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January 02, 2017
Fitting Accolade to a Deserving Young Sri Lankan Entrepreneur
alternate textMr Gihan Fernando
One of our young Srilankan investor entrepreneurs, Mr. Arjuna Gihan Fernando (popularly known as Gi Fernando) has been made a Member of the Order of British Empire (MBE) in the New Year Honours 2017, in recognition of his services to the digital economy in UK and abroad.

Graduating from Bristol University in Engineering and Computer science, he briefly worked for the HSBC Bank, but his entrepreneurial abilities took him to set up his own social media business 'Techlightenment', later sold to Experian, the global leader in consumer business and credit reporting.

Gihan now runs Freeformers, a Company he founded in 2012, which recruits young people, turning them into trainers, to help businesses, by understanding social media and digital marketing. Freeformers aim to tap into the vast pool of talent, especially the latent technical abilities of the young (below 25), which formal qualifications do not necessarily capture.

In this rapidly changing digital environment, the need to keep 'reducing learning cycles', Gihan says is absolutely imperative, if UK were to maintain its competitive edge. Gihan is the son of Dr. Anton & Mrs Tina Fernando.
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