Extracted from interviews published in LMD.
Q How do you view the brain drain – and why is there still no reversal of it, in your opinion?
As I’m also a part of the brain drain, I can’t blame anyone who left Sri Lanka for greener pastures. With globalisation, you are not restricted to work or live in a particular country. If you have the capability and willingness to try new options, opportunities will always come your way.
People left Sri Lanka mainly because they didn’t see a future or room for growth. If the leadership and political system change, and the economy improves, I’m positive that many Sri Lankans living abroad will move back.
CV IN A NUTSHELL
Prashan Muthugala is an internationally qualified chartered accountant who has worked in his profession in three countries. He has over a decade of accounting and finance experience in two of the ‘big four’ audit firms, as well as at leading multinational and listed companies in a wide variety of sectors.
His experience includes heading finance teams in multinational and listed companies. He is also a past president of the CA Students’ Society, in addition to being a member of numerous committees of Sri Lanka’s ACCA, CIMA and CA branches.
As an avid traveller and a foodie who has visited over 35 countries, Muthugala spends his leisure time travelling, camping, hiking, swimming and sampling the fare at new restaurants.