Senani Ponnamperuma is an Australian author and IT Specialist of Sri Lankan decent.
Senani obtained a Degree in Computer Science and Business Administration at the University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA. Migrating to Melbourne, Australia in 1975, he commenced his career as a computer programmer at the Ford and then with ADAPS, a premier data processing organization in Australia. In 1978, he was appointed IT Manager of Wangaratta Woollen Mills a large woollen manufacturer. Shortly thereafter he was appointed Chief Information Officer at Payless Supermarkets which operated a large number of supermarkets and stores.. Senani was one of the first to implement barcode scanning technology in supermarkets. Ponnamperuma left Payless in 1986 and pursued a career as a senior consultant for the international IT consultancy Logica. In 1988 he set up his own company, Panique Pty Ltd, and provided consulting services to Telstra, Australia's largest telecommunications operator. In 1994 Senani was engaged by Coles Myer (Coles Group), the largest retailer in the country, to implement state-of-the art in-store systems for their new stationary super stores, Officeworks. In 1999 Ponnamperuma was engaged as CIO of Spotlight Stores to undertake a major transformation of the company's IT systems.
Trishan's Oz, the first comprehensive website about Australia, presented from the view point of an eleven year old child was created by Senani in 1997 when the internet was in its infancy. It won numerous awards, including the prestigious Australian Financial Review/Telstra Internet Site Award 97 for the best Kids Site and was visited by over 1.6 million people in just four years. It was selected by the National Library of Australia PANDORA project "for the preservation and long-term access of Australian online electronic publications of national significance."
Senani Ponnamperuma is the author of 'The Story of Sigiriya' and 'SIGIRIYA The Real Story' which are excellent accounts of the fascinating historical events and people behind the construction of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sigiriya (one of the three great cities of antiquity in Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle). These books have received numerous five-star rating on Amazon and favorable critical reviews in Sri Lankan newspapers and magazines.
In recent time Senani has been researching his next book and ventured far and wide across Sri Lanka kindling the adventurer sprite in him.
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