What are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about my work as the CEO of a multinational telecom, building networks that bring affordable and accessible connectivity to the masses, particularly in emerging markets
What do you fear the most?
I fear about the future for my children in this uncertain financial, environmental and social world
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
What is your favourite journey?
A tour through Italy a few years ago. Lovely history and food!
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Fairness. As we have learnt from history, we can’t all expect to be treated “fairly” and must make the best for ourselves
On what occasion do you lie?
To not offend anyone unnecessarily over minor issues
Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
My old Ford Mustang!
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
I am not very photogenic!
Which talent would you most like to have?
To play the saxophone
What is your greatest extravagance?
Building my house
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Not being tactful
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Pessimism and negativity
What do you wish you had right now?
Where would you like to live?
Sri Lanka of course
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
To be more sociable and less detached
Which historical figure do you admire most?
What is your motto?
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Check my smartphone
What was one of your life changing moments?
When I made a decision to leave the States and come back to Asia
If you could eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life, what would it be?
To eat less!
When you’re 90 years old, what will matter most to you?
My children and grandchildren’s wellbeing
What was your favourite food as a child?
Bangers and beans
What inspires you?
My first boss and his teachings, which I still apply today!