Vajira Weerasekera is a business leader, speaker, and author whose true passion lies in incubating high-performing teams and helping others be leaders and the best they can be. He has gained international experience across many executive roles in organisations across Ireland, the United States, Australia and Singapore over the past 30+ years across many organisations.
Currently, Vajira serves as the Vice President for the Office of Technology with Red Hat Asia. Prior to this role, he held several executive positions, including co-founder of the Solutions Development Center, Director for Office365 Global Center of Excellence for Asia, Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Services Asia, Architecture and Industry Services Director for Microsoft Asia, and Director of IoT and Mixed Reality for Asia.
Vajira holds a first-class honors Bachelor of Commerce degree in Management and a first-class honors Master of Business Studies from University College Dublin. He also lectured at University College Dublin for the Master of Business Management program. In 2019, Vajira completed an Executive General Management program with Harvard Business School.
In 2021, Vajira launched a new challenge with The Run for Life Project for a moon shot. The mission of the project is to inspire people worldwide to become physically and mentally active and strive beyond perceived limits. The challenge was to collectively walk, run, swim, cycle, or wheelchair 400,000 km in 6 months, which is equivalent to 10 times around the world. Vajira exceeded this goal by building a world community of like-minded people across 32 countries. As of 2023, the project exceeded the goal by another 1 million km! Through these efforts, the Let Kids Fly Foundation has created a fund to help underprivileged children with education and scholarship programs.
Vajira is also the author of Motivating Mavericks, The Secret to High Performing Teams & Life of the Run. He and his wife are co-founders of Let Kids Fly, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships and education programs to underprivileged children across Asia.
One of Vajira's favourite quotes is, "Helping one person might not change the world, but it could change the world for one person," - Anonymous.