I have always been interested in what it means to be human in our world. While questions of life and death occupied my imagination as a boy growing up in Sri Lanka, as a teenager I became fascinated by the question of what made economically rich countries rich and poor countries poor. Soon, I came to England to read Economics at the University of Cambridge. I suppose my greatest insight was into how little was actually known in the field. After dabbling with the idea of becoming an academic, I eventually joined Morgan Stanley’s infrastructure private equity fund.
Alongside its technical underpinnings, investing in and managing companies is very much an art and a people business. I worked closely in partnership with senior management teams of FTSE 250-equivalent private companies at both the board and operational level. My experiences included creating and driving business plans in extremely intense environments where commerciality and business results were paramount. Over the years, I began increasingly to recognise the impact of various systemic forces on the individual, arising from both within the workplace and outside of it. These experiences also showed me the risks of ‘burnout’ and the importance of paying adequate attention to my overall wellbeing.
Music and Martial Arts
Music has always been a source of inspiration to me and I started dedicating more-and-more time to playing the guitar, a long-time passion, even amidst my very demanding job. Jamming was a cathartic process for me that allowed a sort of expressive freedom. Around this period, I also become fascinated by Chinese martial arts and took up kung fu, primarily because it was so unfamiliar to my non-athletic self. While I may not have made much progress on my athleticism, what I began to see over the years are the connections between music, martial arts and fulfilling work. I found personal power to be a central theme here and I am very interested in how we might access this seemingly innate, yet often elusive temperament.
Executive and Life Coach
After nearly a decade of investing, I decided to leave finance in 2015 to become an executive and life coach, and to pursue my musical interests. I wanted to devote my energies to disciplines that placed my own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others at their core. Coaching for me, represents a nexus through which I can channel my diverse experiences to support individuals with their goals. I believe I offer something unique by combining an interest in personal development and wellbeing with a strong understanding of high pressure business environments.
I believe that personal change can be effected quickly. Often, all that is required is a willingness to engage in deepening insights into ourselves and our environments. It is for this reason that I believe in the power of coaching.
- Advanced Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching, Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC)
- International Systemic Team Coaching Certificate, Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC)
- Certificate in the Essentials of Systemic Coaching and Constellations, Coaching Constellations
- Certificate in the Fundamentals of Systemic Coaching and Constellations, Coaching Constellations