Duminda Ariyasinghe

The Director General of the BOI is all geared up to change the country despite many obstacles, fuelled by chocolate

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being a regular blood donor for 20+ years

What is your greatest regret?
Losing my father before he saw me progress in my career

On what occasion do you lie?
When embellishing a joke, especially about a school mate

Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
Chocolate

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
Dr Goh Keng Swee, the economic architect of Singapore

Would you like to be famous? In what way?
No. My motto is “Get the job done; let someone else take the credit”

What would be a “perfect” day for you?
A long jog, brunch with friends and watch a Real Madrid football match

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
My mother

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?
To play the guitar

Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?
Write a book. It’s still being edited in my head

What is your most treasured memory?
Getting a management internship at Procter & Gamble Canada

Share an embarrassing moment in your life.
Noting a neighbour’s house being spruced up, asked if he was having a party. He replied he had flown back for his father’s funeral

Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be, and why?
My plant(s). They turn my friends green with envy

What is your natural talent?
Being able to quickly identify the core of a complex issue

What is your greatest extravagance?
Ties

What do you wish you had right now?
Wings

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
Cristiano Ronaldo, for his force of will

Which historical figure do you admire the most?
The Chinese reformist leader Deng Xiaoping

Who are your favourite writers?
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Malcolm Gladwell, Joseph Heller

What was your favourite food as a child?
String hoppers and kiri maalu

What inspires you?
People who have helped transform countries despite enormous obstacles

What impact do you want to leave on the world?
To make things better for those without a voice in the corridors of power

Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
Capt. John Yossaria