[Keynote Speaker]

University of São Paulo

Title: “Rethinking Competitiveness: The Global Value Chain Revolution in the Manufacturing Industry”


Dante Mendes Aldrighi is Full Professor at the Department of Economics in the Universidade de São Paulo (USP). He holds a Bachelor degree in Naval Engineering from the Polytechnic School (USP), a MSc degree and a doctorate in Economics from USP, and undertook postdoctoral research at the London School of Economics. His research is mainly in Financial Economics, International Economics, and Economic Development, area which he also supervises students and teaches courses. He wrote the following book chapters: “Industrial Growth and Structural Change: Brazil in a Long-run Perspective”, in Structural Change and Industrial Development in the BRICS, edited by W. Naude, A. Szirmai and N. Haraguchi (Oxford University Press, 2015), co-authored with Renato Colistete; “Risks of Wrongdoing in Public Companies and Ways to Cope with Them”, in International Handbook on the Economics of Corruption, vol. II, edited by Susan Rose-Ackerman and Tina Søreide (Edward Elgar, 2012); and “Business Groups in Brazil”, in The Oxford Handbook of Business Groups, edited by Asli Colpan, Takashi Hikino, and James Lincoln (Oxford Un. Press, 2010), co-authored with Fernando Postali. He published a number of papers in specialized economic journals, such as Emerging Markets Finance and Trade (“Family Control, Pyramidal Ownership and Investment-Cash Flow Sensitivity: Evidence from an Emerging Economy”, August 2019, co-authored with Aline Pellicani and Aquiles Kalatzis; DOI: 10.1080/1540496x.2019.1648249). He was the Director of Graduate Studies in Economics at USP from 2006 to 2011. Since November 2014, he has been Editor of Economic Studies, an Economics academic journal sponsored by the Economics Department of USP. He is a reviewer of numerous academic journals, among which the Journal of World Business, Family Business Review, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Accounting and Taxation, Brazilian Journal of Finance, and EconomiA (ANPEC).

economics development


[Keynote Speaker]

Business Economist and Professional Marketer,
Executive Director,
C.W. Mackie PLC Group of Companies.


Mangala Perera, a top professional with over 20 years extensive cross industry experience in consumer electronics, industrial products, stationary industry, FMCG, commodity trading, industrial refrigeration & air-conditioning, marketing and general management at senior level both locally and internationally, currently functions as the Group Executive Director of C. W. Mackie PLC group of companies and Managing Director of Kelani Velley Canneries Ltd. Mangala also serves on the Boards of Sunquick Lanka (pvt) Ltd., and Sunquick Lanka Properties (pvt) Ltd., which are joint-venture companies of Co-Ro A/S Denmark and C W Mackie PLC.

At present, Mangala heads the Internal Trading Division of C W Mackie PLC, managing 5 Strategic Business Units (SBUs): FMCG (manufacturing, import, marketing, distribution SBU); Industrial Products Business Operations SBU; Industrial refrigeration and air-conditioning SBU; Sugar Trading SBU; and Kelani Velley Canneries Ltd .

Mangala’s academic and professional qualifi­cations extends across multiple disciplines, which consists, a Masters in Financial Economics from the University of Colombo, a B.Sc. (Hons.) Marketing Management (Special) Degree from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, a post graduate Diploma in Business & Financial Management from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and a Fellow of the Australian Sales and Marketing Association. Mangala also served as a visiting lecturer at the Postgraduate Studies in Management at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and University of Colombo – Sri Lanka.

Mangala’s work experience includes, 2 years as the Business Development Manager for the Asia Paci­c region of an Australian Company based in Sydney and has closely worked with internationally reputed brands of several Multi National Corporates, such as, Kimberly Clark, Sanitarium Health Foods, Golden Circle, Arnott’s Biscuits and Eveready, overlooking business operations in Australia, Fiji, Samoa and Papua New Guinea.

An active marketing professional, Mangala has contributed immensely to the development of the Sri Lankan marketing fraternity and served on several national level project committees & judging panels. Mangala served as an Executive Committee member of Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) for 3 years and was the founder project chairman for ‘SLIM – Neilson Peoples Awards’.

In addition, Mangala actively engaged in national level sports administration and served as the President of the Sri Lanka Mercantile Volleyball Federation and has also played a vital role in promoting beach volleyball in Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation.