Dr Wijayasuriya is a chartered engineer who has decades of experience in the telecommunications industry from South Asia to Southeast Asia. He joined Dialog Axiata PLC’s founding management team in 1994 and later became its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for 19 years. He also held several leadership positions at Axiata, including overseeing the group’s operations in South Asia and setting up Axiata’s pan-region digital services business as the founding CEO of Axiata Digital Services. In his current role as the CEO of Telecommunications Business of Axiata, he oversees all six telecommunications operating companies across Axiata’s markets in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and South Asia. In 2016, Dr Wijayasuriya was honoured by the GSMA Association, a global member-led organisation representing the mobile industry, as the first recipient of the “Outstanding Contribution to the Asian Mobile Industry” Award. He is also the past Chair of GSMA Asia Pacific and is currently the nominee of Axiata on the Board of the GSMA.
Dr Wijayasuriya is currently a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Celcom and a member of its Board Risk & Compliance Committee, He is also the interim Joint Acting Group CEO of Axiata. He also sits on the boards of various subsidiaries of Axiata, including Dialog, Axiata Digital & Analytics Sdn Bhd, Ncell Axiata Ltd, Robi Axiata Ltd, Smat Axiata Co. Ltd and PT XL Axiata Tbk.
Dr Wijayasuriya graduated from the University of Cambridge, UK in 1989. He also holds a PhD in Digital Mobile Communications from the University of Bristol, UK and an MBA from the University of Warwick, UK. He is also a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology UK since 2004.