Corporate Learning & Development Manager at Adaaran Resorts - Maldives / He ritance Aarah
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Tharaka Apphuhamy is a highly-motivated and results orientated Corporate Manager with a very strong academic background in the Hotel sector. He is with hands on experience in Hotel Pre-opening, Human Resources, and Learning & Development who is truly passionate towards developing human capital.

Tharaka is employed as the Corporate Learning & Development Manager at the Adaaran Resorts – Maldives overlooking 6 Resorts, L&D activities in Maldives. Prior to his employment at Adaaran Resorts - Maldives, he has been working as the Group L&D Manager Cum HR Manager at Citrus Leisure, and was the Learning and Development Manager/Asst. Human Resource Manager at the Centara Ceysands Resort and Spa.

Tharaka is a Master graduate in Business Administration from the Mahathma Gandi University and holds an Honours degree in Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management from the MSU. Also, he has completed a four-year Management diploma in Hotel & Catering Operations at the SLITHM where he has been awarded as the most outstanding graduate of the year 2012.
Human Resource Management via the IPM, Sri Lanka, are his further qualifications.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 1 and Level 2 awards, Certified in ISO 22000 Internal Auditor Program by SGS -Sri Lanka, ISO 14,001 Certified Lead Auditor Award, ServSafe Certification in Food Protection Manager, Highfield - UK Certified - Level 3 Award in Effective Auditing & Inspection Skills in Food Safety auditing, Highfield - UK Certified - HABC Level 3 Award in Legionella Control for Responsible Persons (QCF), SSMI® Applied Lean Six Sigma Practitioner Certification for Hospitality and Human Resource Management Professionals, CIPD Intermediate Diploma in Learning and Development, Are some other allied courses and awards that he has achieved.

In the year 2018 – he was Awarded “50 Most Talented HR Leaders” in Maldives by HR Maldives, for the contribution towards the human resources development in the Maldives.


  • Corporate Learning & Development Manager

    Adaaran Resorts - Maldives / He ritance Aarah - Maldives

    Human Resources
    May 2016 - Now · 2 years and 8 months

    Resorts: 6 resorts in operation Total Room Inventory – 620 Total Staff Carder – 1000 + Heritance Aarah to be opened end 2018-157 room, 5 star resort Setting up Learning & Development department & Responsible for the entire training & development function in Maldives, such as Associate Training, Development, Associate Engagement, Operational Process Development, Resort Certifications, & Human Resources planing including Management training programs.

  • Group Learning & Development Manager Cum HR Manager Steuart Hotel /Head Office

    Citrus Leisure PLC - Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Human Resources
    April 2015 - May 2016 · 1 year and 2 months

    Resorts: 3 Total Room Inventory – 620 Total Staff Carder – 600 + Citrus Leisure PLC currently owns three properties in Sri Lanka. Citrus Hikkaduwa, Waskaduwa, The Steuart by Citrus - Colombo Setting up the L&D function across all Resorts & was responsible for the entire T&D Function throughout resorts for all levels. Was responsible for the entire Pre-opening Human Resources & Learning & Development activities of the Steuart - Colombo property. Was In-charge of the entire Human Resources function of the Citrus Leisure Head Office & Executive Recruitments of Citrus Waskaduwa & Hikkaduwa properties.

  • Learning & Development Manager Cum Assistant Human Resources Manager

    Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka - Maldives

    Human Resources
    January 2014 - April 2015 · 1 year and 4 months

    Was responsible of Pre-opening T&D & Human Resources function of the property , as per the International brand standards of Centara Hotels & Resorts. Centara Ceysands, part of Centara hotels & Resorts of Thailand leading Hotel chain - Currently operates 46 properties. The Resort set on the Bentota peninsula with 165 rooms & 7 F&B outlets. The hotel operates according to Centara’s international standards.

  • University Visiting Lecturer

    Management & Science University – Colombo - Colombo, Sri Lanka

    January 2014 - January 2016 · 2 years and 1 month

  • Learning & Development Executive

    Cinnamon Lakeside - Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Human Resources
    January 2013 - December 2013 · 12 months

    Responsible for delivering of frequent and powerful training for both new and existing associates. Soft skill, Technical skill development training, Conducting Brand Standards Training & monitor progress, Drive Department trainers & audit progress. Following SOP’s Brand policies & procedures and ensure associates are trained and practice the same.

  • Business Development Manager

    Royal Silk Business Hub - Singapore (Orchard /Henderson) - Singapore

    Administration & General
    February 2010 - June 2011 · 1 year and 5 months

    Royal Silk Business hub provides complete corporate image renting full office space for locals & international Businessman. It is the first and the one and only business centre operates 24/7 days in Singapore. It consist of 65 office space with 3 suites, meeting rooms and seminar room. Royal silk is not a single owned body but with internationally alliance with Royal silk @ Australia, India, Dubai


  • CIPD Diploma in Learning and Development

    Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development - Cambridge, United Kingdom

    April 2018 - Now

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

    Mahatma Gandhi U niversity, India - Colombo, Sri Lanka

    April 2014 - May 2016

  • Bachelor in Hospitality & Tourism Management Honours Degree

    Management & Science University, Malaysia - Colombo, Sri Lanka

    January 2012 - February 2013

  • Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Mgt

    AEC College Singapore - Singapore

    January 2010 - January 2011

  • Management Diploma in Hotel & Catering Operations

    Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management (SLITHM) - Kundasale, Sri Lanka

    June 2008 - April 2013


  • English
    Full professional


  • Food & Beverage
  • Hospitality training
  • ISO 14000
  • ISO 22000
  • Team Training
  • Wine Training
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