Prof. Athula Gnanapala, Dean of the Faculty of Management Studies has been appointed as the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka from 19th May 2020.
Prof. (Dr) Athula Gnanapala is a Professor in Tourism Management attached to the Dept. of Tourism Management, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. Currently, he is working as the Dean of the Faculty of Management Studies. Further, he has served as the Head, Department of Tourism Management, Programme Coordinator of the MSc. in Ayurvedic Hospital Management degree programme, Acting Director of the, Internal Quality Assurance Unit etc. He obtained his first degree, B.Sc. Tourism Management, form the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka and the M.Sc. in Management from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Later he completed his Doctoral degree in Tourism Management at the School of Business, Xiamen University, P.R. China.
His research interests include Consumer Behavior in Tourism, Travel Motivation & Satisfaction, Wildlife Tourism, sustainable Tourism Planning & Development, Destination Management and Marketing etc. He has published his research works as nearly 20 books and book chapters, more than 30 research articles in refereed and indexed journals, more than 50 International Conference Presentations. He disseminates his expertise as a Reviewer of Nationally and Internationally recognized Journals, Tourism Consultant, Editorial Member, Scientific Committee Member for International Symposiums. Further, Prof. Gnanapala renders his service as a Postgraduate and PhD Supervisor.