Dr Ramanie Samaratunge is an Associate Professor, Monash Business School, Monash University. She is an internationally renowned management scholar with vast experience in the public and private sector, including consultancies in Australia and Asia. She holds her Bachelors from University of Sri Jayewardenepura, (Sri Lanka) a Masters degree from Carleton University (Canada) and a PhD from Monash University (Australia). She has served on international and local advisory bodies and is a member of many international professional bodies. Her research focuses on women entrepreneurship, humor in management and Asian immigrants.
A/Professor Samaratunge has published a number of book chapters, several government and industry reports, and journal articles in leading international management journals such as Human Relations, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Social Science and Medicine, Australian Journal of Management and Journal of Business Ethics. Her recent book (co-authored with Nilupama Wijewardena & Charmine Hartal) on “Managing with humor: A novel approach to building positive employee emotions and psychological capital” will be published in March 2019 by Springer.
She has been instrumental in establishing and leading Monash University programs with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia. These programs have significantly enhanced the operational capacity of public officials and women-led micro businesses in Sri Lanka. It has become a model program for a number of other developing countries including Bangladesh and Nepal.