World Champion of Public Speaking 2014
Toastmaster’s Hall of Fame Inductee and Semi finalist at the World Championship of Public Speaking, USA
World Taped Speech Contest Champion 2006
Toastmasters District 82 Champion for four consecutive years
On of the most Talked-About Speeches of 2014
First Asian to emerge as a World Champion
World’s number One Public Speaker in 2014, Dananjaya Hettiarachchi has been a Competitive Public Speaker for the past 10 years through Toastmasters International and emerged as the first Asian to win this title. He has made over 50 Keynote Addresses across 05 Continents in both corporate and public functions that have resulted in increased event participation & overall engagement.
Dananjaya works with focused groups to address skill based challenges of Individuals and Groups. Based on the training requirement, programmes are designed and are in the form of a one day Workshop or can be stretched to a lengthier duration.
As a Human Resource Development Specialist, Dananjaya is one of the experts in Human Capability Development Interventions, introducing Performance Prediction and Competency Development Frameworks and establishing best practices of HR in Tier One Organizations in Sri Lanka and South East Asia.
Dananjaya has closely worked with senior business leaders and corporate executives to help them improve their overall personality and develop their Speaking Capabilities. His specialization lies in Personality Building, Communication & Interpersonal Skill Development.
Having established Standard & Stellar Consulting (Pvt) Ltd, a highly specialized Human Resource Development (HRD) and Communication Consulting firm, Dananjaya as the CEO focuses on increasing employee engagement through the development of scalable HRM Infrastructure in both Private & Public Sector organizations across Asia-Pacific region.
Dananjaya acts as an advisor and Thought Leader in Talent Development and Adult Competency Development to multiple industries. His novel ideas, refreshing perspectives and experiences in the field of Human Resource Development make him a much sought after speaker in International HR conferences.
B Bus (Mkt & Mgt) – MBA – PGDip (HRD & PM) – Prof Dip Mkt (CIM)
From a troubled youth to becoming one of the world’s leading motivational speakers, Dananjaya’s life has been a roller coaster ride of self discovery and growth. In a journey that took over ten years, he managed to transform his life from being a lost teenager to a role model. In 2014, Dananjaya was ranked as the World Champion of Public Speaking by Toastmasters International, which is recognized to be the world’s leading authority in Public Speaking and Communication, triumphing over 33,000 contestants from 120 countries across the world. He remains the first and the only Asian representing an Asian Toastmaster District to win this title in the 75-Year History of the contest. Dananjaya’s winning speech was rated amongst the “Most talked-about speeches of 2014” by Fortune magazine, alongside Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai’s acceptance speech & Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg’s speech delivered at Harvard University.
As a Specialist in Human Resource Development, Dananjaya has a comprehensive understanding of Adult Learning and Skill Building. Together with his expert knowledge in communication, he has been able to provide his clients with a unique value proposition.