Dilan Jayasekara makes Sri Lanka proud: nominated for prestigious Australian ICT Award
“I want to be able to tell students especially those who have migrated that if they are willing to take a step outside of their comfort zone and start chasing their dreams, with hard work, strategy and disciplined focus that their dreams will eventually comes true.” says the charismatic Dilan Jayasekara.
The 28 year old Sri Lankan by profession is a data scientist, tech entrepreneur and innovative disruptor based in Australia.
He migrated to Australia with his wife, having a dream to one day become a professional game changer in the ICT world. He has worked relentlessly to achieve this dream and become one of the most sought-after data science professionals in the Asia Pacific. Jayasekara is the only Sri Lankan to have migrated as an international student to have received a nomination at the prestigious Australian Computer Society’s Digital Disruptor Awards among four finalists in the category of ‘Emerging ICT Professional of the Year’.
Dilan kick-started his career as a Junior Software Developer while undertaking his Bachelor’s degree in Sri Lanka. He then transitioned from software development to web development, and after his graduation sought his formal education, honed his work experience and set his sights on establishing himself as an ICT professional.
Dilan obtained his Masters in IT from Charles Stuart University after migrating to Australia. He was exposed to business intelligence and data science which resonated with him, and Jayasekara thereafter secured an internship at Family Life, which led to a promising job opportunity at Pitcher Partners Australia.
The Australian Computer Society (ACS) celebrates outstanding talent in tech in Australia, and the ACS Digital Disruptor Awards recognises emerging ICT analysts, professionals, innovators, disruptors, tech experts and leaders who are the movers and shakers in ICT.