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Nayomi Handunnetti

Award-winning Entrepreneur, Doctoral Candidate (Entrepreneurship), Women's life coach and well-being specialist, a thought leader in Entrepreneurship & a Fitness Enthusiast

I am an Entrepreneur, with over 20 years of experience working for some of the biggest corporate names in the Global Market place. My speciality is in Marketing, Hospitality, Tourism & Travel. My customer-focused approach has been one of the key pillars behind my achievements.

Before my Entrepreneurship journey, I worked for some of the biggest companies in Sri Lanka. Namely, MAS Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, SriLankan Airlines & E-W Information Systems (Pvt) Ltd. These organizations have given me many opportunities to shine & achieve my personal goals.

I started my Entrepreneurship journey with Handun Villas & Restaurants in 2014, and I take great pleasure & pride in this business, as the brand was built from scratch by my team and myself. website - I am the founder of and the Co-Founder of

I am a Doctoral Candidate at Asian Institute of Technology, I have my MBA from Buckinghamshire New University UK. I also have an executive MSC in Marketing from Asiae University Malaysia and I am a Certified Management Accountant (Aus). I also have a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK.

I have won various Awards & Accolades throughout my professional career. Listed below are some of my achievements:
  • School under 15 athletic Champion 1995
  • Youngest Candidate to complete Piano Practicals and Theory - Royal Schools of Music London 1996
  • Finalist Petite/Teen Miss Sri Lanka - Studio 9 2000
  • Rookie Salesperson of the year - IBM Sri Lanka 2001
  • Small Scale Entrepreneur of the year - one of the top three finalists 2012
  • Women Super achiever Award - World HRD Congress 2017
  • Asia top 50 Woman Leader Award - CMO Asia 2018
  • Most Influential Marketing Leader - World Brand Congress 2019
  • Upcoming woman Entrepreneur of the year WIM Sri Lanka & Maldives - 2021
  • One of the Top 50 Professional and Career women in Sri Lankan - 2021
  • Grant recipient of Tourism resilience from the Sri Lanka Tourism Alliance – 2021
  • A panel member at the World Agile forum Lisbon, Portugal-2021
  • Keynote speaker at the World Tourism day organized by NSBM Green University - 2021
  • Special Merit award as well as to top the 5 finalists in the Tourism Category of Sri Lanka Vanithabhimani corporate and Professional Competition 2021

I am married to my husband for the past 20 years & I've got amazing two daughters who are 18 & 12.
My purpose in life is to create jobs for deserving people, and I use my voice to support "Women's Entrepreneurship & empowerment"

My interests are Fitness & meeting new people