighth Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka


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Name : Karu Jayasuriya
Portfolio : Speaker of the Parliament of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Date of Birth : 29th September 1940
Educational Background : Educated at Ananda College Colombo.

- Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Ship Brokers, United Kingdom
- Fellow of the Institute of Transport
- Alumni of the French Business School INSEAD
Career in the Public Service : - Commissioned Officer of the Sri Lanka Army CVF 1965 - 1972
- Served as Chairman / CEO / Director of 52 Private Sector & Public quoted Companies
- Served as Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Germany with accreditation to Austria and Switzerland from 1992 - 1994
- Member of the Presidential Commission on Privatization and headed Sri Lanka's first Privatized Company, United Motors Limited
- Served as President of the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Political Career : - Elected as the Mayor of Colombo in 1997 and held this position till 1999
- Elected as the Leader of the Opposition of Western Provincial Council in 1999 - 2001

- Entered Parliament in 2001

Prior to the present appointment as Speaker of the Parliament he has held the following portfolios.

- Minister of Power and Energy from 2001 to 2004
- Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs from 2007 – 2008
- Chairman of the United National Party and was subsequently made Deputy Leader of the United National Party (UNP)
- Chairman of the Leadership Council of the UNP in 2013 and sphere-headed the re-organization of the Party
- Minister of Public Administration, Provincial Councils, Democratic Governance and the Minister of Buddha Saasana in January 2015
Other positions held : 1. Deputy President, Federation of Chambers and Industries
2. Chairman, SAARC Chamber of Commerce
3. Chairman, Colombo Rubber Traders' Association
4. Chairman, Sugar Importers Association
5. Chaired Sri Lanka's first International Trade Fair EXPO 92
6. Chairman, Sri Lanka Business Development Centre

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