DR. HARSHA ALLESCHAIRMAN, GATEWAY GROUP
Dr Harsha Alles is a Medical Doctor by profession and holds an M.B., B.S., and a Ph.D. He was a Lecturer in the Medical Faculty of the University of Colombo before he shifted his career to be in charge of Gateway. He is credited with placing the Gateway brand on the map as a provider of technology-based, high-quality education through a large network of institutions that include 5 International Schools, 2 National Curriculum Schools, a Graduate School, and over 12 training centres spread across the country. Some of Gateway’s educational programmes have been used in twelve countries in three continents. Gateway also has a group of Kindergartens in the UK. Dr Alles is also a Director of the Universal College Lanka that offers the Monash University programmes in Sri Lanka.
He has won two “Young Scientists Scholarship” Awards and a Presidential Award for Research. In 2000, he was recognised as “The Outstanding Young Person of the Year” for the contribution he made towards IT education of children. In 2003, he was adjudged the Gold Winner of the CIMA Pinnacle Awards to be the “Outstanding Businessman of the Year”. In April 2018, the Chartered Management Institute named him the “Best CEO of the Year” in the services category of large organisations.
Dr Alles was also the architect in setting up The International Schools of Sri Lanka (TISSL) as its Founder Chairman. TISSL is the umbrella organisation consisting of the leading international schools in Sri Lanka.
He also represents Sri Lanka in the Advisory Committee of IC3 – The International Career and College Counseling Conference.
Dr Alles has just been appointed as a member of the National Education Commission by His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka. He currently serves also as a member of the “Task Force for Education” that has been established under the Ministry of Education for the implementation of new education reforms in the country.
ROHINI ALLESMANAGING DIRECTOR, GATEWAY GROUP
Mrs Rohini Alles is an inspirational leader of education for succeeding in different roles in different settings. She started her career as a teacher of the largest school in the country, Royal College Colombo, became the Deputy Principal of a co-ed government school, President’s College, and finally supported her husband, late Mr R I T Alles to establish one of the best international schools, Gateway College, from bottom up within a span of only twenty years.
Being an active teacher and administrator, Mrs Alles focused on the discipline and the holistic development of the students. This dual focus was instrumental in elevating the standard of the schools she was involved in. In early years of Gateway, Mrs Alles also concentrated on developing leadership skills of the students as well as the usage of English Language in the school environment. This focus made the students more confident and engaged in school activities.
Concentrating on these areas of pastoral care, Mrs Alles ensured that the students were independent, confident, and ready to take on higher challenges.
Elegantly and impeccably dressed at all times, Mrs Alles, has the ability to walk with kings yet not lose the common touch. She is equally comfortable talking to a Head of State as well as the school gardener. Her “firm, friendly, and fair” principle that supersedes every action taken by her made it possible for her to be respected even by those who opposed her.
Especially in an era where female empowerment is encouraged and celebrated, Mrs Alles’ experience during her lifetime, is an inspiration to all teachers and educators.
DINALI ALLESDIRECTOR, GATEWAY GROUP
Mrs Dinali Alles counts over 37 years of experience in education. As a trained English teacher, she served the Government of Sri Lanka for 21 years before she took up duties at Gateway. She has made an immense contribution to laying down processes and adopting Global Best Practices in teaching at Gateway College. She keeps a close eye on Gateway Primary Schools drawing on her vast experience as a teacher and administrator. As a Director of Gateway College, she is actively involved in the management of the School in Colombo and also takes a personal interest to ensure maintenance of standards and quality, as expected by the Board.
MR. ASOKA B. HERATHDIRECTOR, GATEWAY GROUP
Mr Asoka Banda Herath has over 50 years of practical experience in education in Sri Lanka. He started his teaching profession as a special trained teacher in Mathematics and retired as the Principal of Dharmaraja College, Kandy, which he elevated into becoming the most sought-after Government boys’ school outside Colombo.
Mr Herath served Dharmaraja College for over 30 years in various roles, as an Advanced Level teacher, sub warden of the hostel, coach and master in charge of cricket, Deputy Principal and finally as the Principal, even beyond retirement, at the request of the Parents and the Old Boys Association of the school.
As the Principal of Gateway College Kandy, Mr Herath was instrumental in transforming the school into the most prestigious English medium private school in Kandy. When he took over the school in 2001, it was a little-known school having less than 400 students on its roll. The school is lauded today for excellent academic and curricular record, with student enrolment exceeding 1,300. It is Mr Herath’s sound, down-to-earth practical wisdom, loyalty and unremitting hard work which made that transformation.
Mr Herath is held in high esteem as a “father figure” in view of the width and the depth of his experience in the Field of Education and Educational Administration. He also has won great respect for the way in which Gateway College Kandy has won recognition and prestige during the years of his stewardship. Mr Herath’s gift for resolving problems of parents, teachers, students and support staff without the flaring-up of open acrimony is an invaluable gift in a head of an institution, and therefore is highly admired by all who work with him.
MR. RAMANTHA ALLESDIRECTOR, GATEWAY GROUP
With seven years experience in the corporate sector of Sri Lanka, Mr Ramantha Alles is the most recent addition to the Gateway Group’s Board of Directors. Educated in the United States of America, he completed his degree with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and in Business Administration. Upon his return to Sri Lanka, he began his career at Apogee Holdings, a diverse group of companies involved in telecommunication, fire protection, and media industries, overseeing the group’s daily operations at an upper management level. He also functions as a working director of Springfield College, an English Medium National Curriculum School that is fully-owned by the Gateway Group.