Keynote Speaker: Balraj Arunasalam, International President Elect
“Let’s take a journey of transformation together. The Toastmasters program can be a great catalyst for change, enabling us to find direction, learn from others, improve our communication and leadership skills and enhance our self-confidence.”
— Balraj Arunasalam
Balraj Aunasalam of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka is founder and chief Executive of Gemtrans Engineering Company, a maker of industrial belts. He also serves as President
of the Ayyappan Temple management board and as Vice President of the Aarunada Velalar Society of Sri Lanka. He also belongs to the local Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club.
In 2011 Arunasalam helped establish an English course for Rural Voices Unlimited, a project designed to educate youth in rural Sri Lanka. His work earned him an award from the U.S. Embassy in Colombo. Arunasalam holds an advantage level General Certificate of Education from Trinity College in Kandy, Sri Lanka, and is earning a master’s degree through
the Australian Institute of Business Admission.
A dedicated Toastmaster for 26 years, Arunasalam is a member of five clubs, including the Colombo Toastmasters club. He served on the Toastmasters Board of Directors from 2011 to 2015. He has held a number of distinguished leadership positions within the organization and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation – the highest level of achievement in Toastmasters.
“Toastmasters is a way of life,” he says. “It helped me understand the philosophy of leadership, to give and receive respect, and to be humble.”
As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Arunasalam is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the board to develop and support policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.
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