Dr. Chandana (Chandi) Jayawardena
DPhil, MSc, Dip.M (CIM), Dip.BA, Dip.HC, FCHSGA, FIH, FIMCA, CHE
President – Chandi J. Associates Inc. Consulting, Canada
International Ambassador & Past President – Institute of Hospitality (HCIMA), UK
Dr. Chandana (Chandi) Jayawardena is a well-known tourism educator, consultant, researcher, author and hotelier. He was educated and trained in UK, USA, France, Italy, Switzerland, Canada and Sri Lanka. Chandi has held leadership positions in South Asia, the Middle East, Europe, South America, the Caribbean and North America and held accountability for budgets of $30 million, teams of 700 hotel employees and 3,300 hospitality and tourism students. Chandi has been a university / college senior lecturer, professor, research fellow, academic director, academic chair, associate dean and vice president. For 5-years, Chandi provided the academic leadership to the largest faculty of hospitality, tourism and culinary arts in Canada (George Brown College, Toronto).
In this role he led a team of 260 professors serving 3,200 full-time students and 8,600 continuing education registrants in 3 schools. Prior to that, as an international hotelier (General Manager of 7 luxury hotels / resorts), he has served 34 heads of state / government, including Queen Elizabeth II, President Fidel Castro and Prime Minister John Major. He is the only non-European elected as the President of the world’s largest professional body for managers in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries – Institute of Hospitality, UK, during its 80-year history. As a researcher and author, through a significant volume of published work including 20 books / academic journal themed issues and over 100 articles, Chandi has influenced a generation of doctoral, masters and undergraduate hospitality and tourism management students around the world.
Chandi has travelled to 94 countries, presented at conferences and seminars in 38 countries and lived in four continents. As an international consultant, Chandi has led or served in teams for tourism and hospitality consulting projects for various organizational clients, including EU, USAID, Caribbean Tourism Organization, Amazon Corporation Treaty Organization, Government of Guyana, Tourism Development Authority and Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management of Sri Lanka.