I am Ashwin Hemmathagama. I’ve been working with print media for well over two decades and my base element, you could say, is the world of finance and economics.
I entered the Sri Lanka Law College in 1997 and read for Attorney-at-Law, followed by the MBA program offered by University of Wales. I also hold a Diploma in Journalism from the University of Colombo and now I follow a Bachelor of Arts Degree Program in Social Sciences at The Open University of Sri Lanka to further enhance my knowledge in journalism.
Having joined Sampath Bank PLC in 1996, I moved on to Seylan Bank PLC as Investment Advisor in 1998, becoming a licensed stock broker accredited by the Colombo Stock Exchange, and continuing to write including a weekly stock market column in ‘Aratuwa’- the pioneer financial newspaper in Sinhala published by now defunct Ceylinco Group.
I’ve worked for The Sunday Times and Daily Mirror business sections, then as the Editor of the IT Times, the first independent magazine published on information technology in Sri Lanka, going on to join the Ministry of Commerce and Consumer Affairs as Media Manager to Minister Hon. Ravi Karunanayake till 2003. I was the Business Editor of The Island newspaper in 2005 and joined Sumathi Newspapers as the Chief Business Editor in 2007 then leaving for Singapore in 2008 to further my exposure in international media. Following a successful tenure in Singapore, I joined the international publication Islamic Finance News – Malaysia, in 2010 as the Deputy Editor.
Back in Sri Lanka, I was the Parliament Correspondent for the Asian Tribune prior to joining The Sunday Leader and initiating The Binary newspaper in 2011. Currently I work for Daily FT (Daily Financial Times) as the Lobby Correspondent, Editor in Chief at The Ceylon Independent, and the Press Secretary to Deputy Minister of Justice Hon. Sujeewa Senasinghe in addition to the regular contributions made to The Sunday Times & Daily Mirror. I am divorced with two children.