Focusing on recognising women who excel in their careers, businesses and everyday life, the eleventh edition of the ‘Top 50’ Professional and Career Women Awards Sri Lanka 2021, hosted by Women in Management (WIM), in collaboration with Women in Work, a partnership between the International Finance Corporation (IFC) - a member of the World Bank Group and the government of Australia, was held in Colombo on January 18.

Randhula de Silva, who is singularly committed to creating positive social and economic change in Sri Lanka through innovative action and demonstrable impact, was awarded the 'Game Changer of the Year.'

WhatsApp Image 2022 01 20 at 5.17.27 PMAs Founder CEO of Good Life X, she has empowered entrepreneurs across nature-based value chains, enabling them to transition into being purpose driven, regenerative entities.

Without limiting smart and innovative methods to startups, she has designed successful approaches to amplify growth and transformation in large scale SMEs as well.

Randhula was also the first CEO of Hatch Works, and Chief Disruptor at GIZ Sri Lanka, where she created multiple firsts for Sri Lanka, initiating change in the innovation and entrepreneurial community.

Being a strong advocate of homegrown creatives and social issues, Randhula co-founded Freedom Hub along with the late Mr. Mangala Samaraweera to promote and harness young talents towards democracy and serves as the chairperson of the Board of Directors.

She also created an alternative film screening platform named Kolamba Talkies, and was the Executive Producer of the Sinhala Feature film Avilenasului.

Speaking about the award ceremony, Randhula said: "The biggest thing that moved me last night was to have the "Upcoming Entrepreneur of the Year" awarded to Nayanathara Kodituwakku, a hospitality sector entrepreneur from Tissamaharama that Good Life X worked with through the pandemic. Last night, I saw many more women like her, from all over Sri Lanka, with the unparalleled work they do to raise the bar in their professions and communities and I'm honoured to have been among these 50 amazing women."