Nationality: Sri Lankan
Sri Lankan-born, Lausanne-educated (AEHL 2015), Chalana Perera currently resides in Amsterdam, where he works as a Development & Investment Specialist for citizenM Hotels. Despite having never lived or schooled in Sri Lanka, Chalana’s fondness for his homeland drives his enthusiasm to contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of the island, particularly in the growing hospitality and tourism sectors. Across South Asia, Chalana sees tremendous potential for skills development, improved tourism development planning and policy-making and better industry-management at a strategic level; some of the reasons why he obtained a Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management from EHL. For potential EHL candidates from South Asia who’ve had an international schooling in general, or IB Diploma education in particular, Chalana would be a relevant resource as he schooled entirely at international schools in Karachi, Pakistan and Dhaka, Bangladesh, whilst having participated in inter-scholastic events in India as well. Chalana previously supported EHL’s Admissions & Recruitment office through visits to international schools across the Indian subcontinent in Spring 2014. Despite a hectic work schedule preparing investment memorandums, monitoring hotel market performance, conducting feasibility studies and researching new markets for citizenM’s global hotel roll out, Chalana hopes to assist potential hospitality students in making the right choice.
During his free time, Chalana enjoys going for runs, traveling of the beaten-track, attending electronic music festivals and of course, keeping up to date with development and investment activity back home in Sri Lanka. Though Amsterdam keeps him busy in and outside of work, Chalana often reflects back on his EHL experience with much fondness. He equally looks forward to assisting EHL in maintaining its reputation in the global hospitality industry, and by that, he hopes to help future students make the right decision in joining the world’s leading hospitality management school!