Neela Marikkar
Chair Person




Born and bred in the world of Advertising, Neela, is the second generation in the business. Starting out as an Art Director she then moved into executive management, now counting over 30 years in the industry – both in London and in Colombo. Having worked on a plethora of brands from giant Multi Nationals like Coco Cola, Nestle, Mastercard and Unilever to spearheading the relaunch of the National Carrier- Sri Lankan Airlines, she has inspired not only her own workforce but also countless others in the wider field of communications. In her personal capacity, she is passionately involved in social reforms; Instigating behavioural change through some of the most effective Public Service campaigns to date, that have addressed women and child health, HIV AIDS, child nutrition, child labour, abused women, raised crucial funds for ex-servicemen and helped mould the role of business in conflict and peace building.

Past President of the 4A’s, Charter President of the IAA, recipient of the HK McCann Award, Zonta Woman of Achievement, a member of Women Waging Peace, Core Member of the Commonwealth Business Women’s Initiative and a speaker at many international forums she was recently recognized among the 50 most powerful women in Sri Lanka. Under her leadership these award winning companies have today grown to be the biggest marketing communications group in the island. But her vision for the company and for this exciting new age in advertising remains more potent, and more optimistic than ever.