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Sugeesha Walawe Hewage
Bachelor of Commerce 2007
For graduate Sugeesha Walawe Hewage, the decision to come to Australia to study has proven a great career move.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2007, from the Melbourne Campus at Burwood, Mr Hewage said that he was soon 'snapped up' by Prushka Fast Debt Recovery Pty Ltd. Mr Hewage then returned to Deakin in 2011 to complete his Master of Business Administration (MBA).
'I am currently holding the position of CFO with Prushka, which I'm really enjoying,' he said.
Mr Hewage is a qualified member/Accountant of 4 global professional bodies (CPA, CIMA, AAT, and CGMA). He is a proactive and result oriented Finance professional with experience in the areas of accounting and financial management across the industry. He has a strong academic background with five years’ experience in developing and implementing financial systems, strategies, and processes and controls that significantly improve profit and loss.
'I especially like the opportunities to introduce business process improvements and developing and managing financial relationships. My job challenges me to understand more about the profession and gather more knowledge about my professional environment.
Mr Hewage has expertise in managing accounting functions, systems, best practices, cost reduction, and maintaining business relationships to ensure goal-surpassing fiscal performance along with leading financial assignments transformations utilising operations director knowledge, strategic insight and sharp planning skills to manage multimillion dollar projects whilst meeting top and bottom line objectives.
'I also enjoy exchanging ideas and knowledge between the people I work with and I like the fact that they come from so many different cultural backgrounds.'
Originally from Colombo in Sri Lanka, Mr Hewage explained that by enrolling at Deakin, he fulfilled one of his life-long ambitions.
'It really was my dream to undertake university study abroad,' he said.
'I received many offers from various universities but after talking it through with my lovely parents, I decided to come to Australia. So the credit must go to them and my wife Sajeewa for all her support. It is because of their support that I finally ended up undertaking a degree here in a well recognised university like Deakin which values its students,' he said.
Mr Hewage said that his Deakin experience developed him both personally and professionally.
'Deakin is a well recognised university and not only in respect of study,' he said.
'I learnt how to work to a time frame, how to handle hard situations, how to lead a team and get the best from myself.
'My course helped my career, because of the practical knowledge I received. I also learnt to build up my own life skills. The management skills I developed are also really helpful in my current position.'
Mr Hewage is another of Deakin's multi-talented graduates. He is an accomplished sportsman and has represented both his college and state overseas in athletics and cricket. He is a current member/player of the Pakenham CC. He is also an award-winning artist through his drawings of portraits and figures.
In the future Mr Hewage said he would like to continue to build upon his accountancy experience and spend time with his family.
'Over the next few years, I want to continue to be successful in the fields of accounting/finance and economics and eventually do my doctoral degrees,' he said.
'I would love to get more exposure to global accounting and work in multinational organisations to gain further experience’.
'On a personal level I would like to have a successful life and spend time with my family. I would also love the opportunity to help current tertiary students and possibly work at Deakin,' he said.