For those people who are involved with the IT industry of Sri Lanka, the company name WSO2 is a very well known name. WOS2 is a very successful open source middleware company with offices around the globe (USA, UK, Brazil, Australia and Sri Lanka). Most importantly, WSO2 is a Sri Lankan based company with its’ main office located in Colombo because one of the Co-founders and CEO of the company is a Sri Lankan – Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana. He founded the WSO2 in 2005 with the aim of re-engineering enterprise middleware development with an open software model.
Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana is a past student of Royal College, Colombo. He graduated from Kent State University in USA with a BS and MS of Applied Mathematics/Computer Science. He completed his PhD at Purdue University in Computer Science. After that, he joined IBM research. WSDL, BPEL4WS, WS-RF, WS-Addressing, WS-eventing are a few web services specifications co-authored by him. He’s also a founder of the Web services platform.
But more than all of these things he is an open source evangelist. He is a member of Apache Software Foundation and Apache SOAP was created by him. He even founded a non-profit organization to encourage developers to work on open source development-LST (Lanka Software Foundation) which is something very beneficial to IT industry of the country. LST has created many successful web services projects with Dr. Sanjiva as Chief Scientist and Director. The well-known disaster management system-“Sahana” was also a product of LST. In April 2005 he was chosen to the board of OSI (Open Source Initiative) as an award for his dedication towards the improvement open source participation of our country.
Now, here’s something about the CEO of WSO2 that you haven’t heard before. If you are an Uber passenger, there is a chance that you meet Dr. Sanjiva in your taxi. In order to change the judgmental behavior of our society towards professions like waiters and drivers, he has decided to work as a driver!
Other than being a driver and a CEO, Dr. Sanjiva is a visiting lecturer at Computer Science and Engineering Department of the University of Moratuwa. In between lecturing and guiding student projects, he works as an adviser of the Faculty of Engineering Industry consultative board.
He works as an unpaid, volunteer officer in the Sri Lanka Army on a part-time basis as the IT Adviser to the Chief Signals Office with the aim of creating a digitally transformed army.